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Prickly Pear Raspados & a Giveaway

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by Amber on August 9, 2011

Time for another Tex-Mex lesson! What’s a raspado? Quite simply, a snow cone. But raspados are different in that they have more exotic flavors. Some of the most popular in South Texas include Strawberry Horchata, Lechera (sweetened condensed milk), Watermelon, Tamarind, and Plum. But by far, my favorite? Prickly Pear and Lime.

You can pretty much find Prickly Pear fruit (called Tuna in Spanish) anywhere these days. I can find them at Whole Foods here in New Jersey, already de-spined and ready for peeling. Wanting to get a true flavor profile, I asked James to taste the naked fruit after I’d peeled it and tell me what he thought it tasted like. His answer: Watermelon meets Blackberry. I think he’s pretty spot-on there.

You can eat Prickly Pears on their own and they’re a wonderful bright pink snack that you’ll be thinking about days later. Once peeled, you can devour them seeds and all, much like you can eat a watermelon’s white seeds without issue. They’re incredibly juicy and flavorful.

But my favorite thing to do with them is make syrup – syrup that can be used in raspados, or for a more adult beverage – Prickly Pear Margaritas.

At the beginning of Summer, West Bend sent me their Electric Ice Shaver to try out and review. I was pleasantly surprised at how efficient and uniform this little guy is at making shaved ice. I’ve been giving Rita’s Water Ice a run for their money all summer long – and it’s been a whole lot cheaper!

Whether you want to make margaritas or raspados, the process of syrup to frozen beverage is greatly helped along by the West Bend electric Ice Shaver.

The ice shaver comes with its own little paper cups for snow cones, plus straws, and these handy little bowls for freezing the perfectly shaped ice disks for the machine. But you can use regular ol’ ice right out of the freezer too (in case you’re impatient, like James and me).

I think you’re going to love Prickly Pear Raspados so much, you’ll be making them in the dead of Winter. You can sometimes find Prickly Pear juice on its own in the grocery store, but they’re incredibly simple to juice. Simply Recipes did a great job of explaining how to peel them, so pop over there if you’d like a picture tutorial.

 


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Mmm Snowcones! @BluebonnetBaker is giving away a West Bend Ice Shaver for Summer! Enter here: http://su.pr/2ewkuE #giveaway

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Important Details:

-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Saturday, August 20th at at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 8/23/11 to claim their West Bend Ice Shaver or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive one West Bend Ice Shaver {$29.99 value}. Product will be shipped by West Bend.

Disclosure:

This giveaway is provided to you by West Bend. The views and opinions expressed by Amber Bracegirdle on Bluebonnets & Brownies are my own, and based upon my cooking experiences with West Bend products. I was given the product free of charge to test and review it; however, I was not monetarily compensated for the review or giveaway.

 

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{ 107 comments }

Michelle August 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I love the Versatility Cooker!! I saw it on a giveaway on another blog, and I’ve been coveting it ever since.

Renee August 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I love smoothies in the summer and would love to have the Smoothie AutoServe II in my kitchen!

Michelle August 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I already follow B&B on FB. :) Now I was a raspado… and I don’t have time to drive to the West side before work! LOL

Aimee P August 9, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I love the Artic Pop Maker! How fun!

Aimee P August 9, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I follow Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook:)

Emily | Nomnivorous August 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I actually need a legitimate tall pot for canning, so their 35C – Water Bath Canner looks perfect!

Emily | Nomnivorous August 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Nomnivorous follows B&B on FB.

Emily | Nomnivorous August 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Ooh and now Nomnivorous follows West Bend on FB.

Nikki August 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I love homemade icecream, so I would enjoy having the 4qrt Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker!

Nikki August 9, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I “like” West Bend Housewares on facebook!

Emily | Nomnivorous August 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM
Casey@Good. Food. Stories. August 9, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Ummm… are there any raspados left for a certain prickly pear-deficient friend who’s coming over tomorrow?

Sheilah Miller August 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I like Blue Bonnets on FB

Sheilah Miller August 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I would like the 3qt electic fondue pot in red

Alison G August 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I liked Bluebonnets & Brownies on FB!

Alison G August 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I liked Blubonnets and brownies on FB!

