Here's What Happened To Mee-Ma's Gumbo After Shark Tank

We've seen a lot of great foods on "Shark Tank" over the course of the show's 14 seasons. Countless entrepreneurs have come onto the show with their hot new takes on classic snacks, from mushroom-based jerky to safe-to-eat cookie dough. Without a doubt, these people are revolutionizing the food industry.

However, we can't talk about innovative food products and not talk about Mee-Ma's Gumbo Bricks. "Shark Tank" fans might remember this budding business from the show's fourth season, back in 2013. Per Shark Tank Tales, Carol Foster pitched her frozen gumbo bricks to the sharks, which was meant to save users the time and effort of trying to put together their own gumbo recipe.

Foster asked the sharks for $200k in exchange for 20% of her company. Although everyone was initially leery of getting involved with the business, sharks Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary stepped in with an offer of $200k for 50%. So where is Mee-Ma's Gumbo now?

The story behind Mee-Ma's Gumbo Bricks

Mee-Ma's Gumbo got its start in 2009 when Carol Foster opened her own restaurant to serve up her grandma's gumbo. Unfortunately, Foster's restaurant soon suffered severe water damage from a bad storm (via Shark Tank Products). She turned to selling her gumbo online, but to make the product last, she created frozen gumbo bricks.

According to Shark Tank Success, Mee-Ma's Gumbo Bricks take all the hassle out of making a hearty gumbo. The bricks come packed with veggies, spices, and seasonings, so all you have to do is heat it up and add in your favorite meat — shrimp, chicken, crab, etc. They seem like a great dinner option if you want all the deliciousness of Creole food (not to be confused with Cajun food) but don't have all day to make a gumbo from scratch.

Although Foster had her gumbo bricks perfected and ready to go, she needed the sharks' help with distribution, as well as capital to fulfill a hefty order from Costco (via Shark Tank Blog). Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary went in on a deal together, offering Foster $200k for 50% of the company. Foster accepted, but her journey was just beginning.

Where is Mee-Ma's Gumbo today?

Per Shark Tank Blog, Mee-Ma's Gumbo sold more than $500k in bricks prior to appearing on "Shark Tank." After making a deal with Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary, Carol Foster went on to get her product into numerous stores, including Safeway and Publix.

However, Mee-Ma's Gumbo seems to have quietly changed its plans. Its Instagram account hasn't posted since 2017, and its website domain has expired. With that being said, Mee-Ma's Facebook page was still active as of earlier this year. In April 2022, the business posted saying "We're still here, but working on some new marketing strategies!"

Several people commented on the post, asking where they could find Mee-Ma's Gumbo Bricks. One person wrote, "Love it but can't find it," while another said Mee-Ma's was "the only gumbo brick I buy." Others wanted to know if the bricks would be sold online again, so they could have them shipped to states that don't carry Mee-Ma's Gumbo in stores.

In June, the business posted about new products, including a hot water cornbread batter, and provided a quick update. According to one comment, Mee-Ma's had hired a brokerage firm to help with "wider and more consistent distribution." Hopefully these gumbo bricks will soon be available again to customers.