A Sweet Farewell to Blue Bunny + Free Ice Cream Giveaway!

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My prayers have been answered – a morning without rain! :D  

It was cool and there was a very “summer camp” vibe in the air as my Mom and I walked around our standard path in the wee hours of the morning. We hadn’t been out since the big storm on Sunday and couldn’t believe how many trees were still down! I am a tree LOVER (my dream house is surrounded by them) so it made me sad to see so many gone. Such is life, I suppose!

At any rate, I’ve been thinking about this morning’s breakfast for several days…ever since I spied some juicy mangoes on sale at the store this weekend. I sliced one up, added a few more exotic tastic ingredients, and created a Tropical Banango Smoothie!

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In the mix:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • splash Coconut syrup
  • 1 Pineapple Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango

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Add all your ingredients in a blender and whiiiiiir.

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Silky-smooth, THICK and tropical – what a treat! I could really taste the Greek Yogurt in there – it added just a hint of tang to cut the sweetness of the other ingredients.

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FYI – I haven’t been able to stop singing  “If you like pina coladas…” since I made this. Like, out loud. Ahh! Do you like pina coladas? Getting caught in the rain? I like pinas but no, I hate geting caught in the rain! I prefer to be indoors when it comes. ;)  

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Salad for dinner, salad for lunch – I’ve got my second “chop once, eat twice” salad that I created on Sunday for lunches on Monday and today! 

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In the mix:

  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Pepper Jack cheese

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This salad was especially fantastic on Monday – the pepper jack cheese chunks REALLY take it over the top. I just cut a cheese stick in half, and then cube it up.

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Some min-mins on the side!

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I like the Lemon Bar flavor for its zip and the Cashew Cookie for its decadence.

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A fine meal, I’d say! :mrgreen:

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Wells Blue Bunny Trip Recap: A Sweet Farewell!

By Day 2 of the Blue Bunny Blogger Summit, we had already gone through a tour of the Blue Bunny ice cream factory, indulged in a luscious lunch laced with ice cream and concocted our own wacky, over-the-top bowls of ice cream. At this point you’d think I’d be ice creamed out. You’d be wrong…ok I was a little ice creamed out…but the show must go on and anyways, I ALWAYS scream for ice cream! :D

On our final day we headed to the Blue Bunny Visitor’s Center & Official Ice Cream Parlor, to bid adieu with an informal lunch & sundae ordered right off the parlor menu.

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The Blue Bunny Visitor’s Center attracts travelers from all over the country to come and learn how ice cream got to America (via European immigrants in the 18th century,) which presidents had a wicked sweet tooth (George Washington & Thomas Jefferson – those rascals!) and give everyone a peek at how Blue Bunny ice cream is made via a simulated factory production line (since the actual factory isn’t open to the public.) Oh and, of course, have some ice cream!!

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Out front is an original, restored 1940’s milk delivery truck that was used to deliver milk when Wells was just a dairy operation.

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It’s adorable!

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Attached to the visitor’s center is the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. It’s got the quaint feeling of a 1920’s soda shop.

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Complete with tall, spinning stools at the bar, 

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and soda pulls behind the counter. All that was missing was a soda jerk! I’m sure he was around there somewhere…

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I felt as though I had been transported back in time. :)

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We settled into a back party room and dined on some Godfather’s Pizza – a slice of Veggie and Black Olive for this girl. :)

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Midwesterner’s – I know you can attest to the insane deliciousness that is Godfather’s Pizza. It is simply, the best.

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We ended lunch on a sweet note, literally, by ordering a treat of our choice from the parlor menu.

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So many decisions!

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Do I order a sundae? A split?? A shake??? a cone???? Ahhh!

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In the end, a Turtles & Cream Bon Petit Sundae won out. ;) Sweet, cinnamon apples layered with crunchy granola and whipped cream, topped with 2 Turtles & Cream Bon Petits and drizzled with caramel suace!!!! (oh snap – T&CBP calorie counts are not for the faint of heart!)

