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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Sherry said...

I would love love to make my own pops!! I love fruit pops!!!

July 6, 2010 04:01 PM
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ChristineD said...

Raspberry for sure! Maybe with a bit of lime.

July 6, 2010 04:01 PM
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Shauna Barrier said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Popsicles!!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!

July 6, 2010 04:01 PM
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Katherine said...

chocolate!

July 6, 2010 04:02 PM
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Christy said...

My favorite flavor is coconut. I can think of nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day.

July 6, 2010 04:03 PM
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Meg said...

Peach!

July 6, 2010 04:04 PM
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Rachel S. said...

Nectarine, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry…I can never decide! As always, thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

July 6, 2010 04:04 PM
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Holly said...

COCONUT!!! Everything COCONUT! ;)
I suppose strawberry is a good contender also!

July 6, 2010 04:04 PM
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lisamac said...

I love any think cherry flavored. I think I will try and make some watermelon ice pops. I have tons of leftover watermelon from the 4th. Have a blessed day.

July 6, 2010 04:04 PM
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Alyssa mc said...

I love strawberry.

July 6, 2010 04:05 PM
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troy mac said...

I like kiwi and strawberry melon.

July 6, 2010 04:06 PM
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Kristi Scherzinger said...

Coconut, I love the Mexican ones, they are so good.

July 6, 2010 04:06 PM
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Corey said...

Watermelon and mint! Yummy :) After seeing that blackberry mojito popsicle, it makes me think how delicious a watermelon mojito popsicle would be! That’s my favorite summertime drink, so I know it would be great as a popsicle!

July 6, 2010 04:06 PM
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Sorayah Zahir said...

I love raspberry flavor icepop

July 6, 2010 04:07 PM
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skimmy said...

we all scream for ICE CREAM! =D

July 6, 2010 04:07 PM
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Stephanie Jarvis said...

yumm, pina colada would be tops. I eat it, close my eyes and pretend I’m in hawaii again. sweet dreams!

July 6, 2010 04:07 PM
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Kaitlin said...

I love anything Mango…I could eat mangoes every day for the rest of my life!

July 6, 2010 04:08 PM
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Jen said...

Oooohh…anything citrus. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

July 6, 2010 04:08 PM
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Margaret C. said...

Definitely starfruit. Or mango. Or starfruit-mango? Hmmm…. That could have potential… Yuuuuummmm!

July 6, 2010 04:09 PM
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Andrea M. said...

mmmmm strawberry!!!!!

July 6, 2010 04:09 PM
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Michelle K said...

Peach

July 6, 2010 04:10 PM
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Jen Marie said...

my favorite fruit is blueberry. i cant live without them. mmm blueberry ice pops…

July 6, 2010 04:11 PM
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Susanne Vella said...

Peach and ginger, YUMMY!

July 6, 2010 04:12 PM
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Kami said...

Strawberry Watermelon!

July 6, 2010 04:12 PM
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lindsay said...

i love anything lemon-lime :)

July 6, 2010 04:12 PM
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Julie Boley said...

Coconut from the paleteria!

July 6, 2010 04:13 PM
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Laura said...

Lemon-lime is my favorite, but I love the idea of Strawberry-Lemonade. I live about 40 miles north of Atlanta and now I know I need to go on an adventure to find this guy next time I’m downtown!

July 6, 2010 04:13 PM
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Rebecca Montross said...

Anything to do with chocolate. They all look so yummy.

July 6, 2010 04:14 PM
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Nancy in MN said...

Strawberry kiwi mango! yum

July 6, 2010 04:14 PM
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ERICA said...

Coconut Banana! YUM!

July 6, 2010 04:14 PM
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Sharon said...

My son would love love love these!

July 6, 2010 04:14 PM
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Renee said...

My favorite fruit flavor is banana pineapple

July 6, 2010 04:16 PM
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Mindy said...

OMG that looks sooo yummy! I’d love to win this! THanks!

July 6, 2010 04:16 PM
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Dottie said...

Strawberry or Lemonade. I live 1 hr north of Atlanta and I can’t wait until I can try the King Of Pops’ Popsicles :)

July 6, 2010 04:16 PM
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Lauren said...

