Chiquita Bites: A Giveaway

As the school year ends, families are heading out on vacations and day outings. More and more, we’re going to want to grab a quick bite and not worry about cooking. However, one can only eat so many hamburgers and fries. I know from past road trips when we drove for days, that sometimes I’d rather not eat at all than drive through the Golden Arches one. more. time.

I like to have fresh fruit and veggies on hand as frequently as possible. And while it’s always better to prepare them myself, sometimes when you’re on the road, that’s a little tough.

Recently Chiquita sent us a selection of their new Chiquita Bites.These are individually packaged servings of apples, grapes, pineapple, and carrots, perfect for picnices and other meals on the run. The FishKids loved all the varieties that they tasted. And I was amazed that the apple slices really didn’t turn brown. They are treated with calcium and vitamin c washes to preserve them.

While they aren’t straight from the tree, these fruit servings are an excellent choice for when you’re on the go.

Win a Chiquita Swag Bag

One winner will receive

  • coupons good for free Chiquita Bites
  • a Sidekick Lunch Cooler
  • a Travel Coffee Cup
  • a Banana Holder
  • a Chiquita T-Shirt

Simply leave a comment on this post, telling us your favorite Chiquita memory.

Contest will be open until 8pm PST on Sunday, June 27, 2010. Winners to be chosen at random and notified via email. You have 48 hours after email is sent to respond, otherwise you forfeit your prize.

Disclosure: Chiquita provided me with product samples to review. I was not compensated in any way for reviewing this product or offering this giveaway, nor was I required to do so. My opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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  1. Kimberly says:

    When my son was a toddler (he’s now 18) he would grocery shop with me. Our favorite grocery store had a wonderful produce man who ALWAYS gave my son a banana to munch on while I shopped. He looked forward to that banana!

  2. Tabitha K says:

    Oh goodness, there are so many but mostly late night banana splits with the parents. I’m sure they did it with my siblings too but they would wake me up in the middle of the night (as a youngster middle of the night was 10pm lol) and tell me I was the only one getting a special treat of a banana split. We would make them and sit and giggle and whisper so as to not wake up my siblings. Even though I’m sure they did something like this for my siblings, I felt so special!

  3. Ronalee Duncan says:

    My favorite Chiquita memory is when I would share a banana with my daughter and let her grab the top and pull off herself a piece.

    RonaleeDuncan@aol.com

  4. Michelle says:

    I recently found a coupon for Chiquita Bites but I can’t find them in any of our local grocery store chains! Any suggestions? I’d still love to have all of the goodies! Thanks!

  5. Christine says:

    My favorite Chiquita memory is putting them in smoothies with peanut butter and chocolate.

  6. My son just finished a banana and threw the skin on the floor. I asked why he would do such a thing and he said, “I wanted to see someone fall.”

  7. My mom always carried a banana around with her, just in case she got hungry. Or she’d get up in the middle of the night and eat one. Still does and she’s in a nursing home now.

  8. When my oldest was just barely old enough to know what a sticker was, he used to love taking the Chiquita stickers off the bananas. Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. I always remember my mom buying Chiquita bananas and cutting them up to put in our cereal before school. And the best part was finding the little Chiquita sticker and my brother and I sticking them on each other!!

  10. Gotta love them cut up in those good old Frosted Flakes as a kid. YUM!

  11. My boys love banana’s and right now the best thing is my 13mth old getting all excited when he sees one and wants it right. now.!!! I can’t hardly buy them before he eats one.

  12. This may sound weird however my favorite Chiquita memory is the stickers :) on the bananas!

  13. Making fruit salad with my grandpa and cutting up bananas!

  14. My favorite Chiquita memory is when I was a child and I would take all the stickers off the bananas and stick them on my face. I even “borrowed” stickers from the ones at the store a couple of times. I still love bananas, now my girls fight over the stickers.

    Thank You for the giveaway!!!

    Wendy

    richshelpmate at yahoo dot com

  15. Does it count that we sang the Chiquita Banana song as part of our 8th grade chorus medley? And that I was wearing a gorilla suit in a polka dot bikini? (we also sand itsy bitsy teenie weeny yellow polka dot bikini)

  16. My favorite Chiquita memory would have to be when my mom & I would eat banana splits for dinner during the summer. There would be times when my mom would not want to heat up the kitchen to cook dinner or we were just so busy in the evenings we would stop & get banana splits. I know they were not the healthiest option but they filled me up!

