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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elisabeth said...

Mine is blue raspberry. yum!

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

Yummy! I think my fave would be pineapple. It’s over 100 degrees here today. I could go for a popsicle!

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

Those look great, and fun to make.

July 6, 2010 04:39 PM
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Carmen from East Lansing, MI said...

Mango popsicles would do the trick for me!!!!!
Second place would be mixed berries.

July 6, 2010 04:39 PM
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Phoebe said...

Raspberry, def! I love the way you used yogurt too, I am such a sucker for fro yo.

xxx

July 6, 2010 04:40 PM
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Talina said...

Honeydew and Cucumber! It smells so good, it would probably taste good too!

July 6, 2010 04:40 PM
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Emily Marie said...

Strawberry. Or maybe raspberry. I also love anything tropical. Have I mentioned I’m really bad at picking favorites?

July 6, 2010 04:40 PM
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Carrie said...

I have wanted that Zoku popsicle maker for months!!

I love pineapple or cherry :)

July 6, 2010 04:41 PM
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Brenda said...

Blackberry is my all-time favorite!

July 6, 2010 04:41 PM
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Bonnie Tanner said...

Do I have to choose a favorite flavor of ice pop? It’s too hard! Anything lemony. . . raspberry lemon, strawberry lemon, etc. MMM!

July 6, 2010 04:41 PM
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Stephanie said...

These look yummy! A nice treat on a hot day. thanks for sharing.

July 6, 2010 04:41 PM
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Sara said...

fresh picked boysenberry is my favorite :)

July 6, 2010 04:41 PM
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Paula said...

It’s summer in Texas … it’s hot …. I need popsicles!

July 6, 2010 04:42 PM
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Ann said...

strawberry!!!

July 6, 2010 04:42 PM
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Betty said...

strawberry!!

July 6, 2010 04:43 PM
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Matthew said...

Cherry!

July 6, 2010 04:43 PM
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Tiffany said...

blackberry!

July 6, 2010 04:43 PM
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Gina B. said...

Coconut!!!

July 6, 2010 04:43 PM
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joy said...

Watermelon, so refreshing!

July 6, 2010 04:44 PM
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Tanya said...

Hmmm… right now it would have to be something tropical – like mango!

July 6, 2010 04:45 PM
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Julie Bourne said...

Lemonade!! I am a sucker for anything lemon flavored (body lotions, popsicles, pie, you name it!)

July 6, 2010 04:45 PM
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Sara said...

ooh, I might have to make a road trip to Atlanta just for the popcicles! I heart anything lime flavored, but I think the chocolate sea salt sounds amazing!

July 6, 2010 04:45 PM
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Ashlee said...

Strawberry banana! yum!

July 6, 2010 04:46 PM
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Casey said...

Strawberry or pineapple! Yum =]

July 6, 2010 04:46 PM
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carriekat said...

I LOVE raspberry! I’ve never made my own popcicles, definitely have to give it a try!

July 6, 2010 04:46 PM
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Denise Ballesteros said...

I’ve been thinking about buying an ice cream maker, but this just might be better.

July 6, 2010 04:46 PM
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stacey said...

mmm… i was actually always a sucker for rootbeer flavour, but as that is not a fruit, i’ll go with banana.

July 6, 2010 04:46 PM
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Mary said...

Raspberry!

July 6, 2010 04:47 PM
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Kari said...

Cherry is my favorite! Although pina colada would be a very close second.

July 6, 2010 04:47 PM
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Lisa said...

Mango!

July 6, 2010 04:47 PM
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Jennifer Bandy said...

Banana…yum!

July 6, 2010 04:47 PM
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pat said...

Meyer Lemon for me!

July 6, 2010 04:48 PM
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sherry said...

Lime….lemon…I love citrus flavors. chocolate and sea salt? I’m intrigued….

July 6, 2010 04:48 PM
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Natalie said...

Oh, I’ve been looking at those at Williams Sonoma for weeks. Pick me!

July 6, 2010 04:48 PM
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Kristin said...

