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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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Laura F says …

I love the whole salty-sweet craze, and I used to eat peanut butter & dill pickle sandwiches when I was little, so maybe some peanut butter, salt & dill? I know, weird!

Carol Glab says …

Nothing like a graham cracker with a piece of chocolate to make you smile.

Gail Hradek says …

Dates and figs!!

Leta says …

I think caramel and rock salt are great in dark chocolate

Mikki Aronoff says …

I can't resist anything with dried, toasted chile ancho in it, especially if chocolate's involved (hint, hint)!

Michael Sing says …

I love Chocolat now Quinoa yummie !

Amber Magness says …

I LOVE chocolate!!!! I make currants, coconut, & pecans to raw chocolate bars I make at home!

Jordan Segal says …

I think that you should make your dark chocolate bar with a thin layer of raw honey and almonds or peanuts

Vladi says …

Anything with chocolate is yummy. It would be great to have a bar with real ingredients, which is, as you've pointed out, hard to find. Banana - not the oversweet bananas, but nice real flavor ones. Coconut and banana or coconut and orange sounds lovely.

Emorie Beck says …

>60% dark chococlate with sea salt and caramel! You can only find it at Trader Joes, but I'd like to be able to get it elsewhere, too!

Nicole Callen says …

I'd add sprouted buckwheat:)

Katie says …

Does this mean I get to count my chocolate intake as protein.....?

Sam says …

The quinoa crisps sound pretty awesome.... I'd leave those in and add some dried tart cherries!! And of course, a little sea salt. ALWAYS add a little sea salt to dark chocolate! ;-)

Hong Mu says …

Love the idea of using quinoa crisps! The texture will be so much fun for the season.

Kimberly French says …

Orange. Mint. Almonds. Cashews. Peanut butter. Any of the above. Probably not all together, though!

phil elsesser says …

I can't wait to try one! This seems to be the perfect creation to satisfy the tastes of both myself and my wife. Happier Halloween to all.

Kim French says …

Orange. Mint. Almonds. Cashews. Any of the above. Probably not all together, though!

Samirah says …

Sounds YUMMY! You can send a few my way. I'll buy some for the kids and enjoy another excuse to indulge. :) When I was a kid, I would crumble up cereal and make a chocolate-marshmallow-cereal bar (kind of like a rice crispy treat). I love crunch!

Janna says …

I would love to try one with pistachios added. Yum!

Lorraine Miller says …

Yummy!

Rachel Harper says …

Dark chocolate with mint is my absolute favorite! But a chocolate bar with marshmallows sounds pretty good. Vegan marshmallows, of course. :)

Vicki Byrum says …

will try it

lorraine miiller says …

Yummy! I love it.

lorraine miiller says …

Yummy! I love it.

Marlena says …

Han Solo. No wait, he gets added to carbonite. I'd add organic coconut and espresso.

Alex Brown says …

Pecans!

Cori says …

Inspired by the Bolivian Quinoa, I would add some cumin and maybe even some paprika for a bite. Both spices are also grown in Bolivia.

Marina says …

Cinnamon and Ginger would be great! The cinnamon would enhance the ginger and elevate the chocolate to wonderful new heights!

Michelle says …

If I could combine chocolate in every meal, I would. But my favorite chocolate depends on the time of year. I love chocolate with cinnamon and nutmeg in the fall, chocolate with peppermint in the winter, chocolate with almonds in the spring and chocolate with sea salt or orange in the summer. And let me just note that by "chocolate" I mean extra dark, rich, smooth chocolate. Yummmm!

Juliann Goldman says …

Oooh! A contest designed with me in mind! I am still in awe of my husband who ordered 20 different dark chocolate bars for me for Mother's Day!! How about something savory!! There are "Mayan" style bars that have a kick of hot pepper. I don't think the Indian subcontinent eats a lot of chocolate, but how about a chaat masala or curry flavor?

miri patej says …

mmmm.....

Margaret P says …

I'm seconding the pumpkin comment. It's October and I am completely down for that!

Sharon says …

How about chia and acai.

Mel says …

Dried figs. Almonds & caramel. Cranberries & walnut....

Ann Chan says …

Love quinoa and chocolate. Cannot wait to try the two together! Sign me up to win a case"!

Ann Chan says …

Love quinoa and chocolate. Cannot wait to try the two together! Sign me up to win a case"!

Andrea says …

chocolate and bananas!!!!

Teresa Miller says …

That sounds amazing.

s.j.bergeron says …

quinoa sounds fantastic, i'd also add dried cherries or raw pumpkin seeds!

Daria Faulkner says …

roasted watermelon seeds they taste great and I bet will add a nice roasty, semi-nutty, dark breadable note to a not very sweet chocolate

s.j.bergeron says …

quinoa sounds fantastic, i'd also add dried cherries or raw pumpkin seeds!

Edie Lamphere says …

Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars are so yummy!!!!!!

Laura says …

I'd add pecans and sea salt. yummy!

Chelsea Friedman says …

I would definitely add pomegranate! Chocolate and pomegranate is too good!

Edie Lamphere says …

cranberrys

Edie Lamphere says …

cranberry's

Lisa Rollins says …

how about some habanero chocolate? what a kick that would be. I love spicy chocolate!

Jaimie Fournier says …

I would like to try blueberries and cashews in my dark chocolate. However, I prefer my plain dark chocolate bar, as I can be a bit of a purest.

Cheryl Kisow says …

I love the dark chocolate quinoa bar - smooth, delightful and yes, very very satisfying - had to eat the whole thing!

Sandra Hollingbery says …

I would add pumpkin butter to my chocolate bar!

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