Snowie King’s Givebacks totaled $38,315 in only our first two and a quarter years of doing business (opened late July 2016). We started Snowie King to offer fun, high quality, reasonably-priced treats that would allow us to work closely with our community. Giving back 20% to every organization that partners with us has been our plan from the beginning and will continue to be the plan going forward. We have been fortunate to work with dozens and dozens of different schools, youth sports organizations, churches and non-profits so far. Please let us know if you have any events or fundraisers that we would be welcome to attend.
These days, we’re all busy– raising families, advancing our careers, and just generally trying to keep up with the demands of our crazy modern lives. It’s so tempting, and just so easy, to take advantage of all the convenient options out there when it comes to food.
From convenience meals at the grocery store to the fast-food drive through on the way home, it’s tough to bypass the convenience of not having to cook when you’re already struggling to get everything done in a day.
And what about treats?
As anyone with kids knows, it can be a real challenge to find treats for kids that you can feel good about.
Over the past several decades there has been an increase in awareness around the additives that are working their way into our food. One of the most distressing issues is the huge quantities of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup that seem to be added to pretty much everything we eat.
In addition, there have been alarming reports of the dangerous health effects of these additives- many of which have been linked to ADHD, cancer, and a wealth of other conditions. In fact, for years now, organizations such as the Center for Disease control have been warning us about the consumption of added sugar, fats and chemical preservatives and the dangerous effects on our health.
And we’re supposed to give this stuff to our kids?
At Snowie King, we set out to find a solution– a sweet treat that kids would love, without all the harmful additives of mass-produced foods. Our shaved ice treats are made from the highest quality natural ingredients, with no artificial dyes, and no high fructose corn syrup.
Our philosophy on food is based on farm-to-fork goodness, which makes for safe and yummy treats.
Over the past several years, there has been a movement calling for consumers to trade out their modified, over processed foods for genuinely fresh foods.
From dairy to meat and produce, and of course treats, healthy eating has begun to take on a whole new meaning as consumers learn more about the dangers of mass-produced foods.
Farm to fork eating has several benefits:
- Halting the progress of contamination of our overall food supply through awareness
- Putting a stop to the environmental damage caused by large farms and factories that mass produce food
- Avoiding potential damage to our health through GMOs and other genetically modified foods
- Helping to support local farms and the local economy
- Ensuring strong health by eating foods from natural sources with no additives or preservatives
The farm-to-form movement is gaining momentum, which is making it much easier for consumers everywhere to both learn more about how to eat better, while sourcing more convenient yet healthy meals.
In many communities throughout North America, farmer’s markets and produce coops are growing in number, making it easier to source groceries conveniently.
Farm-to-fork eliminates both dangerous chemicals and empty calories, and many proponents have said that after switching to a Farm-to-Fork lifestyle they’ve enjoyed weight loss benefits, as well as overall health benefits.
Farm-to-Fork as it relates to Snowie King
At Snowie King, our mission was to create treats that you can feel good about– our shaved ice contains no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial dyes or flavors– we use only the highest quality ingredients, from pure cane sugar to fruit and vegetable extracts, along with natural preservatives.
Let’s face it– as a parent, it’s fun to watch your kids enjoy a treat now and again.
At Snowie King, you can relax and indulge your family, knowing that they’re eating natural goodness that won’t put their health at risk!
Want to know more about our natural shave ice philosophy? Come on out to the bus and let’s chat!
As a business owner, there are so many options available for reaching out to potential customers and generating business. From social media marketing to SEO marketing, advertising in the local paper and handing out flyers, there are literally hundreds of ways to advertise a business.
But for all the effort businesses put into enticing prospects and working to convert leads, there’s one potential source of business that many entrepreneurs often fail to consider.
And that’s the value of a happy customer.
Why We Love Happy Customers
At Snowie King, we love happy customers, because happy customers mean we’re doing things the right way. By focusing on customer happiness and building solid customer relationships, we’ve been lucky enough to earn some steadfast customer advocates.
Over the years, those happy customers have referred us to other potential customers– they’ve told them all about our yummy, natural shaved ice treats, they’ve told them about how we love to give back to our community.
And through their referrals, these happy customers have helped to create more happy customers, which has done a great deal to help us grow. But these referrals have helped us grow more than just our business– they’ve helped us make great connections in the community which has opened up opportunities for giving.
