Creamy Mango Gelato and a Giveaway

by Pamela

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This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and La Crème.

It may not be summer, yet, but my belly is already screaming for ice cream.  You know the saying…I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Granted, the weather here in Los Angeles can get you into summer dreaming pretty much any time of the year.  But with mangoes in season right now I just can’t shake the craving.

But maybe not ice cream, or mango sorbet, how about an Italian gelato recipe.  Gelato is another one of those fine Italian desserts that has taken America by storm and it practically is in its own dessert category.  Italian gelato flavors are more intense than their ice cream brethren because gelato contains less butterfat, less air and a slightly lower sugar content than ice cream.

Gelato recipes run the gamut from plain chocolate and vanilla to nut flavors, fruit flavors and almost any other combination that you can think of.  When you see the pillows of this frozen confection in the trays of those gelato carts and stores many times you’ll see them decorated with chocolate syrup, pieces of fruit or chopped nuts.  This is another one of those ice cream vs. gelato differences.  Gelato recipes call for these additions to be made to the chilled treat only after it has been frozen.

It’s no big surprise that gelato engenders such passion from people. Not only are the flavors intense, but gelato is generally lower in fat and calories ice cream.  An average half cup serving of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt has around 145 calories and 7.9 grams of fat and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream has 270 calories with 15 grams of fat; gelato typically ranges from 110 to 240 calories and has 0 – 10 grams of fat.

One of the great things about gelato, is that there are several versions/recipes to choose from.  You can go full-on with high fat cream, milk and eggs or go a little lighter and not suffer the consequences of a loss of flavor or consistency.

Mango-Italian-Gelato

I was recently asked to sample and review a new product by La Crème.  I was familiar with them for their rich and creamy yogurt, so I was anxious to try out their new creamers (real dairy creamer).  Half and half is one of those refrigerator staples in our house.  While I don’t use it in my coffee (I need that stuff just mainline dripped right into my system), Craig insists on having it in his morning Joe.  Oh, and it’s got to be real dairy!  He will not, under any circumstances, use the powdered or chemical stuff.  (He’ll eat Taco Bell, but don’t give him any of that dairy wanna-be stuff.)  I don’t have a problem with his desire for real dairy, because I end up using some of his coffee moo juice when I cook.  Yes, I have used up all of his half and half and paid the price the next morning when it wasn’t replaced.

So I received one bottle of each of the La Crème coffee creamers: Original (aka unflavored), French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Vanilla.  Craig has been using it in his coffee and was pleasantly surprised with the flavor (He being skeptical of trying new things.), and very happy that it’s rbst free.  I of course, decided to put it to the test by using it my recipes.  Since I was craving Italian gelato, I decided to use it in the making of this mango gelato recipe.  I am happy to report, it worked fantastically!  While writing this post, I have downed two servings of the stuff.  Oh, and the good people of La Crème are giving you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.  Check out the details below the recipe.

Are you craving it yet?

Relationship Advice

We’re almost 3 months beyond Christmas and a month past Valentine’s Day….two thirds of the Holy Trinity of gift giving holidays are behind us (the remaining third would be the birthday).  No one’s thinking about giving gifts.  But let’s be honest, do we ever really stop thinking about getting gifts?  Even gifting things to ourselves.

Getting gifts is fun because we all like to get something new (or new to us) and we especially appreciate the thought that lies behind even the simplest of gifts.  The physicality is proof positive that he or she is thinking of us.  But what about the rest of the year?  Why do we need to be confined to these few card giving holidays to think about what those close to us might like to receive?  I say, get real!  Break out of those confines!

Here are a few gifts that you can give all year round and not go broke in the process.

  • Listen!  When he/she is talking to you, make eye contact.  Put down the cell phone, walk away from the keyboard, pause the video game.  Really listen to what they’re saying and engage with them.
  • Say please and thank you to your partner.  We teach our kids to do this and we say it to complete strangers…why not to our partners?
  • Smile at your partner more.  Instead of your usual morning scowl at each other while hovering over the coffee pot, change up your routine and give them a little smile (if you can muster a sincere toothy grin at that early hour…bonus points).

This contest is now closed.  Thanks for all your entries.

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a) Leave a comment telling us what your ideal gift would be from your partner.

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d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

Sweepstakes is open from 3/1/2011 – 3/31/2011

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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346 comments

Claire April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I’d love a new purse!! :)

Heather March 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

A necklace from Tiffany’s!

Chrysa March 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm
Chrysa March 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

A weekend away would be the idea gift!

R Hicks March 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm

tweet

http://twitter.com/#!/Ardy22/status/53695362879340544
ardy22 at earthlink dot net

R Hicks March 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Ideal gift would be a nice new laptop!

