Freeze Fuel brings freeze-dried candy to Alaska

Freeze Fuel brings freeze-dried candy to Alaska
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 12:38 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - It tastes like candy, feels like candy, but it might not look like candy. That’s because Freeze Fuel in Anchorage is taking a different approach to some of your favorite sweet treats by freeze drying them.

Donald Nachand and his wife Angel thought the concept would be something unique for Alaska after trying it themselves in another state. The freeze-drying process that takes about 24-48 hours and removes about 98% of the moisture.

“Since we haven’t really seen anything here we’re like hey, let’s see if this is something that’s possible to see if we can bring to Alaska,” Donald said.

The two started making candies in their garage in 2021, eventually moving to their new facility on Muldoon in December of last year. The process is fairly simple. After the candies are freeze-dried, they are then weighed, packaged and sealed. Donald answered a question he often gets from customers about what freeze-dried candy tastes like.

”A lot of people think of the consistency as like a puffy Cheeto, but you just get a lot of flavor all at one time.”

Both Donald and his wife are veterans and said it was important for them to give back to the community. In December, Freeze Fuel gave 100 meals to people in need and they donate 1% of all sales to nonprofit organizations that help other veterans. Their products are in nine different gift shops throughout the state and they’re even in talks with Alaska Walmart stores.

Donald says they’re also in the process of redesigning their packaging.

“None of our packages are actually going to have a Skittle trademark or Milk Duds or anything else like that,” Donald said. “It will be 100% caribou poo or ranchers balls and that’s going to be on us to really try marketing to people to let them know what it is.”

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