Strawberry Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Crust + Blendtec Blender Giveaway

by Marie on June 18, 2014

It’s that time of year when strawberries from the garden are just begging to be picked, frozen, and blended into a delicious dessert! We’re baking a homemade graham cracker crust and topping it with a homemade strawberry ice cream… Bam! Just like that, summer is here!

Strawberry Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Crust

I’m partnering with Blendtec for today’s recipe. They sent me their latest and greatest Designer-Series Blender to test out and I have one to giveaway to one of YOU! See below for giveaway details!

The blender is the Designer 725 with WildSid+ jar plus Twister jar, and it’s fantastic. I’ve been a long time fan of Blendtec, but now I have the Twister in my life. It’s really the best. I blended 1-1/2 cups of whole almonds into almond butter last night… in 60 seconds. It’s a dream come true! It comes with a side scrapping lid that allows you to twist as it’s blending, getting the job done so much more efficiently. Hooray!

Strawberry Ice Cream with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Recipe for Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 ½ c. graham crackers – 1 package of 9-10 crackers
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 6 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ice cream – any flavor

Mini Graham Cracker Crust Pies

Here’s how we made our Graham Cracker Crust using the Blendtec Twister Jar:

1. Add all your ingredients to your jar, starting with the liquid first.

Mixing Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

2. Place your jar onto your base and put it on the “puree” setting. Let it blend. Twist your lid as it blends, helping the sides scrape down. NOTE: if you find you still have a few whole graham crackers in the center, blend again.

Blending Graham Cracker Crust with the Blendtec Twister

3. Get out your baking dishes and a spoon. I used these fun mini dishes and split my mix in half. NOTE: add a little vegetable spray to the bottom of your dishes to help it come up a little easier after baking.

Blending Graham Cracker Crust

4. Press your mix into each dish with your spoon. Smooth it out and press it down. Even press it up the sides of the dish as well.

TIP: set aside a little of the graham cracker mix for a sprinkle topping!

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

5. Bake your crust in a 375 degree oven for 7 minutes. Let these cool completely before adding topping.

6. While your crust is baking and cooling, get your ice cream ready. If you’re using store-bought ice cream, let it sit out on the counter for up to 1 hour to thaw out a bit. You want it to be soft when you add it to your crust so it’s easier to spoon out and serve.

Blendtec Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

You can also make homemade strawberry ice cream too. I used the recipe from the Twister Jar Recipe Book for the Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream.

  • 1/4 c. coconut milk, 2 1/2 T sugar, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 8 oz frozen whole strawberries.
  • Add all the ingredients and set it to the speed 7 setting for 50 seconds, turning the Twister lid while blending.

Pour your ice cream into the graham cracker crust dish and add a little of the extra graham cracker mix for a topping.

Strawberry Ice Cream with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

It’s ready to eat! You can also put these in the freezer for the day if you make them ahead of time.

Strawberry Ice Cream Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Now it’s time to serve up a little Blendtec giveaway. One winner will receive a Designer 725 with WildSide+ jar plus Twister jar, valued at $769.90! Open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends on June 24th at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to respond via email. Enter below for your chance to win:
Blendtec Blender Giveaway

{ 142 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacey June 18, 2014 at 4:47 am

I’m already making smoothies to cool us down. My blender’s not great though!!!

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2 Lisa Brown June 18, 2014 at 5:45 am

I like blending up berry and soy smoothies

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3 Alisa June 18, 2014 at 6:44 am

Love the idea of the twister jar with the scraper built in!

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4 Heather C June 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

Yum! What a delicious recipe! I had no idea blendtec was making this new kind of jar.

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5 Maggie Ann June 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

Yum! this looks delish! And the chance to win the blendtec sounds wonderful no matter who wins. =)

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6 Jessica June 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

Wow! That twister looks amazing!!!!

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7 Kara June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

I love to make fresh fruit and greens smoothies, mmm!

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8 Beetree June 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

We are blending up banana smoothies with almond milk- yumm! We would love to have a blendtec!!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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9 Amanda June 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

That looks delicious! I make a smoothie for breakfast every day! Yum!

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10 Katherine Wall June 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I love the twister jar! thank you!