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Erica Best March 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm
Erica Best March 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

My ideal gift would be a new bed lol

Barbara Long March 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

My ideal gift from my husband would be a weekend trip for just the two of us.

longbarb1@aol.com

Sand March 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

An ideal gift would be an iPad or an iTouch.

Auriette Lindsey March 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

My ideal gift from my husband is always something to do with Star Wars. He knows it, so I always get a Star Wars toy or pen or something.

Rosey March 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Rosey March 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm

A responsible sitter so we could have some alone time…whether it be for a walk, dinner, a movie, anything. That would be a great treat.

poolpooli March 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

A new kitchen makeover

poolpooli(at)hotmail.com

Charity S March 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Charity S March 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

My ideal gift would be an expedition in Africa.

Joanne Schultz March 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm
barbara wright March 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Jill H March 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm
barbara wright March 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

My ideal gift would be roses!

Tammy Darling March 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

A new car!

Joanne Schultz March 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Joanne Schultz March 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I’d love to receive a color Nook!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Jill H March 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

My ideal gift would be a getaway to a health spa at a resort

Anne March 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Anne March 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My ultimate gift would be a spa trip.

Lisa G. March 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/#!/lisalmg/status/53546812979687424
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa G. March 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

My idea gift from my husband would just be a night alone with him going out for dinner and a movie without or children.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Happi Shopr March 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Love your site! And am now craving Gelato…My ideal gift would be an iPad.

latisha depoortere March 31, 2011 at 10:49 am
latisha depoortere March 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

I would love a giftcard to buy books that is what I love ! I love reading it is my favorite so I would love to buy more books :) Great giveaway thank you so much!
tishajean@ charter.net

Jaque R. March 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

Well, the ideal gift from my partner would be a Lamborgini…..but since that is way out of his price range, my second choice would be a laptop. :-) Thank you.

Geoff K March 31, 2011 at 9:55 am
Geoff K March 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

I think my ideal gift would probably be a new TV and blu-ray player, which we would be able to enjoy together since we are both movie fiends!

Betty C March 31, 2011 at 9:23 am
Betty C March 31, 2011 at 9:21 am

Not at all romantic, but an ideal gift would be a top to bottom house cleaning and organization. It’s getting out of control.

Darcy B March 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

A big box of Godiva chocolates!

kittycardero March 31, 2011 at 7:49 am
kittycardero March 31, 2011 at 7:45 am

My ideal gift from my husband would be a spontaneous road trip.

Crystal F March 31, 2011 at 6:59 am

Mine would be a kindle. I would love to have a kindle to take everywhere with me. Thank you!

Liz M. March 31, 2011 at 12:58 am
Liz M. March 31, 2011 at 12:58 am

Mine would be gift cards to buy clothing at my favorite department stores!

Beth S. March 31, 2011 at 12:15 am

My ideal gift would be an Audi TT. :D

In the more realistic realm… silk pajamas or a nice seafood dinner, at home or away.

rebecca March 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I have an ex so the only thing I would desire of him is that he stay far, far, away.

Tamara March 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

A nice dinner that I don’t have to cook or clean up the kitchen after, sounds just fine to me.

mistysunrise March 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm
alycep March 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Being the big reader that I am I would most appreciate a well thought out choice of a book as a gift.

mistysunrise March 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

ideal gift would be anything with hearts on it. :)

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

Jenn Hannifan March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

The ideal gift from him would be more of his time on weekends. I married a rancher.

Jenn Hannifan March 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

My ideal gift from him would be more of his time on weekends. I married a rancher.

Margie March 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

A nice dinner together would be just fine for me.

Thank you for having this giveaway.

Suzanne Lewis March 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My ideal gift would be a diamond ring.

txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

Patricia Treskovich March 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Patricia Treskovich March 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I love flowers so flowers

Erica C. March 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

My ideal gift is just a nice date by surprise.

Barbara March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Ideally? A huge extremely expensive diamond. ;-)

oinkmoobaa@yahoo.com

Shelley Mitchell March 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

An ideal gift would be a mommy’s day out!

msjem2001 at yahoo dot com

scott March 30, 2011 at 8:45 am
scott March 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

my partner is a photographer and I love getting anything where her work is involved…she’s given me a coffee mug, mouse pad, 2 calenders, and a bound photo book and I love them all.

Jenn S. March 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

The ideal gift from my husband would be to watch the kids while I have a little me time.

angie March 30, 2011 at 8:25 am
angie March 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

An ideal gift from my partner would be anything that he wants to share with me. That may sound like a cop-out, but it’s not. I am not a picky present receiver. If he thinks of me and does something for me that he finds special, I am a happy camper. This can be anything from picking me wildflowers on the side of the road on his commute home or buying me my favorite shower gel.

