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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Jennifer said...

Any kind of berries–mixed with banana! YUMMY!!

July 6, 2010 06:26 PM
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ingrid rojas said...

my fav is coco !!! =)

July 6, 2010 06:26 PM
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Sara Amuso said...

I would love chocolate raspberry or dark cherry/dark chocolate! YUM

July 6, 2010 06:27 PM
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Jenni said...

My favorite fruit flavor is honeydew! Yums! :)

July 6, 2010 06:27 PM
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Cait said...

That’s so adorable! My favorite fruit pop is forrest berry. I love making my own popsicles :)

July 6, 2010 06:30 PM
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Bailey said...

Mmmmmm yum, chocolate pudding pops!! Favorite for sure :)

July 6, 2010 06:30 PM
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Fifi said...

Kiwi is my favorite flavor…I came across your website through a link “Teaching Good Things”. I am a stay at home mom looking to supplement my family’s income. I love to cook, but I’m not very creative on my own. I was just doing some looking around for some easy things to start with and love the idea of cake pops. Thanks so much.

July 6, 2010 06:30 PM
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Sue S. said...

Anything raspberry. Mango would take a close second though!

July 6, 2010 06:32 PM
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Danielle said...

Strawberry is my favorite!

But I would def. want to make something with Watermelon. Like a Watermelon Martini pop. Yumm!

July 6, 2010 06:33 PM
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Natalya said...

RASPBERRY

July 6, 2010 06:36 PM
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Amanda said...

I love anything watermelon!

July 6, 2010 06:38 PM
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Shirley said...

Fresh strawberries!

July 6, 2010 06:40 PM
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Laurie said...

MMmmmm, strawberry! These look delicious. I was just telling my hubby that I really want to try making popsicles this year.

July 6, 2010 06:40 PM
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Anna K. said...

Normally I’m not a fan of coconut, but it’s my hands-down favorite fruit frozen. Go figure!

July 6, 2010 06:41 PM
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Kelley said...

Mmmm…. anything with blackberry sounds good to me!

July 6, 2010 06:46 PM
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Ashley said...

AHH! I love popcicles and making my own would satisfy all my wildest dreams…

July 6, 2010 06:51 PM
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Carrie said...

I love any flavor! I live in Arizona, I need this to keep cool!

July 6, 2010 06:54 PM
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shelley cline said...

fruit well that is rasberry of course. love the idea. we are moving to tx it is dang hot there this would be great.

July 6, 2010 06:55 PM
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Jen Haggard said...

Banana! or chocolate, oe even better, BOTH

July 6, 2010 06:56 PM
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Amber Hancock said...

This is tough. A stand alone fruit would probably be strawberry, but combos I love are raspberry lemonade and lime ricki. YUM!

July 6, 2010 06:56 PM
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karla said...

just perrrrrrrrrrfect for the summer a cherry or even boysenberry flavor would be taste to the buds in my mouth yummm

July 6, 2010 06:56 PM
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Rashanda Dee said...

they look tasty

July 6, 2010 06:57 PM
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Bonnie said...

A really tart lemon-mint is my favorite!

July 6, 2010 06:59 PM
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Meredith Gieger said...

Lychee!

July 6, 2010 06:59 PM
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karen said...

My all time favorite fruit flavor is lime. Have yet to come across a gross lime flavored treat!

July 6, 2010 07:00 PM
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mandy said...

Oh how cool! Small slim chance but a chance all the same! Thanks so much! It looks great!

July 6, 2010 07:02 PM
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Yvette Torres said...

Wow! The popsicle king’s bounty looks absolutely DELICIOUS… I gotta make me some popsicles!!!

My favorite fruit flavor right now is coconut pops, but I’ve also tasted a walnut flavor that is to die for…

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

oh boy they look great!

July 6, 2010 07:08 PM
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Laura L. said...

Pineapple, I think…

July 6, 2010 07:09 PM
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cherie said...

blueberry yogurt!!!!!

July 6, 2010 07:09 PM
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Riley Hammond said...

Strawberry

July 6, 2010 07:10 PM
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Jaeme said...

Raspberry is for sure my fav but the Strawberry Lime written on his chalkboard sounds AMAZING. This is the perfect summer giveaway! I would love to make some and take them to a picnic in the park :).

July 6, 2010 07:11 PM
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Robyn said...

raspberry is always sooooo delicious!