  17. First memory that comes to mind is all the times I diced bananas & rolled them in crushed rice crisp cereal, as finger food for R when he was a baby. (Miss being a SAHM… and also miss my child willingly sitting to eat, for more than 30 seconds at a time!)

    Another would be all the times my mom made chocolate covered frozen bananas as a summer treat. (Yum!)

    Thanks… :)

  18. I think my favorite memory is eating frozen chocolate covered bananas when I was a kid. I haven’t had one in years!

  19. Nothing makes banana bread like a Chiquita banana. They maintain some of their solidity even when brown. Weird that I know that, huh?

  20. christina gasich says:

    My four year old loves to pull the blue stickers off . Once he actually put one on my rear end and I walked around for half the day until I saw it. Lil’ stinker!

  21. Rebecca S. says:

    Jessica,
    My favorite Chiquita banana story has to do with helping my grandma take the time to slice them up and make her famous banana pudding. She is gone now, but the memory is still fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday.
    Rebecca

  22. Cut-up bananas on Cheerios are sumblime!

  23. Besides the dancing?

    Both girls asking for slices of banana on their morning cereal…when the are not asking to eat them monkey style….

  24. Jodi Nevins says:

    having my kids make fruit salad with me.

  25. Me and my siblings used to fight over the Chiquita stickers too. We also used to dress up and walk around with fruit on our head just like the lady pictured on the sticker.

  26. I always think of the Chiquita Banana girl with her fruit hat.My dad’s favorite snack is a banana and I was always embarrassed when he would walk around in public with a banana in his shirt pocket :)

  27. Collecting the infamous Chiquita banana stickers attached to the bunch of bananas when I was growing up and my brother and I would try to stick them on each other without the other person knowing.

  28. My favorite chiquita memory was when my first grade teacher used the banana to do magic trick. Prior to doing the trick, Mrs. took a toothpick and inserted in the the banana, wiggled it around and cut the banana in half. Then she held the banana up for all to see “unpeeled and untouched” :) anyhow, she would have one kid magically “saw” through the banana with an invisible saw. Then she would peel the banana and volia! the invisible saw worked!! the banana was cut in half!

  29. My mom has a great story about how I ate bananas as a toddler (Think cookie monster) and every time my toddler eats one my mom reenacts it. Luckily my DD doesn’t seem to pick up on that particular technique.

  30. Chiquita hosted a soccer school once that I attended. Now whenever I eat a banana I think of soccer. And since my baby girl loves bananas, I find myself thinking of soccer a lot! :)

  31. Sara Jane says:

    My favorite Chiquita memory is when I introduced peanut butter and banana sandwiches to my children. They think I’m a genius for coming up with such an amazing combination, hehe.

  32. Heather says:

    When I was a little girl my dad worked the dockyards in San Diego unloading the Chiquita Banana Boats. He would come home covered in those stickers much to my and my sisters delight. Still smile every time I see one of those stickers.

  33. eunice b says:

    chiquita and bananas…..that’s the only thing I knew about chiquita growing up….loved the little stickers on the banana bunches

    ~eunice b
    rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

  34. My mom always made us peanut butter and banana sandwiches on the bad for you white bread – they were sooo good!

  35. My current favorite memeory is of my two year old daughter. She LOVES bananas so if I don’t pay attention she will be in the bananas and eat the whole bunch!

  36. When I was little I collected the stickers from the bananas in a sticker book. I didn’t have access to the cool stickers my kids have now. But mine were just as treasured. My kids have their own sticker books now, and among the really cool stickers are Chiquita banana stickers.

  37. Rebekah says:

    two words – banana splits!

  38. I have always liked bananas, but my 15 month old loves them with a very deep passion. Ha! “Nana” was one of her earliest words, and she asks me for one at least three times every day! :)

  39. It would be having my daughters try to read the word “Chiquita” from the sticker on the bananas as we put them into the grocery cart!

  40. I’d love to win this! Thanks.

  41. banana cream pie!

  42. Sharing a banana with my daughter who LOVES bananas

  43. Growing up, we would eat bananas with a spoon once you cut the top off. Weird, but somehow it made the banana more fun.

  44. We like to say “Chiquita Banana” with an accent, like in the voice of the Taco Bell dog. Silly I know…

  45. There’s a way to take a banana and cut through it without peeling it. When I was a teenager I enjoyed playing this trick on people and watching them when they were peeling their banana and all of a sudden part of it would topple off!