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It was as sweet as it was pretty, and I felt as though the apples in the bottom made it a wee bit healthier than anything else on the menu. ;)

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After lunch, we explored the parlor’s gift shop where Blue Bunny invited us to pick a few things out to take home as souvenirs!

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I picked out a sliver spoon for my Mom’s shadow box, an adorable t-shirt for my nephew, a water bottle, because you can never have too many water bottles, and a vintage looking postcard, that I framed after I got home!

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Soon enough it was time to say goodbye! :( 

I feel SO incredibly fortunate to have had the amazing experience of touring the Blue Bunny ice cream factory, getting to visit HQ, learning so much about a company and product that I was already passionate about, and getting to know the Blue Bunny employees. Holy cow, the employees!

Such caring, knowledgeable and generous people. If nothing else, I am thankful that I got to meet such a great group. It made my life long love of Blue Bunny products even STRONGER – it that was even possible! Thanks again to the entire Blue Bunny team for such a memorable experience!

On that note, today is your last chance to win a coupon for a FREE box of frozen novelties or carton of premium Blue Bunny ice cream! Today’s question, which you have until 10pm to answer correctly, is:

How many scoops of premium vanilla ice cream are in the Blue Bunny parlor’s BIGGEST sundae – The Goliath Sundae?

a. 6

b. 8

c. 4

d. 10

The answer to yesterday’s question was “b”. Vanilla is the most popular Blue Bunny ice cream flavor, followed by Chocolate and Bunny Tracks (I have a serious passion for Peanut Butter Panic – hence the 4th option!) Congrats to:

Tracey: Definitely b – vanilla! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Wahoo! Email your address to me at IowaGirlEats@hotmail.com, and I’ll get your coupon out in the mail. Good luck to everyone else!

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  1. I’m going with 8!

  2. Maura 07.21.2010

    I’m going to go with D) 10!! The Goliath Sundae sound EPIC!!!

  3. I have gotten them all wrong so far, ha, but I’m going with 10! And if I get it wrong again I will drink my worries away with a pina colada!! Yummy!!

  4. Crystal 07.21.2010

    6 scoops (A) sounds like the perfect amount for an indulgent sundae!

  5. Sabrina 07.21.2010

    I’m going with 6 scoops also!

  6. Jen H 07.21.2010

    I guess 6 scoops (A)

  7. Emily 07.21.2010

    a. 6 scoops!

  8. Ellen 07.21.2010

    (A) 6. Mmmm. Sundae. :-P :-)

  9. katelyn 07.21.2010

    (a) 6…Holy Ice Cream!

  10. i’m gonna guess 6 scoops (a). and yes… godfather’s pizza is great! i used to eat it with my grandparents & great aunt & uncle in northwest indiana. haven’t had it in years… oh my…

  11. Holly 07.21.2010

    A) 6

    Good LORD I’d love to win!

  12. Stephanie 07.21.2010

    that sundae looks phenomenal!! i’m going to go with 8 scoops?

  13. Lizzy 07.21.2010

    i’m gonna say 10

  14. ShutupandRun 07.21.2010

    I’ve gotta say a. 6 scoops for the Goliath. Go big or go home!

  15. Evelyn 07.21.2010

    I’m thinking 8 — two scoops each for two couples or a family of 4 or 4 friends!

  16. Liz 07.21.2010

    I had a smoothie this morning, too, for the first time in a long time!

  17. Angela 07.21.2010

    A.) 6
    (But why not go for 7?!?)

  18. SarahT 07.21.2010

    My answer is A-6 scoops for the Goliath sundae. Thanks for the super recap of your trip!

  19. Andrea 07.21.2010

    My guess is C (4) – sounds like you had an amazing time!

  20. Tara 07.21.2010

    6 scoops!

  21. jackie 07.21.2010

    A – 6 scoops!!

