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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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Cara Goedecke says …

I think anything added to chocolate is amazing, but just for kicks how about a chocolate with hazelnut chocolate bar.

Kristin says …

Pumpkin!

April says …

I can't say that I've been too inventive with these creations... but I've definitely made chocolate covered Twizzlers before - they're pretty delicious!

Caitlin Kelly says …

I'd add peanut butter, hazelnut and banana!

susan holaday says …

How about Acai?

Laura says …

I absolutely LOVE LOVE this idea!!! As a mother who is very mindful of giving my children healthy meals and snacks...and a woman who LOVES chocolate;) , this quinoa chocolate bar has my approval. What a wonderful feeling being able to hand them this treat and smile knowing that their little bodies are being fed such simple but sweet ingredients. This bar has the power to enhance a parent child relationship in one single bite;) no joke!!

katherine says …

I think orange is an under-used flavor in chocolate confections- that's what I'd add to my bar.

Nicole Federica says …

Well, I think everything is made better with chocolate but I'm a big fan of texture and contrast! Coconut and Himalayan Pink Salt would be a great bar!

Lindsay says …

I think adding pretzels to a chocolate bar would be amazing. There is nothing better than the sweet and salty combination!

bigchiefster says …

Pecans and cranberries for fall. Yum!

Kelly D. says …

I would add roasted seaweed to chocolate. I think the saltyness of the seaweed would contrast well with the sweetness of the chocolate.

Andrew Rustad says …

Ginger & wasabi. Not sure if I'd actually like it, but I'd definitely give it a try.

MICHELE says …

I LOVE adding all sorts of peppers to my chocolate! Cayenne or black or... the list is long!

Kayla says …

Mmm, a quinoa choclate bar sounds GREAT just the way it is :D I would probably add goji berries.

Irene says …

Almonds!

Amber Stevens says …

I think quinoa in a chocolate bar sounds great! Cranberries, hickory roasted almonds, pistachios, cherries... Just about anything is good with chocolate!

Fat Tomato says …

toffee and biscuits

Alina says …

A light touch of vanilla flavor would go really well with chocolate. Add some raisins and you're good to go.

Gary J says …

It is not such much what I would add as subtract - which is sugar. Add a substitute like Maltitol.

Rachel says …

I would add friend cranberries and almonds...and a little sea salt!

Ally says …

I would kind of like to put (vegetarian) bacon bits in my chocolate bar. I think the salty taste would go really well with the smooth chocolate!

Melissa says …

I love peanut butter and chocolate together!!!

Wehaf says …

I think a poppy seed paste filling would be amazing with a milk chocolate bar!

Tuna says …

Do you really have to ask, really, choc covered bacon, next is fish and I think thats just a bit to far. If you knew me...I could eat a pound of chocolate a day, now that I am an old 56, I have cut back to a bar a day. I read the below and the seaweed is the only one I have not eaten, different for a salt additive. Orange and ginger are some of my favorites, but sweet potatoes ??? popped berries, popped grains.

Billie Jean says …

I think that some goji berries, cashews and maybe some golden berries, and dried mulberries would be great!

beth m. says …

How about adding wheat bran?? probably can't taste it and it's good for you

Alex Zornizer says …

I love these quinoa chocolate bars! They just might be my favorite. I would love to taste a chocolate bar that has Fernet Branca (my favorite liquer) in it. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Dana Marie says …

Pistatios!!

Sharon Sebor says …

It's not new - but coffee beans/espresso!

Cara says …

Candied pecans! I can easily find chocolate with peanuts, almonds, and even macadamia nuts or pistachios... but never pecans!

Steph says …

I'd love to try ginger and orange peel in good dark chocolate.

Kay says …

Prunes! The most underrated of all dried fruits in my opinion :)

David Alter says …

other crazy things I would add to a dark chocolate bar would be Matcha green tea mochi, Red Maca powder malt balls, cinnamon brown sugar ginger cardamon fennel pistachio/pecans, cayenne pepper maple tempeh bacon bits, and of course pink himalayan sea salt caramel gluten-free waffle cone & almond pieces. And my last name is Alter so I think I should work for your Alter Eco!

Laurie says …

What about adding vitamins to chocolate bars - just to make them extra healthy.

Gena Edgar says …

Coconut and chopped hazelnuts or bee pollen and honey. Yum How about rose and ginger. Double yum! yep rose and ginger is number 1

Glenn Ibarra says …

organic gummy bears

Becca says …

I have tried every flavor in the Alter Eco brand EXCEPT this quinoa flavor. I am a big fan of chocolate, i even use cocoa butter as lotion. ;) The smell,taste,textures....... Crispy wafers with creamy white chocolate filling covered with crushed hazelnuts;outer shell of "bar" would be dark chocolate. I want to try 100% coconut sugar blended with this one. As allergen friendly,all natural as possible would be a bonus.(gluten-free wafers,soy-free).

Maryann D. says …

I would add fruit or anything to chocolate. I love it.

Lauren says …

Popcorn or caramel corn or....half popped kernels. Mmmm.

Margie Kairis says …

I think millet might be interesting, I like nutty-tasting grains with chocolate :)

Meg T says …

I think sunflower seeds would be amazing with chocolate!

Brent says …

Mmmmmmm, quinoa sized toasted hazelnut pieces!!!!!!

Martita Martinez says …

Given that I have two little toddlers who love chocolate, I would add...spinach! They love Spinach when it's blended in food. And maybe changing the label to a more kid friendly one ;-)

Anita Arnold says …

I would add a hint of Chlorella to pack in some awesome nutrients like vitamin B12 and protein (as if quinoa isn't enough, right). Also, for flavoring, I would add some almonds, pecans or sunflower seeds. heck! throw all of the nuts and seeds in. It'll be yummy!

Diana says …

Delicious and organic, what else can you ask?

lynne.wells says …

I would add simply myself, family and friends :-D

Eileen says …

Fill the chocolate with guava puree and sprinkle cheese on top. It sounds crazy but it's DELICIOUS!!

deb says …

I'd like to find a way to put popcorn in a chocolate bar. Growing up, a friend of mine, her family, would have movie night with popcorn a large chocolate bar that they would pass around. I thought it was really odd until I tried it and it was great!

Katherine d says …

hmmm i think peppercorn in chocolate would be nutty katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

Drema Lopez says …

This quinoa bar sounds perfect, but what about adding sea salt. For the sweet and salty we all love. And you can never go wrong with peanut butter!

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