Monday, July 5, 2010

Pops

Not cake, but ice.

Two weekends ago when I spent the afternoon judging for Hands On Atlanta, we all had a special treat. During the event, the King of Pops was on site selling his handcrafted popsicles. Usually he’s pushing his cute cart around the streets of Atlanta, but instead he was kicking it inside with us for the event. I was super-excited because I had already heard his story a few weeks before when a friend ran into him at the local farmer’s market. He was buying gobs of strawberries. So many, it prompted her to ask what the heck he was going to do with all of them. Then he handed her his card in the shape of a popsicle. Turns out he’s the King of Pops.

When she told me about meeting him, I decided I was going to track down his cart one day to try some of his icey pops. Luckily, that Saturday, all I had to do was turn around and there he was.

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Say Hi. This is Steven. The King of Pops.

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Follow him on Twitter if you’re in Atlanta and you can keep up with his flavors and where he’ll be next. He was also featured just yesterday on CNN. Check him out here.

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I had the Blackberry Mojito – YUM – but I’m still hitting myself for not trying the Chocolate Sea Salt, too.

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You know, I think the only kind I’ve ever made myself are the ones you buy at the grocery store. You know the flavored water kind in those long plastic tubes.

Yeah, those.

So, I decided I wanted to make my own handcrafted popsicles with real fruit.

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I just used some paper candy cups I had on hand and wooden popsicle sticks to play with.

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It’s really easy to make your own.

Pick a fruit. 2 cups strawberries in this case. Hull and half them.

Throw them in a food processor with 1 Tablespoon super fine sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Then blend it all together until completely smooth.

Pour and freeze.

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These were layered with yogurt in between the strawberry. They were pretty tasty and the perfect size for me.

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The recipe came from the book, Ice Pops which has tons more treats like these.

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And because Steven can’t show up to everyone’s house with his cart filled with handcrafted popsicles, here’s a chance to win your own Quick Popsicle Maker for fast freezing fun…

…along with the book, too.

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Enter for a chance to win:
Zoku Quick Popsicle Maker and Ice Pops book

Just leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite fruit flavor.

Deadline to enter is Tuesday, July, 6th at 5:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced Below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

P.S. Giveaway purchased and sponsored by me, but you can find the book and Zoku pop maker at Williams-Sonoma.

Good luck and stay cool!

And the winner is… #4035. Congrats Marta. You get the Ice Pops book and Zoku Pop Maker. Now you can make your own Raspberry Lime Pops.

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Next… I had a treat in my inbox today. Statistician Don… you know Pioneer Woman’s Statistician Don? The numbers guy?

Well, his wife told him about the giveaway I was having and he took time out to pull together these numbers for me. Then I made a little bar chart for you guys from all his hard work. Check out your favorite fruits.

Thanks Don! You’re the sweetest.

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Jessica @ HOw Sweet said...

Strawberry! I have been dying to make my own popsicles for weeks now!

July 5, 2010 11:50 AM
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Connor said...

pineapple is totally my favorite!

July 5, 2010 11:51 AM
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Valerie said...

Cantaloupe is my favorite by far – that would make an awesome popsicle!

July 5, 2010 11:51 AM
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Sarah Lynn said...

Tangerine or Lime!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Christie C. said...

yummy!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Amy said...

Raspberry! yummy!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Erica B. said...

I was just looking at this machine at Williams Sonoma…so cool!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Malinda said...

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Carina said...

My favourite flavour? Dark cherry, probably layered with greek yoghurt… or strawberry and rhubarb in layers, yum!

Will be trying these this weekend… thank you for the inspiration!

rgx

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Erica B. said...

oh , favorite flavor…Peach!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Laura H. said...

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Annie Kaiser said...

You have no idea how long I havebeen longing at this set at the store!! I love lemon!

July 5, 2010 11:52 AM
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Ashley Harris said...

OH yummY! My favorite would be real fruit strawberry. Sigh…

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Laura B. said...

i LOVE popsicles! i’ve never thought of making my own though. but those raspberry lime ones sound divine! definitely something i want to try!