And that’s just how it works.
Happy customers tell others how much they love you and your service– really happy customers will tell anyone and everyone who will listen.
At Snowie King, we believe wholeheartedly that if we’ve got happy customers, we’re doing something right!
Our goal is to build solid customer relationships and give back to our community, all while serving the best, highest quality natural shaved ice treats imaginable.
So how do we do it?
We Know Our Customers
Knowing our customers and what they like is priority numero uno at Snowie King. By knowing our customers, by making real connections with the people we serve, we’re able to offer the best customer experience going.
And we’re passionate about that.
We’re involved in our community, and we love to give back– since 2016 we’ve donated over $25,000 back into the communities that have partnered with us.
Why? Because we have a passion for giving people what they really want, and that starts with knowing your customer, up close and personal.
We also hope that by taking the time to build those relationships and win our customers’ trust, they’ll value our products enough to refer us to people they know who would benefit from our products/service.
We Listen to Our Customers
At Snowie King, we value customer feedback over all else– we want to hear what you have to say! There’s just no better way to get to know your customers or improve your customer experience than through honest-to-goodness feedback.
We want to thank all of our customers for helping to grow our business through word-of-mouth and genuine feedback.
To us that means we’re definitely doing something right!
For many of us who are so blessed in our day-to-day lives, it can be tough to imagine the hardships that many of our fellow community members go through.
But the fact is that there are so many people in our community that need support– and so many organizations that could use help providing that support. For those of us who are passionate about a cause, giving can be so rewarding– a little contribution can go a very long way toward changing someone’s life.
At Snowie King Shaved Ice, we believe in giving back to the community, through both organized fundraising events and spontaneous acts of giving- we believe that serving our community makes the world a better place.
And we stand behind that.
Since we started the business in 2016, we’ve given over $30,000 back to the community through our fundraising partners– we’ve donated to schools, sports organizations and donated to a myriad of other causes in the community. Please let us know if you can think of a worthy organization that you’d like us to help support.
Why? Because we love our community, and we’re passionate about giving– we also believe in the power of being positive role models, and we hope that through our giving, our children will learn to give back.
So if you’re motivated by the spirit of giving we’ve put together a list of some of the top ways that you can serve your community:
Random Acts of Kindness
Showing random kindness is an inspiring way to help make life better for people everywhere- this trend began a few years ago, and has grown into a beautiful thing.
Whether you’re bringing in home baked muffins for your overworked colleagues, paying for the person behind you in the drive through, or stopping to give an umbrella to someone you see walking in the rain, connecting with your inner desire to spread kindness can be a vital boost to your community.
More and more, people are understanding on why giving blood is so important. Hospitals and clinics always need blood, and this type of giving can make all the difference, to the point where you can save lives.
Check out your local blood drive to find out how to donate, drop in and donate a pint! If you’re not able to donate blood, why not volunteer at the blood drive- volunteer roles are essential to community services like this.
Mentoring has become one of the most popular ways to give back to the community- taking your skills and teaching them to others is a great way to add value to someone’s future.
Whether it’s providing business expertise to your local entrepreneurial organization, helping adults with literacy, or organizing a local story time group for kids- getting involved with mentoring, with sharing your skills with others will enrich lives.
Volunteer with Animals
With the heavy load your local animal shelter carries, there’s always room for more volunteers. If you’re an animal lover with a desire to help, take the time to walk dogs, visit with cats, and help the shelter with animal care. Can’t volunteer?
Shelters are always in need of donations- from money to food, bedding and old towels, giving to your local shelter is a huge help.
Work the Soup Kitchen
Local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks are always in need of volunteers. By helping to serve to those in need, you’re helping to support your community, and that goes a long way toward keeping your community strong.
Pick Up Trash
Trash seems to be everywhere these days- along the roadside, the riverbank, strewn around the local park. Whether organizing a trash-collecting event or just picking up trash on your own, taking the time to pick up trash when you see it not only helps to beautify your community, it helps the environment too!
So many people these days are starting to understand just how much their community needs them- to find opportunities to get involved, source some local organizations and call- find out how to volunteer.
All communities need support, and by volunteering you can help keep things running smoothly while being a strong role model!
