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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Katelyn said...

I love raspberry, especially if it’s a raspberry lemonade flavor!

July 6, 2010 08:33 PM
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Tara said...

Strawberry for sure! But I would try anything with basil in it.

July 6, 2010 08:34 PM
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Cordele said...

My kids would LOVE this

July 6, 2010 08:34 PM
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Naomi said...

Ohhh…I saw this popsicle maker at the store and thought it was the coolest thing. Haha..I said “coolest”.
Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

July 6, 2010 08:35 PM
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Kathy said...

Tough question, I think I would go with lemon lime for the summer, very refreshing. Thanks for the chance to win this!

July 6, 2010 08:37 PM
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Stephanie Brimhall said...

Blueberry!

July 6, 2010 08:40 PM
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Patty said...

I just got the Williams-Sonoma catalog and I wanted to run out and buy the Zoku immediately! great giveaway!!

July 6, 2010 08:42 PM
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Ashley said...

Those look so delicious! I definitely want to try them out! I did your pillow cookies last night and they were such a huge hit.

My favorite fruit flavor is definitely peach!

July 6, 2010 08:44 PM
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Aileen said...

strawberryyyyy!

July 6, 2010 08:45 PM
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Christina Whitbread said...

I love strawberry kiwi pops, but a classic favorite was when we were small we would make Kool-aide pops in the summer and Soda snow cones in the first winter snow before the snow got dirty.

July 6, 2010 08:45 PM
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Mallorie said...

Those look super good!

July 6, 2010 08:48 PM
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Valerie said...

I love dreamsicle but I must say the chocolate and sea salt sounds really good! I wish they had a king of pops here!

July 6, 2010 09:32 PM
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Jenn said...

My favourite flavour is strawberry mango swirl yummmm!!!

July 6, 2010 10:09 PM
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Claire Polcari said...

HI there,
My granddaughters favorite fruit is strawberry.
I would love to make her strawberry and yogurt.
I would love to have the “KIT”
CeePee

July 6, 2010 10:37 PM
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Kathryn said...

Coconut is fav.

July 6, 2010 10:42 PM
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Mellybrown said...

Love fresh strawberries! I want to win so bad!

July 6, 2010 11:32 PM
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Samantha said...

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaango!

July 7, 2010 08:03 AM
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Suzan said...

I love how you come across the fun ideas!! This can be tweaked to satisfy ANYBODY! I can’t wait to try it!

July 7, 2010 08:55 AM
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mary said...

grape – can’t imagine how to make that one

July 7, 2010 09:37 AM
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Maytina said...

I will be checking out this book asap! With three wee ones running around, there are no shortage of frozen treat-eaters around here!

July 7, 2010 09:57 AM
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Anni said...

Well, blueberry would probably be my fav. cause i live in finland and we have a LOT of wild blueberries at the forests :D But for fruits i have to say…. lemon, pineapple or… well, anything would be good now :DD

July 7, 2010 11:37 AM
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Anni said...

or mango…. ;D

July 7, 2010 11:38 AM
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janette said...

Where can we get the book? I work at a library, and we’re always trying to do new fun things with that section! :)

July 7, 2010 12:29 PM
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Jenny N said...

Bakerella….you are awesome…your creations and your generosity in spreading the blog love to the King of Pops. I am going to get that book and get off my behonkus and do a little pop making myself….yumsville. Did he know he was meeting the Queen of cakePOPs? Also, I wanted to let you know that I have spread the joy of cakepops ala Bakerella by providing the treats at my girl’s parties and then becoming the “cakepop mom” by bringing some for my daughters whole class. she was the star of the day because of your treats and I was glad to let people know about your easy fabulous treats. Your the best!

July 7, 2010 01:14 PM
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Esther said...

Berry…mix ‘em, match ‘em….whatever, they’re all good.

July 7, 2010 04:53 PM
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Jeanne said...

Very cool… pun intended… *wink*. I want a King of Pops pop!!!

July 7, 2010 09:38 PM
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Amy said...

kiwi isn’t a fruit. It’s a person from New Zealand or a small flightless bird. I’m presuming you aren’t flavour your treats with either of those right? It’s called a kiwifruit. Still tastes good though :)

July 7, 2010 09:48 PM
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Lisa Ruppert said...

Strawberry!

July 7, 2010 11:08 PM
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Marissa said...