I just put a test pop in the freezer! Made with some homemade strawberry “jelly” and sparkling soda. We’ll see how that goes …

But I love blackberry (just pulled a blackberry crumble out of the oven) and pineapple anything!

July 6, 2010 04:16 PM
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Trudy said...

OMGosh!!

I just dragged my sorry, hot butt in from outside where its 97 degrees out and the first email I opened was from your blog post….those popsicles look so amazing! I would love to be eating one right now.

Instead, I would love a chance to win a kit and book. Even here in a normally cooler Peterborough, Ontario, Canada we love to eat iced sicles!!

Thanks so much, Trudy

July 6, 2010 04:17 PM
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Andrea said...

Orange Creamsicles or anything with coconut flakes in it. Mmmm…

July 6, 2010 04:17 PM
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Crystal said...

I would love chocolate or lemon. My 3 year old would concur with strawberry and maybe I could add something else sneaky to help my boy get more nutrition with a fun pop.

July 6, 2010 04:17 PM
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Lisa said...

watermelon pineapple! yum!!

July 6, 2010 04:17 PM
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Leisa said...

Orange Creamsicle Yum!!
Hum It’s a nice day maybe I’ll head over to the store for a ice cream….

July 6, 2010 04:17 PM
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Leah said...

Blackberry is my favorite!

July 6, 2010 04:19 PM
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Grace said...

Strawberry with a hint of lime! num num!

July 6, 2010 04:19 PM
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Ahliyah said...

I really want to win. MY fave flavor is lemonade:)

July 6, 2010 04:20 PM
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Brandie said...

I love, love, love bananas!!

July 6, 2010 04:20 PM
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Becky said...

blueberry :)

July 6, 2010 04:21 PM
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Jane M said...

Cherry! YUM! Very refreshing!

July 6, 2010 04:22 PM
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Robin H. said...

I love mango! This is so cool. Thanks for the info.

July 6, 2010 04:22 PM
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Janet Languidey said...

I’d have to go with Mojito or Pina Colada. Both are awesome on a hot summer day. (You can tell I’m vacationing huh?)

July 6, 2010 04:23 PM
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Carlene said...

Tough choice, but I’m going to have to say PEACH!! Can’t wait to try these!! :)

July 6, 2010 04:23 PM
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ME said...

Mango.

July 6, 2010 04:24 PM
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susan said...

Loved making popsicles and pudding pops as a child-special treat to make and eat! This books looks awesome and yummy!!!

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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anabella said...

Cherry!

but unfortunately i just found out a few weeks ago I’m allergic to them.. >.<

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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Julie M. said...

Nanner! (Uh, that’s ‘banana’ for the Southern Dialect Impaired) We have something similar here in the NC Triangle area called ‘Locopops’. (They even make them with WINE sometimes!) Delish! Thanks for the contest!

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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Becky said...

My favorite fruit flavor is strawberry. When I was a kid, a perfect summer day included a trip to the corner store with my Nana for a strawberries ‘n cream Wonder Bar popsicle!

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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ashlee said...

Favorite fruit flavor is watermelon! That blackberry mojito one you tried sounds good too!

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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Crystal said...

hmmm…my favorite fruit flavor is hard. Maybe Strawberry or Watermelon

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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Angelica said...

I love Mango & Watermelon. I would like to try Honeydew.

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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Keri said...

I’ve always been a strawberry kiwi fan, would love to find a way to incorporate the kiwi flavor as the yogurt?

Also curious to see how splenda would hold up instead of regular sugar. If I try it out, i’ll let you know :)

July 6, 2010 04:25 PM
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JessicaTheVeganMom said...

My favorite flavor is RED…strawberry, cherry, raspberry…

July 6, 2010 04:26 PM
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Michelle said...

I hate to be boring but I just love strawberry and orange. :)

michelle.elsky@gmail.com

Thanks!

July 6, 2010 04:26 PM
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Sarakata said...

My all time favorite fruit flavor, trite as it is….strawberry! :D

July 6, 2010 04:26 PM
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Lauren said...

Strawberry and kiwi!!

July 6, 2010 04:27 PM
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KariAnn said...

Favorite fruit flavors….Strawberry/banana or raspberry. This is so neat! My kids would love this! :)

July 6, 2010 04:27 PM
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Cindy said...