  46. At camp, we always had frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and chopped nuts. They were the best popsicles! Now my kids like them for a cool treat.

  47. My favorite memory is of my husband singing the Chiquita banana song. He’ll do it for you too if you ask ;)

  48. Oh, how we love bananas in our house! The memories are many, and not done being made by a long shot, but perhaps the current favorite is of my 20-month old son, who in his need to eat a banana and fill his mouth with one of his favorite flavors, passed up peeling the fruit and forged ahead! And that’s how I found him in the pantry, a bunch of bananas dragged to the floor and a confused look on his little face as he wondered why his banana didn’t taste quite right.

    Have a lovely day!

  49. Jennifer B says:

    peanut ‘bananner’ ‘sammiches’ as i used to call them!

  50. My memory is the Chiquita Banana lady and the song

  51. Kim D in TX says:

    I think right now my favorite memories are being made watching my husband and toddler share a banana every evening after dinner! Our son gets so excited! They each get half to munch on in the porch swing. So cute!

  52. My favorite memory was being “banana buddies” with my dad. He’d take a bite, then I’d take a bite. As I got older, he became banana buddies with my cousins, who were much younger than me. Now, I get to enjoy watching him be “banana buddies” with my two year old son, who loves to point out “nanas” as we go through the grocery store.

  53. Michelle T says:

    My daughter always loves to wear the banana sticker, so giving her a chiquita banana with the sticker on it always makes her morning :)

  54. I love having banana bread in the morning for breakfast and my youngest daughter eats tiny chocolate chips stuck in the banana!

  55. My parents had these cool banana split dishes and we so looked forward to having our desserts in them. A banana split in the special dish just seemed to taste better.

  56. chiquita banana, cut up and added to my steel cut oats for breakfast – YUM!

  57. My 24 month old daughter loves her bannans! she peels the skin, and hands it to me saying yuck! and then east away!

  58. Chrissy J says:

    My favorite chiquita memory is when I went to the grocery store with my mom and she would give us the “sticker” off the bananas.

  59. eating bananas for breakfast as a child with my grandparents

  60. Jennifer says:

    I loved the chiquita banana commercial… it was the best! :)

  61. My most memorable Chiquita memory was during a food shopping trip with my 19 month old daughter….I put the bananas in the cart not realizing my little girl took the Chiquita sticker off and placed it on the front of my shirt….I was walking around the store the whole time with this sticker on me…LOL!! Didn’t realize it until I got home and looked in the mirror. We love Chiquita “nanners” in our house!

  62. Our 10 month old just discovered bananas but we have to be fast when he gets his hands on one – the peel, famous sticker and all go directly into his mouth!!

  63. My high school civics teacher used to sing the old Chiquita Banana commercial to us in class when things were getting too loud. It was hilarious – and always got everyone’s attention.

  64. Jennifer Ott says:

    I must admit, my favorite memory was being mailed a banana (with sticker still on it!) while at camp after complaining to my mother that we weren’t getting enough fresh fruit!

  65. Thanks for the chance to win. I used to collect the Chiquita Banana stickers when I was younger lol.

  66. I loved the Chiquita Banana commercials as a kid and now can’t get the theme song out of my head!
    Great giveaway…thanks!

  67. Those sound really fun to try. Favorite memory is having the stickers from the banana. Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. My favourite chiqita memory is making smoothies with chiqita bananas and mangoes… a good pre workout meal :)

  69. We make a fruit pizza with sugar cookie dough as the crust, a cream cheese mixture and top with fruit, and of course bananas! Top it off with an orange glaze, YUM a summertime treat!

  70. The commercial for sure! Second in line would be to have them sliced in my cherrios

  71. Probably just being silly with the sticker.

  72. The Banana Bread page of our mother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook is littered with the old Chiquita stickers from when my sisters and I were learning to cook. The book just naturally falls open to that page now. :)

  73. Watching my boys when they were toddlers walk around eating a banana with the chiquita sticker stuck on their foreheads! Awesome!

  74. Michelle says:

    I have a great recipe for chocolate chip banana bread. Love making it in huge batches once I’ve frozen enough over-ripe bananas!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  75. I remember my dad bought a huge case of bananas one time and my 3 1/2 year old sister like them so much she ate 8 in one day!!! We still laugh about it now!

