What Happened To Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles After Shark Tank?

Every season, "Shark Tank" offers entrepreneurial hopefuls a chance at a big fat slice of the American dream. Contestants present their ideas to a panel of would-be investors for a chance at the big times (via ABC). If the investors like the idea, they may choose to invest. And they're not just any old investors, the panel consists of a select group of mega-successful businesspeople. The core panel is drawn from a group that includes Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, Kevin O'Leary, and Marc Cuban, according to All Shark Tank Products. Five of the six investors appear on the panel in an episode and are often joined by celebrity guest investors from all spheres of success. Past guest investors have included co-founder of SKIMS and Good American Emma Grede, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, actor, television producer, and surprise venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Whether you're rewatching some of the episodes or waiting patiently for new ones, it's a good time to look back on some of the past hopefuls who walked across the "Shark Tank" stage. While you might be wondering what happened to Cinnaholic after Shark Tank, first, let's take a look at how things turned out for Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles.

Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles before Shark Tank

Before appearing on "Shark Tank," the wholesome twosome behind Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles had racked up $144,000 in sales since starting the business in 2011 and was discussing a deal with Target (as per Shark Tank Blog). Lynnae Schneller started out making pickles with a recipe from her great-grandma Toots and sharing them with friends and family. Soon, she recruited friend Ally Cullinane to help her meet the demand for the crunchy snack.

Interest in the pickles kept growing, and before long, the girls were cooking up their pickles in a trailer they had built into a commercial kitchen. Needless to say, the girls were probably not making the 10 mistakes everyone makes when making pickles. Master promoters, the ladies had already organized a successful "Pickle Run" in their hometown Tacoma, Washington, which raised the brand's profile before it even appeared on the show. By the time they went on "Shark Tank," the friends and business partners had become sisters-in-law.

Swimming with the sharks

Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles kicked off "Shark Tank" Season 5, per All Shark Tank Products. Creators Lynnae Schneller and her sister-in-law Ally Cullinane sought an investment for their pickles made with Lynnae's great-grandmother's secret family recipe, according to SEOAves. They asked for $125,000 in exchange for a hefty 25% share in their company.

Sadly, the ladies, who had clearly more than mastered how you can make pickles at home, had no luck on "Shark Tank." Mark Cuban felt that Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles was "cottage industry-sized" and would be pushed out by a larger competitor, and did not buy in (via Shark Tank Blog). While most of the judges were out simply because they don't like sweet pickles, Kevin O'Leary did not invest because he "[didn't] want pickles as part of my portfolio." However, shark Barbara Corcoran had some encouraging words for the young entrepreneurs, telling the twosome, "I don't think you need a partner." Corcoran was convinced the company would succeed on its own and might later regret having let go of 25% of their company.

Where are they now?

Was shark Barbara Corcoran right? After failing to find backers on "Shark Tank," Lynnae Schneller and Ally Cullinane turned to Indiegogo to try to fund themselves. Unfortunately, the ladies only raised $781 of their $62,500 goal and the campaign appears to have been shut down in 2013 (via IndieGoGo). They did find some success though. Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles or its founders have appeared in Oprah, Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, and CNN (as per Shark Tank Success). Significantly, the ladies were able to make a deal with QVC where they sold in batches of three, with two Hot Mama and two Mrs. Pickles, a sweet and sour dill (via QVC).

Sadly, All Shark Tank Products reported in January 2014 that the company had shut down. Its website and company Facebook page are both defunct, supporting that claim (via Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles & Facebook). Since the brand's products are no longer available, anybody looking for that satisfying salty crunch may want to try 13 types of pickles perfect for snacking.