BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A YEAR after making its mark in Brunei, Kyna Popsicles are now ready to delve deeper into the dessert market with more than 50 different flavored ice treats.
Since coming into the Kontena Park in Anggerek Desa in May last year, duo Hj Md Khairul Yadiy Hj Awang Damit and his wife Dk Siti Nur Amalina Pg Junaidi has been testing and developing different flavors to add on to the only four to five originals they had when they first started.
This, said Hj Md Khairul Yadiy, include a hot flaming cheetos flavored ice cream, which saw a slow start at first but began to pick up later on.
Some other flavors were made according to customer demands, said Hj Md Khairul Yadiy, which also served as Kyna Popsicles’ guideline to produce flavors that accurately represent the Bruneian taste-buds.
While still experimenting, Kyna Popsicles now has more than 50 flavors added to its line, with the top six being the Butter Beer, Bubble Gum, Crunchy Milo, Sea Salt and the seasonal Watermelon Paradise flavors.
Besides that, the duo is also experimenting flavors with other food materials including cereals and snacks; and then gauge the market for its demand to see if it is feasible to be included in the menu.
Hj Md Khairul Yadiy explained that some of the ideas to produce these flavors came from his travels overseas; with Kyna Popsicles’ best-selling sea salt flavor and others coming from Japan and Europe, with the idea to start the Popsicle venture sparked during their travel to Australia.
Kyna is the combination of Hj Md Khairul Yadiy’s and his wife’s initials, with the word coincidentally meant “love” in Irish.
Upon its inception in 2017, the duo only had four to five flavors, but they were mostly sold off every time the Popsicles went into business at the Bandarku Ceria event.
Since then, they had found shelter at Pasar Malam Gadong, before finally moving to the Kontena Park in March last year, with the help from Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) upon realising its potential.
A year since making its mark in the market, Hj Md Khairul Yadiy is confident that his business is now stable, with him daring to hire workers to tend to his outlet at the Kontena Park.
“The money to run the business all came from our pocket, so progress can be a bit slow; but surely we are heading there,” he said.
What is important, he said, is to have both passion and patience – because without it, a business will only be a business when it is in-trend; when the trend dies, then so is the business.
“We also have to be daring to try new and unconventional things; because we can always create the demand for what we have if we can market them right,” he said.
In the long run, Hj Md Khairul Yadiy hoped that he would at least have an outlet across all of the four districts of Brunei.