Aisling March 30, 2011 at 4:56 am

I’d love it if DH would suggest going to Sears to pick out a bright red Energy Star washer and dryer. Barring that, I’m always happy when he asks if I’d like to go out for dinner. ;-)

Tonya Dean March 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

A beautiful watch!

tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

Marie March 30, 2011 at 12:32 am

A free mani-pedi!

Krissie March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

My ideal gift would be a nice, surprise dinner out to my fav restaurant!
CalifKitties {at} Aol {dot} com

Sarah L March 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Sarah L March 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

My ideal gift would be an I.O.U. for a massage.
Thanks for the contest.

Lee Howell March 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

a hug is always in season.

Eugenie Wu March 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

it’d be great if he planned a getaway from beginning to end.

VickieB March 29, 2011 at 5:23 am
VickieB March 29, 2011 at 5:18 am

When John was alive, I used to just like the way he would come up behind me and give me a hug
vlbsweeps at gmail dot com

Debbie C March 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Debbie C March 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

The ideal gift would be a long, relaxing trip. Quiet, beachy, foodie, kind of trip.

dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

Anna March 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Anna March 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I am single. But if i wasn’t i always enjoy new video games for my xbox 360 or ds! And i would also love a surprise gift from the heart!

Daniel M March 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

no partner so no idea… um a $100 visa card!

cheryl March 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

My ideal gift would be certificates for spa treatments — that’s something I won’t buy for myself.

kat March 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

i’d really love some thoughtful jewelry, but a heartfelt, handwritten card would totally melt my butter!

linni March 28, 2011 at 7:30 am

My ideal gift from my husband would be for him to take over meal prep for a coupe weeks. no scratch that idea, he can’t cook and i’d get stressed. Make that gift the OK to for me to wallpaper the masterbath. He is anti wallpaper, especially in bathrooms (couple bad expereinces as a landlord with tenants wallpapering and ruining wallboard)

Cathy W March 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Cathy W March 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Since I have no partner it’s a moot question, but when I had a partner I dearly loved being given flowers for no reaspon.

Cathy W March 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

That should be “reason”

Becky Horn March 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I would love to get an IPAD!!
sweokgrl@gmail.com

Ericka T March 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

I don’t have a partner, but I love gift cards so that way I can get what I want when I see it.

MelissaO March 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

My ultimate gift would be for my husband to take over running the house for two weeks…grocery shopping and cooking mainly.

wolverina401 at gmail dot com

debbie March 27, 2011 at 5:05 am

I would like to be given a really nice book.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Debra Hall March 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

i like french vanilla and i want to try the gelato

Chacoy March 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I am single so I guess that when I need & want a gift I just get it myself o wait for a birthday or holiday. If I were in a relationshipp I would love dinner & a movie as a just because gift!
I can’t wait to try the Mango Gelato:p
Thank you for the opportunity!

Deb Anderson March 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Deb Anderson March 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Lori H March 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

right now the ideal gift would be to see him. He’s working out of state for 6 months

jolene March 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

id love jewelry!

Debra F March 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Debra F March 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

If money were object, an ideal gift from my hubby would be a pair of diamond stud earrings.

April March 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

I think the perfect gift for me would be a second bedroom. Over the years the husband has added fan after fan to the bedroom and it drives me bonkers. I have four blankets covering my side of the bed and he props an extra pillow between us to block the fan (which doesn’t work because one of them is in the ceiling!) so I would love to be able to sleep in another bed on those nights that the fans really get to me.

PauleyD March 26, 2011 at 8:08 am
PauleyD March 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’d like to go on a trip to Ireland with my wife to trace my ancestry.

Jill L March 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm
Jill L March 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

My ideal gift would be a new wedding ring.

nan March 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

my ideal gift would be health
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

Cindy Carlson @bobisyellow March 25, 2011 at 11:07 am
Jamie March 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

My ideal gift from my husband would be for him to help out around the house (do the dishes) without me asking him to. :)

Cindy Carlson @bobisyellow March 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

my ideal gift would be jewelry and more attention

sherrie March 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

Love the site. would like to see cheese cake recipes.
s barrett 92 at yahoo dot com

Lisa Weidknecht March 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

My ideal gift from my man is time.

The Food Hunter March 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My ideal gift would be a guarantee that we will be together happy and healthy for many more years

Suzanne K March 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

My ideal gift from my SO is also the gift of time – he lives in another state and just changed jobs – it will be a while before we see each other again :(

Patricia March 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

My ideal gift from my man would be a weeks time alone.

