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Ice Pop Extravaganza & Zoku Giveaway

24 Jun

Zoku Ice Pop Maker

I LOVE ice cream. I’ll try any flavor. I’ll occasionally eat it for breakfast. I’m the person at the ice cream shop who asks for scoops of multiple flavors (yes, sometimes I ask if they don’t mind putting them in a certain order…). But, as much as I love this creamy treat, whole fat dairy with delicious chunks of chocolate and swirls of caramel is not the best food to consume in large quantities.

Enter ice pops. I don’t mean those full-of-sugar, five-types-of-food-coloring ice pops in the freezer section. I mean all-fruit, no added sugar, totally good for you ice pops. It’s not exactly ice cream, but it’s a refreshing way to satisfy my dessert cravings.

I’ve been eyeing the Zoku Quick Pop Maker for about a year, so when I saw it a few weeks ago on a beautiful spring day, it was a sign that I should go for it. There are different sizes of the ice pop maker; I bought the one that you can make two at a time in (there are a single pop maker, or three pops/time). What I love about this ice pop maker is that you store it in the freezer. Then, when you take it out and fill it with a cold mixture (see below for some ideas), it makes an ice pop in about 8 minutes. Instant ice pop satisfaction!

Mango Ice Pop

This was the first one I made: just fresh mango and a little water, pureed in a blender. It was so easy and yummy.

Ice Pop Grapefruit Mango

I decided to get more adventurous with my second try: equal parts fresh grapefruit and mango, pureed, with a little water and maple syrup.

Strawberry banana yogurt pop

For my third pop I made my regular smoothie in the blender of frozen strawberries and bananas, blended with yogurt and water, and then poured it into the mold to make a yogurt pop!

I’m not typically into specialized kitchen gadgets, but I have been thoroughly enjoying the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I love the option to have almost instant ice pops. Plus, I’ve been making four at a time, eating one, and freezing the other three for later.

This contest ended on 7/1/14.

Thank you to all who entered!

The Giveaway!

Want to try out the Quick Pop Maker for yourself? I’m giving away a Zoku Quick Pop Maker! It looks like this:

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(Image from the Zoku site)

Here’s how to enter: Click here to enter! You are required to leave a comment below sharing your favorite ice pop flavor. Then there are some additional ways to get more entries by following EatingPlaces and Zoku on Twitter and Facebook. If you win, you can choose which color you’d like (white, blue, purple, red, orange or green).

The giveaway ends Tuesday, July 1, at midnight EST. Please note: this giveaway is limited to US residents. I will use Rafflecopter to select a winner at random and individually contact the winner. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below.

I bought the Zoku Quick Pop Maker on my own and was not compensated for this post. Zoku provided the giveaway Quick Pop Maker – thank you, Zoku! All opinions are my own.


We Found the Ben & Jerry’s Truck at Whole Foods!

23 Aug

Summer in Boston has its perks, from free concerts to outdoor seating at restaurants. What I like most about living in the city, though, is finding the unexpected: a guitar player on the sidewalk, overhearing bits of history from a Freedom Trail tour, free ice cream…

Have you found the Ben & Jerry’s Truck yet this summer? Last week I caught up with Taylor and Elise, master drivers and super friendly free-ice-cream-givers, in Cambridge.

On Friday, August 19, Whole Foods on River Street celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a block party. There were samples of KerryGold, Grillos, Pretzel Crisps, Ripe juice for all, but the talk of the event was the free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It was before dinner, but guests were more than willing to risk their appetites.

Taylor, an assistant manager at a Boston Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop, talked with me about her experiences working on the truck. And, of course, I had to sample Cherry Garcia, the flavor I would eat by the pint with my dad at Cape Cod.

This is Taylor’s second year working on the truck – she says it’s “great to give back to the community” by attending public events and visiting offices (20-30 each week!) throughout the Boston area. Before Boston, the truck was also in Miami and New York. The truck accepts location suggestions and announces where it will be via its Twitter account (@BenJerrysTruck) and will continue traveling around Boston until August 29.

In the coming weeks Taylor will begin her senior year at Boston University where she studies Biochemistry. Her favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors are Half-Baked Frozen Yogurt and Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack. She’s also excited about Ben & Jerry’s becoming completely Fair Trade Certified by 2013 – and we’re not talking just a few flavors, but every bit of every flavor – from chocolate chunks to vanilla. Now that’s something to look forward to.

There’s still time to grab a free ice cream from the truck, so check in on Twitter and say ‘hello’ to Taylor and Elise for me!

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