Sports are an important activity for kids. From teaching powerful lessons about teamwork to helping them understand sports culture, as well as developing coordination and good habits, joining in sports is a great way to learn while having fun in your youth.
Kids enjoy their time with other kids of the same age and sports act as a catalyst for bonding. Sports can teach kids valuable lessons in fair play and teach them to have fun while interacting and bonding over sports activities. Sports help boost self-esteem and social interaction while increasing decision-making skills. It also teaches them to handle failure and how to react to any difficult situation, along with helping to develop what can be lifelong habits as far as fitness and exercise.
At Snowie King, we work side-by-side with many kids’ sports organizations to provide kids with both the chance to play team sports, and our all-natural, additive-free Snowie King shaved ice treats!
We believe in the benefits of team sports for kids, so we’ve put together a list of the top five ways that sports benefit youth in America:
Help to Build Relationships
Sports are great for helping kids to learn to become part of a team, but they’re also great for building one-on-one relationships. From striking up friendships with other kids on the team, to forming a relationship with their coach, sports help kids to master dynamics, learn social skills and learn to become coachable.
Developing Family Ties
Along with developing relationship skills with others, sports also help kids develop closer relationships with family by encouraging family to get involved in their progress. From tossing the ball around with dad on a Sunday afternoon to loading the entire family on a bus to attend a hockey tournament, sports are great for bringing everyone together.
Lessons About Winning
As most of us know, you can’t always win, but you can definitely give it your all. Team sports teach kids about striving to do your best- they teach lessons on winning and losing gracefully and they show kids that you really can have fun trying.
Teaching Great Habits
One of the biggest concerns parents have these days is kids spending too much time on their mobile devices or in front of the TV. Sports show kids how to learn to love exercise– they not only make it fun to work out, they teach kids valuable lifelong habits.
Better Academic Performance
Playing sports is a great way to teach your kids about focus, and this focus transitions off of the field or the ice to other areas in a child’s life. School performance tends to benefit in particular in kids who are enrolled in sports, which is one of the most important benefits.
Childhood is such an important time for developing healthy, lifelong habits and learning to be part of a team– putting your child in organized sports will help them develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
Food trucks are taking America by storm– they’re in parking lots everywhere, from college campuses to parks, at malls– the list goes on. It’s hard to drive for any length of time these days without seeing at least one.
Whether hot or cold, the food is always delicious and convenient, and Americans everywhere are lining up for a great dining experience.
Food truck menus tend to be pretty varied– hot foods include hot dogs and tacos, pizza and burgers, fries of course and even sandwiches and burritos. Add to that America’s favorite sweet treats– ice cream, donuts, snow cones, and milkshakes, and these trucks become irresistible.
Our particular favorite just happens to be a bus that offers the most decadent shaved ice treats imaginable, complete with your choice of all-natural self-serve flavors and icy goodness!
We’re talking about the Snowie King Bus, of course! And the beauty of our food truck is, we’ll come to you!
Snowie King in the Community
At Snowie King, we love our community, and there’s nothing better for us than being out and about seeing all those friendly faces!
We’ve taken the bus to numerous events around town, from school and sporting events, to events held by our fundraising partners– our Snowie King bus is a fun and exciting addition to any special occasion!
Guests of all ages love our natural good taste and kids adore the colorful Snowie King bus!
Snowie King Fundraising
The Snowie King philosophy on giving back is two-fold– as parents, we believe that the integrity of giving back sets an example for our children and sets them up for true greatness.
As an integral part of our business community, we believe that it’s both our duty and our privilege to give back to this community that has shared so much with us.
Since starting our business in 2016, we’ve already been able to give back over $25 000 to local schools, sports teams and other community organizations!
What to Expect with the Snowie King Bus!
No matter what the occasion, you can expect good fun, natural treats– people of all ages love crafting their own shaved ice dessert from our self-serve flavor station. And here’s a fun fact– our Snowie Bus crew can turn out a delectable shaved ice EVERY THREE SECONDS!
It’s efficiency at its most exquisite!
With the Snowie King Bus, you can feel good about what we’re serving, which makes us the ideal choice for kids’ events. Our delicious shaved ice treats are made with natural syrup flavors– no additives and no harmful chemicals.
