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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.


Panera Sandwich Showdown and Giveaway!

28 Sep

When I was younger I would meet my friends at the local Panera. We weren’t having a business meeting or talking about the future, we were just hanging out. I was a vegetarian back then, so I ordered the only non-meat sandwich, which was on ciabatta (that was the first time I ever tried ciabatta and I loved it). So now when I go back, my order is a combination of past and present.

Panera Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich on Ciabatta with pickle and bread

This is what I order: a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, which comes with Peppadew peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cilantro Jalapeño hummus on tomato basil bread. But I order it on ciabatta and with extra Peppadew peppers because they are a-maz-ing.

What if you could make your own sandwich, though? Every ingredient you want, nothing you don’t?

Panera has a new contest called the Sandwich Showdown now through October 6. You make your own sandwich, give it a story, and hope to win $10,000 cash, $500 worth of Panera gift cards, free Panera Bread bagels for a year and…you’ll get to see your original recipe in actual Panera locations! I made one and it was fun to be creative without the messy kitchen clean-up afterward.

This contest has ended. Thank you for entering!

But it doesn’t stop there. Once you enter the contest following the link above, come back and comment below to enter a $25 gift card giveaway to Panera (one entry).

For an additional entry, tweet the following and comment that you did, including your Twitter handle: Enter me in the @panerabread gift card giveaway @EatingPlaces! http://wp.me/pJQlc-Bk

Comment below (with up to two entries) by Wednesday, October 3 at 11:59pm EST.

I’ll choose the winner using random.org on Thursday, October 4 and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply – if there is no response, I will choose another entry. The gift card will be sent from a local PR agency. Good luck!

Panera compensated me with a $25 gift card in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own and I do order the Mediterranean Veggie every time I go to Panera.

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