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Inspiration struck Michael Markley in a restaurant several years ago. “I finished half my milkshake, but there was no more whipped cream. I told my wife, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we had little tiny cans to spray on the remainder?’” After deciding it was time to shift gears from the mortgage industry in early 2007, Markley decided to give the idea a shot and learned all he could about whipped cream. In August, he moved into a commercial kitchen and “literally built a small dairy plant.”


Blosm is all-natural, meaning it contains no artificial flavors or colors or hormones or pesticides, and comes in five flavors: blackberry amaretto, white chocolate, dark chocolate mocha, cinnamon praline and French vanilla. After refining the product and brand in 2008, Markley is focusing on growing Blosm’s distribution in 2009. He’s off to a good start, signing a deal with Whole Foods this spring. About $3 for a 1.67-ounce can retail.

TEP Inc., Denver, (720) 838-4609, www.myblosm.com. Available at numerous stores in Colorado; a retailer locator is on the website.

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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