Theresa Q. March 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

A trip to Ireland!

tammigirl March 23, 2011 at 7:54 am
tammigirl March 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

Time away – without our computers and his work phone.

Cassandra March 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

My ideal gift from my significant other would be a great island vacation for 1 week.

Joan Pratt March 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

MY IDEAL GIFT WOULD BE A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS ON A RANDOM DATE FOR NO REASON AT ALL.

Jeremy March 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

My ideal getaway would be a nice bike ride to a secluded spot by a mosquito-less lake with my girlfriend. Here we could camp out in a four room tent. She needs plenty of room to move about.

Melissa T March 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

My ideal gift is just to getaway with just the two of us, no internet, phones, work, or other distractions. We can hole up in a fancy hotel where no one can find us and just reconnect watching cartoons ordering room service. :) I’m a simple girl hehe.

Michelle W March 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

My ideal gift would be tickets to the Baltimore Orioles. So happy baseball season is almost here.

mlynnw83 at gmail dot com

Marcia Goss March 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Marcia Goss March 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My ideal gift would be a vacation to Hawaii.

Trisha Allen March 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

My Sunday coffee on my flower filled porch is the only way I can
start my day off. Never been a black coffee girl..love La Creme!!

Susie March 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

A special trip for just the two of us–somewhere tropical!

Debbie Bellows March 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Debbie Bellows March 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

i’d like to take a vacation together

Samantha Daleo March 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I would like to get a date night out from my Man. Preferably a date to a comedy club with a good dinner either before or after…also with baby sitting taken care of, to my approval, without me having to arrange it. That would be amazing!

Thanks!
Samantha
Jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

meredith March 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm
meredith March 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

my ideal gift would be something thoughtful. my man is pretty wise about guft giving, and usually comes up with creative useful things. or something sparkly!

icefairy March 20, 2011 at 11:21 am
icefairy March 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

My ideal gift would be anything he made especially for me.

Kristen March 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/aeris321/status/49478212761300992

aeris321 at gmail dot com

Kristen March 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

I’m a traditional girl, so i would love it if my guy took me out to dinner and a movie. We rarely get to do either, so it would be a real treat for me!

aeris321 at gmail dot com

catherine copeland March 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

The ideal gift. Just one day that’s just the two of us spending the day as though we had all the time in the world. That was how it was when we first began dating but now it seems like we have no time because our world has become way too crowded with work and chores so it keeps us way too busy.

nanjhall March 20, 2011 at 5:29 am

The ideal gift would be to really listen what I am saying, not just hear it and then forget it.

Dani March 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

My ideal gift would be a week’s vacation at an all inclusive resort in the Domnican Republic.

kathy March 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I would love to get a nice bunch of flowers.

Kristie March 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

My ideal gift from my partner is when he surprises me with small things. It lets me know he was thinking of me while we were apart.

Cynthia March 19, 2011 at 6:51 am

A time away for the two of us!

Kam A March 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

A vacation!

Melanie March 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

My ideal gift would be a surprise trip.

Stacy March 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Stacy March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

My idea of the ideal gift is a weekend trip that he planned and surprised me with.

Donna B. March 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

My ideal gift is the gift of time – just the two of us, no cell phones, no crackberries, no distractions. It’s an increasingly rare gift these days :(

clynsg March 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

Widowed, but my husband did give me a much desired sewing machine years ago–have gone through 3 machines since then, but am still using the cabinet.

B Smith March 17, 2011 at 2:39 am

The ideal gift is time. Getting together and spending real time!

scottorbsmith at gmail dot come

Melissa (Omie) March 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

Kitchenaid Mixer in bright yellow! and a partner :)

Heather H. March 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/HendyMartin/status/47927131929448449
hendymartin1 AT yahoo DOT com

Heather H. March 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

My ideal gift would be a trip to NYC-we could spend it together in a place where we can have fun!
hendymartin1 AT yahoo DOT com

sy March 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm
sy March 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

my ideal gift would be ice cream that wouldn’t make me fat lol
the creamy mango gelato looks great thanks for sharing the recipe.
songyueyu at gmail

Kerri Anne March 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

My ideal gift? A trip to Maui.

But being a tad more realistic (I suppose) I’d say: Dinner and a movie and some sorbet, yes, please.

egalia March 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm

My ideal gift: 2 tickets to Paris.

Catherine March 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

The best gift would be… an engagement ring! :P

Jayne March 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Jayne March 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Total and complete acceptance.

gail March 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

tweeted!
repurposedlife: http://bit.ly/dOE7Bu great giveaway from @blogher and la creme!

Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/repurposedlife/statuses/47440442798784513

Sent via TweetDeck (www.tweetdeck.com)

gail March 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My ideal gift would be the gift of time, time spent well together! corny?

thanks!
gail

Lee Reyes-Fournier March 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The ideal gift for me? A getaway. Even if its just a hotel room and room service.

joni March 14, 2011 at 2:24 am

A retirement trip to Hawaii would be the utlimate gift!
dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

ashley March 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

my ideal gift would be something “thoughtful” a cd made just for me or a poem etc.

Tina Deckard March 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

french vanilla yummy
tieleedee36@yahoo.com

karen b March 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

The ideal gift I could give my partner is another wonderful year together, we just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary (3-10-) and hope we have many more.

karenb834atyahoo.com

Timbo March 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

I just tweeted this giveaway here :D

https://twitter.com/#!/TimboSquad/status/46923866215424000

Please feel free to contact me at:

allrightyes at gmail dot com

Timbo March 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

Honestly, the best gift is just being together doing something new that we haven’t done before :D

Please feel free to contact me at:

allrightyes at gmail dot com

Krissie March 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

I think a nice suprise gift would be flowers on my doorstep with a thoughtful message inside.

Susan C March 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We have been together for 16 years so the ideal gift would be an engagement ring!
smchester at gmail dot com

Debra B March 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Debra B March 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

My idea gift would be a long weekend to Vegas, its my favorite place to go and have fun, it would be nice to get away and maybe win some cash too

thanks for the great giveaway

Deborah March 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

A weekend away, just the two of us.

Drew March 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Favorite gift? Coffee brought to me in bed with a suprise spa day planned for me!
Pudyqat2 {at} aol {dot} com

Mary M March 12, 2011 at 6:06 am
Mary M March 12, 2011 at 6:03 am

I love coffee and the La Cream just makes it better.
marybug2@yahoo.com

Jennai March 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

My favorite “gift” would be breakfast in bed on Sunday
HobartsMama {at} aol {dot} com

heatherzilla March 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm
heatherzilla March 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My ideal gift would be a picnic at the beach — a relaxing afternoon away from the house and everyday chores.

Leslie D. March 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

A great gift would be a well thought out present, not necessarily costing a lot of money. The ideal gift would be spending time with me, with no interruptions by the outside world.

Kerry March 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Kerry March 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Jewelry is always a good gift:) I guess that would be ideal!

Ms Fathel March 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

a shopping spree and a nice dinner out – shop for a new dress/shoes/accessories and then a place to show them off!

Sean March 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

A massage – a very long one

BG March 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thats a very thought provoking question. My ideal gift would probably be a weekend to myself to read, watch movies, bake. . . no one watching me, no one needing anything from me, no one chattering on and on. This would be ideal

Melinda March 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

my ideal gift would be a trip to Paris, it’s been my dream to visit there

….and that sorbet looks so yummy!

Dominique March 11, 2011 at 2:10 am
Dominique March 11, 2011 at 2:09 am

My ideal gift would be a trip to Italy.

Tina M March 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Tina M March 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My ideal gift for my hubby will be a PS3!!!!

Lisa March 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for sharing that mango gelato recipe! It looks delish! can’t wait to try it :)

raine March 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Gelato? That’s genius! Sounds great

Karen March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My favorite gift would be a trip to the beach with my hubby without the kiddos!
Thanks, Karen
lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

Jen-Eighty MPH Mom March 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm
Jen-Eighty MPH Mom March 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

My favorite gift from my husband is a romantic getaway weekend!

Brooke March 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

The hubs gets very nice gifts… but I wish he’d give the gift of back massages more often.

The Original Drama Mama March 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

I agree with your advice to put down the cell phone and look away from the computer – so many of my conversations with the husband happen while we are doing something else. Best gift I can think of right now would be a little getaway to a bed and breakfast – no cell phones, lap tops or tvs for either of us!

sublimity March 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

My husband played the trumpet in high school and I always thought it would be a romantic gift if he would serenade me (I am a sucker for anything musical).

Kim - Liv Life March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

An excellent recipe to go along with this most important advice. I think sometimes we end up being more “polite” to strangers than we do to our mate. It’s important to remember the small things at home too.
Hmmm… gift from my mate, I’d love a nice dinner out, but preferable at a table with a table cloth!!

faith24 March 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

special dinner is always a nice gift

wanda March 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I don’t have a dream gift in mind….I do need a new car! If he came home with that, he’d be golden!

Meridith March 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Ideally? A honeymoon! We eloped, and two kids later, we’ve never had more than a one-night getaway in the nearest city. We dream of Europe or the Caribbean and will save our pennies so perhaps, one day, we’ll finally go.