July 6, 2010 07:11 PM
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Tatiana Guzman said...

Hi Bakerella!
My favorite flavor is Coconut! I love to make these for my girls out of cream of coconut and enjoy them on a hot day. I love your website!

July 6, 2010 07:11 PM
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Véronique B. said...

For me, strawberry is the best of the best ;-)

July 6, 2010 07:12 PM
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Janelle said...

Raspberry is by far the best! The weather has been perfect for popsicles too!

July 6, 2010 07:14 PM
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Lisa said...

Lemon! Can’t get enough.

July 6, 2010 07:15 PM
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Julia said...

Oh man…it’s super hot here in Ontario and I would love to eat one right now…in strawberry or chocolate. Love both flavours!!

July 6, 2010 07:16 PM
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Carthey said...

I love coconut milk and flakes with pureed strawberries swirled in!

July 6, 2010 07:19 PM
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Danielle said...

Love Love coconut!! Or tigers blood

July 6, 2010 07:19 PM
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Andrea in Canada said...

Wow!!! They sound awesome – just picked some strawberries from my garden and now I know what I will do – make popsicles of course!!!

July 6, 2010 07:21 PM
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Gita Suchland said...

love orange Popsicle. Those flavors from King of Pops sounds interesting and would love to try them.

July 6, 2010 07:22 PM
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Clarissa said...

Strawberry with lemonade! Yummy! It is one of our favorite summertime treats.

July 6, 2010 07:26 PM
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melissa said...

passionfruit!!! or peaches and cream mmmmmmm

July 6, 2010 07:26 PM
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Jessi J. said...

Raspberry, hands down!

July 6, 2010 07:30 PM
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Peggy said...

Blackberries and mangosteen!

July 6, 2010 07:30 PM
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Rosebud said...

POPSICLES!!!!!!!!!! I WANT SOME!!!!!!

July 6, 2010 07:30 PM
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Rosebud said...

P.S Cherry!

July 6, 2010 07:31 PM
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Jenny Weeks said...

I always liked the banana popsicles that come in the bag, but anything berry is great too.

July 6, 2010 07:33 PM
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midge said...

watermelon,me and grandkids will have fun making them

July 6, 2010 07:33 PM
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Kristen said...

Ooh, am I too late? Have mercy on me; it’s record-breaking hot in CT today…I could use a frozen treat!

July 6, 2010 07:35 PM
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Joy said...

I absolutely love love love grape :)

July 6, 2010 07:35 PM
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lisa p said...

favorite fruit flavor is strawberry. those look yummy!

July 6, 2010 07:35 PM
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Erin said...

My favorite fruit flavor is strawberry-banana. Yum!

July 6, 2010 07:37 PM
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Melanie said...

My favorite is coconut…. so yummy!

July 6, 2010 07:37 PM
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Tiffany said...

This is my favorite time of year because I love strawberries. Pineapple is second on the list!

July 6, 2010 07:38 PM
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Emily said...

My kids would go bonkers for these!

July 6, 2010 07:41 PM
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cathy said...

I’ll take strawberry any day of the week. Thanks!

July 6, 2010 07:41 PM
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Sabrina Williams said...

Yummy!

July 6, 2010 07:43 PM
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Nicole said...

My favorite would have to be coconut with little pieces of real coconut like my grandma used to make them. YUM!

July 6, 2010 07:45 PM
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Susie said...

Strawberry!!!

July 6, 2010 07:45 PM
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tara capewell said...

well i just love watermelon and pineapple as my favorite flavors so an ice pop in that flavour waould bet great!

July 6, 2010 07:47 PM
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Erin Kersh said...

My favorite is grape yogurt – my mom’s recipe from when we were kids. Yum! :)

July 6, 2010 07:47 PM
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Kayla said...

Strawberry Mango would be super yummy!!!

July 6, 2010 07:48 PM
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Kate said...

raspberry lemonade, YUM! and bonus points if it’s grandma’s super secret recipe :)

July 6, 2010 07:49 PM
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Melissa E said...

Raspberry! Mmmm. After enduring a 100 degree day with malfunctioning air conditioning, these look absolutely amazing! Not that they wouldn’t on a regular day, mind you. Popsicles are always great!

July 6, 2010 07:50 PM
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Jaime said...

These are so cute. I would have never thought of ice pop recipes!My favorite flavor is Orange Creamsicle. Oh baby.

