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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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Liz says …

Pomegranate would be good. But I also like the idea of cranberries.

Tasha Keyes says …

Coffee chips would be a great addition to the Eco Dark Chocolate Bar. I would also like almonds and cranberries or blueberries! Yum.

Julie says …

A little bit of pepper to spice it up!

Carmine R Forcinito says …

Great

Carmine says …

Great

Irene Snyder says …

I would add cashew butter.

Jennifer Torres says …

I think for fall pomegranate seeds would be good in chocolate! I've also been trying hemp seeds and chia seeds lately and they would be a great addition of nutrition for the yummy chocolate bars! What if you used a "hidden" vegetable like spinach or squash or beet powder? The chocolate bar would be "dressed up" in disguise for Halloween!

Leigh says …

I'd add dried cranberries and pecans! As long as it's chocolate..it's good!

Kristin Lockwood says …

Would love to try the Quinoa Bar!

Brittany Hayward says …

This sounds delicious! Would love to try! A combo of Chocolate and Peanut Butter is sent from the gods, that might be interesting!

DARA says …

organic/non gmo corn chips!

Crispin Cider says …

Fig and ginger!

Kristen Tourville says …

Inspired by a recent Mexican dish I had, I would do a roasted almond and dried fruit chocolate bar spiked with black or chipotle pepper!

ruth barlow says …

good good good yummy

M. Wyatt says …

Quinoa & chocolate is a fantastic idea. I would do a pepitas, sea salt and toffee/caramel chocolate bar--a taste of fall!

Taylor says …

I think this is a great idea! Adding nuts such as almonds might be good too!

Taylor says …

I think this is a great idea! Adding nuts such as almonds might be good too!

Bridget B says …

I would add in lavender and vanilla beans to my chocolate!

Tamara Morgan says …

I would add Popcorn!

Dennis Rund says …

Definitely adding bacon and/or nuts would be great for me. :)

Martinique says …

Just about anything would be good. Candied pineapple & ginger would be yummy

Tara says …

pumpkin seeds : )

Lynne C says …

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE. Help me become that good friend with chocolate. I will share with everyone! when the going gets tough, the tough eat CHOCOLATE!

kathy chandler says …

Yum!

Rachel R Sommers says …

Peppermint candy-cane chunks. Peppermint and chocolate always go together well!

Rebecca Rouse says …

Cherimoya!! I had this delicious fruit for the first time recently during a visit to Santiago, Chile. The fruit has a lightly sweet caramel-like flavor and would be a wonderful compliment to a dark chocolate.

Louanne Kelley says …

I LOVE quinoa! & chocolate! what an awesome combination this is!

Tony Nixon says …

Love it! Want it! Can't live without it!

Steven says …

Peanuts, pretzels and golden raisins

Lauren Taylor says …

Tumeric and manuka honey, with flecks of Nettle leaves. It would be a powerhouse of benefits if you could make it taste good.

Caitlin Foster says …

I want a breakfast smoothie chocolate bar: oats, bananas/strawberries, dark chocolate, and almond butter or sea salt for a hint of sweet & salty. Mmmm, chocolate.

Yvonne Kaufman says …

I would add peanut butter chips, raspberries and pretzel pieces to a chocolate bar.

Michelle Thomas says …

I'd add a bit of spice in the form of a tiny flare of poblano pepper -- mild, but just enough excitement to shake up the tastebuds!

Jordy says …

Hmm a dream chocolate bar, how about a fluffernutter inspired bar. Dark chocolate, peanut butter and fluffy marshmallow. And heck lets add in some almonds just for kicks!

kenway ng says …

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Leanne says …

I would add pretzels or popcorn for a salty and sweet treat.

Lisa says …

I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds to me like the chocolate can stand on its own. I wouldn't mess with a good thing.

Chris says …

vegetarian bacon would be great in chocolate!!!

franny says …

pumpkin seeds

Michele says …

Mmmmm ...... What a treat to have a nice crunch to chocolate. Being Celiac chocolate rarely has great add-ins. Quinoa sounds amazing but i would add Gluten Free Pretzels and all kinds of nuts as well. Yummy!!!!

Jenn says …

Saltine crackers! I sometimes eat them with a bite of chocolate at the same time. Crunchy, salty goodness.

Denise B says …

I love chocolate and can imagine anything with chocolate being amazing.....that being said, would love to see crushed spicy tortilla chips in a bar of chocolate - the sweet/savory and spicy flavors would be amazing! Denise

Laura Bingham says …

potato chips! or dried cherries :]

Jason Predick says …

Hazelnuts and Walnuts!

Jon Adan says …

Love the naturalness to the ingredients. Better Halloween bar to be handing out too.

Ken Hanawalt says …

Ah, the exquisite pleasure of dark chocolate, that touch of bitter, splash of sweet, how can one improve it? Peanuts and cashews are a bit passe, although crunchy peanut butter would tempt me. How about raisins? Or maybe those little shriveled up cranberries? I believe I would not be disappointed, but elated, as I sip cold almond milk between exquisite nibbles...it would last a longer that way. As George Takei would say, "Ohh, MYYYY!!!"

Patricia says …

Quinoa + cocoa sounds really exciting! i love to try new AND healthy products! you rock whole foods!

Janice C Sabella says …

Exciting concept! Sustainability promotes good economies, health styles, and farm fresh tastes. I would add chopped brasil nuts and dried fruits!

Stephanie says …

No, it not a crazy idea. I love quinoa! I can't wait for you guys to experiment with Pomengrate & Cherries as ingredient :)

Clark says …

Bacon. That would be good. Or how about some kind of hard cheese like parmesean. That'd probably be gross. Nevermind. Whole cloves might be good.

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