ABC announced Thursday, Feb. 18, the Custard Stand Food Products, makers of Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili and Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans, are scheduled to appear in a special episode of Shark Tank on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. immediately following Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Special.
The recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Shark Tank features ”The Sharks” – tough, self-made, millionaire and billionaire tycoons – as they invest in America’s best businesses and products.
Dee and Angie Cowger, owners of Custard Stand Food Products, were invited to pitch a business proposition to the “Sharks” for the seventh season of the critically acclaimed reality show. The Cowgers appeared in front of Sharks Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec with the hopes of striking a deal and forming a partnership.
The Cowgers can’t reveal the outcome of their Shark Tank experience, but they say the preparation and the pitch session were priceless. “We are thrilled for the opportunity so the sooner, the better,” said Angie Cowger. “We hope folks will help us spread the word so no one misses our pitch to the Sharks.”
Each year tens of thousands of businesses apply to be on the show – this year over 45,000 entrepreneurs applied. The Cowgers submitted their application on the website nearly a year ago. Custard Stand Food Products headquarters is in Webster Springs, WV, along with The Custard Stand restaurant on Main Street. Other cities in West Virginia with The Custard Stand restaurants are Danville, Elkins, Flatwoods, Mannington and Oak Hill.
“We will be hosting a watch party in Webster Springs on Sunday night, Feb. 21th,” said Dee Cowger. “We want the chance to share the experience with our family, employees, friends and long-time supporters. And, of course, we’ll be sampling both products.”
The Watch Party is now 9-11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at The Custard Stand, 51 Main St., Webster Springs, WV.
ABOUT CUSTARD STAND FOOD PRODUCTS
AND THE CUSTARD STAND RESTAURANTS
Dee and Angie Cowger opened The Custard Stand in 1991 as a take-out dairy bar in Webster Springs. They used a century-old family recipe as the chili for the hotdogs. Customers kept asking where they could buy Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili. They asked so many times that in 2003, The Cowgers converted the three-bay car wash behind the Webster Springs restaurant into a USDA-approved production facility and opened a second business, Custard Stand Food Products.
Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili is available at Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, IGA, along with smaller chains and independent grocery stores, in more than 15 states. It can be ordered at CustardStand.com and shipped in two days to most of the U.S. for a flat rate fee.
Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili is served by West Virginia University and Glenville (WV) State College at football, basketball and baseball games. The hot dog chili can be found topping hot dogs, fries and more at restaurants and convenience stores across the U.S.
The second restaurant, The Custard Stand-Flatwoods, opened in early 2009 in Flatwoods, WV. Since 2010, franchise owners in WV have opened The Custard Stand restaurants in Danville, Elkins, Mannington and Oak Hill.
In 2010, The Cowgers introduced Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans, a more traditional bowl chili. It is available at The Custard Stand restaurants and online.
To request an interview with Angie or Dee Cowger: Crystal Dempsey of From The Hip Communications, 704-575-3509; firstname.lastname@example.org