Monday, May 7, 2012

From from Hawaii, Uncle Mikey's Hawaiian Dried Fruit Giveaway / Review 3 WINNERS ... Over $100 in Prizes

Not, very often do I get tongue tied when I am trying to write a review and feature such an outstanding giveaway.  But, I am there! 

I want to be able to capture the Pure Beauty behind this small and simply natural Hawaiian business.

 This Island Experience all started when I found a company on Facebook (Counts as an entry later).

I was intrigued by the statement, "Dried fruit made with choice Hawaiian fruit... no weird stuff added!".  And excited to see that Uncle Mikey's was family owned and operated.


Who would have thought my excitement would lead to a phone call with Uncle Mickey direct from Hanalei, Hawaii.

Uncle Mikey is such a laid back and easy to talk to person with the Spirit of Hawaii in his voice.  I could feel his passion about his quest to bring "real" dried fruit to the world.  Yes, world.  Uncle Mikey has sent his All-Natural Hawaiian Dried Fruit to 12 Different Countries so far.  And there is no doubt in my mind that number will continue to grow. 

He explained that for every 100 pounds of fruit (Grade A Hawaiian Fruit) he and his family hand cut and place directly into the dryer; Approximately 8 pounds remain as the Final product to be shipped directly to your door step (Order on-line Today!).  This final product is also packaged and hand labeled with the weight and best eaten by date.

Uncle Mikey shared a very touching story about one of his daughters, who helps with this fruitful business.  She was in a store one day and saw Uncle Mikey's Dried Fruit on the store shelf.  She was so proud to know she had cut the fruit personally and labeled these bags which were going to be enjoyed by others. 

Uncle Mikey believes in supporting local farmers, as he can relate since he worked in Taro fields for many years after moving to Hawaii as a teenager.  He also knows that in order to produce a gourmet tasting product, he must use the best of the best when it comes to fruit.  Especially since the flavor of the fruit stands alone!  Nothing is ever added to the fruit.  It is 100% All Natural! 

I had no idea until talking with Uncle Mikey how most other Dried Fruits are created.  Many of these companies add sugar.  By added sugar, it adds to the weight of the fruit, up to 4 times which actually makes "candied" fruit...not dried fruit.  If you don't believe me go check in your cabinet and look at a package of dried fruit?

  So what do you think would happen if you added this store bought fruit into a glass of water?  Would it rehydrate into the fruit it is suppose to be?  I doubt it.  Put a piece of Uncle Mickey's fruit into a glass of water...it will rehydrate into its true natural self. 

I wanted to make sure and share that while I was speaking with Uncle Mikey, he was busy packaging up bags of his dried fruit.  Wow!  That just proves how much passion and love is put into each bag.

Uncle Mikey sent me out the most amazing Dried Fruit to Review and Fun T-shirt also (Plus, an amazing Chocolate Bar - that features his dried bananas..."All Natural Milk Chocolate Bar, Peanut Butter & Banana by Wild Ophelia...younger sister of Vosges Haut-Chocolat).

Okay, now how do I put into words my (our) LOVE and ADDICTION to this REAL DRIED FRUIT EXPERIENCE...

First of all.....THANK YOU Uncle Mikey's for Teaching me the real meaning of dried fruit and its beauty that is is truly worth the cost.

Our taste buds are in sensor overload!  Wow, wow, wow!  Now I just need to figure out the words to capture the Island Magic for you all to read, know and buy Uncle Mikey's for yourself...or WIN if you are one of the 3 Lucky Ones.

I couldn't believe the aromas that greeted our noses upon opening these hand packed and labeled 1.6oz bags of Hawaiian Fruits.  I could close my eyes and feel the Island breezes upon my face.  It was like I was being transported to the Islands through the fresh fruitful smells.  Really, I have never smelled anything so fresh...in a dried fruit before.  Even after enjoying way too many pieces, the pleasant and fragrant aromas remained on my fingers.  Which encouraged me to eat more.

I can't wait for you too see the photos I took of Uncle Mikey's natural beauty, that he and his family are able to capture with each piece of fruit.

Dried Pineapple. 

Each piece made me think of a flower in full bloom.  Look at the beautiful "petals" of Pineapple.  I enjoyed the slightly chewy and leathery mouth feel of this Hawaiian fruit.  The pineapple was so sweet and retained its natural character.

Dried Hawaiian Bananas

I loved how the bananas were cut into lengthwise pieces...not circular like I am use to seeing in the stores (candied...not dried naturally like Uncle Mikey's).  These bananas were full of flavor and slightly chewy.  I couldn't image what a fresh banana must taste like on Hawaii.  These dried delights were so sweet and natural without tasting over ripe.  I need more!!!

Dried Guava
This will put your taste buds in their place! What a flavor explosion on natural tartness. 