Tough call! I love pineapple, strawberry, coconut, and banana!

July 6, 2010 04:49 PM
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Jill said...

Cherry is most favorite…. :)

July 6, 2010 04:49 PM
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sarah said...

Mango or peach…or better yet mixing them!! love your idea with the little paper cups- going to have to try that out- thanks!

July 6, 2010 04:49 PM
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Liz said...

Gotta love me some strawberry pops!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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DebbieB said...

Since chocolate isn’t a fruit flavour then I will have to say raspberry! Those pops look awesome!!!

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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Allison said...

lemon. Anything with lemon, but lemon is important!

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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SandyE said...

Anything icy and fruity would be fabulous in our Summer heat! I’d love to win!! :D

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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Chris Ziegler said...

Vanilla is my all time favorite flavor!!!!!!!!!! But I’m up to try something new anytime and would love to make my own! Thanks!

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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Jennifer said...

Those look delicious! My favorite fruit flavor is either apple or raspberry. I truly cannot decide between the two!

July 6, 2010 04:50 PM
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SE in HI said...

I love Melon… ever had a Melona?

July 6, 2010 04:51 PM
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Joni said...

HHmmm….those look extra special and yummy.

July 6, 2010 04:51 PM
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NB said...

The design on the pop maker box is gorgeous. I looove strawberry!

July 6, 2010 04:52 PM
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Morgan said...

Strawberry banana is one of my favorite combos! I have been making smoothies, but can’t wait to try freezing it into a pop!

July 6, 2010 04:52 PM
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Val said...

Strawberry Kiwi. It’s so Yummy!

July 6, 2010 04:53 PM
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Chrissy L said...

Strawberry for me!

July 6, 2010 04:54 PM
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Donna said...

My favorite in the summer is orange – - or creamsicle is even better.

July 6, 2010 04:54 PM
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Katie said...

Mango. But Blackberry is great too.

July 6, 2010 04:54 PM
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maria in San Diego said...

my favorite fruit flavor is lemon-lime. its so refreshing!

July 6, 2010 04:55 PM
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Debbie said...

Strawberry!

July 6, 2010 04:56 PM
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CAsey said...

My kids would love this!!! :)

July 6, 2010 04:56 PM
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Sylvia Terrazas said...

Strawberry or Watermelon would be my pick!!

July 6, 2010 04:56 PM
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Nancy Spuler said...

OMG, my granddaughters would love these. My dd doesn’t let them have many sugary treats and these would be awesome and make me the “fun” grammy, lol.

July 6, 2010 04:57 PM
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Kathy B said...

I’d have to say blueberry or cantalope or maybe both together!

July 6, 2010 04:57 PM
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SarahfromSoCal said...

My favorite is Coconut…though Rasberry is close!

July 6, 2010 04:57 PM
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Ellen said...

raspberry! these look amazing :)

July 6, 2010 04:57 PM
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Liz said...

I hope I’m not too late :)

Anything with strawberry for me!

July 6, 2010 04:58 PM
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Michele B. said...

anything berry flavored..blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, hucklberry, …bring on the berries

July 6, 2010 04:58 PM
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Beth said...

My grandkids would love this!!! Strawberry!!!

July 6, 2010 04:58 PM
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Pernille said...

My favorite is Pink Grape, My sons favorite is strawberry and Kiwi – I wonder if you can mix the two and make a strawberry og kiwi pop…!?!? :P

July 6, 2010 04:59 PM
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donna said...

how can i pick just one i love them all

July 6, 2010 04:59 PM
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ali said...

my favorite is strawberry!

July 6, 2010 04:59 PM
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beth said...

My kids would love this!!! :)

July 6, 2010 05:00 PM
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Jessica said...

Oooh, it’s so hot here today, I’d love a nice hand made pop. :)

July 6, 2010 05:01 PM
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heidigarner said...

In Mexico I like to get the natural coconut pops. We make them at our house with leftover smoothies in vintage tupperware pops. I’d love more recipe ideas!

July 6, 2010 05:01 PM
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rachel peacock said...

