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Party perfect treats

By Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers

July 18, 2013

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Sweet-tart refresher
Summer sippers who love lemonade should enjoy its partnership with cranberry juice in Cran-Lemonade, a new item from Ocean Spray. Grape juice contributes to the drink's sweet-tart flavor and lovely color, making it a perfect party item. A 1-cup serving is 110 calories. There's also a diet version that has 5 calories in a 1-cup serving. The suggested retail price for 64-fluid ounce bottle: $3.49. A store locator is at oceanspray.com.

Party perfect treats
Those who love to bake (and toss fun little parties) will enjoy the inspiration and recipes in a charming little book from Swedish pastry chef/author Mia Ohrn, " CMacarons,upcakes & Cake Pops" (Sterling Publishing, $19.95). Ohrn also teaches a macaron course and that knowledge is reflected in the book's step-by-step illustrations and coaching, whether you decide to make macaron lollipops with strawberry ganache or strawberry cupcakes (or madeleines or lavender medallions). At amazon.com.

Nut-rich crispy snacks
Snackers watching their calories might enjoy the 100-calorie-per-pack Nonni's Thinaddictives Almond Thins. They come in three flavors, Cinnamon Raisin Almond, Cranberry Almond and, our favorite, Pistachio Almond. Each 4.44-ounce box contains six packets or thins. The suggested retail price: $3.29. A store locator is at nonnis.com.

jhevrdejs@tribune.com