Short of that? I’d love TIME TO MYSELF and/or a massage gift certificate.

Thanks for this giveaway! I’m very curious to try these creamers.

Susan C. March 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

An ideal gift for me from my husband would be a trip. We haven’t traveled together in a long time, and that would be fun!

KMM March 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Mine would be time alone with hubby at a small, quiet beach resort somewhere in the Caribbean. Ah, yes…

Carol (Middle-aged-diva) March 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Ideal gift? A romantic getaway and plenty of coffee with this new product!

Sheila Simpson March 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

An ideal gift would be a weekend getaway for just the two of us

Norma March 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I’m a widow. If I still had a partner the perfect gift would be anything that showed he had been thinking of me when he got the present.

Janna Johnson March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

french vanilla
thanks for entering me!
Janna Johnson
jannajanna@hotmail.com
http://www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

LAMusing March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm
LAMusing March 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Don’t have a partner. Thanks for reminding me :P But I’d like to try the Le Creme in my chai tea.

Barbara Anne March 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I have the best husband and it’s hard for me to think of what I could possibly need for him to gift me with. Flowers from Hawaii, a trip to Hawaii or a new gadget for my kitchen would all be great!

Colleen March 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Colleen March 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

The ideal gift from my husband would be to organize the mess of papers in our computer space…with a sincere smile would indeed be bonus points!

heather March 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Tweeted the giveaway as well.

heather March 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

His patience while I search for a job. (I’m kind of a mess right now.)

Cheers,

*Heather*

thisenvy March 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm
thisenvy March 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Ideal gift: a getaway somewhere. Anywhere.

Lisa March 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

My daughters were the best thing I’ve ever received :)

Stephanie Phelps March 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Stephanie Phelps March 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

My ideal gift from my hubby would be a foot rub every night.

lisa March 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm
lisa March 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm
lisa March 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I would really like a cow and a chicken, and perhaps a farm to house both the cow and chicken. A horse would also be nice.

Gina @ The Crave to Save March 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/45213270935732224
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ The Crave to Save March 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

The best gift would be a trip somewhere, just me and him!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

thepricklypinecone March 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

My ideal gift from the OH would be a new craft room, the one he has been promising to build for forever!

cathy miller / rewcath March 8, 2011 at 11:48 am
cathy miller / rewcath March 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

The best gift from my husband is when he surprises me by making dinner and setting the table for a special evening

M.A. March 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

Ideal for me would be a big bowl of gumbo at our cajun cafe followed by a movie at the local theatre.

Jeff March 8, 2011 at 9:31 am
Jeff March 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

My ideal gift would be chocolate flavor gelato.

Cynthia C March 8, 2011 at 6:15 am
Cynthia C March 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

My ideal gift would be a trip to Hawaii.

sandra March 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

my ideal gift would be to finally hire someone to finish the house repairs :)

Jessie C. March 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Jessie C. March 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm

My ideal gift is an iPad

Nadine L March 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Nadine L March 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

My ideal gift would be dinner, a comedy club and an overnight stay in a nice hotel for some alone time

Christine March 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

a new house

eva kieu March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm
eva kieu March 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

My ideal gift is a beautiful crafted scapbook and book of hand written love letters from my lover. :]

ekieuuu@gmail.com

ohkeeka March 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

My ideal gift from my husband would be a new house!

Courtney S March 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

The site is great!

sustahl March 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

The ideal gift from my husband would be a trip to somewhere down south.

Ellie W March 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Ellie W March 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

My ideal gift would be a new bookcase. Books are taking over our house.

CATHY TRUMAN March 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

My idea gift would be for my husband to fix dinner and rent a movie
for us to watch and to just be able to relaxed.

carol m March 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm

a spa treatment

Monique Rizzo March 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Mine would be a weekend in Disneyland.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

Kelly March 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The ideal gift from my partner would be a collection of his photography–either my favorite pictures, or pictures that remind him of me.

Scott Martin March 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I would like to try the French vanilla flavor.

Scott Martin
spmartin122@gmail.com

Pat B March 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Pat B March 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

My perfect gift would be a massage

Kyl Neusc March 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

plan a good trip

Patrice March 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

My ideal gift would be some flowering plants that I could grow in my garden.

Heather S March 7, 2011 at 11:43 am
Heather S March 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

a pretty flower bouquet

Jeannett March 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

My ideal gift from my husband would him taking the kids off somewhere and giving me an entire day to myself!

DawnA March 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

A perfect gift would be him planning a trip. Doing the research, booking, etc!

Sunshyn V March 7, 2011 at 7:22 am
Sunshyn V March 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

My ideal gift from my partner would be an outing on the boat (as soon as the weather warms up).