Strawberry! I love the ones I have had in mexico! Would love to go to atlanta and find the king of pops! I would love to try making my own :)

July 6, 2010 05:03 PM
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Michelle Croson said...

I Have wanted one of these for so long!!!

July 6, 2010 05:04 PM
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Bonnie said...

I’d love to win! My favorite is strawberry!

July 6, 2010 05:04 PM
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Mandy said...

ALL OF THEM!! LOL but if I had to pick just one, I will pick strawberry. :)

July 6, 2010 05:05 PM
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Kaci Smith said...

I love Kiwi fruit so much, but can’t eat because I am allergic! After I turned about 16, I started getting itchy and swollen every time I ate a kiwi! Bummed out majorly!

July 6, 2010 05:05 PM
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Michelle Croson said...

Oops, I forgot my favorite flavor, It’s cherry :)

July 6, 2010 05:06 PM
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Karyn @ Pixel Perfect Boutique said...

Definitely strawberry!!!

July 6, 2010 05:06 PM
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Christina said...

Mango!!!

July 6, 2010 05:08 PM
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Jeana said...

I want to make the kiwi ones – oh so yumm yummy in my tummy – I want this thing so bad

July 6, 2010 05:08 PM
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Maureen said...

That chocolate sea salt sounds delish!
It’s hard to choose a favorite flavor…I guess I’d have to say mango. :)

July 6, 2010 05:08 PM
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Lois in OH said...

Strawberry rhubarb would be awesome!!!

July 6, 2010 05:08 PM
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Hatti said...

My favourite fruit flavour is kiwi, it’s just so refreshing and a vibrant colour!

July 6, 2010 05:13 PM
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Heather Burke said...

my favorite fruit flavor is either cherry or strawberry

July 6, 2010 05:13 PM
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Erin said...

Watermelon. I love, love, love it!!

July 6, 2010 05:13 PM
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Vicki Nye said...

My fav would be banana/chocolate combo!
I would SO love to win! It would make my day/year!!!!

July 6, 2010 05:15 PM
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Mina said...

coconut! so creamy and yummy!

July 6, 2010 05:15 PM
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Susan said...

I would LOVE to win. hmmm, favorite fruit flavor, might be peach. Although I really like lemonade popsicles too.

July 6, 2010 05:15 PM
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Diana Hadley said...

strawberries most definitely YUM!

July 6, 2010 05:16 PM
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Katie Steele said...

My favorite fruit flavor is definitely a strawberry-banana mix! yum!

July 6, 2010 05:16 PM
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Katelin said...

I would have to say strawberry is my favorite but really I love them all. Watermelon, blueberry, orange, fudge… yummmmm.

July 6, 2010 05:16 PM
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marilyn H said...

I love watermelon!

July 6, 2010 05:19 PM
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cc said...

omg – I have the zoku. it’s A-mazing!

July 6, 2010 05:20 PM
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Stacy Lane said...

Strawberry, pineapple…..hard to say which I love most!

July 6, 2010 05:21 PM
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Cy said...

Watermelon

July 6, 2010 05:21 PM
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Courtney said...

Pineapple. Or Raspberry. Or Strawberry. Heck, I love all fruits.

And hi, the King of Pops is a CUTIE!

July 6, 2010 05:23 PM
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Deven said...

Oh, how my kidlets would love for me to win! What am I saying?! I would love to win!

July 6, 2010 05:23 PM
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Michelle said...

Yumm!! I love anything cherry!

July 6, 2010 05:24 PM
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Azarelle said...

I love coconut and lime sooo refreshing!

July 6, 2010 05:24 PM
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Niina said...

Strawberry, always and forever.

July 6, 2010 05:25 PM
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sarah said...

i would love to try the kiwi!!

July 6, 2010 05:25 PM
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Britiney said...

Watermelon! Oh and Mr. KOP is pretty yummy in his own right! ;O)

July 6, 2010 05:25 PM
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Gina said...

mango is definitely my favorite!

July 6, 2010 05:25 PM
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