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11 LizA June 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Lordy – I’m still using the Waring Blender that was my grandparents, so it’s got to be 60 years old. It smells of burning oil — or maybe it’s rubber (?) every time I use it. It’s time I hit this Century, however late I may be. The Blentec system sounds like the ticket!

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12 Megan's Cookin' June 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I would love to whip up some Popsicle and smoothies to beat the heat!

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13 Kelly D June 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I would blend up apricot sherbet and berry smoothies.

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14 szkent June 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I love love love graham cracker crust

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15 Heidi F. June 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Smoothies, homemade orange julius, and milkshakes!

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16 Cindy W. June 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Thanks for the wonderful recipe and giveaway Marie!

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17 barbara n June 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

homemade veggie dips!

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18 Cynthia I June 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

This looks great. What a fun way to make a quick dessert.

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19 wendy June 18, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Want to try that twist jar, cool idea!

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20 Heather June 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I have been blending up iced coffees almost everyday! I would love to try this blender!

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21 Dandi D June 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Lots of green smoothies are my thing!

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22 tiffany cheung June 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

We love blending mango and pineapple for a refreshing smoothie or some ice cubes and strawberries with lemon for a strawberry lemonade!

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23 Lisa W. June 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I would use to make my own smoothies and juices!

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24 erin June 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I want to make ice caps so badly with this.

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25 Carol Lynn June 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

I love blending up mangos, strawberries & bananas with some fresh orange juice!

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26 Tausha June 19, 2014 at 1:09 am

This is such a great way to get inspired for summer cooking!

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27 Rachel June 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

looks delicious!

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28 Heather Bungc June 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

This recipe looks AMAZING! I would blend up some nice cold green smoothies.

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29 Cate McCormick June 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

I have needed an amazing blender for so long! This recipe looks beautiful and delicious. Cant wait to try it!

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30 Stacie L June 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

We need this in our lives! My kids would love to help me with the smaller twister. We love green smoothies, plain fruit smoothies, ice cream, and more in the blender! This would make life so much easier.

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31 megan June 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Gotta blend up some homemade orange juliuses.

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32 Reagan June 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I love to blend smoothies, but I’d love a blender that’s up to the task of making some icy drinks!

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33 Sara June 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

My kids love this dessert we learned from my sister – blend up frozen bananas, a splash of vanilla, some coconut or almond milk and a teaspoon (or more) of cocoa powder. Call it ‘chocolate ice cream’ and yum! :)

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34 Carla June 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Can’t wait to make some fun!

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35 Laura June 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I am hoping for one of these for my birthday;)

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36 Kate June 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Smoothies and salad dressing!

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37 Marsha Will June 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I would love to be put into your drawing for this. I love smoothies and this would help me not to have to do them handmade :)

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38 Marilyn June 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I would love to have a good blender like this one.

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39 Sandra June 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Nice cool smoothies for afternoon treats!

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40 Sarah P. June 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

We’ve been blending smoothies!

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41 Tasha R. June 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I blend up lots of smoothies for the kids and hubby! :)

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42 cindy June 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Just in time for summer smoothies – my blender broke ages ago, I’d love a replacement!

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43 Jen June 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I sooo need a blender. My brand new never been used Ninja disappeared when we moved last year and my son is wanting Jamba Juice every day. I need a new blender to make smoothies at home!

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44 Ash June 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I’m working with an early 2000′s hand-me-down blender, but this recipe looks amazing!! Top it with a dollop of lemon curd, and I’m a happy girl!!

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45 Cheryl H June 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Would love to have one of those!

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46 Shannon C-K June 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I am currently researching new blenders and have been leaning towards a Blendtec! Would love to win.

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47 Sandy O June 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

This looks great! My kids would love this recipe too!

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48 JAB June 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I’ve always known the Twister Jar to make nut butters, but never thought about the use for a graham cracker crust. Genius!

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49 Pamela Pitman June 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I don’t even like strawberries but cannot wait to try this! :)

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50 Jennifer S. June 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I’m sold!! I would love to experiment with this awesome appliance!

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51 Patricia June 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I will be blending up fresh fruit smoothies!

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52 Melanie June 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Love making smoothies!

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53 Elizabeth T. June 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I love to make smoothies and salsa with my blender, but it would be so much easier if I had a quality blender!