Janice Whitaker March 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

A vacation. Somewhere warm and sandy :)

T. Lawson March 7, 2011 at 5:28 am

My ideal gift from my partner would be a trip. Travel is my passion and going almost anywhere, especially with my husband is my idea of the perfect gift.

Rebecca Graham March 7, 2011 at 1:30 am
Rebecca Graham March 7, 2011 at 1:30 am

An ideal gift would be a week of no cooking.

Carosue March 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I posted about this giveaway on my blog. Here is the link:
http://carolsbloggys.blogspot.com/p/get-real-get-la-creme.html
Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Carosue March 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

A gift certificate to his favorite restaurant
Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Stephanie V. March 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

day at the spa
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Deb K March 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Deb K March 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I would love a diamond ring~after 14 years I think I deserve it :-)

deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

Elizabeth I March 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Elizabeth I March 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My idea gift would be a new engagement ring and wedding band. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

CLAUDIA March 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm
CLAUDIA March 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

My ideal gift would be an ipad.

Kathleen March 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm

My ideal gift would be an apple ipad.

kport207 at gmail dot com

Vicky March 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

My ideal gift would be something he has made or written for me.

sandy March 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

making dinner

sherri crawford March 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

i would like a nice bouquet of flowers that he gathered from the yard

Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m really glad that La Crème is a REAL dairy creamer and using it to make gelato is an excellent use of it! I’d like a trip to Italy for both me and my partner :)

nickie March 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I would love a new car!

NICKIEISIS3atgmail.com

Margaret Smith March 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/peg42/status/44517852425883648
Thanks again
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Margaret Smith March 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

My ideal gift would be flowers or something that he made for me with his own hands. (He’s quite gifted in creating wood items)
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Adrienne Gordon March 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I’d like a night at a resort.

valerie mabrey March 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

a great book and a nice vacation to boot

Marilyn Wons March 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I would love a new car!

Ann F March 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My ideal gift from my husband would be a trip to St. Lucia

Denise S March 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

My ideal gift would be a vacation with no kids.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

tiffany lane March 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

Maid Service for a year

Lisa Foster March 6, 2011 at 9:30 am
Lisa Foster March 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

I would love a day at the spa

Ellie March 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

I would love for him to buy us a cruise for two, just him and I with no kids! We never had a honeymoon, so this would be a great gift from him.

Karina March 6, 2011 at 12:49 am

I would love to get a day at the spa as a gift

April G. March 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I would love to get flowers! My fiance is fantastic at picking out presents, but he has never bought me flowers. I need to tell him I want some someday!

Georgia March 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

tweeted here too

http://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/44240821834362882

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Georgia March 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Well, I don’t have a partner right now but I would think he would love a good cup of coffee with this creamer ready for him in the morning but I could be wrong!

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Robin Scott March 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Gift cards or cash.

Susan Smith March 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Susan Smith March 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I love getting gift cards so I can buy what I want to with it.

Val March 5, 2011 at 11:56 am
Val March 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hehe, an ideal gift would be for my husband to make this gelato for me, it looks really yummy.

patrice March 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

My ideal gift would be a day out together or a night at a B&B.
patrice@everydayruralty.com

Kelly Massman March 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

My ideal gift from my husband would be for him to lose 30 pounds (of course, I’d need to do that, too)!
thanks!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Lisa March 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

My ideal gift from my husband would be a foot massage. My feet are always hurting me these days. The Creamy Mango Gelato sounds delicious. I love mangoes and ice cream.

Steph March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Steph March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

my ideal gift would be…. a trip to africa!

ms_fleur March 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm
ms_fleur March 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

My ideal gift for my partner, probably something he loves and enjoys and that’s thoughtful. Right now I think he needs a new watch. :)

ANGEL JACKLYN March 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm
ANGEL JACKLYN March 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

My ideal gift from a partner would be a photo or scrap book of all our memories! I’m creative myself like that! kytah00@yahoo.com

Jeannett March 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

can’t wait to try this!

marla {family fresh cooking} March 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

The perfect gift for me? A day on the slopes.
Love this mango gelato Pam!

Amy March 4, 2011 at 2:24 am

Just tweeted about this giveaway and here’s the link.

http://twitter.com/uTry_it

Amy

Amy March 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

You really have some great tips on the relationship advice! Thanks for sharing. The ideal gift from my partner (in crime) a.k.a. husband would be a nice home cook meal from him. I cook 99% of the time and it’ll be nice to enjoy his cooking. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway.

