On a hot, humid August day, it's tough to beat a smoothie on a stick a.k.a. JonnyPops. Created by five St. Olaf students in 2011, the frozen popsicles are made with fruit, cream and cane sugar. What began as a finals week treat sans the artificial ingredients can now be found in 2,000 retail outlets including Costco, Cub Foods, co-ops, select Whole Foods and Lunds & Byerly's.
From Aug. 4-13, Lunds & Byerly's is offering a buy-one-get-one-free BOGO offer on the frozen treat. JonnyPops will donate $1 for each box sold to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. This inaugural event strives to get the brand's mission front and center: Making the world better, one pop at a time as the company raises cash for Hazelden.
JonnyPops are named after co-founder Jonathan Jeffery who died after struggling with addiction for several years and seeking treatment at Hazelden's youth centers. Hazelfest, celebrating its 4th year in Center City on Saturday, Aug. 6 will also raise awareness. Tickets are $15 to $25 and includes music from Cloud Cult, Hippo Campus, Davina & The Vagabonds, the Honeydogs and Pushing Chain.
Flavors include Strawberries & Cream, Strawberry Banana & Cream, Pineapple Coconut & Cream, Raspberries Blueberries & Cream, Mango & Cream, Coffee Chocolate & Cream, and Banana Cinnamon Cream.