Wanting more 'dough' on ABC's Shark Tank

By Audrey Wise

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- A local business is looking for some help to make more 'dough'.

Sisters Julia and Joan have made tons of cookie dough, though they rarely bake it. Their small business 'Cookie Dough Cafe' targets every sweet-toothed, cookie-dough lover.

Co-owner, Joan Pacetti said, "We got to talking and we decided we both love to eat the dough more than we like to eat the actual product."

Her sister, and other co-owner Julia Schmid explains, "Ours contains no eggs, so it's safe to eat raw."

They sell three flavors: chocolate chip, cookies 'n cream and monster, plus a gluten-free chocolate chip.

"We'll top it on a brownie or a cookie, but most of the time we just take it by the spoonful," said Pacetti.

Their business started almost two years ago. The dough is only sold wholesale to grocery stores because it has to be shipped cold.

Already it can be found in 29 states and in over 80 Fresh Markets, including in Peoria and Normal.

But Pacetti explains, they are still dreaming bigger, "We really hope in the next 5 years to be in all 50 states and in a few more major retailers."

To help take them to the next level they went on ABC's 'Shark Tank'.

Schmid said, "Joan and I have watched since season one and we love the show, and we're like, why not?"

The 'sharks' are self-made millionaire and billionaires that help entrepreneurs take their ideas to the next level. The sisters can't yet talk about what they asked the sharks for or how their pitch went.

"May be positive, may be negative, we can't say, but you should definitely tune in," said Schmid.

Did they get a 'sweet' deal? Tune in to ABC's Shark Tank Friday at 8 pm.

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