  76. My son LOVES banana’s – even the people at publix know him as the banana kid – of course those were chiquita bananas!

  77. M in TX says:

    Definitely banana split night every other Friday as a kid.

  78. It would be seeing guys dress up as the Chiquita Lady at Halloween!!

  79. patricia says:

    I bought the mini ones and my husband said heck i would have to eat the whole bunch just for my snack lol

  80. Banana vanilla wafer pudding is delicious! Good summertime dessert.

  81. My sisters and I used to stick the chiquita stickers on our faces when we ate our breakfast bananas. I think we got the idea from a Beverly Cleary book. Never failed to make us laugh!

  82. My favorite memory is frozen chocolate covered ones…..

  83. I love using Chiquita bananas in smoothies or on cereal!

  84. Every summer I would go to my grandparents for a couple of weeks (giving my mom a break :-)). We would always by the makings for banana splits. My grandfather would put one of the Chiquita stickers on my nose at the store and dare me to wear it until we were done. I always took that dare!

  85. Banana splits with my hubby, and the bananas must be green!

  86. Re-sticking the stickers, mostly on those who hadn’t asked for them!

  87. Nothing like making peanut butter and banana sandwiches together for a family outing!

  88. My son makes banana smoothies everyday for breakfast. Personally my husband and I like banana splits! The kids always liked the stickers and I remember commercials with the Chiquita lady with the fruit hat.

  89. I am not a banana fan but my kids and my hubby take Chiquita bananas and make banana splits all summer long. It is my daughters favorite request.

  90. I don’t really have specific banana memories. I guess I would say that finding out my chihuahua has a serious banana addiction would probably be my favorite memory. I made a banana pudding over the weekend and I thought she was going to have a fit with me slicing all those bananas. I did give her some. :-)

  91. Mine was getting a banana split when I was younger. If we made the Honor Roll at school, we would get a banana split and were allowed to choose all the toppings we wanted. Then my brother and sister and I would argue over who would get the “Chiquita” sticker.

  92. My kids eating bananas like “monkeys.”

  93. Allison I. says:

    My favourite memories are those of my 2 boys just learning to eat solid food and giving them little pieces of banana on their high chair and watching them chase them all around the tray trying to pick them up.

  94. love the stickers too!

  95. When I was young, shopping in the store with my mom, I used to take a bunch of the Chiquita stickers and put them all over my shirt.

  96. My sister & I used to peel off the stickers and put them on our hands – whoever kept theirs on until the end of the day won. Made washing your hands pretty difficult! ;)

  97. We love making frozen banana popsicles in the summer. Dip the banana in chocolate and roll around in nuts or sprinkles….yummy!

  98. When I was 2 years old at Christmas time….I asked Santa for a banana and a snickers bar for my great-grandmother. I’m told that after opening my presents I started crying…no….sobbing….because I didn’t get what I had asked Santa for. My mom quickly took me to my stocking where a bright yellow banana and a snickers bar were hidden inside. I promptly ran to my great-grandmother to give her the snickers bar and held the banana up so someone would open it for me. If only life were that simple now!

  99. The Chiquita Banana song. After all these years, it’s still the first thing that I think of when I hear Chiquita.

  100. When my son was just a little guy (toddler), we used to buy bananas and, then sit down and peel one, then we would get the peanut butter out, slice the banana into little slices, and then put peanut butter on the slices. This was so yummy for us and we were the only two that liked it. This was a favorite summertime snack for us.

    Thanks! :)

  101. theresa says:

    My fave Chiquita memory is when there was a coupon and a peelie on Chiquita bites last year and I was able to get them free several times:-)

  102. LaDonna says:

    My daughter and I recently tried the Pineapple bites and just loved them.

  103. Jessica says:

    when I was a child my uncle (a grocery store manager) gave me an inflatable Chiquita banana boat that he received as part of a store promotion. I spent many hours floating around in my banana boat in my grandparent’s pool that summer.

  104. Adrienne Larkin says:

    I grew up with Chiquita bananas and it was a gift if you got a banana with a sticker. I play the same game with my kids although almost all of the bananas in a bunch have the stickers now.

  105. Heather says:

    My favorite memory involves the stickers. When I was kid, for a time, they were using different designs, sometimes to celebrate something special (like the Olympics) and sometimes just, I guess, for interest. I used to love collecting the different designs and my parents obligingly let me decorate the refrigerator with them!

