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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Merideth said...

I love strawberry!

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

those look wonderful! Pomegranate!

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Tara Villarreal said...

if it has to be fruit flavored, strawberry…otherwise, CHOCOLATE!!! ;o)

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

Orange! Yum!

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

YUM!

I would love to try a pineapple!

My current favorite is lemon.

My kids would LOVE this set. They are addicted to Edy’s fruit pops and Mommy is sick of paying $3-5 for a box.

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Sweet Tooth said...

My all time favorite is strawberries and cream and shortly followed by mango and cream.

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

I was just looking at popsicle modes in the store and coveting them! Just ONE favorite flavor? Orange and cream or raspberry or blackberry or strawberry…I loved someone above’s idea of Chocolate covered strawberry! YUM! :)

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

I love strawberry!! The ones you made look yummy!

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

We’d love an orange, peach and mango pop!

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

blackberry lime!! YUM!

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

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 12:08 PM
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Erin in CA said...

Definitely strawberry for us but I love the look of the yogurt layerd ones.

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

The strawberry-lemonade sound perfect for summer!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Rachel O. said...

I’d love to win this! It’s something I’d never buy for myself but would *love* to have.

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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kim said...

GRAPE! Strawberry is good, too, but grape is my true love. <3

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Nicole said...

Strawberry!!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Margo said...

Since Root Beer isn’t a fruit…I’d have to say peach! Wait, watermelon. No, mango…oh dear!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Jill Mills said...

Oh I love strawberry and blueberry together! YUM! Id just love this!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Bonnie Lucas said...

my favorite fruit flavor is mango and banana.

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Andrea said...

Watermelon all the way!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Katherine said...

Strawberry Cheesecake popsicles. What could better? Maybe an orange flavored one that my Mom made for me when I was a girl. Her molds were 100% metal and they were great!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Monica said...

Passion Fruit… Yummmy!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Pineapple!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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shayna said...

strawberry or raspberry, total toss up!

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Corvus said...

I am a pineapple nut. I would move to Hawai’i just for the pineapples. Yum.

July 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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Shari said...

No doubt whatsoever….raspberry!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Kristine said...

These look so fun! I love raspberry!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Amy said...

Gotta be mango!!!! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! This looks YUM!!!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Anonymous said...

Those look delicious. I have tried to make my own before but have not perfected them. I may have to try again on this 100 degree day

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Mandy said...

Peach. Hands down. :)

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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emily said...

strawberry definitely. this book looks so fun!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Cecilia said...

Peach!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Tanya said...

Raspberry Peach is my all time favourite fruit combination.

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Anneke said...

I’m in in in!
My favourite are all kinds of berries, yum!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Deon said...

Strawberry!!! But I would love to make any kind for the kids!! Sounds so yummy right now!!!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Kiana said...

My boys would love me more than do now, since there’s no school, cuz they’re on vacation! They love to help me out in the kitchen, especially if they get to eat the end result!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Lisa in Orlando said...

I love Kiwi!!!!

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Kelly Steckler said...

Strawberry! Yum! :)

July 5, 2010 12:10 PM
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Jeni said...

My favorite is blackberry!!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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melissa said...

Strawberry of any variety… oh strawberry, how I love thee!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Vanna said...

I’m sure I’d go bonkers for the Strawberry Cheesecake, but here at home I usually settle for lame ol’ grape!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Teresa said...

I love raspberry!!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Kim said...

I would have to go with Strawberry Kiwi!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Amy said...

Wow, those look amazing!! I think by far my favourite fruit flavour is the classic orange. So great on it’s own and amazing paired with othe fruits!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Deb said...

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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kristin said...

Oh man, those popsicles look AMAZING. The strawberry lemonade sounds particularly delicious.

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Strawberry! Or raspberry, or kiwi. Too tough a call.

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Abigail said...

Don’t tell my Momma, because where I’m from in Indiana our raspberries are black (but not blackberries) – but i love, love, love red raspberries!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Katie said...

Passion fruit is my favorite – wouldn’t it be interesting to try a popsicle in that flavor? We don’t have air conditioning in the house right now because of a flood, so popsicles sound fantastic right about now!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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A&EMom said...

What fun! Mine is cherry :)

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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fidget said...

raspberry lime sounds divine! I also love a good coconut Popsicle!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Shanda said...

Oh my! With all the wonderful fresh fruits that are in season. Oh the possibilities are endless! Blue berry, strawberry, PEACH! Oh, oh, OH!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Valinda said...

