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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Kristin MacKenzie said...

Pineapple!!

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

Cantaloupe would be awesome!
These look like fun!!

July 6, 2010 05:26 PM
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Carol Gardiner said...

I would love to learn how to master a really good pop! I personally like root beer!

July 6, 2010 05:26 PM
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dessertschick said...

I think I missed the deadline by a few minutes. Oh well, thanks for thinking of us, Bakerella!
Without coming up with some kind of funky flavor, I’m going with traditional raspberry. Although my new favorite is white mulberry.

July 6, 2010 05:27 PM
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Katie said...

Raspberry! Summer + Pregnancy = Needing Popsicles!

July 6, 2010 05:27 PM
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Mandy Finlinson said...

My favorite fruit flavor is definitely fresh peach!

July 6, 2010 05:27 PM
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Tamara said...

Enter me, yay! :D
My fav flavor is strawberry, but wild ones! :D

July 6, 2010 05:28 PM
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Jazzycake said...

Mmmmm pineapple….layered with creamy vanilla greek yogurt! Ahhh, was just checking out the Zoku Maxine at WSblast weekend :-)

July 6, 2010 05:28 PM
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Mackenzie said...

Watermelon or Peach! Both would make awesome popsicles!!!

July 6, 2010 05:28 PM
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Alison said...

Pineapple is my favorite!

July 6, 2010 05:28 PM
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Pamada said...

omg! someone needs to make a lychee one stat! :) absolute favorite fruit

July 6, 2010 05:30 PM
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kathryn said...

shoot, am i too late? lemon raspberry would be delish…

July 6, 2010 05:32 PM
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kathy said...

I love rootbeer!!

July 6, 2010 05:33 PM
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Andrea Petersen said...

Strawberry!! YUM! :)

July 6, 2010 05:34 PM
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Kati H. said...

The Kiwi pop on the quick pop maker looks so delish! I will have to try it! But as for a safe favorite I love banana and pineapple!

July 6, 2010 05:34 PM
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Sarah Baxter said...

I love Orange Creamcicles and simple strawyberry!

July 6, 2010 05:35 PM
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Lynn L. said...

Pineapple is my favorite! Maybe with some coconut, too. Mmmmm.

July 6, 2010 05:35 PM
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Theresa said...

omg! Those look great!! Thinking I’m going to learn to make my own too!

July 6, 2010 05:35 PM
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Elissa said...

With this heatwave int he northeast, I sure could use these. My kids and I are sweltering!

July 6, 2010 05:36 PM
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Barbara said...

Make mine raspberry! Babs

July 6, 2010 05:37 PM
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Sarah R said...

I love fruit flavors. My favorite usually depends on my mood, but I can always go for mango with just about anything!

July 6, 2010 05:37 PM
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Mechiel said...

I am JUST in time!! Consider me in.
My favorite flavor would be watermelon striped with coconut-muy tropical!

July 6, 2010 05:38 PM
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Krista said...

My Favorite would have to be Lime & Watermelon. mm

July 6, 2010 05:39 PM
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Shelley said...

It is 100 degrees today! I need to win this in the worst way! They look yummmmy.

July 6, 2010 05:39 PM
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Tressa said...

I’ve never heard of the Zoku machine. I would love to play around with different flavors!!! Raspberry! Yum!

July 6, 2010 05:39 PM
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Sonjia said...

Margarita flavor, lime, sugar, tequila, YUMMM

July 6, 2010 05:40 PM
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Jada said...

I love orange or lemon, I’m simple, but stuck on those two!

July 6, 2010 05:40 PM
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maria said...

my favorite fruit flavor is peach! But my all time favorite pop is made out of coconut with a little bit of chocolate and pecans! yummy!

July 6, 2010 05:40 PM
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Madoka said...

Lime!

July 6, 2010 05:41 PM
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Magen said...

Strawberry is always my go to, and I do love a combination of strawberry and orange.

July 6, 2010 05:43 PM
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Robyn said...

I think watermelon would be wonderful :)

July 6, 2010 05:44 PM
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Holly said...

kiwi. i think. or mango. oh, dear. don’t make me choose.

July 6, 2010 05:47 PM
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jennifer said...