I just finished a fun homemade marshmallow experiment this weekend… I would LOVE to try some homemade ice pops next! *fingers crossed*

July 6, 2010 04:27 PM
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Trudy said...

These look yummy! I would like to try banana strawberry.

July 6, 2010 04:27 PM
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Ann said...

Orange for me!

July 6, 2010 04:28 PM
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Patty Tesch said...

wow they all look soooo… good my favorite flavor is strawberry!

July 6, 2010 04:28 PM
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bjdfh said...

Popsicles are the perfect summer treat. I would start out making lemon or strawberry. Yum!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Lindsey said...

Strawberry banana for sure.

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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brenna said...

I love pineapple coconut!! YUM!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Robin said...

Anything with strawberry sounds fantastic to me!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Cilantro said...

Lemon!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Robin Flores said...

Chocolate. Oh is that not a fruit? Ok strawberry, yum. Dipped in chocolate…double yum

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Carly at the Daily Batch said...

I just moved and could see this being the centerpiece for lots of summer parties – I would loooove a peaches and cream flavored pop! thanks bakerella!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Anna said...

I love raspberry. Raspberry anything!

July 6, 2010 04:29 PM
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Lindy said...

mmmmm those look fantastic! Who doesn’t love a popsicle?

July 6, 2010 04:30 PM
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Jen said...

Cherry!!!

July 6, 2010 04:30 PM
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Karleen said...

All of these popsicles look amazing!

And is the King of Pops single….?

July 6, 2010 04:30 PM
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Candice McGarvey said...

I really love pomegranate or apple…
Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas. I have been enjoying your page :)

July 6, 2010 04:30 PM
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Karen said...

Butterscotch pudding!

July 6, 2010 04:30 PM
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Sharon said...

Sounds like fun!!

July 6, 2010 04:31 PM
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Heidi said...

Hi! Want that! ;)
I love blueberries – but thats not a fruit so….. bananas!
I´d love to try and make a avocado pop – think that would be great!
Have a nice day!

//Heidi in Sweden!

July 6, 2010 04:31 PM
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Randi H. said...

mango is my fav, but seriously thinking about going to Atlanta just so I can try the blackberry mojito:)

July 6, 2010 04:31 PM
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PATTY LIU said...

Strawberries!!!!!!

July 6, 2010 04:32 PM
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maria said...

oooooh tough one!
probably pomegranate or pineapple, my little girl would LOVE making our own pops!

July 6, 2010 04:32 PM
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Trisha said...

Blueberry or Strawberry. :)

July 6, 2010 04:32 PM
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Astrid Diaz said...

Love the strawberry popsicles..but they are all super cute too!!! :)

July 6, 2010 04:33 PM
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Cinthia said...

My favorite is strawberry!

July 6, 2010 04:34 PM
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lisa said...

Cherry, but that may not work so well in a homemade pop?!

July 6, 2010 04:34 PM
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Cari said...

not sure I have a favorite fruit flavor. I love them all!

July 6, 2010 04:34 PM
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maria s. said...

Right now Blueberry is my favorite, but I don’t think I have ever met a ice pop that I didn’t like.

July 6, 2010 04:35 PM
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Jennifer Lee said...

Wow! I just saw the machine in person the other day and I want one. They make such pretty looking popsicles.

July 6, 2010 04:35 PM
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Stacy H said...

MMMMmm yummy strawberry!!

July 6, 2010 04:35 PM
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Tracy Reynolds said...

Mango fresh and juicy

July 6, 2010 04:35 PM
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Diana said...

Red bean popsicles are one of my favorites but it’s not a fruit so I’ll have to go with MANGO!

July 6, 2010 04:36 PM
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Janice Lowenstein said...

Looks so good. I love strawberry and orange

July 6, 2010 04:36 PM
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Kelly said...

Lemon lime for me please!

July 6, 2010 04:36 PM
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terri said...

strawberry kiwi would be great!!! but anything cool, it’s hot here in texas!!!

July 6, 2010 04:37 PM
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Sarah said...

Love cool treats in the summer and am sad cause I don’t have an ice-cream maker.

July 6, 2010 04:38 PM
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Amy said...

I love a combination of strawberry, peach, blueberry, and banana. Thanks for the opportunity!

July 6, 2010 04:38 PM
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