I am addicted to mango! Mango pops are so refreshing in this heat!

July 8, 2010 12:26 AM
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Melissa said...

these sound wonderfully yummy. My favorite fruit flavor is Cherry.

July 8, 2010 12:30 AM
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Alex Diaz said...

Oh man I love these! They look amazingly delicious. Especially the Pineapple Habenero. It reminds me of this Chili chocolate I ate in class once :) It was sweet and spicy and just melted in your mouth. (Delish!) I think they were made by a company named “Chuao.” (They also have this fireworks one that taste lie chocolate and pop rocks…it’s like an explosion in your mouth :)

July 8, 2010 10:16 AM
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Sally said...

This reminds me of growing up in Alabama – in the hottest summers we would freeze cans of peaches (without the top and some liquid taken out) and slice them for dessert!! Cold, sweet, frozen syrup – delicious and cooooooool.. Great way to get kids to eat fruit for dessert.

July 8, 2010 12:39 PM
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Raquel said...

Raspberry!

July 8, 2010 12:57 PM
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Joono said...

WATERMELON… Mmmmmmmmm….

July 8, 2010 06:01 PM
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Dina said...

Raspberry is my favorite. I would love this!

July 8, 2010 09:20 PM
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Jennifer said...

Those popsicles look absolutely delicious!! Congrats on the winner of the giveaway!

July 8, 2010 11:25 PM
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Sugar & Spice Event Design said...

Brilliant idea! I love it!

July 9, 2010 01:58 PM
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Stephanie said...

HE sells popsicles? Well I’d definitely be a regular customer if King of Pops was in my town…

July 10, 2010 02:07 AM
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Amanda Formaro said...

I can’t believe orange is way down at #11! I love orange :) These little pops are so cute!

July 10, 2010 03:01 PM
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Amber said...

Mandarin orange

July 10, 2010 10:29 PM
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Elsa said...

Pina Colada is the best then pineapple with a bit chile powder.

July 10, 2010 11:49 PM
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Becky said...

Raspberry! <3

July 11, 2010 02:53 PM
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Lois said...

Love your site, would love to win the “woopie” cookbook. Keep on baking and being creative.

July 12, 2010 01:07 PM
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Jen said...

Just tried his ‘Honeydew Lime’ yesterday. Divine and so refreshing!! Would love to try Pineapple Habanero. :)

July 12, 2010 06:16 PM
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trish terry said...

hi all the way from new zealand, being a computor innocent this is the only way i could work out to contact you.
please can you tell me the how long the cake pops will keep once coated? would love to make some for my granddaughter birthday
appreciate a reply and thanks for your time

July 12, 2010 09:05 PM
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Sheena said...

I can’t find that book on Amazon!!!

July 13, 2010 01:41 PM
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Beth said...

Yummy! We make our own popsicles as well using fruit. Sometimes I add yogurt to add nutrition. Instead of using sugar, I sweeten with fruit juice. The kids gobble them up!

July 13, 2010 02:20 PM
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Christine said...

ahh what a cutie Steven is! i didnt realize it was so easy to make fruit pops. now i must try! thanks bakerella!

July 13, 2010 03:00 PM
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Bevy said...

My family eats soooo many frozen pops I would love to make some homemade!
My favorites are coconut and pina colada!!

July 14, 2010 09:32 AM
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Scarlett Robyn said...

omg these look so nice!!! i really wanna try the kiwi one…..NOW!!!

July 15, 2010 08:30 AM
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Amy said...

I keep trying to buy this at WS, but they are always sold out…..so winning one would totally ROCK

July 15, 2010 03:50 PM
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Melissa said...

Raspberry for sure!!!

July 15, 2010 10:59 PM
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Amanda said...

Hey I tried finding an email address to email and ask you but had no luck?

I’m trying to find this Ice Pops book. I couldn’t find it at my local book store nor it doesn’t pop up on Amazon. Can you help me? Thanks!

July 17, 2010 11:54 PM
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Smina said...

mmmm delicious

July 18, 2010 04:44 AM
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abby said...

omg they look sooooooooooo good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 20, 2010 08:35 PM
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Heather Christo said...

What a great, simple summer recipe! My kids will love getting their hands on these.

July 24, 2010 05:53 PM
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The Milk N Honey said...

genius!

