PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Many people have dreams of creating a product that they could turn into a success, but they never do anything to turn it into reality.
We found some inspiring entrepreneurs on the I Luv RI Facebook page who are turning their vision into a successful reality.
What do you do when you're far from home and you miss the food?
Rip Pruisken, a student from Holland, had an idea on how to cure his homesickness.
"I was thinking 'what could I do?' So for fun in my college dorm room I started making these 'Rip Van Wafels'. One thing led to another, and I started making them more serious I guess," said Pruisken.
The Rip Van Wafel became an instant hit.
"People started stealing them from me," said Pruisken. "It was great. People were very supportive and people really like the product."
"He came to me with the idea he had already been doing it for a little while, and we decided to see if we could make a 'go' of it. It's been really successful so far and we are excited," said co-owner Marco De Leon.
The college crowd was the first to bite into them.
"We started at Brown, RISD, and a few cafes around the area. Gradually we wrote a business plan, put together the beginnings of it and now we have expanded all around the Northeast and starting on the West Coast as well," added De Leon.
This type of waffle is common in Pruisken's home of Amsterdam.
"In Amsterdam you go sit in a cafe or coffee shop and you buy a cup of coffee and you put one of these 'Rip Van Wafels' on top of it and the steam heats up the caramel inside," he said.
After the steam warms up the caramel filling, it melts in your mouth when you bite into it.
"People are surprised. It's not something they expect - a different texture, a different flavor. But they are pleasantly surprised," said Pruisken.
The best part is that they are all-natural and contain no trans fats and only 150 calories.
"They have been selling really well, and the feedback has been amazing. People have been very supportive here and it seems to be a snack that people really like to have with their coffee."
The guys are already looking to expand.
"Right now we just have one flavor, we like to call it "Original Dutch" flavor, but soon we'll be moving to some other options in the future maybe," said De Leon.
Who knew that missing home would have turned into this?
Rip and Marco are looking to extend the sale of the 'Rip Van Wafel' to different college campuses and shops throughout the country.
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