  106. Jennifer Foutch says:

    watching my toddler smear them all over her face

  107. My 18 month old loves ‘nanas’ and wants one every morning. She just about comes unglued as I’m peeling it.

  108. Both my children have been feasting on chiquita bananas since they started solids. Favorite memories would be the times that they wolfed down a whole banana for the first time by the time they were 6 months!

  109. My favorite Chiquita memory is actually more recent — My kids love having banana slices with peanut butter for snack. It is a regular event at our house.

  110. taking the stickers off the bananas! Love bananas and now my kids love them also.

  111. Eating a banana upside down.

  112. Carleen says:

    When I was a little girl my momma would let smash the bananas for yummy banana bread.

  113. Vanessa says:

    Growing up it was a treat to get a whole banana to your self.My Mom and Dad had seven children.

  114. The song gets stuck in my head every time I even think about it….I love to eat bananas on cereal or ice cream but my toddler won’t even touch one unless she doesn’t feel good. Very odd.

  115. Connie Corey says:

    I love how my dh and all three sons love bananas, but I can’t stand them!

  116. Isn’t the sticker the best part? My daughter always wants the banana with the sticker.

  117. Suzy Ivy says:

    we love eating banana pops right now… frozen bananas with a popsicle stick drizzled in chocolate. YUMM!!!

  118. I remember eating Chiquita bananas for school lunch and putting the sticker on my forehead. I dunno. All the kids did it, so I guess it was cool in the 70’s.

  119. We just love bananas as snacks – my 2 year old will eat one any time he is offered one! We also love to make banana bread, another one of our favorite snacks.

  120. I loved bananas cut up in my Cheerios when I was little.

  121. My favorite banana memories are pretty current: my 8 month old hates bananas, but since I want her to like them, I get to see the hilarious faces she makes every time she eats a piece.

  122. My boys love the pineapple bites.

  123. Andrea Bindewald says:

    My kids LOVE bananas! They have one almost everyday. We enjoy making banana bread and muffins as well!

  124. Both of my babies love bananas and that was actually one of my toddler son’s first words, he loves them so much!

  125. My favorite memory is the blue stickers found on each banana. We would stick them on different things until they wouldn’t stick anymore.

  126. Honestly? I don’t think I have a favorite Chiquita memory, except I remember seeing the Chiquita banana girl in commercials when I was little. Sorry that isn’t more exciting!

  127. My daughter loves to search for the bundle of bananas that has the most stickers on them before I buy them! As soon as we’re home she takes them all off and sticks them on pieces of paper and makes a book out of the pages! : ) It’s the simple things in life!!

  128. Banana pudding with chiquita banana slices and nilla wafers.

  129. I love the bananas. Some times I spot the chiquita bananas in the grocery stores. The goodies looks good with all the picnic items.

  130. I remember the Chiquita banana commercials when I was a kid. I loved banana on my PB&J sandwiches.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  131. Apples and bananas are ALREADY in packages and ready to take with you. It’s called a peel.

    This is a waste of energy, fuel and resources.

  132. Christy Flynn says:

    I love bananas and plain cheerios and milk for a midnight snack.

  133. When I worked in Ecuador for a year, I got to go to a banana farm…shhh, it was probably Dole, but still, fresh bananas…nothing like em. These green ones we buy and have to let ripen just don’t measure up. I miss that for sure!

  134. Bananas are a favorite in my family. We add them to anything we can. And I have tried the Bites pineapple slices. Very good.

  135. Feeding babies their first bites of bananas!

  136. My favorite memory is my son sharing his stickers off our Chiquita bananas. He loves the stickers and the silly faces on them. I knew I was “special” to him when he started bringing me his stickers and saying, “I love you momma”. :)
    ~Yvette

  137. Chiquita memory??? hmmmm…..i think is the song that plays in the commercial.

  138. Preparedmom says:

    Like with many, the thrill of finding a sticker on my banana as a child is a great memory, and now my own children love finding stickers on theirs. More fun than stickers, though, is getting a hand written message on an unpeeled banana! (Ink pens write great on banana peels!)
    The first time I was exposed to Chaquita’s pineapple slices I was on a flight from Africa. Exhausted and weary from work there what a treat it was to find that pineapple piece on my lunch tray! Delicious!

