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California Raisins Recipe Contest


I have ALWAYS been a fan of California Raisins.  In fact, I’ve had my picture taken with one.

I got my picture with a California Raisin at Hardee's <—That is me (on the left), with a California Raisin, and my sister, Denyse.

Judging by my height in this picture, I think I must have been about eleven years old.  And, yes, the photo was taken at Hardee’s.  We loved their their Cinnamon ‘N’ Raisin biscuits and I think my Mom may still have a collection of the non-poseable California Raisins figures that were part of the Hardee’s promotions.   Mom even made my sister a California Raisin costume for Halloween one year.  I was a lemon.  Go figure.  If I can find a picture of it, I will share it, too!

Did you know that nearly 100% of all raisins produced in the United States are grown in the San Joaquin Valley, near Fresno, California.  More than 3,000 hard-working growers of California Raisins live in the area and produce the delicious snack that is shipped around the world.

Anyway, as a long time fan of California Raisins, I was excited to learn about the California Raisins “Give Kids Their Day in the Sun” recipe contest!

To celebrate the natural, solar-powered goodness of this small but mighty fruit, California’s raisin growers are hosting an easy-to-enter recipe contest.

Now through October 5, healthy snack recipes can be uploaded to California Raisin’s Facebook page at  for a chance to win a premium playground structure (valued up to $10,000), a year’s supply of California Raisins, plus a $1,000 donation in the winner’s name to the food bank of their choice.

Five finalists will each win a $100 gift card and will be selected based on the creative use of California Raisins (25%);   healthfulness (25%); ease-of-preparation (25%); and taste (25%).

Finalists will be announced October 19, 2011 and then it will be up to the California Raisin Facebook fans to determine the grand prize winner.

A full set of contest rules can be found at

My kids nosh on raisins ALL THE TIME.  We love to use them as “eyes” for our cut out sandwiches and such.  I am certain we will be able to come up with a recipe to enter.  Especially since the kids and I volunteer at a food pantry that orders from the St. Louis Area Foodbank.  A $1000 would go a long way toward feeding the hungry in St. Louis!

Will you be entering the contest?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I used to work at Hardee’s. I loved those cinnamon raisin biscuits too! I didn’t know about the contest, thanks.