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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lauren said...

yum! Perfect today since it’s supposed to be about 100 degrees!

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

Ooops, forgot to add my flavor…. definitely watermelon!!

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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Michelle G said...

Strawberry lemonade!

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

Bing cherries

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

I’m a strawberry girl, all the way. Those look delish!

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

Coconut or mango! YUM!

July 5, 2010 12:01 PM
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Wei-Wei said...

My sister brought back ice pop molds for me from Switzerland, and so far I’ve made a ton of flavours: papaya smoothie, Yakult, beer, Diet coke, mung bean soup layered with brown sugar and milk, milk, and I think I need to think up some more. My favourite was the yakult, though. :D

Wei-Wei

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Laura Lynn said...

Cherry for sure! YUM!! Now I’m craving ice cream!

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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michelle said...

W A T E R M E L O N !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Liz said...

I’d have to say my favorite fruit flavor for a popsicle is coconut. Some thing about that cool creamy yet still frozen pop taste.

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Katie said...

Definitely lemon, especially when it’s only barely sweet.

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Julie said...

How can we choose that?!?! :) I guess I’ll have to go with strawberry… for today.

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Clancy said...

Strawberry is the best!

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Mary JT said...

My favorite would be a strawberry banana mix.

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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Angie said...

I must have this!!!!!!!!!!! I would make peach, and strawberry, and watermelon and………and……..a lot more.

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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nicole said...

I’d love a strawberry lemonade popsicle right now!

July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
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LadySaotome said...

I am addicted to peach/mango. Those look amazing!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Robin said...

I saw this book at the mall – would love to try it out! I LOVE anything with berry or lime!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Becky Daniel said...

I love Strawberry- I know my girls would love to make their own ice pops

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Kate said...

I love cherry, but my favorite popsicle is orange creamsicle.

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Becky said...

Lemon! These look great!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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JennyV said...

You are a domestic goddess…love the ideas!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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lauren said...

whoops, I forgot a flavor… my favorite would be like a mango-yogurt. I’ve never had it before, but I imagine I could make it! :)

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Breanna said...

Oh My Goodless those look amazing!!!

I love anything Pineapple!!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Shan said...

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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April Nienhuis said...

Watermelon!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Cathryn said...

Blueberry is tops followed by a good pina colada!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Amy W said...

Talk about delish! Lemon sounds really really good right now…and very summery!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Jennifer F. said...

Raspberry! Yum yum!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Amy said...

I want a Zoku soooo bad! First, I’d make something fruity, followed by some chocolate pudding pops :)

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Carrie said...

Strawberry is my favorite….hands down.

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Amanda said...

Well, my favorite is Strawberry Rhubarb…it tastes just like jam…..yummy!!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Shoshana said...

Cherry!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Jessica Williams said...

Have to try this! I love ALL things lemon!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Edith said...

Watermelon, that’s my favorite!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Alta said...

mango…delicious!

July 5, 2010 12:03 PM
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Melanie said...

Hmmm. Strawberry! oh wait then theres Raspberry. ooo and pineapple. can’t forget about mango. and lemon, lime, watermelon, cherry………………………..

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Stephanie said...

Coconut! Coconut + Fruit is also a favorite :-)

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Chelsea Wilcox said...

sign me up! that sounds amazing right about now! yuuuumm!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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ashley said...

Strawberry!!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Emily said...

Oh I want this SOOO BAD! I was looking at this for my birthday…but I ended up getting an espresso machine instead. I am obsessed with lemon!!!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Margot said...

Yum on a stcik

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Belinda Chapman said...

Love strawberry or strawberry-banana. These are too cool!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Jessica said...

Strawberry :)

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Mary said...

I love pears.

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Bridget said...

passion fruit!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Beth said...

I want to try them all!!! Chocolate sea salt? You’re killing me here…

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Wanda said...

Strawberry and Banana together is SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
I’d LOVE to learn to make my own Popsicles!!!!! I have 4 kids, and we’ve just tried yesterday to make some with jello, but they wouldn’t come out of the the container.. : (

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Amy Kelly said...

I’m a huge fruit fan, so it’s hard to pick my favorite fruit flavor, but strawberry is always classic and delicious.

I’ve really been wanting to try to make popsicles lately and these look great!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Betty said...

Hm, raspberry. Especially raspberry + chocolate!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Kelli T. said...

Tangerine! Yum!

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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Nicola said...

I absolutely love anything with mango. Mango makes my mouth taste like summer. <3

July 5, 2010 12:04 PM
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sarah said...

it has to be classic lemonade… so refreshing! x

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Carrie said...

My favorite flavor….lime! This kit looks so fun!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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erinbowes@msn.com said...