  139. My Favorite Chiquita memory as a child was having them sliced up in my Rice Krispies cereal. Growing up with five brothers we went through a lot of bananas. If you don’t have a lot of money for fruit, you can a least afford some Chiquita bananas!

  140. Sarah M. says:

    I love watching my 14 month old daughter eat bananas. She enjoys them so much she smiles between bites. Whenever I look at a banana I think of her enjoying them.

  141. Taking my first little boy to the grocery store with me and finding the bananas with the most stickers so he could apply them to his face, arms, legs, etc.

  142. My favorite chiquita memory was spending the night with my grandmother. In the morning, I’d wake up and for breakfast we’d always sit at her little table and have cereal and chiquita bananas. It was so cozy and comfortable. It makes me smile to remember that now.

  143. I always remember the Chiquita banana lady dancing around on commercials.

  144. Honestly, my most vivid Chiquita memory is a rather current one… my husband who will sing “I’m a Chiquita banana and I’m here to say…” and make me giggle. :)

  145. Elizabeth Hall says:

    I guess my favorite memory would have to be watching those 20 some bananas disappearing in a matter of days – 2-3. We love our bananas!

  146. Michelle Hardy says:

    While pregnant with my daughter, I craved bananas and milk. My daughter is now five, and she has always loved her banana and milk snack.

  147. My favorite is my first daughter eating two bananas in one sitting. It was her first taste of real (non baby food) food and she couldn’t get enough!

  148. Ooh, I love the Chiquita banana song … I can’t remember the words, but I’m humming it now. What fun stories!

  149. bridget says:

    i remember playing dress up like the chiquita banana girl with my grandma’s plastic fruit.

  150. I liked getting the sticker off of the banana. My brothers and I would fight over them.

  151. My daughter loves the stickers on the bananas! Her favorite thing to do is eat the banana and then take the sticker off the peel. She loves that the bananas always have stickers!

  152. We rarely had fresh fruit when I was growing up because our household income was so low. I truly did not eat bananas until I was an adult and now I eat at least one a day. Love them!

  153. Melanie says:

    My favorite thing is that my daughters have bananas as a snack often before bedtime and the two of them can sometimes eat 5 Chiquita bananas!

  154. In kindergarten, I stuck every banana sticker I got on the inside of my lunchbox. My mom must have loved that!

  155. The classic ‘wear the banana sticker on your forehead’ that I now get to continue with my kiddos. :0)

  156. elizabeth says:

    when i was 8 my best friend & i would dance around her pool singing the Chaquita banana song, jump in & then do it all again… followed, of course, by a Chaquita banana snack :)

  157. Tiffany Waters says:

    okay don’t laugh……do you remember the Chiquita Banana Lady (Carmen Miranda)? She had a hat that was a scarf tied up with fruits hanging on it. I bought one back in high school and still have it (20 years later). I have worn it several times over the years and won many of contests with it. in high school i had a skirt with fruit printed on it and matching fruit earrings. It was my Halloween costume when I was a senior. I lost the skirt and earrings over the years, but still have the cool hat!

  158. Amanda Y. says:

    Peanut butter and banana and chocolate soymilk smoothies or chiquita banana splits!

  159. As a little girl, I would peel only the inner strip of the banana, then spread peanut butter on it. Placed on the table, peanut butter side up, I had a Banana Boat, which I ate with a spoon.

    I still do that, and my children are learning how to do it too! :)

  160. Malisa P. says:

    I agree with one of the previous commentors, the stickers on the bananas are the best!

  161. My best friend calls me chica, so when I found out I was pregnant, she started calling the baby “chiquita”. And for the welcome home from the hospital gift, she sent me a giant chuquita bath towel. Still my daughter’s favorite towel / play blanket 5 years later.

  162. My favorite Chiquita memory is eating chiquita bananas mashed up with peanut butter in peanut butter/banana sandwiches with my Granny.

  163. I would say my favorite Chiquita memory has got to be the old Chiquita banana cartoon commercials on TV back in the 60’s. (Yes, I’m *that* old.) I think you can still find them on YouTube. So cute!

  164. We are Chiquita banana eaters here. The best part is when I get some brown ones left and make banana bread.

  165. shirley says:

    My “PAPA” always got a bag full for his grandkids, he’s gone, but I will never forget.

