Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili ordersThis time last week, we watched the “Made In America” episode of SHARK TANK with nearly 200 family members and friends at The Custard Stand-Webster Springs. While we didn’t get a deal, our business has been bursting at the seams.

When the air date changed from Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. to Feb. 21 at 10 p.m., we didn’t expect a big turnout since it was a school night. We were quite pleased and humbled by the support. Thank you to everyone who was there. Click here for photos from the party! And special thanks to Brown Foodservice, Frito Lay, Pepsi and Sam’s Club for generous donations to the Watch Party and support over the years.

***If you missed episode 19, watch online at ABC.com, On Demand or on Hulu.com.***

Since Sunday night, it’s been a whirlwind. Online orders keep rolling in. Dee and Angie are doing interviews almost every day. We’re shipping samples to new stores and making sure there’s plenty of chili in your favorite store. Here are some of the highlights!

  • We have shipped orders coast-to-coast and even to Hawaii. As of 6 p.m. Saturday, our online orders skyrocketed nearly 10,000% compared to the week before.
  • Wondering which folks in what states ordered the most? Here’s the Top 10:
    1. California
    2. Florida
    3. Texas
    4. Washington
    5. Georgia
    6. (tie) Illinois, New York and Ohio.
    7. Michigan
    8. (tie) Indiana, New Jersey and North Carolina
    9. (tie) Arizona, Arkansas, Virginia
    10. Massachusetts
  • Dawn Nolan’s story in today’s Charleston Gazette-Mail answers most of the questions everyone has about SHARK TANK… well, at least the ones we can answer. Click here to read it. And there’s video, too!
  • What can you do to help? Many people have asked how they can help us become a national brand. Here are two greats ways:
    1. 2lb_chilisoup_tubIf your favorite store doesn’t carry Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili, click here to download and print a product request card to take to the store manager.
    2. Share our website with family and friends so they can find a store near them, order online or stop by one of The Custard Stand restaurants.
    3. If your favorite store carries Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili, ask the store manager to stock Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans. The Chili Man’s personal recipe is quite popular.