Pineapple!

July 6, 2010 05:48 PM
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Megan Wogan said...

Raspberry! So delicious and light!

July 6, 2010 05:49 PM
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Adria said...

I love raspberry anything!!

July 6, 2010 05:49 PM
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Amy said...

Nothing cools like a lime popsicle on a hot summer day, or, when the craving hits, next to the heat vent under a blanket on a cold winter day….

July 6, 2010 05:49 PM
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Amber said...

oh man, favorite flavor? I love most of the “red” popsicles! Cherry, strawberry, etc. so tasty!

July 6, 2010 05:50 PM
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Bonnie said...

I know I’m too late for the giveaway (it’s 5:45 PM ET right now) but I had to comment because I am ALWAYS 15 minutes after the deadline for your giveaways. Makes me SO sad. And this one especially. I’m going to have to find these things somewhere… I have a 10 year old who will think he’s gone to heaven if I start making him homemade popsicles. Congrats to whomever the lucky winner turns out to be!

July 6, 2010 05:50 PM
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Michelle said...

Mango, Pineapple, Strawberry, Grapes, so many to choose from.

July 6, 2010 05:50 PM
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Kuulei said...

Strawberry is ALWAYS my preferred choice!

July 6, 2010 05:50 PM
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sharon Littrell said...

I love any thing with mangos in it. I would love to try to make pineapple mango.

July 6, 2010 05:50 PM
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alejandra said...

my favorite is coconut.

July 6, 2010 05:51 PM
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Kelli said...

mmmmm……….banana, yumm!

July 6, 2010 05:51 PM
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Lara said...

Blackberry or mango!

July 6, 2010 05:53 PM
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kristi said...

favorite flavor is raspberry/blackberry/blueberry twist..

July 6, 2010 05:53 PM
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tara said...

My favorite would be strawberry and banana. I will have to try these with my daughter. I also have a home day care and this would be a great snack for them. Can’t wait to try.

July 6, 2010 05:54 PM
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Lindsay said...

Grape is my all-time favorite flavor!

July 6, 2010 05:54 PM
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steve said...

coconut pineapple is delicious!!!

July 6, 2010 05:55 PM
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Charmaine Fraser said...

I am easy I like cherry, plain old cheery :)

July 6, 2010 05:56 PM
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Jen said...

Yummy…strawberry for sure! They look so good!

July 6, 2010 05:56 PM
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clara said...

mmmmm strawberry and cream!!

July 6, 2010 05:56 PM
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Steph said...

Those pops look tasty! My favorite fruit is raspberry :)

July 6, 2010 05:56 PM
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Lisa McGriff said...

It’s so hot in South Alabama, Pops would be soooooooo GOOD!

July 6, 2010 05:57 PM
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Megan said...

COCONUT ALWAYS AND FOREVER!

July 6, 2010 05:57 PM
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Hope said...

mango

July 6, 2010 05:58 PM
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birdycake said...

My favorite pops are mashed watermelon with a little agave syrup and lime zest!!

July 6, 2010 05:58 PM
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Dear Romeo said...

orange

July 6, 2010 05:58 PM
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Casey said...

i love anything LIME!

July 6, 2010 05:59 PM
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Anonymous said...

Id definitely have to say something like strawberry just delicious thanks for this oportunity, last minute entry

July 6, 2010 05:59 PM
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Toby said...

Strawberry has always been my fave, but the ones you’ve shown here look so good I may have to branch out.

July 6, 2010 05:59 PM
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Caro said...

ok that was me didnt write my name sorry :s

July 6, 2010 06:00 PM
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Mandy McMahan said...

Strawberry, for sure!! :)

July 6, 2010 06:00 PM
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Connie Ward said...

Pineapple!

July 6, 2010 06:01 PM
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Sunny M said...

How awesome is that? I would love to try his pops. I love strawberry and pineapple! Thank you for the chance to win. Even if I don’t win I’m going to try to make my own. Thank you!

July 6, 2010 06:02 PM
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Wardah said...

I want some Popsicles! the weather sucks here.

July 6, 2010 06:02 PM
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Amy :) said...