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Sayaka H. said...

oh my husband would cry tears of joy if i won.

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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April said...

Cherry! My kids see the Zoku popsicle maker in the Williams Sonoma catalogs and beg for it!

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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danielle said...

i would make lemonade w/ chunks of fresh strawberries popsicles!

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Paula in Colorado said...

Strawberry. . . or raspberry. . . or blackberry. . .

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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YK said...

favorite? depends on the day, but I love raspberry :)

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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julie p said...

raspberry :)

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Breezi@Not your Average Fairytale said...

hum…. I think my two favorite flavors are strawberry and watermelon.

Thanks for sponsoring such a yummy give away. :)

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Nicole said...

Lemon! Or maybe grapefruit. Perhaps any citrus…

July 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Kelan said...

What a cutie! Bet he charms the ladies into buying more pops. They look delicious. My favorite for a hot day is lemon ginger w/ vanilla yogurt. So refreshing.

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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Vicki Wan said...

mmmmm…now I’m craving that strawberry pop!! Strawberry will almost top all flavors in any form!

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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Brittanylane said...

Watermelon. Like the Jolly Ranchers. Mmmm.

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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jamie said...

Strawberry-kiwi!

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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Kristina said...

Orange! no, wait… strawberry! It’s a tough choice.

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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katia said...

raspberries!!!

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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Danyiel said...

Hands down…pineapple.

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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Elle said...

Strawberry

July 5, 2010 11:54 AM
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KarieK. said...

Any fruit… how about berries?

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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Sarah Lena said...

Favorite fruit flavor? WHY ARE WE SAYING THAT FRUIT IS THE ONLY POSSIBILITY? Um, HELLO, salted chocolate?!

Alright, fine: chocolate-covered strawberry. :)

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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Heather said...

creamsicle!!

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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tayamg said...

Yea! What a fun giveaway. Strawberry is my favorite – it’s the flavor of summer!

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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Elizabeth said...

Pineapple is my favorite, but I love a good mix of flavors!

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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Liz Tarrant said...

I would have to say…Mango, but I like almost all of them!

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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Lesley March said...

Strawberry. No question!
And this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!!

July 5, 2010 11:55 AM
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hillary said...

i would say.. lemonade. that’s a fruit flavor right?

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Erin said...

When I was little we had a lot of family and friend get togethers at my house. My mom would make pops for kids and pops for adults. Ours were made with orange juice, lemonade and sweet tea. Now that I am an adult I get to eat the adult ones, orange juice, lemonade, sweet tea and bourbon! There are perks to getting older!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Stephanie said...

I love peaches! Wonder how they would taste as a popsicle…

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Jenny said...

Peaches and cream, or strawberry rhubarb. Yum.

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Kara said...

My favorite is raspberry, would love to win this my boys would love it for me to make them popsicles.

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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S'toon Girl said...

My fav is totally, completely, whole-heartedly GRAPE!!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Erin Moon said...

KIWI!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Michelle said...

Lemon lime for the summer to cool off!!!!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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mary ellen said...

Raspberrry/Lime!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Heather said...

Raspberry–the kind with a tang to it.

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Anne said...

Oh! This is a prize I *really* want to win!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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aviva said...

My girls and I love to make popsicles in the summer time. I even found molds that look like ring pops! Orange is my most favorite…so refreshing on those hot summer days!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Kara said...

These look awesome. Strawberry would be awesome. I wonder if banana would be delicious too …

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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lisa said...

Chocolate pudding!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Leah said...

Pineapple! Also, a tip I learned but haven’t tried yet… add some gelatin to your pop mix and it’ll make it slow melt. Great for super hot days and little kids!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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LauraG said...

Green apple, yum!

July 5, 2010 11:56 AM
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Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper said...

LOVE all of the popsicle stores and carts popping up now! Loco Pops is popular in Raleigh/Durham and I just saw them featured in an article! We enjoyed Luna Pops in Wilmington this past weekend.

I love ANY fruit flavor pretty much, i may be partial to peach or strawberry!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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jen@odbt said...

blackberry – yum!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Megan said...

Any berry combinations!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Myra Luna said...