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54 Laura June 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

My daughters and I are not big breakfast eaters but I know how important it is so we have a protein smoothie every day. We also make home made pet food (allergies) for our animals. We’re on our third blender this year. :/
Will have to try this yummy recipe too!

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55 Suzanne L June 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I have been wanting one of these.

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56 Karen June 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Wow, I’d love this prize!

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57 natalie June 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

ICE COLD SMOOTHIES

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58 Erin June 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I seriously want this blendtec. I have kitchen aid it is just not the same. I love spinach, banana, and pineapple smoothies as wells as strawberry and protein shakes. Yum.

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59 Tenley Erickson June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Lots of Smoothies and Sauces for our grilled summer foods!

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60 Christina Vee June 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Would love to use this blender! My $20 one is not quite cutting it…literally!

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61 Kim June 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Love to make smoothies and homemade ice cream

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62 Hector June 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

This looks amazing. Too bad my blender isn’t strong enough.

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63 Laura Southerland June 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I would make peanut butter banana smoothies!

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64 Marilyn S June 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Smoothies!

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65 Amanda Bingham June 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I use a blender every morning post workout for my shakes. It’s not a very good blender, so this would be divine to have! Also, reading all of the many things to whip up make me want one even more!!!!

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66 Jessica June 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

We have been having smoothies every morning this summer. It is a great way to start the day:)

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67 Michelle Hill June 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Smoothies are a huge summer favorite at my house! I am so looking forward to having my own BlendTec!

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68 Jen5253 Range June 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I’ve been blending up fresh fruit to add to smoothies and yogurt. I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

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69 Mary W June 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Lots of smoothies, while I still have access to a good blender! This would come in quite handy after I move :)

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70 Jeanette June 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Mmm that looks so good!

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71 Lorna June 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Looks yummy and the blender would make it much easier to make.

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72 JL June 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

I like my smoothies SUPER THICK – the twister jar would be awesome!

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73 Tasha June 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

That looks like an amazing machine. Wow!

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74 oliloup June 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Wow need to try !!

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75 Tamara June 20, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I would make dutch pancakes. Umm.

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76 Primrose June 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Would love to use this to whip up a batch of ebelskivers!

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77 Sarah June 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I have had my eye on a Blendtec for awhile now. :-)

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78 Courtney Mills June 20, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I would love to have a Blendtec! I would LOVE to make gazpacho this summer in one!

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79 shari June 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

This recipe looks like a perfect summer dessert, and I am going to try it!

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80 Nancy June 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I am blending strawberries and lemon concentrate for summer drinks.

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81 Ashlee Buttars June 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Strawberry watermelon popsicles for my kiddos!

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82 greta June 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

What a sweet, easy treat to make for BBQ’s and summer picnics! Love it!

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83 susan June 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Lots of smoothies!

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84 Nicole H. June 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Attempting smoothies, but my poor blender isn’t really up to the job. I couldn’t even blend frozen bananas when my daughter wanted them after seeing them on a show. This would be such a wonderful addition to our kitchen.

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85 Melissa E June 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm

This looks delicious!

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86 Meryl June 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I’m doing banana and strawberry smoothies.

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87 Belle Lonna June 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I would love to have one of these machines so I could make my grandchilden smoothies.

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88 Natalie June 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm

This sounds fabulous! I would love a quiet, beautiful Blendtec!

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89 Dan L June 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I’m making mango yogurt smoothies

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90 geegarland June 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Fruit smoothies of course and using the leftovers to make popsicles. ;)

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91 Elizabeth June 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Looks delicious!

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92 Angel G. June 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Gallons of smoothies!

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93 kaci June 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Greens – tons of greens blended up.

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94 Erica June 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I have a green smoothie daily. I have a super cheap blender and have been waiting for the day I can afford a nice new one. I would love to win this!

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95 McKenzie Kennedy June 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. This would be great for all graham crackercrumbling, along with shakes, orange julius’, smoothies. . Mmmm!

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96 Melissa S June 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Smoothies are so refreshing for summer, especially avocado smoothies!

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97 Melinda Whiteman June 20, 2014 at 10:56 pm

That looks sooooo yummy

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98 Holly Jo June 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Our blender is an integral part of our food routine, and ours just broke! :/ It hasn’t been long, and we’re already feeling the loss…Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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99 Nachelle June 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Yum this looks great, a blenders and smoothies would be perfect for my kids!