  166. Heather Abbott says:

    My favorite memory is of a recent grocery store trip where my boys were ready to get their free cookie from the bakery department, which was heard by our produce guy, who proceeded to hand them bags of apple slices to munch on instead, thus saving me from sugar overload. My boys were more than thrilled to munch on those as we shopped!

  167. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, of course!! ;)

  168. When my sibblings and I were kids, we would stick the stickers all over our mom’s back and laugh hysterically.

  169. Banana pancakes- simple!

  170. We used to love to take the Chiquita stickers off the bananas as we ate them & wear the sticker!

  171. right now my daughter’s door is filled with chiquita stickers that she’s peeled off bananas she’s eaten! It’s her little collection.

  172. Katherine says:

    I’ve always loved the commercials with the dancing girls. “I’m Chiquita banana and I’m here to stay.”

  173. Kelly W. says:

    Every time we go to Wal-mart, my daughter asks for the Chiquita apples and grapes. It’s cheap, makes her happy, and is good for her! They are a life saver!

  174. My favorite Chaquita memories are of feeding each of my 4 girls bananas as their first sweet treat when they were new to solid foods.

  175. Crystal S. says:

    I love putting Chiquita bananas in the freezer for a few minutes makes a great snack on a hot day!

  176. My favorite memory is banana milkshakes or smoothies. I just love those.

  177. Heather says:

    My 1st son’s first food after breastmilk and rice cereal was a mashed up Chiquita banana!

  178. This has nothing to do with food, but my favorite Chiquita moment is a large inflatable Chiquita Banana that my brother gave me for my birthday when I was in junior high. It was great fun riding the waves at the ocean. My friends and I had such a blast playing with it.

  179. I’m not sure if I have a Chiquita memory…..other than putting the sticker on my forehead as a kid!!!

  180. Kursten Byrne says:

    We love these bites! I used to love taking the sticker off the banana when I was little and putting it on my nose.

  181. love the single servings and would love to win this giveaway!

  182. Ruth Hill says:

    I did know about chiquita until I began buying their apple slices as an adult. I didn’t like bananas when I was growing up.

  183. My favorite Chiquita memory is the taste of the first banana in my life — it was Chiquita

  184. I have to admit that my favorite Chiquita memory is their old commercial where the lady was dancing and singing about Chiquita bananas. I think about that commercial each and every time I see Chiquita bananas in the store. haha

  185. Laurie L says:

    We were travelling all last week. My two year old really wanted bananas, and we were lucky enough to find a convenience store around that had them. My sweet little one noticed that they had “the woman sticker” on them. I don’t know that I would have noticed that they were Chiquita bananas, much less did I expect him to! :)

  186. We literally have bananas every day. If it’s not a smoothie or cereal it’s banana choc chip muffins or PB and B sandwhiches. Every single time I peel the banana I hear the “Chiqita” song in my head lol

  187. My kids and I love Chiquita Bananas. We live for “one ingredient banana icecream”.

  188. Marilyn says:

    We have always loved bananas, and both of my boys love them too. It was one of the first dozen words for both of them!

  189. Michelle says:

    My 2 year old loves bananas, so we constantly have them in the house. He cracked me up one day after he’d just turned 2 when he turned down the older banana I offered him and asked for one of the ones we’d just bought at the grocery store because he wanted “the good banana” instead.

  190. Rochelle says:

    When I think of Chiquita I think of my daughter Adrianna. One morning I woke up and was CRAVING bananas, I mean like seriously craving bananas. I told my coworker, who of course says “You’re pregnant!” I said, “Just because I’m craving something, doesn’t mean I’m pregnant!” I was pregnant. And all through that pregnancy I craved bananas. Now my daughter, who’s 4, LOVES bananas!

  191. My kids just recently took a bag of the apples to a swim meet and they devoured the entire bag after their first swim. Packing more next time!!

  192. silly…but collecting the stickers……..

  193. Sharing a banana sandwich with my dad.

  194. My favorite memory is playing with the banana stickers.

  195. This isn’t really a memory but bananas are the first fruit I was able to get my toddler to eat. She isn’t a big fruit eater but she loves bananas and likes apples now too.

  196. Therese S. says:

    My childhood memory of bananas is a strange one.

    We couldn’t have bananas in the house. When my dad came to United States as a teenager (after WWII), he got off the boat in New York and saw a street vendor selling fruit. Well, during the War, there wasn’t much fresh fruit available and my dad bought a banana and thought it was the best thing he had ever tasted so he bought another, and another, and another…so many that he got sick. From then on, he would get queezy at the sight of a banana.