Berries…all kinds of yummy berries!!!! :)

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

I love Pineapple and Strawberries Mixed!

July 6, 2010 06:05 PM
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Amanda M said...

I love fruit flavored things :’D
esp. raspberry, banana-blueberry, strawberry-kiwi, lemon, etc., so good!

these popsicles are beautiful, too!

July 6, 2010 06:06 PM
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Ginny said...

Cherry!! Yum!

July 6, 2010 06:06 PM
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justJENN said...

ORANGE!

July 6, 2010 06:07 PM
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judi said...

does it have to be a fruit? i want to try that chocolate sea salt one you mentioned!! It that in the book too?

fruit… fruit… raspberry peach would be yummy!

July 6, 2010 06:07 PM
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Michelle Allison said...

GRAPEFRUIT!!!

Bakerella–I adore the crap out of you!

July 6, 2010 06:08 PM
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diana said...

i love orange pops

July 6, 2010 06:09 PM
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Emily Ferons said...

Yeah! I just made some but I had to borrow my moms stuff. I’d love to have my own!

July 6, 2010 06:09 PM
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clara said...

no doubt: raspberry!

July 6, 2010 06:09 PM
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Nicole said...

I loove guava or even lilikoi

July 6, 2010 06:11 PM
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Marisela said...

I love the Mexican kind made from milk and my favorite flavor is strawberry!

July 6, 2010 06:12 PM
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Holly said...

I love love love everything strawberry and citrus, lemon lime orange, I love it all! I especially love ice pops in the summer the fruit and ice is so cooling.

July 6, 2010 06:12 PM
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Vanessa said...

Coconut……mmmmmmm the tropical taste of summer!

July 6, 2010 06:15 PM
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Aurora said...

strawberry!!! Pick Me Pick Me!!!

July 6, 2010 06:16 PM
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erin said...

lemon and rainbow =)

July 6, 2010 06:16 PM
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Cherie B said...

I’m all about strawberry. But mango is pretty awesome as well!
Hoping I win!

July 6, 2010 06:16 PM
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amanda said...

Raspberry/lemon would be my favorite

July 6, 2010 06:16 PM
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Emily said...

These are so cute! My mom used to make us “icee pops” growing up. I love anything with peaches! Maybe a nice “fuzzy navel” creation!

July 6, 2010 06:18 PM
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Rachel said...

Mango!!!

July 6, 2010 06:18 PM
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Margaret said...

I love anything citrus. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

July 6, 2010 06:19 PM
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Jamie said...

RASPBERRY!!! Can’t get enough of it in the summertime!

July 6, 2010 06:20 PM
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DessertObsessed said...

a popsicle cart?! too cute! i love popsicles!

July 6, 2010 06:20 PM
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Christy said...

Blueberry!!! This is the perfect time of year for it too!

July 6, 2010 06:20 PM
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Mandi Deputy said...

My flavor creativity comes when I’m baking cupcakes not when I’m thinking of popsicles! I’d have to go with one that the King of Pops already has on his board, Pineapple Habanero. That sounds divine!

July 6, 2010 06:20 PM
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Jasmine said...

Strawberry!! Those look yummy!

July 6, 2010 06:21 PM
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well mom said...

Anything with orange sounds wonderful to me!

July 6, 2010 06:22 PM
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Jessica said...

Ok, I hope I get it right this time lol…chocolate banana!! Yummy :)

July 6, 2010 06:22 PM
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Nicole with allxys said...

RASPBERRY!!!!

July 6, 2010 06:23 PM
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Sarah said...

Mango Banana!

July 6, 2010 06:23 PM
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Gisela said...

Strawberry, pineapple and/or mango… oh and anything with chocolate! I could go for some right now in this 90 plus weather.

July 6, 2010 06:24 PM
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mellissa said...

Mango! Unfortunately you can’t find a good mango anywhere in southern Utah.

July 6, 2010 06:25 PM
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Melissa Moreno said...

I love strawberry!!

July 6, 2010 06:25 PM
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Allie said...

Boysenberry!

July 6, 2010 06:26 PM
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Candice said...

Nothings screams summer like Strawberrys! Yummy for my tummy!!! :D

July 6, 2010 06:26 PM
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