We also have a variety of sugar-free syrups available for those who are just plain sweet enough.
And the best part? We’re dedicated to keeping things affordable, which makes us the ideal choice for your special events.
So the next time you’re hosting a special event, invite the Snowie King bus and find out for yourself what the food truck craze is all about!
Interested in a fundraising partnership? We’ve partnered with a variety of organizations throughout the community! To chat more about how we can help you, give us a call today or contact us online by clicking here!
Who doesn’t love shaved ice? With its bright, cheerful colors and sweet flavors, shaved ice is a sure-fire crowd pleaser on a hot summer day! For most of us, shaved ice is a vivid childhood memory– after all, this treat has been enjoyed by children all over the world for generations.
From family fun at the stadium to buying snow cones from street vendors on long, hot summer days, shaved ice treats can be hard and crunch to soft and melty– you can enjoy them in a cone or by straw or spoon, dousing them in syrup or enjoying a subtler flavor.
Either way, shaved ice has a long history of delighting kids and creating memories.
At Snowie King, our vision was to serve up shaved ice treats in a way that parents could feel good about– so we turned to a pure, natural formula for making our delicious shaved ice flavors.
Ever wonder where this delectable treat actually came from? We’ve put together the history of everyone’s favorite summer treat.
Earliest Known Fair
Snow cones are probably best known for being sold at the local fair– the first known fair they were sold at was the State Fair of Texas in 1919.
The mastermind behind this was a man by the name of Bert Samuel, and he didn’t stop there. These treats were so popular that not only did Mr. Samuel regal fairgoers with their great taste, he actually went on to invent a snow cone machine in 1920 which he went on to sell globally.
The next great snow cone entrepreneur was Ernest Hansen, who in 1934 patented a machine known as an ice block shaver. Hansen as inspired by the common street-vendor version of Italian ice, and along with his wife Mary he not only produced many new flavors of syrup, he also made his treats more ‘snow’ like, with finer ice.
His invention, called a ‘Sno Ball’, has been a favorite New Orleans treat since then, and while Mr. Hansen died in 2005, and his wife shortly after, the family legacy continues. His granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, continues to run the company today.
Types of Shaved Ice Treats
It should be noted that there are different types of shaved ice treats- Snow Cones, for instance, are made of harder ice chips, and are more similar to traditional Italian ices, while Snow Balls are made of much more refined, softer ice.
Shaved Ice Around the World
While in North America, snow cones are generally sold in a ball-shape cone, shaved ice is popular in a variety of forms throughout the world.
In Puerto Rico they’re known as ‘piragua’ and are sold in pyramid shapes- the sweet treats are so beloved in Puerto Rico that they’re also sold in Piragua carts which drive through the streets of Puerto Rican sectors in North American cities like New York.
In Mexico, they’re called ‘raspados’, which translates to ‘scraped ice’, while in the Dominican Republic they’re called ‘frio’, or ‘cold’.
In Malaysia and Singapore, shaved ice treats are known as ice kachang, and has evolved from a red-bean dessert to include fruity flavors.
Another interesting point to note is that in many countries throughout the world, shaved ice is served with a scoop of ice cream for added flavor (yum!).
But, no matter what kind of shaved ice treat you love best, the fact is they’ve been both delighting us and helping to create great memories for generations.
At Snowie King, we didn’t invent shaved ice, we just serve it up in a way you can feel good about indulging in! Invite the bus to your next event by clicking here.
Happy 2018 from Snowie King! Snowie King donated back $18,000 to the community in 2017, alone. Thank you to those who have partnered with us to raise funds for their schools/organizations this past year. Our schedule is filling up fast for 2018, so if you’d like us to help out your school or organization as well, BE SURE TO GIVE US A CALL TODAY at 916-750-KING or find us online at SNOWIEKING.COM
Snowie King has made it a point to give 20% of all of our sales back to the community in which we do business. As a result, we were looking to join the Chamber in our community that most precisely matched our core business mission and values.
“The mission of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for business and be a resource for the community.
The Lincoln Chamber is part of the US Chamber of Commerce, an organization dedicated to supporting US businesses in the areas of Advocacy, Community, Leadership, and Publications. The national organization supports more than 3 billion businesses in all sizes, states and sectors, from mom-and-pop shops to large corporations.”-LCC website