Santa Rosa teen invents candy bar
By MELODY KARPINSKI / Santa Rosa Correspondent
Not many teenagers carry around 650-page books. Tucker Fish does.
Fish, 13, is reading the biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs, a man he finds inspirational.
“[Jobs] shows that if you put your heart and soul into something it will become big,” said Fish, a student at Rincon Valley Middle School. “I want to be similar to Steve with his great initiative to get things done and put them out in the world.”
This kind of initiative is what has led Fish to create his own candy bar, called the College Bound bar. The project is over a year in the making and is in the middle of a Kickstarter program to help Fish raise funds for his new venture.
“I wanted to make my own product with my own stamp on it,” said Fish. “When I [decided] to invent a candy bar, I thought it would be a good idea to raise money for college for myself and other kids.”
Fish hopes to both pay for college with the earnings from his now-trademarked candy bar, as well as provide scholarships for other students.
While he won’t disclose the recipe for the bar, he can reveal a few of his ingredients: “It’s a toffee-based bar and these ingredients are in the mix: bittersweet chocolate, graham crackers and sea salt.”
Fish has gained notice from local businessman and even local celebrity chef Guy Fieri. “Fieri told me to ‘keep up the good work,’” Fish said. Fish is currently working with four businessmen and one businesswoman who have offered to mentor him through the process of starting a new venture.
The money Fish hopes to raise from his Kickstarter campaign will help pay for cooking equipment, bulk ingredients, marketing, packaging and a website. With 21 days left in the campaign, he has $1160 towards his $3000 goal.
Inventing things has always been on Fish’s radar. He invented a vending machine with another friend, putting it together with wood, nails and pasta dough motor. He built a replica of the Titanic from miscellaneous objects he’d found, created a replica of the Empire State building out of sticks and made his own robot Halloween costume after a trip to the hardware store.
“It’s always the kernel behind the project that inspires me most,” said Peg Melnik, Fish’s mom. “[It's] his ‘never give up’ spirit.”
What does Fish like most about inventing? “It’s fun to me because buying stuff is never as much fun as making it.”
To view a video of Fish explaining his product or to contribute to his Kickstarter campaign, click here.