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Santa Rosa teen invents candy bar

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Posted by

Tucker Fish, 13, invented a candy bar called the College Bound bar. (Courtesy of Peg Melnik)

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

  • Marcy Fry

    This was a great article! How inspiring.

  • David Riffo

    The future just got a little brighter. Keep it up Tucker.

  • http://www.niftycandy.com david klein

    Tucker–I am so excited for you….In 1976 with my last 800.00 I created the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans…My story is in the documentary Candyman:the David Klein story which is streaming on Netflix and Hulu. I am offering my services to you free of charge…I think that I can help you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Peg Melnik

      This is Peg, Tucker’s mom. We would love to meet with you. What is the best way to contact you?
      Thank you!
      All best,

  • Sophia

    Truly inspiring Tuck Fish! So proud/excited for you!

  • http://www.djdaxonline.com Dax

    Great job Tucker! Keep up the hard work! :)

  • Sascha Cory

    Tucker, if your reading this, I just want to say, Great Job, man!
    Hope you keep all this up and that you reach your goal and much more!
    -Sascha Cory-

    • Sascha Cory

      You have a bright future!

  • elijah

    that is terrific tucker! keep it up!

  • Shaelin

    Nice job Tucker! Keep up the good work! ;D

  • shaelin

    nice job Tucker!! keep up the great work! :D

  • Lindsay

    What an inspiring story. As a school principal, I am beyond impressed. Tucker, you are a role model for kids everywhere. I will be sharing this story with my students. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • Amy M Scharch

    Great job, Tucker! Very excited for you and your huge accomplishment!!

  • http://BikerKim3.smugmug.com Kim D West

    Tucker, I am impressed with your enthusiasm and entrepreneurship. Guy Fieri is mentioned in this article, and if one knows his background? that’s exactly how he started….You have some great Leaders to follow, plus you are one ….for all your peers. I wish, kids would put down there iPhones and get off of Facebook and apply themselves, like you.

  • Bill Robertson

    I think it is only fair to disclose that Tucker’s mother is a reporter for the Press Democrat. This is an ethical lapse.

    • lcastrone

      We subjected Tucker to the same news standards we use for all Towns stories and decided that he merited the coverage. You are right that we should have included the information that Peg Melnick is his mother in the interest of full disclosure.

  • Karen

    What a great story! Tucker, I hope to be reading about you in the years to come. Good luck with your future ventures!!

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