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Festive Freebie V: The Simply Bar Giveaway–and Help Me Give Away Some Money!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

I decided to combine this week’s Festive Freebie with a different kind of giveaway–the charitable kind.  To find out about one of my long-time favorite snacks, The Simply Bar, as well as how you can help with my charitable donation, read on!

As I mentioned in the teaser post to this giveaway, I’ve been a fan of The Simply Bar for some time.  For many of us with dietary restrictions–and especially those who must stay away from refined sugars–The Simply Bar is a perfect snack.  It’s high protein (16 g per bar!), low calorie (all varieties are less than 160 calories), low fat, gluten free, grain free, vegan, and refined sugar free (agave-sweetened)–how’s that for a list of features?  Although I can’t indulge as I used to (agave is still a very-occasional treat for me), I am able to nibble a little bit here or there, and I know that the HH has been enjoying the bars as part of his on-the-go breakfasts at the office.

In addition, the company has prided itself on using real, natural ingredients, without any added fillers in their bars.  For example, the “Cocoa with Raspberry” flavor contains soy crisps (like rice crisps in texture and taste), organic agave nectar, organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa, raspberries, organic canola oil.”  Six ingredients–that’s it!

Needless to say, I was delighted when Cathy, the owner of the company, agreed to share some bars with a DDD reader for this giveaway.

The bars are crisp, chewy, and reminiscent of Rice Krispie treats in their crunch.  The package I received included all five flavors: Lemon Coconut, Cocoa Coffee, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cinnamon, the Cocoa Raspberry mentioned above, and the newest flavor, Caramel (in a snack-sized, 100-calorie “Simply Snack.”) 

[The Simply Protein Oatmeal, with water (and a touch of cinnamon) added.]

Another recently-introduced product is Simply Protein Oatmeal, an instant oatmeal (all you do is add hot water) with a protein boost of soy crisps and a light strawberry flavor.  The crisps added a novel chewy texture to the bowl of oats and I appreciated the 12 g of protein per 1/2 cup (120 ml) serving (wow!).  While I’m not likely to use the oatmeal myself (it’s sweetened with dehydrated maple syrup flakes, which I’m not allowed on the ACD right now; I’m more of a cooked, steel-cut oat kinda gal in any case), I do think it would provide a good quick breakfast for people who might otherwise turn to the instant stuff in pouches or the oats offered at (gasp!) Starbucks.

If you’re looking for a healthy, natural snack that’s low glycemic, high protein, and safe for most eaters, The Simply Bar is for you!

And when you enter to win the prize pack. . . you can help me donate to one of my favorite causes at the same time!

I’m combining this giveaway with a “comment drive” to help build a donation for one of my favorite charities, Second Harvest, which collects perishable food from around the city and redistributes it to those in need.  I outline my reasons for choosing Second Harvest here in the teaser post. Since I no longer own a bakery that can donate food directly, I’m donating funds instead. . . and every entry in this giveaway counts for 25 cents toward the donation.

So how easy is that? Leave a comment to enter the giveaway and it will automatically be counted toward the donation as well.  Everybody wins! (Open worldwide).

To enter to win a prize pack of Simply Bars and Simply Protein Oatmeal, just leave a comment below, telling me which flavor you’d like to try, or which is your favorite charitable cause.  

Next Tuesday, December 14 at midnight, I’ll choose a winner at random and will post the winner’s name the following day. The winner will be asked to contact me to claim her or his prize–I will not be emailing you. I’ll also count up the comments and, based on the number, will write a check to Second Harvest.  So spread the word, and good luck!  😀

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90 comments to Festive Freebie V: The Simply Bar Giveaway–and Help Me Give Away Some Money!

  • Cool giveaway! I would love anything chocolate flavor.

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  • I used to volunteer regularly for a few years at the local Second Harvest at my old town. I helped with the Back Pack Buddies program, sorting food, and in the office. It was a great experience. Once I get settled after my big move, I hope to volunteer for the local food pantry in my new city.

    Needless to say, I’m totally supportive of your Comment/Donation Drive!

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  • Anna

    Those bars sound delicious! And the oatmeal doesn’t look to shabby either! 🙂 That’s my 25 cents!

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  • I’ve never seen these before…now you’ve given me something new to beg my Whole Foods for. 🙂

    One of my favorite charities is Open Hands, which delivers meals to HIV-positive & AIDS patients, as well as seniors or shut-ins, in San Francisco.

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  • Kari

    Oh my gosh, looks delicious. Cocoa coffee. That’s one of my favorite combinations.

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  • Kim

    Chocolate w/ raspberry is always a winner in my book. I haven’t seen these bars before and I’m always scouting for something portable that’s ACD-friendly (that I don’t have to make myself, of course).