July 27, 2010 06:03 PM
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Teresa said...

Strawberry and Mango

August 5, 2010 10:55 PM
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Hayley said...

Who is the author of Ice Pops? An Amazon search didn’t reveal a matching cover… :o(

August 6, 2010 02:23 PM
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Claire said...

So I know you might not even see this comment, but there’s a popsicle place in Nashville, TN called Las Paletas and they make handmade popsicles too, which crazy flavors like banana split, chocolate mint (with crushed Andes mints inside), smoothie fruit flavors, and all sorts of awesome things. You should definitely check them out! They’re quite the inspiration

September 2, 2010 02:50 PM
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Sherri said...

Dulce Caramel with spiced Pecans

September 7, 2010 11:53 AM
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Anonymous said...

MY FAV IS ANY KIND OF BERRY BUT I LOVE PINNAPLE MANGO AND KIWI

October 21, 2010 06:17 PM
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Vanessa Gomes said...

where to buy this book on the internet?

November 2, 2010 10:10 AM
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Cayla said...

Cherry is my very favorite! These pops all look so good, I’d love to try each of them…:-)

November 10, 2010 10:36 PM
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Hannah said...

Mango! It’s so beautiful!

November 25, 2010 06:49 PM
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Ansley said...

Haha, Chocolate as a fruit flavor! :D

January 16, 2011 04:31 PM
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Angel Marcinko said...

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March 13, 2011 07:35 PM
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Maddy said...

Jesus flavor fo sho. sooooooo excellent

April 17, 2011 01:26 PM
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Kathleen Laird said...

Chocolate Raspberry
Or
Cream cycle

May 11, 2011 04:58 PM
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ciarra garcez said...

pineapple! defintley!

May 22, 2011 04:56 PM
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Penny Young said...

I love lemon, what a great summer treat

June 1, 2011 02:11 AM
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June 6, 2011 09:01 AM
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chauna said...

awww, pina colada is my fave but it looks like others don’t agree with me:,(

whatever…more for me!

June 20, 2011 05:59 PM
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Cupcake said...

totally laHove (love) it!

June 21, 2011 09:38 PM
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Molly said...

Ooo can we do a mix of strawberry and mango! That’d be my favorite. Or just those two alone! So good!!!

July 3, 2011 02:37 PM
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Eustacia said...

that looks so good……….strawberry is my favoritor…

July 12, 2011 12:26 AM
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Helena said...

this is an awesome idea! I will have to have the kids make them this summer!

April 1, 2012 08:42 PM
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Helena said...

Apple and Pomegrante!

April 1, 2012 08:43 PM
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Abby said...

Chocolate Sea Salt? Now thats original! But I have to say I
l-o-v-e strawberry kiwi!

April 8, 2012 04:59 PM
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Odette said...

I love all flavors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 14, 2012 06:48 PM
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tina said...

I LOVE every Flavor up there, except mango. I just don’t like mangos…will definitely be trying this recipe, minus the yogurt…don’t eat dairy!

June 28, 2012 03:34 PM
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Lili said...

Wonderful everything looks great

July 2, 2012 01:30 PM
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Dalia said...

What about MANGO?

July 4, 2012 09:52 AM
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Yael said...

Hi,

I found this post yesterday.
Today I went to a mall in Tel Aviv, and saw this pops maker sitting on a shelf!!

Do you recommend it? Is it any good?
With the hot Israeli summer, pops are a hit around here.

Thanks,
Yael

July 25, 2012 09:11 AM
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Jim Denforth said...

Looks awesome, thanks for this! Great food sensory !

July 26, 2012 02:44 PM
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Kendra said...

Raspberry and chocolate mixed together. YUM!

August 30, 2012 03:33 PM
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odette said...

Yummy!! :)

November 4, 2012 12:19 PM
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Melanie said...

Chocolate sea salt? I need.

January 16, 2013 10:31 AM
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nihaia qaddura said...

I adore fruits in general ,so I can,t make a choice easily ,I wish I can own one of those carts since I am a events designer and a business owner

April 16, 2013 08:43 AM
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J. said...

The King of Pops has finally made his way up the Southeast, and now I can enjoy his homemade ice pops as well! Actually, we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to popsicle salespeople: every Saturday, there are at least three at the market with gourmet flavors. It’s amazing.

May 31, 2013 01:03 AM
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