About Us…The Long Version
Snack Addicted’s first product started out as a thank you to my awesome massage therapist Arleigh Bumanglag of Hi-Med Therapeutic. He really helped me through my back injury, which occurred during my training for a men’s physique competition. He was also preparing for a body building competition, and after talking about his diet, he told me that he really craved chips but couldn’t eat them because of the high fat and carbs. I first made a batch beef jerky for him, but because it contained sugar he wasn’t able to eat it. So after experimenting (definitely not sacrificing taste), I came up with our first Cracked Pepper recipe with no added sweeteners.
He also told me that he doesn’t really like when beef jerky gets stuck in his teeth, so I went back to the drawing board and decided to cut the meat really thin to make a chip-like jerky. He gave me the approval and also gave some of our beef chips to his friends. They all loved it and asked if I was selling it. At first I didn’t want to, but after all the demands and support of our friends (especially our good friend Jill), I decided to rent a certified kitchen and started selling them to our friends. People began to constantly ask if I also made other flavors like a teriyaki flavor or something on the sweeter side. So that’s when I brought in my childhood friend Terry, who is an excellent cook. He created our Spicy Teriyaki and Kalbi flavors, and things just got crazy. So if you are here reading this, we would like to thank you for being a friend, or a friend of a friend, and we really appreciate your encouragement and support!
Snack Addicted, LLC
"So the name ADDICTED has nothing to do with people being addicted to our beef chips but rather, ADDICTED to your dreams!"
If you purchased or were given our shirt, here’s the meaning behind what our name represents:When I get into something I REALLY GET INTO SOMETHING. It becomes my addiction! I modeled the name off of someone I highly look up to: Alvin Okami of Koaloha Ukuleles. Alvin “pops” is the prime example of Addicted. He works 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Whether it’s physically in the shop or mentally in his head, work is his addiction! I kid you not, this man is my #1 example of a HARD WORKER. People throw that phrase around all the time but if you take a minute to really watch him you will truly understand the meaning. He is addicted to work and not only work but hard work.So getting back to me, as I said before, when I get into things it becomes my addiction. I was asked to run the cafe at a very large breakfast place from the ground up. I designed all the drinks, came up with the names, spent countless hours figuring out how much the sugar in my drink costed,cups, chocolate I mean I knew every little detail! Then it brought me to latte art. So, bad timing because I was getting married at the time and instead of helping my wife plan I was practicing, researching, and going through the motions of latte art in my mind all day and all night. My wife would get so mad but I wanted to be one of the best!
"That’s how I always do things, it would be good to be the best but I at least want to be one of the top in what I’m into."
That’s how I always do things, it would be good to be the best but I at least want to be one of the top in what I’m into.I think my men’s physique competition was even worse though. We were in the process of moving and our daughter was only one. All I did was go to the gym, prepare my bananas and study every motion of how people did their posing. I was on YouTube ALL THE TIME! Every time I went into the gym I was addicted to lifting more weight than the time before, to get less gassed on my cardio than the time before, to drop more weight during my cut than the day before.So, fast forward to the present, I had no idea how to make beef jerky but all I knew is that I wanted to repay Arleigh Keoni for all he did for me and for fixing my back through his unreal massaging skills. I became addicted to perfecting the perfect beef snack for him so he could eat it while on prep for a body building show, and have it still be one of the best tasting snacks he ever ate. It took me about three months of letting my most critical friends try my stuff before I finally got it right. My first few batches had flavor but disappeared too quick I needed to tweak it so it lingered in your mouth so long that you just had to come back to eat more. This is exactly what I was seeing at our first expo. People sampled it, walked away then back-tracked and sampled some more. Everything I worked for, everything I put into my final product and everything I changed was finally perfected and at that moment I knew, I GOT IT RIGHT!
"ADDICTED is in just about every aspect of my life. My diet, my training, raising my daughter, being a positive role model…you get the idea."
I’m my most harshest critic and I constantly doubt myself and Terry will tell u first hand about this, but after seeing people try our product all the doubt left my mind and now I finally know what we truly created….a snack that came from me being addicted to creating the perfect beef chip for Arleigh. So the name ADDICTED has nothing to do with people being addicted to our beef chips but rather, ADDICTED to your dreams! If you are going to do something be addicted to it, be passionate about it and when it’s time to move on then move on but at least u can say you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish!
ADDICTED is in just about every aspect of my life. My diet, my training, raising my daughter, being a positive role model…you get the idea. I 100% believe that we are all meant to be addicted to something positive. I’m sorry for this next one because I respect everyone’s beliefs but I do believe that once you find that positive addiction, that passion, God smiles because he is so happy you found your gift that he’s been wanting you to find! <<<(I’m so sorry if you are atheist or do not believe in God, but for me, I never openly say out of respect to those who don’t but from what I’ve been through in my life I can honestly say I don’t believe he exists, I know he does). Have an awesome night everyone. I am so blessed to have such great people around me! Only good things to come and I’m taking my friends with me!!!!