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Win a Hungry recipe book

Pancake Tuesday, our favourite day of the year. A day when frying up lots of batter, smothering it with sticky toppings and boasting about how many you ate is totally acceptable.

To celebrate, we're giving away a copy of our Hungry recipe book. Tell us your favourite pancake topping in the comments below and we'll pick a winner at the end of the day.

This competition is now closed. The winner is Sheila Walsh.

Hungry book

For the day that's in it, here's our surfer's pancake recipe straight from the book.

surfers pancake recipe

Juicy mocktails

After a lot of grey skies and drizzle, the sun is finally out.

So dust off the deckchairs, mow the lawn and clean up the BBQ in preparation for basking in the garden with friends, a refreshing drink and a pink and black sausage or two.

We’ve been busy in the kitchen, mixing up some very special mocktails, just perfect for those long hot summer days. They’re healthy, taste delicious and are really easy to make. Leaving you more time to work on your tan/power wash the patio.

Sister Citrus

Serves 6

What you’ll need

• A 900ml bottle of innocent orange juice (with bits or smooth, depending on your OJ preference)

• 4 clementines

• Freshly squeezed lime juice to taste

• Slice of lime to decorate

• 1 hammock (optional)

How to make it:

Cut the clementines in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Next, pop some ice into a big glass jug and pour in the orange juice. Add the clementine juice to the jug, squeeze in as much lime as you like and give everything a good stir. Then pour into nice glasses, garnish with a slice of lime, kick back in your hammock and enjoy

Apple do nicely

Serves 6

What you’ll need

• A 900ml bottle of innocent apple juice

• A punnet of raspberries, washed

• A small handful of fresh mint, finely chopped

• A few sprigs of fresh mint to garnish

How to make it:

Pop the raspberries into a bowl and mash into a mushy puree using a fork. Next, pop some ice into a big glass jug and pour in the apple juice. Add the raspberry puree and chopped mint to the jug and mix it all together. Then pour into tall glasses, adorn with a sprig of mint and sip daintily.

Let us know how you get on. Tweet us your sunshine photos to @innocentIreland or post them to facebook.

Innocent juicy mocktails

Cherry good

We haven’t made a new kids smoothie recipe for a while, but we think this one was worth waiting for. Combining the delicate taste of cherry with a sweet, jammy strawberry-packed punch, it’s one of our most refreshing recipes yet and perfect for quenching your thirst after a game of mini-golf in the park. And just like all of our drinks, it contains real, pure fruit and no rubbish whatsoever. It’s cherry cherry good (sorry) and on the shelves in selected Dunnes and Tesco stores now.

To celebrate we're giving away a case of our new smoothie. To win write your answer to this question in the comments below: Name a county in Ireland that rhymes with cherry. We'll pick the winner from a hat. Good luck.

This competition is now closed.

Congratulations Sinead C, you've won a case of cherries & strawberries smoothies for kids. We'll send you an email.

Super slimmer

Back in 2009, changes at our factory meant that our little smoothie bottle had to go from 17g to 23g. Our packaging team worked hard to get the weight down to 20g in 2010, but getting back to 17g proved really difficult (it’s always the last few grams that are the hardest to shift).

17g-bottle

So now, we're happy to announce that we’ve finally cracked it, and after a strict January detox and countless lunges and squats, our little bottle is back down to 17g and looking great. We're always looking for way to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging, and lightweighting is one of the best ways we can do this. By stripping 15% off the weight of this bottle, we’ll save around 300 tonnes of carbon in 2012. Nice work Team Packaging.

Flies beware

Animals don't eat it; it eats animals. And the odd human if the films are to be believed.

But whatever the truth, there's no doubt that the venus fly trap is a plant to be feared. Especially if you're a fly or a spider.

The trap is triggered by tiny little hairs on the inner surface of the plant. If a prospective meal wanders in and stumbles over a couple of these hairs, it snaps shut, trapping its prey inside. The plant then begins to produce special acids which kill and digest its lunch. And if the little fellow tries to escape, the trap just closes tighter and digests it even faster. There really is no escape.

Once it's finished eating, the trap reopens ready for the next unsuspecting victim. Each individual trap on the plant can only operate 3 or 4 times, after which it photosynthesises like a normal leaf or withers and dies.

But that's enough from us. Here's David Attenborough wearing a nice shirt to show us exactly how it works:

And what's more, for the next month or so you could win one of these wonders of nature with our kids juicy drink. All you have to do to be in with a chance is to enter the special code from promotional packs in the gang's garden. Just make sure you take your umbrella.

KJD venus fly trap pack