They may have been tart, but I couldn't stop eating them.  These were my 3 year old sons favorite out of all the fruit.
I have never had a fresh papaya, before but now I want to try one.   

Dried Papaya

The Papaya was very mild and showed off its natural sweetness.  I found these the most tame off all the fruit, which is its natural flavor profile. Aren't they beautiful!!

So who want to win an Uncle Mickey's T-shirt and some of his amazing REAL Dried Hawaiian Fruit??

How about 3 of you???

This would be an amazing product to keep on hand with Summer arriving and being away from home and active.  I know it will be in our backpacks for some hiking we have planned.

Enter for your chance to win below and don't forget to show Uncle Mickey's some love on his Facebook Page!!!

Disclaimer: Uncle Mikey's  provided me with a free
sample of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or
sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


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196 comments:

  1. Would love to try banana and pineapple!

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  2. Boy, this fruit sounds amazing!! All sound good, but the pineapple really, really appeals to me!! chefl@swbell.net

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  3. I would like to try Uncle Mikey's dried bananas

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  4. All this fruit sounds good, but I am most excited about the pineapple. chefl@swbell.net

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  5. I would LOVE to try the dried pineapple!

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  6. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I WOULD LIKE TO TRY THE DRIED PINEAPPLE

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  7. pineapple (I love dried pineapple)

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  8. Guava! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  9. I'd love to try the Apple Banana!

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  10. I'd love to try the pineapple or banana (but they all sound and look delicious!)
    Thank you!

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  11. Leave a blog post comment, Sharing what Type of Dried Fruit you would most LOVE to try from Uncle Mikey's Leave a Blog Post Comment.

    pineapple

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  12. Would like to try Dried Pineapple.

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  13. Dried Pineapple!

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

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  14. I would love dried pineapple

    owen.darlene@gmail.com

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  15. Guava or pineapple sounds awesome to me.

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  16. I would like to try the pineapple.
    beh2351@frontier.com

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  17. The pineapple looks fantastic

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  18. I would like to try the Hawaiian Medley.

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  19. I'd love to try the Dried Papaya so I would order the Hawaiian Medley. Thanks for the info and link...they all look so good!

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  20. Pineapple and banana

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  21. I would like to try the Dried Pineapple
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  22. i would like to try the dried bananas

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  23. papaya!
    cody_endres(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. I'd like to try the mixed bag. That way I could try them all.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  25. I would like the assortment bag, then I could find my favorite!!
    Kathleen Quinlan
    cuddleyvt57@yahoo.com

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  26. I'd like to try Uncle Mikey's dried bananas.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  27. I'd like to try the Dried Bananas.

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  28. I would try the bananas.

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  29. I'd like to try the dried guava the most!

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  30. Oh the Dried Banana for sure!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  31. I'd like to try the Pineapple
    mrbuyouatgmailditcom

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  32. Would love to try banana and pineapple
    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  33. Uncle Mikey's dried banana john mains

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  34. i want the papaya to me it is the healthiest fruit a little after each meal is a 1, 2,3, 4,,,,punch lowers cholesterol and blodd pressure rich in anti-oxidants and with the proteolytic(sp) enzymes reducing the free radicals produced by protein digestion in the first place superfruit tasty too just like candy

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  35. I would love to try the papaya and Guava and the pinapple.thanks

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  36. like to try the dried banana
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  37. I would love to try the dried bananas.

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  38. Mixed dry fruit
    Ann Fudge Cluck
    ann.cluck(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I would love to try the dried Guava:)

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  40. I would love to try the Dried Pineapple.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  41. I would like the dried pineapple.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  42. The dried pineapple sounds absolutely heavenly!

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  43. Mmm, the pineapple! My mouth is watering already!

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  44. I would most like to try the Guava, it sounds good.

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  45. I'd love to try the guava!

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  46. I'd love to try the pineapple.

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  47. I would LOVE to try the Papaya and guava!

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    1. wow... after reading the website I want to try the BANANAS! I LOVE apple bananas!!!

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  48. I would love to try Guava!

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  49. Dried Pineapple and Papaya
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  50. I love dried pineapple but I'd like to try the apple bananas too

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  51. The Dried Pineapple! I love pineapple!
    Thank You!

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  52. after reading his description of the apple banana I really want to try this apple banana. It would be a real change of pace over the regular banana that I eat every day

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  53. I'd like the Hawaiian Medley.

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  54. Every fruit dries at a different temperature and drying time.

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  55. Uncle Mikey started in 2003.

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  56. The Pineapple is named for it's resemblance to a pine cone.

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  57. dried pineapple
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  58. pineapple. marine.mom42@hotmail.com

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  59. I'd like to try their Apple Banana:) Thanks!

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  60. I'd love to try the banana and the guava.