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100 Carla June 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

My blender doesn’t really blend well … cake mixes and maybe ice cream of softened enough – ugh!

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101 Lou Ann June 21, 2014 at 12:11 am

The ice cream looks delicious and I’d love to use that blender to make it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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102 Mendy Schanck June 21, 2014 at 12:19 am

I love making smoothies using tropical flavors and sneaking in spinach or kale but I love the idea of being able to utilize a machine for other purposes than a smoothie!!

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103 Pha June 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

I would love to win please:)

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104 Sara Jensen June 21, 2014 at 4:48 am

How awesome!!

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105 Katarina Kopasek June 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

I want to start making smoothies. The Blendtec would be perfect for that.

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106 Jena June 21, 2014 at 5:34 am

Looks so yummy!

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107 Laura Gillian June 21, 2014 at 5:55 am

I would love this!

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108 Courtney June 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

This sounds so good and I’d love to win a bledtec!!

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109 Stacey June 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

Fruit Smoothies

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110 Denise Y June 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

Looking for new blender…. this would be great!!

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111 Meghanne l. June 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

Love making smoothies for breakfast! This blender looks awesome.

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112 Laurel Lakey June 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

My son LOVES strawberry ice cream, and the addition of this yummy graham cracker crust looks marvelous! Can’t wait to try it out and have him taste-test it for me! :)

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113 Arielle June 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

We would love this blender to whip up some smoothies, ice cream, and snow cones this summer!

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114 Anne Wright June 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

What a great blog and wonderful recipes. Thanks and thanks for the great giveaway! I would use this mainly for making smoothies.

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115 Lindsay June 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

We love blending up smoothies over the summer months…yum!

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116 Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? June 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

I love making smoothies, but I need a better blender!

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117 A.J. Dub (Amy) June 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

That looks delicious! I have heard great things about Blendtec blenders. I don’t currently have a blender but some of our favorite things to make when we did were blender wheat pancakes, smoothies, and the sauce for my apricot chicken.

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118 kristina delaney June 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Add some ice cream or yogurt and I have a happy family. New blender would be great

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119 Heather June 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm

This is what every well stocked kitchen needs!

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120 Angela P. June 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with an awesome machine! Would love to make ice cream as needed/wanted. I never have any on hand when craving strikes.

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121 Erin H June 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Love the ice cream idea! I would make strawberry and banana ice cream

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122 Mary K Rheingans June 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I can’t find where to enter the contest?

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123 Crystal burnett June 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

A lid that also scrapes the sides is genius!!

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124 Amber Lewis June 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Oranges, pineapple and ginger

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125 Holly June 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Amazing!!! I really hope its my turn to win!

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126 angee June 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Wow! I love how fine it chops the graham crackers. Thanx for the chance, Marie!

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127 Gina L. June 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm

We love blending strawberry and banana smoothies!

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128 yb June 22, 2014 at 2:01 am

I would like to be able to make my own nut flours and quinoa flour. I want to blend my fave strawberry banana smoothie.

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129 John Hutchens June 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

I blending up milk shakes

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130 Lexie B. June 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

Would love to upgrade my blender– I love making homemade frappuccinos in the summer.

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131 Kelly A June 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

I want to make ice cream, slushes and snow cones

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132 Natalie G. June 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Strawberry daquiris :)

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133 shaunie June 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I will be blending to make salad dressings and fruit

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134 Jonathan Baker June 23, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hoping to blend up some nice, cool coffee drinks!

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135 Lisette Wolter-McKinley June 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I am a big fan of pureed soups, anytime of year.

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136 Meena R June 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I’ll be blending up some smoothies with summer fruits-mangoes, strawberries, pineapples and the works!

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137 Brooke B June 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Fresh fruit and a cool-down snack in one? Yes, please! Gotta love blendtec!

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138 Felicity H. June 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Our family loves to have banana bok-choy smoothies for breakfast and our current blender is having trouble keeping up with thick smoothies for 3.

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139 Kim June 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I am blending up green smoothies for my kids.

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140 Ames June 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Smoothies!

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141 Lonna June 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I would love this so I could make smoothies for my grandchildren.

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142 Carmen N June 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm

My toddler loves milkshakes and smoothies

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