I love mango!! But real mango, not syrup or extract or anything… I looove the real deal!!!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Linsay said...

Mango is my all time fav and this looks like so much fun!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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RENEE said...

I have been eyeing this at Williams and Sonoma since I walked by their store last month. I love watermelon popsicles. YUM!!!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Stephanie said...

I love raspberry and lemonade flavors swirled together. mmmmm

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Amanda @ My Everyday said...

I love Strawberry Lemonade anything!

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Valentinute said...

Sooo beautiful! Lemon, anyway! :)

July 5, 2010 11:57 AM
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Miyako Kriegelsteiner said...

I know my daughter would go crazy over any popsicle that is in the shade of pink. ;D

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Christy said...

strawberry, watermelon, peach. They all sound good.

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Tiffani said...

Strawberry!!!! But really any fruit sounds sooo yummy!! What an awesome prize!! LOVE it. Good luck to everyone

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Jessica said...

Mango, definitely.

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Elizabeth Preston said...

I’m going to have to go with orange!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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LeAnne said...

That Zoku machine is so cool! I love the striped popsicles! For my favorite, though, I’d have to say lemon.

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Andrea said...

Mango! With lime! Yum!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Laura said...

Blueberries! thanks for the giveaway!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Tiffaneyc said...

Coconut by far!!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Kayla said...

My favorite would be a toss up between Raspberries and Strawberries…combined they would be a very tasty treat! : )

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Sarah C. said...

Just this weekend I made cantaloupe popsicles. I just pulverized cantaloupe and mixed with vanilla yogurt. Incredible yummy and a great texture.

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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Kari said...

Lemon! How fun!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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sara said...

This looks amazzzzing! Much love to Bakerella!

July 5, 2010 11:58 AM
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C Chipps said...

Strawberry/Kiwi!!!

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Brittany said...

I was just checking that popsicle maker out at WIlliams & Sonoma. Count me in!
I am a big fan of lime popsicles, and rootbeer.

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Astaryth said...

My husband loves fruit pops (ANY flavor!) and would be in heaven if I won this… of course I would then be spending all my time making him Pops LOL!

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Linda said...

I made plum & banana ones the other day – soooo good

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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ania said...

Orange! oh creamsicles :] they would be so much fun to make!

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Jamie said...

My favorite fruit flavor is anything citrus–lemon, lime, or grapefruit. So refreshing!

And boy, is that King of Pops a cutie!

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Patty said...

This looks great, I would say my fav is watermelon. :)

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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LinC said...

Mango, mango, mango!!!! Mmm, mango and yogurt flavor would be like a mango lasse (sp?). Yum.

July 5, 2010 11:59 AM
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Nikki Strohl said...

Those look tasty. My favorite fruit flavor is probably raspberry. But I’m likely to change my mind tommorow.

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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maud amanda said...

grapefruit!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Joni said...

Ooh! Everything cherry for me! This would be so much fun!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Michele said...

Ooh I love this. My favorite is probably raspberry. Thanks for the give away!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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mellissa said...

Is a toss up for me between lemon or raspberry, I really can’t choose between the two :P

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Kayla T. said...

strawberry. very cool giveaway!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Liz said...

Watermelon or root beer. Depends on my mood.

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Erin M said...

Definitely Orange Creamsicle/Dreamsicle whatever you call them…I’m so bummed the Ice Cream truck never comes to our neighborhood anymore :(

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Maggie said...

mixed berry, yum!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Aimee said...

I’m a sucker for a good lemon popsicle. Pineapple is another huge fave!! :)

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Jessie said...

Strawberry kiwi is my favourite popsicle flavour, but that chocolate sea salt pop sounds divine!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Kelli said...

cherry, definitely cherry. throwing in some chocolate never hurts either!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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daphs said...

peaches n cream or strawberries and cream yum!

July 5, 2010 12:00 PM
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Helen said...

Lemon! Love it!

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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Bryanna said...

Watermelon!

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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Ezmina said...

My favourite is a mix berry..strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. Must say some of the flavours on the King of pops look very interesting.

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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Laura in AL said...

OMG, those look so good! I’d love to win!

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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