Amy

Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

My favorite gifts are not items but experiences, I love having a nice day trip or weekend getaway with just me and my man. I’m not a huge fan of mango but maybe I will try the recipe:-)

Kate March 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I guess the ideal gift would be chocolate. None of the dark stuff. It’s milk chocolate all the way! I especially like Lindor milk chocolate truffles!

Paulette B March 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I would to try it right now

Marcy March 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The perfect gift for me would be Gift Cards….Hallmark, Yankee Candle, Movies, Restaurants…

Kezia March 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Wow that Gelato looks fabulous. The recipe sounds so easy, I am going to have to try it this summer.

My ideal gift from my husband would be a home-made dinner, and not one out of a box.

Teresa M March 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I love to have some coffee with my cream and sugar as my hunny puts it…..mostly cream and sugar! LOL

melissa @IWasBornToCook March 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Full body massage and facial!

EATnLISTEN March 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I tweeted your contest too. I would by my sweetie the fixin’s for creme brulee then make it for her.

karen March 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

I’d have to go with a massage!!

Tabathia B March 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Phong March 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

My ideal gift would have to be a relaxing weekend. Stress-free is the way to be!

Tabathia B March 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I agree with previous comments, a “night off” of mommy duties and chores and a “helping hand”
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Aubreylaine March 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

My ideal gift would be tulips for spring!
aubreyfick@yahoo.com

Feast on the Cheap March 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Who knew it was so easy! Thanks for sharing

Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy March 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Right now, I think the best gift I could get would be bi-weekly housecleaning. I spilled in the kitchen and while I was wiping it up I noticed how awful my baseboards look!

Cheryl March 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

I would love if my man would start answering me while he was playing video games.. that would be a miracle

Debi (Table Talk) March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

Speaking of coffee, how did you manage on the detox diet with no caffeine? I don’t think I would make it on that one.
I bet the lime juice sure brightens up the flavor in this mango gelato- great way to use the creamer!

Nive March 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

The ideal gift for me from my husband would be a book since I love reading books of many kinds…thanks for this giveaway…

MaryMoh March 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

Ooooh….love this. I love mango ice cream. It’s still very cold here but I suppose I can reward myself after a few hours baking to keep the kitchen warm :D

Ryan March 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm

My ideal gift would be something really from the heart — some sort of photo / letter / video combination saying how much I’m loved.

Tracy @ Commit To Fit March 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

My favourite gift would be a romantic dinner, that he made himself :)

Kris March 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

My favorite gift would be him planning a weekend away for the two of us.

Helena Spensatelli March 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

My ideal gift would be… hmmm… what would it be? A week at a spa resort for total relaxation & pampering by day and excitement & fun at night! Did I mention gourmet spa cuisine? lol

Erin March 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I wrote a blog post about your recipe and giveaway: http://coffeecritical.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-need-some-gelato-stat.html

Helena Spensatelli March 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That mango gelato looks wonderful. I’m going to whip some up using my Cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker. Here’s my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/SaucyGirlCooks/status/42755300897460224

Erin March 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

This looks amazingly delicious! :-o

My ideal gift from my husband would be for him to do the cooking and cleaning for a day.

Kitoula March 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

La Creme is not available in my area
:o(

Maria March 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Sleep!

shala_darkstone March 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm
shala_darkstone March 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi, my ideal gift from my hubby would be a massage!

Christen Flowers March 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

A gift from him would be to watch our three kids so I can sleep until I am ready to wake up! I dont know what that feels like anymore.

Christen Flowers March 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Christen Flowers March 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

My husband loves the gift of food! I hope he liked this gelato!

Mami2jcn March 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

tweet-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/42652754623205376

Mami2jcn March 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

The ideal gift from my husband would be for him to take the kids off my hands for a few hours so I can get a break.

Radhika March 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

Ideal gift from my husband is and always will be when I get the weekend off to do what I want to do and he takes care of the rest! Whenever he has gifted me this, he has reaped huge rewards. :-)

SinoSoul March 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

FASCINATING! Creamer with real cream. Wait, wouldn’t that make it just half & half? Instead of whipping cream, I sometimes churn with half & half, especially when the recipe calls for 6 freakin’ egg yolks. Way too much fat.

Wish there was a way to “hack” my ice cream machine (not a stand mixer w/ frozen bowl) to slow down the motor speed to get less overrun.

Nancy@acommunaltable March 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

Ha!! Just cleared out some room in the old freezer – so my ice cream maker insert can go in!! Truth be told I haven’t made gelato often but I think that is going to change – this one sounds wonderful and I like that it is on the lighter side!!!

Ideal gift from my husband? That he would tell me when something is bothering him!!!

Belinda @zomppa March 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

Seems such simple advice, doesn’t it? LOVE mango anything!!! Oh, spring, come come.

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