Alison G August 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I liked West Bend Kitchen on FB

Alison G August 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

I’d want the BPE3BRAUS – Blender Express Plus!!

Paula - bell'alimento August 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Swoon! I love Prickly Pears!

Amy Tong August 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I’m so glad I’ve found your site, and West Bend’s! They have so many cool cooking tools and equipment! I would love to have this 4 Qt. Wooden Bucket Ice Cream Maker! So cool! I’m going to browse around more. Love these prickly pear raspados you created! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a prickly pear before. :) I guess there’s always the first time.

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Amy Tong August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Liked West Bend Housewares on Facebook.

Amy Tong August 9, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Liked Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.

Kelly August 9, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The Kettle Krazy popcorn maker looks fun. Popcorn is my favorite snack and I could use a new popper! thanks

sweetsugarbelle August 10, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Is it bad that I want the smoothie elite blender thingy just to make margaritas?! It has a spout! Or a rice cooker, I could live with a rice cooker.

LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! I’m embarrassed to say I have never tried atuns…I do remember traveling to paint rock with my parents, and they picked TONS of these so mom could make jelly! But the color was SOOOOOOOOOO deep. Wonder what the difference is?!

sweetsugarbelle August 10, 2011 at 1:17 AM

I am your FB FAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine Saul August 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

4 Qt. Plastic Bucket Ice Cream Maker –I learned how to make ice cream when I went to culinary school and was hooked. I like the versatility of this maker and the fact that it doesn’t take up a ton of room when put away.

I already follow B&B on Facebook! :)

Denise Delgado August 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Recipe sounds great!! I love raspados, we get them at a Mexican store here and all the flavors are wonderful! I wouls love the 6 quart Versatility Cooker, what a great combination! :)

Denise Delgado August 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I already subscribe to Bluebonnets an Brownies on Facebook :)

Denise Delgado August 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Just confirmed my subscription for e-mail updates :)

Denise Delgado August 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Just tweeted:

Mmm Snowcones! @BluebonnetBaker is giving away a West Bend Ice Shaver for Summer! Enter here: http://su.pr/2ewkuE #giveaway

:)

Schmidty August 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I would like the Item #4500 – Meat Grinder.

Schmidty August 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I am a current follower of West Bend on FB. (Rust Hawk)

Schmidty August 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I am one of your current FB followers (Rust Hawk).

Schmidty August 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/rusthawk/status/101343894544990209

Schmidty August 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I am one of your email subscribers.

Lisa McB August 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Ooh, right now, with a heat index of 111 here, I’d love to be able to crank out some ice cream in the Canister Ice Cream Maker, or any of their ice cream makers! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa McB August 10, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Hi, I’ve been subscribing to B&B for quite a while! Thanks for the chance to win your super uber nice giveaway!

Susan H. August 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I would love the IT400 Iced Tea Maker.

Susan H. August 10, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I like you on Facebook. Susan Brown Hatcher

Carole Resnick August 10, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I would love the 6 quartslow cooker. Fall is rapidly approachingand so are slow cookedmeals.

Carole Resnick August 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I follow on facebook

Carole Resnick August 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I get email updates

Susan H. August 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. (@sebh55)

Susan H. August 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I subscribe to your emails.

Tracy August 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

This sounds so refreshing! I’ve never had prickly pears before but they sound fabulous!

Elaine August 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I follow you on Facebook and Twitter. I would love the Versatility Cooker.

Lynda Clark August 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I would love to have the Kettle Crazy popcorn maker.
http://www.westbend.com/catalog.cfm?dest=itempg&itemid=4534&secid=84&linkon=Subsection&linkid=197

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Lynda Clark August 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Liked West Bend Housewares on Facebook as Lynda Clark
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Lynda Clark August 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Following @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter @lyndacooks and tweeted this giveaway.
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Lynda Clark August 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Liked Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook as Lynda Clark
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Teresa @treedee71 August 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I want BPE3BRAUS – Blender Express Plus

Teresa @treedee71 August 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I follow @BluebonnetBaker

NanaBread August 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

We LOVE movie nights with our grandkids, so I would definitely consider buying the 6 Qt. Stir Crazy ® Corn Popper. At ages 2 and 5, they would go nuts watching the popcorn pop. I also love the popsicle molds for the same reason. The babies would love making their own popsicles and snowcones in the summer. Great giveaway!