My favorite is tangerine. Followed closely by grapefruit.

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Sandy said...

Strawberry is definitely my favorite flavor! Yumm!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Lindsey S said...

Peach!! I’m slightly obsessed…peach soda, peach sorbet, peach icecream, just peaches! The BEST flavor for summer!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Jessica said...

Mango. Some mango popsicles would make 90 degree days much more bearable!

July 5, 2010 12:11 PM
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Emily H. said...

Watermelon! Or strawberry! Or cherry! Can’t pick one! My mom used to make us popsicles when I was a kid with Tupperware molds…yummm :)

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Dana said...

Watermelon means summer to me!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Tracy Schlereth said...

I think a lemon-berry (lemon & strawberry, raspberry) popsicle would be DEVINE! WOO HOO!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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NaomiKnight said...

My favourite fruit flavor is a tie between orange and strawberry. I would love to try crazier combinations, though. I feel like I’m missing out what with all the mango, plum and blueberry I’m hearing about now!

If I won this, I’d have to try out all these new flavors and find out what my new favourite would be :D

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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jennifer said...

mango!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Suzanne said...

Strawberry lemonade!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Julie @SavvyEats said...

Mmm….raspberry!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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allison mcgrew said...

mango! or creamsicle. or blackberry. or raspberry. also lime. and strawberry. ok – i guess i like them all!

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

Raspberry popsicles are the best!!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Kristen said...

Strawberry or coconut :)

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Sarah said...

I always go for strawberry flavors but i have been on a lemon kick lately. oohh… strawberry lemonade pops yum…

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Pinar G. said...

Sooo great!

My fav is also a mix berry … especialy black mulberry and blackberry team is my favourite this summer.

I really love your giveaways. Your taste is great!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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bev said...

looks like a fun thing to make with the Grands!!

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

Oooh, my favorite is probably banana with a bit of coconut milk added in!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Shi Lin said...

GRAPE :D hmm or strawberry? or cherry? chocolate? OR JUST EVERYTHING :D

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

Coconut! Can’t beat a taste of the tropics when you want to cool down and relax!

July 5, 2010 12:12 PM
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Simone said...

love any ice that tastes like COCKTAILS…! :) pina colada, frozen marguarita… jummie!!!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Kathy said...

I love pineapple flavored pops!!!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Jen G. said...

I love pineapple anything :) That or REAL lemon…yum!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Elaine Carter said...

What a wonderful summer giveaway. My favorite would have to be watermelon. Yummy…

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Melissa said...

Blackberry!!!!! Mmmmm….that Blackberry pop sure looked good!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Mrs. Kelley said...

Always loved pineapple!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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mandi said...

COCONUT! Wait, does that count?

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Erika said...

I love strawberry! I’ve been saving my yogurt cups for the last few weeks to use for making popsicles.

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Melinda said...

Haven’t met a fruit I don’t like, but my favorite is probably mango…yum!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Jae said...

Oh my how cute are these! My favorite flavor would have to be mango, no wait…strawberry, mmmm together is good! hehe

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Jennifer Delaurier said...

My favourite fruit has to be strawberry mango…or maybe that’s considered 2 fruits!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Kris said...

Watermelon!!!! My daughter and I are allll about watermelon in the summer. How refreshing would *that* be?? YUM!!!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Lisa Schilling said...

Totally Mango Raspberry!!!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Kari said...

Raspberry! Yum!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Misty in Oregon said...

My favorite fruit flavor is either just plain ol’ raspberry, blueberry and lemon, or orange and ginger… I can’t decide!

July 5, 2010 12:13 PM
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Sara said...

watermelon!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Kate said...

Man, it’s hard to pick just one favorite fruit, but I think cherry nudges out all the others.

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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ELISE said...

My favorite flavor? Peach

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Tiffani said...

My favorite is always the orange flavored pops!!!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Sarah said...

Doesn’t get any better than strawberry!!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Susan said...

Blue berry. They sound so healthy.

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Larissa said...

My favorite flavor is strawberry.

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Hannah said...

I think it’s a tie between blueberry and watermelon for me!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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meg said...

Peach!!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Theresa mills said...

I think that a pomegranate peach would be oh so yummy! Thank u bakerella for the giveaway!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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Hippie Mama Kelly said...

Yum!!! Mixed berry is my all time favorite. But lemon is mighty fine too!

kelly heet at aol dot com

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Alisa said...

I love BERRIES!

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NooraK said...

Strawberry!

July 5, 2010 12:14 PM
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