Snacklins

snacklinsSamy Kobrosly hopes the Sharks bite on Snacklins, his vegan “pork rinds,” in Shark Tank episode 1105. Kobrosly is a Washington DC area DJ who likes hanging out at his favorite BBQ joint. One night while sipping whiskey with the chef, they started joking that it would be funny to make a vegan pork rind (or “cracklin”). After they stopped laughing, they realized it would be a cool idea. The result was Snacklins.

Samy and his chef friend spent several months figuring out how to make vegan pork rinds. The ingredients include yucca, mushrooms, onions and either soy-ginger or barbecue sauce. The concoction is fried in sunflower oil and it retains a crispy, cracklin crunch and superior taste.

Snacklins are gluten-free, low calorie, non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free and paleo-friendly. They have far fewer calories than other snack foods. At only 80 calories a bag, Kobrosly encourages customers to “eat the whole bag.” Compare that to a similar sized bag of Doritos at 150 calories a bag and you can see the difference. They also have far less fat and sugar than other popular snack foods.

Snacklins started out in mid-Atlantic health food stores and grew from 100 stores to over 1000 very quickly. They’re now in Wal Mart and on Amazon. Kobrosly is redoing the packaging to actually make the product look more like junk food than health food so he’s less “in your face” with his customers. He likely wants a Shark to help him blow up the brand. Will Sharks like this snack?

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Snacklins Shark Tank Recap

Samy will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and guest Shark Rohan Oza that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Snacklins will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Snacklins Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Snacklins & Samy Kobrosly as more details become available.

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