BRIEFS Wild Watermelon Kiwi and Raspberry Reaction are additions to the long list of Kool-Aid flavors. The flavors are available in stores nationwide. Suggested retail price is 25 cents for the unsweetened envelope and $3 for the sugar-sweetened canister.

SlimFast is giving consumers more snacks to choose from. The SlimFast Snack Options Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich, Low Fat Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich and Chocolate Fudge Bar are the first ice cream snack options to be part of the SlimFast plan. The snacks are marketed by Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream and are available in packs of six for $4.80 for the sandwiches and $4 for the fudge bars. Single-serve SlimFast Chocolate Fudge Bars will be sold for $1 in freezer cabinets.

Free stuff

Because fresh Supersweet corn is in the supermarket most of the year, from October to July, a new leaflet offers a variety of serving ideas. Recipes include Crunchy Supersweet Corn Salad, Roasted Supersweet Succotash and Hickory Broiled Supersweet Corn. The leaflet also provides nutrition information and helpful tips on selecting and storing fresh corn. To order, send a self-addressed, business-sized, stamped envelope to: Fresh Supersweet Corn Council, 7 Ways for 7 Days, 49 East 21 Street, Eighth Floor, New York, NY 10010.

'Eat your colors every day'

The hues of good health: white, yellow-orange, red, green and blue-purple. Each color represents a category of beneficial nutrients, says the Produce for Better Health Foundation.


Eat five colorful fruits and vegetables a day, using this Web site -- -- as your spiritual guide with its "eat your colors every day" rallying cry. It's a novel way to raise your consciousness where nutrition is concerned.

Create a spice blend contest

McCormick's is searching for America's newest spice blend. A $10,000 grand prize will be awarded to the person who creates the most innovative and delicious spice blend. In addition, the grand prize winner will have his or her blend produced and sold with name recognition on the bottle. Four runners-up will each receive $500 and a customized spice rack. Submit entries on-line or by U.S. mail. All entries must be postmarked by May 15. Finalists will be notified around June 30. To receive official contest rules and an entry form, go on-line at or call (800) 623-5847.

Monthly wine dinners planned

The Austin Holiday Inn and Conference Center will be hosting a series of monthly wine dinners. The first is scheduled for Friday. Each month the entrees and the wines will change.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list for these events, call the inn's catering office at 507-433-7921, extension 3.

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