Kat August 10, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I need a new blender! Mine is just about made its last smoothie, so my vote is for the 76005 – Blender.

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I have always wanted to try slow cooking and the 84716 – Slow Cooker, 6 Qt. Oval looks like it would be a good place to start

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I LIKE Bluebonnets

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I follow Bluebonnets

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

…and I tweeted

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I subscribe to Bluebonnets

Richard Haber August 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

And I just LIKED West Bend on FB

Heather August 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I would love to have the 41300 – Hi-Rise™ Bread Maker! I love having fresh bread in the house!

Heather August 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I like West Bend on Facebook

Heather August 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook

Heather August 11, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I also get email updates :)

Steph August 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor movie nights with the neighbors. What could be more perfect than snocones and popcorn! I’d love to have 82514 – Stir Crazy® Theater Popper, 4 oz. so that we can make enough popocorn for everyone all at once!

Kara M. August 11, 2011 at 9:03 PM

My blender’s on its last leg, so I would love the 76005 – Blender.

Kara M. August 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I follow West-Bend Housewares on facebook!

Kara M. August 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I follow you on Facebook

Kara M. August 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I follow you on twitter and tweeted

Kara M. August 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I subscribe to the email feed

M August 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM

the 1-2 lb. Breadmaker would be awesome!

Jessica O August 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I would love the 35C Water Bath Canner – I’ve never done any canning before, but I would certainly give it a shot if I had this setup!

Jessica O August 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I like West Bend Housewares on Facebook

Jessica O August 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I like Bluebonnets and Brownies on Facebook

Jessica O August 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I receive B&B email updates

Allison August 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM

The Model # IC10893 – Canister Ice Cream Maker would be great!

Megan's Cookin' August 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I would love the new 6 Slice Convection Toaster Oven. It would be perfect for my little family.

Megan's Cookin' August 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I like West Bend on Facebook

Megan's Cookin' August 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I like you on Facebook now too! :)

Megan's Cookin' August 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/#!/MeganPires/status/102759607772004352

Brandee McGuire August 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM

IT400 – Iced Tea Maker is the appliance that i like!

Brandee McGuire August 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Liked WB on FB

Brandee McGuire August 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Liked Bluebonnets and brownies on FB

Brandee McGuire August 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

tweeted, and following on twitter

Brandee McGuire August 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

siggned up for email updates~

Evelyn R August 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I would want to try the 10 cup rice cooker.

Evelyn R August 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I like West Bend on Facebook

Evelyn R August 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook

sweetsugarbelle August 18, 2011 at 2:17 AM

I would love the smoothie elite machine, for margaritas, of course!!!

sweetsugarbelle August 18, 2011 at 2:19 AM

I follow you on FB

sweetsugarbelle August 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I liked Westbend on FB

sweetsugarbelle August 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Ill tweet this tommorrow at a reasonable hour, LOL!

laura August 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

would like the 41300 – Hi-Rise™ Bread Maker or the 6111 – Electric Indoor Grill

Jenny August 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM

So hard to choose – but probably #84966 – Versatility Cooker

Beth August 19, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I would love the (Model # IC10893)canister ice cream maker! I love home made ice cream and it’s fun to get creative with different flavors!

Jenny August 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I already “like” you on FB.

Jenny August 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Following on twitter @ic ywit – and tweeted your giveaway.

Jan Alexander August 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I would love the rice cooker, the slow cooker, the ice cream maker, the…….. In other words, I would like any or all of them. LOL I already follow you on FB.

Robi August 19, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I would love to have the 12 cup rice maker.

Robi August 19, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Like on facebook.

Nelly Rodriguez August 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I’d love love to have the 41400 – 1-2 lb. Breadmaker

Nelly Rodriguez August 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I Like West Bend Housewares on Facebook.

Nelly Rodriguez August 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I Like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.

Nelly Rodriguez August 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I Follow @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter and tweeted

Nelly Rodriguez August 19, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I Subscribed to Bluebonnets & Brownies email updates.

Rich Tester August 19, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I like the express mixer.

melissa j August 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I would like the 12 speed stand mixer and I follow on facebook

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