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Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar

At Whole Foods Market®, we love sharing good food and drink. Whether it’s peak-of-the-season fruit, a team member creation from our bakery, or a new grocery discovery, we love celebrating great flavors and products. But we don’t just want to tell you about it; we want you to enjoy it too, which is why we’re giving it away! Read on to find out how you could win some free stuff. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Sara M. from Virginia!

Halloween is just three weeks away and with supermarket store shelves stocked with sugary delights, this fact is hard to ignore. It’s also hard to ignore the ingredient lists of candy classics, chock full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives and more. 

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Quinoa BarI love that Whole Foods Market offers other options for trick-or-treaters and Halloween revelers, or straight-up chocolate lovers, like the delicious Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar.  This six-ingredient wonder (Cacao beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, quinoa-rice crisps (quinoa, rice and sugar), vanilla beans) offers an update to a childhood favorite.  It’s got a satisfying crispy crunch and is Fair Trade certified and organic to boot. 

From the Royal Quinoa harvested in the Bolivian Andes to the Amazon-grown and Swiss-made dark chocolate to the unrefined Mascobado cane sugar from the Philippines, every ingredient in this simply delicious chocolate bar is chosen with care and concern for the environment and the communities producing these products.  Alter Eco is committed to the small farmers and their families who grow their products, and as such have developed an extensive auditing process for all of their growers to ensure fair wages, good working conditions and hours, and opportunities for economic growth and development. (You can read more about the Alter Eco story in this blog post from last May.)

So, at this point, I know you absolutely can’t wait to get your hands on this amazing chocolate bar and guess what, you’re just in luck!  If quinoa in a chocolate bar sounds a little “nutty”, tell us what other crazy thing you’d add to a chocolate bar. Share your ideas in the comments below by Friday, October 19th.  We’ll pick a winner at random to receive a case of Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars (that’s a total of 48 bars!).

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends October 19, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Amanda Pena says …

I'd make a chocolate ginger bar. So delicious!

Deidre says …

Cayenne Pepper, love that Sweet Spicy combo & it helps speed up your motabolism

kathy butz says …

I am excited to try it!! we love your chocolate..... real is the only way to eat chocolate. thank you thank you...fingers crossed...

Selene says …

I love the quinoa chocolate bars already, though I wish they were at least 70% (instead of only 60%). I would add higher cacao content, and then--pomegranate! Yum!

bitt says …

I like dried mulberries in my chocolate.

Jenny says …

Since Fall is upon us I would love a mixture of pumpkin and chocolate with spices. The Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar sounds fantastic!

meredith says …

bacon and maple!

Anna L says …

Best addition to chocolate is caramel and sea salt. * Drooling like Homer Simpson*

Alisha says …

I'd add any type of berry.

jule says …

My absolute favorite is anything with marzipan in it but to get a little funky, I would add lemon zest, orange peel, and candied pecans for a fresh summer, sunshine bar. But these sound A-mazing!!!!! As a comfessed chocoholic, I'm not sure how long 48 bars would actually hold me over :)

Kerri says …

I'd add Aleppo chili pepper--I love spicy dark chocolate.

Melanie Leik says …

I'm so going to buy this, what a cool concept. I'd love to see a roasted, salted pinon chocolate bar.

Sandra says …

This sounds absolutely yum! I'd add pistachos and coconut to a chocolate bar.

Colleen C says …

Sounds delicious! My first choice would be to take a cue from Mexican hot chocolate and add hot peppers...though I see someone else already suggested pepper. I also think you can't go wrong with macadamia nuts, and maybe coconut.

Paper Honey says …

Any of the following: sriracha sause spicy potato chips

Christie Roy says …

I think dried cranberries and toasted almonds would go great with a dark chocolate bar.

Julia says …

I believe a dark chocolate (about 65% cocoa content spiced with pumpkin or chai, studded with crystallized ginger, pecans, chia seeds and some puffed amaranth would be delicious! A fall/winter delight.

Marilyn says …

chia seeds or hemp seeds?

Jackie says …

The alter-eco-organic-dark-chocolate-quinoa-bar will definitely be on my shopping list! I love texture! I will melt it down and dip fruit in it!

Anna says …

I would add raisins and roasted peanuts.

Susan S says …

Dried apricots and dried cherries sounds amazing!

Kirstin Rudd says …

I love dark chocolate with bacon!

Kirstin says …

Chocolate with chia seeds would be awesome!

Petra Winters says …

I'd add vanilla sugar. I used to get it from my grandmother in Germany and recently found it at a local Asian market. My mother would add it to recipes all the time and it was delicious!

Susan Christy says …

I love toffee in my chocolate.

Kate in Maine says …

I'd add organic Maine wild blueberries and organic walnuts, yum!

Rose says …

cinnamon chips

Rose says …

candied orange peel

Rose says …

candied fennel

Hether Nabors says …

I would add raw cashews! Yum!

Rose says …

roasted salted chopped chickpeas

Rose says …

teeny mochi balls

Robert Kohn says …

Coffee beans!

Adrienne says …

Classic potato chips

cindy says …

You can't go wrong with dark chocolate!!! Coconut & almonds???

Debbie says …

I vote for chocolate nibs.

Ttrockwood says …

I would add Sunflower seeds, or hemp seeds

Pj Richa says …

Chocolate covered mochi

Monique Avakian says …

I had this bar on vacation, and I can not wait to eat another one! The quinoa was so light and crispy -- just divine! Something else to add to your chocolate bar: POETRY or poetry prompts, which I would be happy to write for you. See NY Times article on me, the Romance Poet http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/nyregion/how-do-i-love-thee-valentine-let-a-paid-poet-count-the-ways.html

Beth G says …

Blueberry, or ginger, or mint, or basil, or chilies. There are some many good options! Perhaps adding marshmallow to the quinoa bar could make it into a s’more type alternative.

melissa lucia says …

I would try chia seeds! Add a little crunch and a lot of nutrition!

nik says …

Lentils, maybe with cinnamon and curry flavors. Protein punch with spicy chocolatey goodness. :)

Lily Kwan says …

I would add avocado.

Amber l says …

Sounds really good I have to give this a try

Heidi says …

I love chocolate and banana flavors together. Yum!

Brendalee says …

Mmm. Sugar pumpkin or butternut squash chocolate truffles sound like something that could be pretty interesting! And perhaps not overly healthy, but bacon bits might be a fun addition to a chocolate bar! Ginger, hmmm...maybe crystallised ginger bits? might be nice. Ooh, now I want to come up with a pumpkin/candied ginger/dark chocolate something-or-other! Dark chocolate is always a favorite in my house! My fiance is also a fan of hot peppers, so I'm thinking of making him some kind of chili chocolate bar as part of his Christmas stocking. :) I used to be a big fan of 'crisped rice' chocolate bars, so this dark chocolate quinoa bar sounds very tasty!

B. JOHNSON-CAUSE says …

Since becoming a grandparent, I've become more conscious of the foods choices I make. I try to steer clear of as many artificial sweeteners and colors as possible, but it's difficult. You're right, putting a "pseudocereal" in chocolate bars does sound a bit nutty to me, but if it's better for my grandson I'd like to try it this Halloween. My first choice would be substituting the usual raisins in a candy bar for dried cranberries.

Rose says …

chopped roasted & salted chickpeas

Rose says …

cardamon and candied rose petals

Rose says …

crushed handmade black and white sesame seed brittle

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