    A few times a year, my mom would take my sisters and I to the grocery store and treat us to a banana that we would have to eat in the car on the way home.

    I now try to buy bananas year round and eat them with my cold cereal.

  197. Mmm making banana splits!

  198. I love sharing banana’s with my kids

  199. I remember watching Bugs Bunny dressed up like the Chiquita Banana lady.

  200. My kids and I love all the funny face stickers on Chiquita bananas. They choose the bunch with the best sticker and I wear the sticker on my forehead as I shop the rest of the way through the store. :)

  201. AllieZirkle says:

    I have a photo of my hubby at 8 months old with a mouth full of Chiquita banana. My MIL talks about how she should have sent it in for a contest! :)

  202. None of my children like bananas, so I was pleased (and surprised) to learn that my little one loves them! That was a surprise.

  203. Cindy Miller says:

    Oh, my favorite memory has to be how I always looked forward to the stickers. They were so much fun and always considered part of the treat of having a banana. Now with three daughters, they have all done the same. The youngest still wants the stickers!!

  204. A few years ago, my son (about 2 then) took all the stickers off at least two bunches of bananas and stuck them all over his belly. He ran around the house dancing and showing them off. It was so cute!

  205. I love bananas. They are a part of much of life and the ingredient to banana bread and banana cake – things I remember making and enjoying as a child with my mom and family.

  206. Loved my parents banana holder growing up. thought it was so cool!

  207. My dear Grandma B (Doris Bergman) was told long ago that she was low in potassium. Not one to slouch on her health, she decided to be proactive by eating 8 bananas a day from then on. Until her dying day in 1997, she consumed 8 bananas a day. I’m not kidding. In her last years the family started doing the shopping for her as she couldn’t muster up the energy to drag her little red wagon to the grocer any longer. And, since she bought so many bananas a week, it was getting harder and harder for her to drag them all back home. So, the family started doing it for her. When any one of us would start loading 56 bananas into our cart, employees would look at us and say, “You must be one of Doris’s family members.” She’d eat the darkest ones first for the greatest effect. When she died we decided to honor her memory at her funeral by handing out Chiquita’s to each person who came to bid farewell. While there were tears, there were many more giggles as each person un-peeled their banana and thought of my sweet and rich in potassium Grandma B.

  208. My freshman year at college, we would see how many different banana stickers we could collect.

  209. My girls use their bananas like a phone.

  210. Andrea Watts says:

    Watching the commercials with the cartoon lady lol!

  211. Tessa B. says:

    my little boy loves bananas. he insists on holding it himself and eats the whole thing. :)

  212. Singing the banana song .. Go bananas, go go bananas, Go bananas, go go bananas

  213. As so many others have said, my favorite memory is my children putting stickers all over themselves and laughing. :)

  214. Michelle says:

    Our daughter LOVES bananas!

  215. Valerie says:

    I always loved pretending to use the banana as a telephone!

  216. Michelle P. says:

    My girls love to peel the bananas themselves and I love to tell them that monkeys can peel bananas with their toes! :)

  217. Emily E says:

    As a child I just loved getting the chiquita sticker off of the bananas and putting it on my arm or face. lol! The lady with the fruit on her head was very exciting to me. :D

  218. My husbands Grandfather had a Chiquita lamp that he made for some salesmen in his son-in-laws office. It was quite unique and fun! We love bananas and all sorts of Chiquita produce. Blessings!

  219. I had a Chiquita banana soft doll when I was about 5. I remember dancing with the doll and singing the Chiquita banana song all through the house. I can still feel the warmth of the sun streaming into the living room and the background sound of my mom making dinner in the kitchen. Oh to be a carefree child singing and dancing!

  220. Elizabeth R says:

    I have always loved them on Cheerios and the stickers are fun, too.

  221. Cindy W says:

    Putting the stickers from the bananas on our noses while we ate the banana’s!!!!!!

  222. What a great idea… can’t wait to try.

  223. I go through bananas like crazy! My 18mo old loves bananas in his oatmeal and get so excited when I let him hold it to feed himself. Too cute.

  224. We use to make strawberry-banana smoothies. They were so good.

  225. Michelle Murphy says:

    I remember that my best friend growing up would always wear the stickers from her chiquita banana on her forehead after finishing it up, I think she still does at 25

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