  22. Dawn 07.21.2010

    A) 6 scoops sounds about right!
    I’d love to dig into that Goliath Sundae!

  23. Bonni 07.21.2010

    I’ll say D 10!

    That smoothie looks yummy, Do you ever put oatmeal in your smoothies? I’ve gotten into making smoothies lately and thought that would be a great way to get more fibre in the diet and yummy too!
    I only like getting caught in a warm rain – otherwise get me indoors!

  24. Crystal 07.21.2010

    6 scoops of ice cream…yum!!

  25. Amy 07.21.2010

    A. 6 scoops!!

  26. Erica 07.21.2010

    A. 6 scoops. Yum!

  27. Elliott 07.21.2010

    I say 6 scoops! Although, I’m sure I could handle more! Haha

  28. Lisa in Fort Worth 07.21.2010

    The answer is A-6. You make me so home sick for Iowa I can hardly stand it. I wish you could have a contest for sweet corn, although shipping would be a problem, there is nothing better than Iowa corn. I had the pleasure of having some last year and introducing it to the Texans I know and they were so blown away!! This year they are begging me to get them some. It’s so funny. Don’t ever take for granted all the delightful things you have up there!

  29. Ann 07.21.2010

    I’m going with:
    A. 6 scoops

    What a fun opportunity you had!!

  30. Ashley 07.21.2010

    I’ll say 6 scoops! I’d love to chow down on a sundae that big!

  31. I’m going to guess 6 scoops!

    You are right…Godfathers is one of the best pizza places around! Love it!

  32. Cari 07.21.2010

    I pick A. 6 scoops.

    What a great experience! I will definitely need to visit Le Mars sometime soon!

  33. Lindsay 07.21.2010

    I’m going with A. 6 scoops!! I would eat every last one of those darn scoops! I’ve been known to lick bowls when it comes to ice cream :-)

  34. ThePony 07.21.2010

    I’m going to throw 6 scoops out there. Thanks!

  35. Anna 07.21.2010

    A. 6 scoops – holy sugar rush! I’m pretty sure I could knock it down though ;)

  36. Claire 07.21.2010

    The answer is A.) 6 scoops! With the right toppings, I could definitely handle the Goliath! Sounds like your trip was AWESOME! What a lucky girl to get to go!

  37. Tessa 07.21.2010

    I am going to guess, 6 scoops! Mmmm I could go for one of those sundaes right now! The hardest part would be trying to decide which flavors to have :)

  38. Tully Jackson 07.21.2010

    It’s A. 6 scoops!

  39. Danielle 07.21.2010

    My guess would be 6 – that a lot of (delicious!) ice cream!

  40. Hannah V 07.21.2010

    I’m gonna go with A- six scoops just sounds right!

  41. Mimi 07.21.2010

    I only like getting caught in the rain when I’m on a good, hot run and NOT wearing a white t-shirt. (;

  42. nicole 07.21.2010

    I’d say 6 scoops!! Sounds awesomely delicious!!

  43. Tasha 07.21.2010

    6 SCOOPS! thanks for the opportunity for some FREE ICE CREAM!! :)

  44. Steph 07.21.2010

    6 scoops!

  45. Jen 07.21.2010

    I say 6!

    The simulated factory tour they have sounds similar to what they have at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. It has a ride that you go through and you even get free candy at the end!

  46. Brittany 07.21.2010

    I’m going to go with “B”, 8 ! 10 seems like too many! :) yum

  47. Susan 07.21.2010

    I am guessing 6 scoops, which sounds awesome in this Iowa heat!

  48. emily 07.21.2010

    B!

  49. Sarah R 07.21.2010

    Hum, let’s go with 6 scoops. Goodfathers has some amazing dessert pizza. It was always the pizza of choice in high school.

  50. Cate 07.21.2010

    I’ll go with 8, too…man, peanut butter panic sounds so good right now!

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