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SOUTH JORDAN — Two teenage brothers are taking camping to the next level with their original small business, The Wolf’em Stick.
The Wolf’em Stick is a roasting stick with a rotary handle that allows users to cook a pop can biscuit evenly over a campfire. When the biscuit is done, it’s shaped like a mini pie cup that can be filled with breakfast food, desserts or anything at all.
“It tastes so good, you just have to wolf it down,” Spencer Harrison said.
Spencer Harrison, 15, and his brother Tanner, 17, came up with the idea while taking an entrepreneurship class in 2013.
The boys’ cousins used to cook biscuit dough over a fire on the end of a broom handle, so the Harrisons came up with something more efficient to bring the idea “to the masses,” Spencer said.
Spencer and Tanner manufacture their product themselves by cutting and cleaning the metal, crimping it and adding the two handles and end pieces. The product packaging includes tips and tricks for cooking as well as recipes for The Wolf’em Stick.
“We never really thought we were going to take this past the entrepreneur class, but after we saw the potential we had, we kept going,” Spencer said.
The Harrison brothers are vying for a $25,000 small business grant from FedEx.
The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest awards grand prize money to one small business that wins the contest in addition to $10,000 to another business and $5,000 to eight businesses, according to its website.
The winner is determined by the number of votes it receives, its story and how it would use the grant money to make the business better, according to FedEx.
I love spending all the time with my brother. I'm not sure I'd be able to if we didn't have this business and that's just really good.
“We’re trying really hard because $25,000 is a lot of money, especially for a small business like us,” Spencer said. “So we just think that it could just push us in the future and help us in a lot of ways.”
Internet users can vote once every 24 hours. The contest runs until March 17.
So far, the brothers have sold about 8,000 Wolf’em Sticks and have a goal to sell an additional 20,000 this year.
The Wolf’em Stick is sold for $12.95 at about 80 Kampgrounds of America stores around the nation in addition to IFA Country Stores and various Ma and Pa stores in Southern Utah.
The Harrison brothers said they have had great feedback on their product, even winning first place at the state level of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Saunders Scholarship competition and second place at the national competition, where they each received a $24,000 scholarship.
Above everything else, though, Spencer said he values the time with Tanner.
“I love spending all the time with my brother,” Spencer said. “I’m not sure I’d be able to if we didn’t have this business and that’s just really good.”
Spencer said he plans to save the money he gets from The Wolf’em Stick for college and a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For more information about The Wolf'em Stick, visit its Facebook page.