Here's What Happened To SubZero Ice Cream After Shark Tank

There are usually two kinds of businesses you see on "Shark Tank." The first are those that get a shark to invest, go on to great success, and maybe even become a household name (like the Scrub Daddy, one of the best kitchen tools we've seen on Shark Tank). Then there are the businesses that go in, give it their all, get rejected, and disappear. 

But not every business that fails to capture a shark's investment is doomed to disappear. In fact, some businesses that were rejected by the sharks go on to thrive.

Hosts Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, and Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary may not have thought Teaspressa was worth an investment, but it's still kicking, with products now sold at Anthropologie and Nordstrom. Then there was Stasher Bags, a brand of reusable silicone bags. The company founder ended up turning down the investment offer made on "Shark Tank," but in 2019 the company was acquired by SC Johnson. But what ever happened to SubZero Ice Cream? The company appeared on "Shark Tank" in 2013, but failed to get a shark to invest (via Shark Tank Tales). Did it disappear, like so many other businesses? Or are they flourishing?

SubZero Ice Cream is alive and well

SubZero is an ice cream company with a unique process. Rather than churning big batches of ice cream and scooping it up to serve customers, at SubZero, customers choose everything from the flavor base added to the fresh liquid cream, to the mix-ins and toppings, before the ice cream is made right then and there thanks to a blast of liquid nitrogen. It's a process dreamt up and patented by company co-founders Jerry and Naomi Hancock.

Fans of SubZero's appearance on "Shark Tank" can breathe a sight of relief. The company has flourished since appearing on "Shark Tank" in 2013. It was awarded a patent for its ice cream freezing and serving process a year after appearing on the show. It has also expanded. The company had 18 franchises when it was showcased on "Shark Tank," but these days it has more than 30, with more in the process of development (via SubZero Ice Cream). It's still looking for franchisees, too, so fans might see even more locations pop up soon (via SubZero Franchise). The company is proof that just because a business fails to get an investor on "Shark Tank," it doesn't mean it's doomed to fail.