Strawberry is my favorite, although that Pineapple Habenero sounds delicious!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Lovey said...

It’s a tie between Rainier cherries and watermelon. Wait, there are nectarines too. Oh my, I can’t forget about strawberries. Ack and pineapple! It’s so hard to choose. Can I vote for fruit salad?

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Kat said...

Melon with lime zest and mint!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Michelle C said...

Pineapple is my absolute favorite! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Melissa said...

I scream ICE CREAM for ice cream!! Thanks Bakerella. I needed some more fun summer ideas for my family. :D

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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cathy said...

GREAT IDEA!!!I HAVE TO TRY AND MAKE

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Ava H. said...

Strawberry for sure!! It’s kind of a toss up between banana and strawberry, well… and bluberry and cherry and rasberry. But, in the end strawberry definity wins!!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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alicia Harper said...

blueberry & strawberry

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Noine said...

Peaches! No – raspberries. No – peaches…. ohhhh, don’t make me decide! Fresh mango is really delicious, too. And with Greek yoghurt (wiping off chin).

Yum, I didn’ know there was such a thing as a popsicle maker.

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Char said...

Lemon – Lime – and I would have gone for the choco sea salt :)

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Laura Webber said...

MMMM! I’d love to enjoy a raspberry pop!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Wendy said...

mmmmmmmango!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Melissa said...

watermelon! yum!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Mariee said...

Raspberries, yum!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Sam said...

Mango, definitely!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Pam Benton said...

My 9 yr old would freak out and go crazy making new fun flavors if I won this….how about guava or muscadine…..

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Julia said...

Mmmm, Strawberries! I’ve been making my own yogurt lately and this will be a perfect use of it. Lots of summer fun!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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Emily said...

Has to be pineapple. Makes the best juice!

July 5, 2010 12:05 PM
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whitney said...

Orange Cream Pops!!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Bethany R. Morford said...

I love strawberry banana!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Melissa K. said...

Peach or raspberry!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Lana said...

Oh, this brings back memories – my grandma used to make “pudding pops” for us, essentially frozen pudding – we LOVED going to grandma’s and having her mid-afternoon treats, especially pudding pops! I would love to try layered chocolate raspberry – my two favourite flavours!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Abby said...

Oooh my fave flavour has to be raspberry and passion fruit!!

I love the things yoy find us bakerella! Wish we had a cute popsicle man here in england!
Xx

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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April said...

I love orange!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Erin said...

mmmm….those look delish! my favorite fruit flavor is strawberry! it never gets old!!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Robin H said...

Peach is my favorite! Those look so good!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Erica Evans said...

YUMMY!!!!! Pick me pick ME!!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:06 PM
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Stephanie said...

My favorite fruit is banana… anything banana and I’m game!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Stephanne said...

This is awesome! I just happen to have a 4-yr-old popsicle addict at home. How cool would it be to make our own? Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the chance to win!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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HPH said...

All fruits! Well, except for grapefruit. Okay, maybe grapefruit too with lotsa sugar and a cherry on top!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Krista said...

definitely strawberry :o) but mango pineapple would take a close second :o)

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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dorie howell said...

Hmmm, pops! We love cherry!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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A Wind said...

all kinds of berries and cherries

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Julie said...

I gotta go with mango, pure and simple :) That chocolate sea salt flavor does sound intriguing

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Deanna said...

Oh my! My children will love these…can’t wait to try them.

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Jill D. said...

Pink lemonade is my all time favourite kind of popsicle!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Sara Plays House said...

There is nothing better than a strawberry popsicle.
But I’m still kinda partial to the Kool-Aid popsicles my mom would make back in the day. :)

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Cheri said...

Love Cherry!!

July 5, 2010 12:07 PM
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Mandy R said...

My favorite fruit is strawberry. Your popsicles are so cute! I’m going to have to make some with my kids soon.

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Gayle said...

It depends on the season. I just happen to have some blueberries & watermelon in my fridge right now… And some Greek yogurt… hmmmm….

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Chaya said...

Anything with stone fruit!

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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MellyKitch said...

ooooh has to be a strawberry split, do you have those in the US? are they the same as creamsickles?

Ice cream covered in Strawberry ice and they’re deeeeelicious.

Either that or orange flavoured.

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July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Gretchen Noelle said...

My favorite is passionfruit. No contest.

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Carrie said...

What a perfect giveaway for summertime. My favorite is strawberry. THANKS!

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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lesley thompson said...

I love coconut. When I was a child we were members at a local sports club. In the snack bar they had the best fruit pops with coconut being the best of them all! Such a summer time smell coconut and sun tan lotion……

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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DianeScraps said...

Strawberry is the fav at our house – thanks!

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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