The inventor of Broccoli Wad, John Ambrose, and his business partner, actor Vincent Pastore (Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero of The Sopranos), pitched their product on Shark Tank. It’s a rubber band – like the kind that holds stalks of broccoli together at the supermarket – that holds your cash. Barbara Corcoran called it “one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen on this show.” That said, Corcoran offered the two $50k for 40% if she could put Patore’s face on the product and call it “Vinnie’s Wad.”
The Broccoli Wad website is no more — but a few Broccoli Wads can be had on Amazon for under $12. And yes, the packaging does include the mug of Pastore who calls the Broccoli Wad “The ultimate money band!” Since Shark Tank, a number of Broccoli Wad competitors have surfaced.