While I am adamant that getting some honest feedback from your friends and family is invaluable, there is sometimes nothing better than hearing what a complete stranger has to say about your work.
I recently participated in the West Parish Church's chocolate fair to support the Re-mission Mission, bringing with me my Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt ice cream. The event was set up in a way in which no one really knew who brought what, and everyone was just enjoying the food and each other's company.
As a budding entrepreneur, this gave me a unique opportunity to hear what people thought of the ice cream without knowing that it's maker was sitting right next to them. It was great, because no one had to lie or sugar-coat anything!
I heard a lot of encouraging things, but honestly my single favorite moment was when a little girl, couldn't have been older than 6, took a bite of the Dark Chocolate & Sea Seat ice cream. Wincing, she spit it out, scrunched up her face, and gasped "It's salty! Why is it so salty?!" I died laughing. It was great.
Kids don't bother with tact, and neither do strangers; and if you can get a kid who is also a stranger to tell you how they feel, it is like a perfect harmony of brutal honesty.
It's not all bad, though; when I got home, I had received an email from a family who had won a raffle of an assortment of Tipping Cow ice creams:
We just love your ice creams!!! One is better than the next!!!!!! We won the raffle at West Parish Church in Andover and just wanted to let you know how great your product is.
My Take Away: Get yourself some honest opinions. The worst that will happen is that a little kid will put you in your place, and the best that will happen is that a complete stranger will make your day! Thanks Grangers!
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Starting a food business has been exciting, rewarding, stressful, terrifying, and without a doubt the most fun I have ever had. I write here to share with you my struggles and successes in this journey.
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