Monday, August 23, 2010

Giveaway: DaSweetZpot Jam

Party favors come in all shapes and sizes. And if you are lucky enough, all flavors too! DaSweetZpot Jam can turn any flavor or beverage or food into a yummy jam or jelly that can please the youngest and the oldest party guests.

For Charlotte's 3rd birthday party, I included a small, personalized jar of Kool-Aid jelly from DaSweetZpot on Etsy. This was an easy choice because pretty much every kid knows Kool-Aid and the flavors are accessible to tiny taste buds. It was a fun addition to our favor bags and something that no one had seen before. (Actually, our favor bags had lots of cool things, but you'll have to wait a day or two to read about the rest of them.)

I had to pick our jelly flavors before Charlotte decided on her birthday theme, so I chose to do a rainbow of jellies. The jars were beautiful to look at and they included her name, age, and a thank you for coming note on the label. The flavors were listed on the bottom.

I asked owner Marlene how they took flavors of Kool-Aid and made them into jelly and she made it sound so easy. "Making jelly is simple.. it is sugar plus something liquid or solid. When we take cocktails, wines, or juice (kool aid), we simply mix the liquid with sugar. Every recipe has a different ratio of sugar versus ingredients. Depending on the citric level of the liquid, we add pectin, which is the key ingredient to form jam. Some foods have natural pectin (such as strawberry, lemons, lemonade), therefore you need no pectin, just sugar. But in the case of Kool-Aid, there is no natural pectin, and therefore we need to incorporate it. The rest is chemistry in the stove-top... like blue cheese, cottage cheese, or raisins... the transformation happens on its own!"

One of the neatest parts of ordering jam or jelly from DaSweetZpot is choosing a flavor. Marlene says
"people are used to the traditional jam flavors - grape, strawberries, peaches - but we create exotic flavors like pomegranate, hibiscus flowers, or watermelon or elegant flavors such as merlot, chardonnay, or champagne and roses. Whatever the customer wishes for. One customer wanted "beer" jelly for her husband while another wanted "coconut," so we created them. If a particular custom flavor is a hit we incorporate it into our line of flavor offerings."

They like to think of themselves as the Ben & Jerry's of jams and jellies. That's sounds cool to me! And I think you'll appreciate the process more once you try some. DaSweetZpot is offering a $25 gift card to one reader of Family Musings.

How to Enter: There are five ways to enter and you can do any of them you like, for up to five entries:

1. Visit DaSweetZpot on Etsy and then leave a comment telling me what flavor you might buy or what flavor you might like to have turned into a jam or jelly,
2. 'Like' DaSweetZpot on Facebook and then leave a 2nd comment telling me you did so,
3. Subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe by email, and leave a 3rd comment telling me you did so, or already are subscribed,
4. Link to my giveaway on your own blog, leaving another comment with the permalink to you post, or
5. Follow Family Musings , then tweet this giveaway and leave a 5th comment with the permalink. -- I entered to win a $25 gift card from DaSweetZpot and @FamilyMusings {link here}

That's it. 5 ways to win and 2 lucky winners. This giveaway will end Saturday, August 28th at midnight. Read all contest rules here.

Photo Credit: Emily Rose Portraits, used with permission.
FTC Disclosure: I received 12 party favors to facilitate my review.

51 comments:

  1. DaSweetZpot Caramelized Meyer Lemon with Mediterranean Poppy Seeds Jam

    vickers at comcast dot net

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  2. email subscriber
    vickers at comcast dot net

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  3. like sweetzpot on facebook
    vickers at comcast dot net

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  4. http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21904814749

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  5. i would love to try this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/49196634/dasweetzpot-strawberry-a-la-creme-jam
    theknitwitbyshair@hotmail.com

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  6. fanned them on fb
    theknitwitbyshair@hotmail.com

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  7. follow you on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/knitwitshair/statuses/21915915110
    theknitwitbyshair@hotmail.com

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  8. This is the oddest thing I have ever heard off. But what the hell- I'll give it a try! hehehe
    I think I would like to try out the Hola Margarita flavor :)

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  9. I'd like to try the prickely pear cactus!

    mrs.manley@gmail.com

    (Stopping By from This For That!)

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  10. I follow you :) and I'd love to try the drink collections of Hola Margarita!
    Mojito Cubana
    Coke & Rum
    Pina Colada

    Yum!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Hugs,
    Barb

    ruralmoms AT gmail.com

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  11. The Aloha pineapple looks YUM.

    aehopper at google dot com

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  12. The Holy margarita is my favorite!
    mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

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  13. Oh, Meyer Lemon please.

    Stopping by from This for That.

    blog.familyvolley@gmail.com

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  14. I would love to try the watermelon or the dulce de leche flavors.

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  15. I liked them on FB
    FB ID april yedinak
    ayed2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. I tweeted

    I entered to win a $25 gift card from DaSweetZpot and @FamilyMusings
    http://twitter.com/ape2016/status/21934887143

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  17. i'd like to try hot mamma bell pepper jam

    galyettina(at)yahoo_dot_com

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  18. like them on FB
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  19. I'd like to try the sweet red and orange bell pepper jam. angiewith3 at live dot com

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  20. following family musings on twitter as @angiewith3 and RT'd giveaway: http://twitter.com/angiewith3/status/21940450402

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  21. I'd like to try the kumquat!
    feh79 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I would like to try the HOLA MARGARITA Jam Jelly made with Jose Cuervo Tequila
    stracey2010@live.com

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  23. I would like to try the gooseberry jam.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  24. I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  25. I'd like the OL' FASHIONED RASPBERRY Jam

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  26. e-mail subscriber

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  27. I would like to come up with some kind of chocolate one, but the prickly pear peeks my interest.... itscindisworld at yahoo dot com, OH and I came over from the this for that as you are right under me, would love you to enter mine as well.

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  28. I am subscribed via rss , itscindisworld at yahoo dot com

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  29. watermelon for me!
    clemay62@rocketmail.com

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  30. I like the Dulce de Leche mmm mmmmm
    Gardenstatemom@aol.com

    Found you on this for that :)

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  31. I like DaSweetZpot on FB
    Gardenstatemom@aol.com

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  32. I would choose Ol'Fashioned Raspberry!

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

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  33. Like them on FB!
    Username: Stephanie Rosenhahn

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

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  34. Subscribed to your RSS feed!

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

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  35. im gonna stick with my favorite flavor, blackberry! now if they can make it as good as grandma, they super rock!

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  36. Liked them on facebook!

    (I'm here from This for That)

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  37. following you on Twitter and tweeted #barrettboys

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  38. I'd like the Caramelized Meyer Lemon with Mediterranean Poppy Seed Jam!
    (From This for That Link @ Ten Talents)

    flufffreebies@hotmail.com

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  39. The French Champagne and Rose Petals jam looks like something my MIL would like. Very unique! Thanks! mommy saves at yahoo dot com

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  40. The Aloha pineapple jam sounds wonderful!

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  41. I am a Twitter follower and tweeted -http://twitter.com/hollydlteacher/status/22238468069

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  42. I would love to try the Cotognata Mandarines with Maraschino Cherry Jam!
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  43. I Like DaSweetZpot on Facebook user Lisa Garner.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  44. I'm subscribed to your emails.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  45. I'm following you on Twitter user lisalmg and Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/22315499054
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  46. The Aloha Pineapple jam sounds so good!

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