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  61. PINEAPPLE!!!!

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  62. The Bananas!

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  63. The Pineapple sounds yummy!

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  64. I would like to try the banana

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  65. Uncle Mikey's dried bananas

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  66. Pineapple
    Thanks for the contest.

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  67. The dried guava sounds neat. I'd like to give it a try.
    chainmail (at)iwon (dot) com

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  68. The Dried Guava! I adore a tart flavor! That is not to say that I won't love the other fruit..I will!

    Debbie Chioffe
    dksugarpaws@yahoo.com

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  69. I would most like to try the pineapple!

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  70. I would really like to try the dried pineapple

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  71. pineapple

    heather whitford

    heatherwhitford at ymail dot com

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  72. The applebanana is something new that I'd like to try.

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  73. I would like to try the papaya.

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  74. I have never tried dried guava so that's my pick!

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  75. I would like to try the guava or papaya.

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  76. I'd like to try the dried pineapple

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  77. Dried Guava - that's unique!

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  78. Would love some dried pineapple

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  79. I would LOVE to try the pineapple!
    (Virginia Rowell)

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  80. Papaya - it's a fave here (haven't tried dry yet though).
    Sherry Conrad
    discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

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  81. would love to try dry pineapple

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  82. I would love to try the Guava and Pineapple.

    a.cash at live dot com

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  83. the pineapple looks the best to me!

    heather.loftus@aol.com

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  84. Apple bananas are my first choice.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  85. Would love taste the dried guava!

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  86. Papya and banannas tarman120 at verizon dot net

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  87. I would love the mixed dried fruit & guava.

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  88. I would most like to try the dried guava!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I would like to try the hawaiian banana

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  90. I'd like the mixed bag so I could try them all!
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. our family loves fruit and this would be a great way to enjoy all those different varieties.

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  92. I would love love love to try the pineapple and banana! Sounds so yummy! Thanks!

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  93. I'd love to try the apple banana.

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  94. The dried pineapple looks really cool to eat because its thinner. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

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  95. The pineapple sounds good.
    greenhollytwig at yahoo dot com

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  96. Mmm Apple Banana :)

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  97. I would like to try the pineapple.

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  98. These look fantastic! My kids always want the dried fruit but it's always full of sugar :(

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  99. I'd love to try the dried pineapple

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  100. I love banana or apple!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. The banana looks yummy. :)

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  102. dried pineapple
    wcaligirl@gmail.com

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  103. Dried pineapple rosans4@comcast.net

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  104. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THE PINEAPPLE.

    kimandbutch@gmail.com

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  105. id love the dried pinapple.

    dani marie

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  106. I would love to try the Guava Leather.

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. i want to try the dried guava

    yanktheese@yahoo.com

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  108. I would like to try the dried papaya.
    repose4jr at gmail dot com

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  109. I'd like to try the dried papaya

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  110. I would like the dried papaya.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  111. I think they all sound great, but I think I would LOVE the Dried Pineapple!

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  112. I would love to try the Dried Pineapple!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  113. The mango looks awesome!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  114. guava or mango

    theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

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  115. I wouild like the dried papaya!

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  116. the dried pineapple
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  117. The papaya sounds great!
    Miz Vickik

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  118. pineapple


    cpsnsamples@aol.com

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  119. The apple banana sounds wonderful!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  120. I would love to try the pineapple. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. I'd be all over that pineapple. Seriously - when it arrived, I'd lock myself in the bedroom with it so I wouldn't have to share! LOL!

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  122. the papaya intrigues me.
    skibmama23@gmail

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  123. I would like the Hawaiian Medley so I could get a taste of all of the :)

    tammyt1963@centurylink.net

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  124. I would like to try the BANANAS!

    ladyspy79(at)aol(dot)com

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  125. Mango :)

    ashleygao24(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. i would like to try the dried papaya.

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  127. I would like the pineapple.

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  128. Ginger b.
    Timelyone at hotmail dot com

    Pineapple

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  129. I would try the pineapple. saltpepper1_2000@yahoo.com

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  130. I would love to try the Dried Hawaiian Bananas.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. I'd love to try the bananas!!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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  132. Id like to try the pineapple.
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  133. i would love to try the pineapple-it looks so pretty and natural

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  134. I would most love to try the dried bananas from Uncle Mickey's.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

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  135. PINEAPPLE, without a doubt!
    walindeman at gmail dot com

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  136. The guava! I love fresh quava, but never tried it dried

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  137. I most wanna try the pineapple.


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com
    melanie montgomery

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  138. I would love to try the apple banana mix

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  139. I'd like to try the dried pineapple. It's sweet.

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  140. I would love to try the guava. I love tart treats.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  141. I'd like to try the Dried Guava.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  142. This is such a great post! Keep on posting with this valuable info.

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