July 6, 2010 07:56 PM
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Lily said...

Watermelon!!! AHHHH… so good :D

July 6, 2010 07:57 PM
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Kimberly said...

Chocolate strawberry

July 6, 2010 07:59 PM
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Micaela said...

I have to say that watermelon is my favorite fruit flavor. Its so refreshing on a ho summers day. I could make them for my friends when we get together. Love your site I make desserts from here all the time.

July 6, 2010 08:03 PM
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Rose said...

Strawberry mango!!

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

sorry meant to say hot not ho.

July 6, 2010 08:05 PM
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Terri Moran said...

Yum. With temps reaching 117 here in Arizona these look particularly amazing!

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

green apple!

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

Hard to name one flavor but I’d pick grape.

July 6, 2010 08:09 PM
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Amie said...

My favorite fruit is Loganberry – my mom had tons of them growing in the backyard wehn we were little and we would run around staining our shirts and the ground purple. YUMMY

July 6, 2010 08:11 PM
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Nouslogos said...

My favorite fruit flavor is hands down Orange. I used to take all the orange out of the box when I was a kid and leave the lime for my brother to deal with.

But given the choice between any popsicle flavor I would have to say Rootbeer is the bomb over all. I’m trying to figure out how to make a rootbeer flavored cupcake/icing combo.

July 6, 2010 08:11 PM
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Whitney said...

SO FLIPPING COOL

July 6, 2010 08:15 PM
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Robyn W said...

This is the awesomest thing ever EVER. And I would’ve bought him out of that pineapple habanero. Just the thought of it is making me drool!!

July 6, 2010 08:15 PM
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erin said...

Raspberry hands down. Blueberry is a close second though.

July 6, 2010 08:15 PM
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kiki said...

Ohhh, want.

July 6, 2010 08:15 PM
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Anna said...

wow. i like lemon.

July 6, 2010 08:16 PM
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{A} (13 y.o. aspiring baker) said...

My favorite flavors are lemon, cherry, and orange. I like how cute your pops look though Bakerella!

July 6, 2010 08:18 PM
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Traci K said...

Strawberry! Maybe watermelon…oh but wait, what about cherry!? Yeah, those.

July 6, 2010 08:19 PM
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kiki said...

Wow, want.

July 6, 2010 08:19 PM
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Deanna Arrington said...

I can’t pick a favorite fruit! I love them ALL!!! If you twisted my arm though, I’d probably scream STRAWBERRY! (But only because you were twisting my arm!) I am dying for one of these popsicle makers! If I win, I’m going to make popsicles EVERYDAY!!!! (Better make low-cal ones, eh?!)

July 6, 2010 08:20 PM
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Sharon said...

Awesome for summer!

July 6, 2010 08:20 PM
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Sarah Bahm said...

My favorite would be a creamy strawberry!

July 6, 2010 08:21 PM
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Anika said...

Watermelon!!! What a yummy summer treat =)

July 6, 2010 08:21 PM
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Kelsey said...

I really don’t like fruit much at all…

But I make an exception for lemon (and lime…and lemon-lime). n_n

July 6, 2010 08:21 PM
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jackie said...

The King of Pops has some really interesting flavors I’d really like to try out. I love mango flavored anything!

July 6, 2010 08:22 PM
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Tracey said...

Banana anytime for me!!!

July 6, 2010 08:23 PM
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Kirsten said...

My favourite is pineapple and coconut stripes – yum!

July 6, 2010 08:23 PM
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Danielle said...

Strawberry is, hands down, my favorite flavor.

July 6, 2010 08:24 PM
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Michelle LeBlanc said...

Nothing says summer like STRAWBERRY!

July 6, 2010 08:26 PM
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Kelli said...

Wow, How awesome do these pops look!
OMG, Must. Have. One!!!

July 6, 2010 08:28 PM
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Lane said...

Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite!

July 6, 2010 08:28 PM
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Melanie Logsdon said...

Yum! Something frozen is always welcome in the Arkansas heat! My family makes homemade ice cream every weekend in the summer! My favorite fruit popsicle has to be strawberry.

July 6, 2010 08:29 PM
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Courtney said...

Raspberry – but I would love to try the chocolate sea salt. Interesting.

July 6, 2010 08:31 PM
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Ellie said...

My favorite flavor is raspberry!

July 6, 2010 08:31 PM
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