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  • I like to support the Grameen Foundation, who gives microfinance loans to women in developing countries. I also am a big fan of second harvest. Thank you for your great generosity!

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  • Sarah

    The cocoa raspberry sounds delicious

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  • Becca

    Oooh peanut butter chocolate is calling my name!

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  • T.

    Ah, lemon coconut, please. 🙂

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  • Mmmm those bars sound yummy and great ingredients list. I think cinnamon would be top of my list 🙂
    I’m so pleased there are these schemes around. I’m a student volunteer at the same type of thing over in Oxford, England and I agree it’s such a great cause.

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  • the bars sounds very interesting – I would probably love them but don’t tend to look very widely at these sort of bars – but even more I love your cash for comments – your choice of donation sounds like a deserving cause – we have a similar charity here called SecondBite that also does excellent work

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  • I’d go for the peanut butter chocolate, which is what I almost always go for when I have to make a choice between things among which peanut butter chocolate is an option. Mmm… peanut butter chocolate…

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  • They all sound so good but I think I’d like to try lemon coconut. 🙂

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  • Elizabeth

    Oh Yum! Those bars sound delicious. I always try to keep something in my purse as I am often stuck in traffic and in need of a healthy snack.

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  • I want to try the chocolate raspberry 🙂

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  • Great giveaway, Ricki! We have a branch of Second Harvest in Minnesota, too — my employer operates, among other things, a food shelf, and we get lots of stuff from them! They really do great work!

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  • Karen

    I love the generosity of this season! And this sounds like a wonderful cause. Now, as far as my fav flavour, how can you go wrong with chocolate and raspberry?!

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  • RachelBethany

    I think the Cocoa Coffee sounds great =) I work at an organization that benefits from Second Harvest and we really appreciate the cheap food with one caveat–so much of it is processed/unhealthy! Last week they came home with a van-load of eclairs and frozen egg burritos. As this is their primary food source it makes me wish for healthier donations

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  • Cherie

    I agree that this is such a great giveaway and like being able to do my part of the comment drive! As far as the bars go, I’d love to start with the peanut butter chocolate. Good luck to everyone and thanks Ricki!!

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  • Alex

    I’d really like to try the peanut butter chocolate bar; can’t go wrong with that combination!

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  • Marissa

    Peanut butter chocolate and cocoa raspberry both sound delicious!

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  • The peanut butter and chocolate flavour sounds delish!

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  • Melissa

    Cocoa Coffee… how could you go wrong with two of my favorite flavors combined!

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  • Ali

    The cinnamon sounds interesting – and anything with peanut butter or chocolate. Yummy!

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  • Second Harvest is my favourite charity! I’m so impressed with you and your generous giveaways!

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  • shamima

    Peanut butter chocolate is the bar that appeals to me the most!!

    I used to volunteer at Plan Canada and became a fan of the work they do. I also like Second Harvest and the Food Bank for what they do for those in need. It’s sad to think that individuals in our community could be going without food.

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  • Holy mole, get me one of those peanut butter chocolate Simply bars! Also, for a fantastic organization that feeds the hungry, look for your local Food Not Bombs! They are my favorite!

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  • OOHHHHH the pbchoc bars look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Neveen

    we always donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. As for the bars, do I have to pick just one? i want to try them all!

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  • Arielle

    oh my gosh, chocolate rasperry?! amazing!

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  • Elizabeth Pan

    My favourite charity is Farm Sanctuary!

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  • Nick

    Lemon coconut, all the way!

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  • I honestly don’t have a favourite charity…I’ve done lots of volunteer work with so many different organisations it’s hard to pinpoint…but I think the work I did with Hospice was the most rewarding. I would go visit shut-ins and terminally-ill people, and this was around the holidays. It can be a sad time for people when they are alone, and hungry to boot, so I liked being there and sometimes sharing a snack or cup of tea.
    Those bars sound scrummy, Ricki!

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  • marsha

    I havent seen these bars. Great flavors. I think St Jude is a great charity….as is anyone that helps kids.

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  • elaine

    thanks for hosting this giveaway! i’d love to try the Caramel!

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  • Bliss

    My vote is for caramel! Can’t wait until they expand to more stores in the US!

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  • Courtney

    I love Second Harvest–I have volunteered for them many times in the past. But my favorite charity is Share our Strength, which works to eliminate childhood hunger. Can I comment more than once to raise more money for Second Harvest?! Probably not 😉

    I would love to try the caramel flavor!

    Courtney

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  • I’m going to have to go with Lemon Coconut, because anything with coconut makes me swoon.
    And this is a great idea…Second Harvest is such a great cause. After working in a restaurant, I was always saddened by the large amounts of perfectly good food I was forced to throw away. I tried to convince the owner to donate it, but he didn’t want to be bothered with it.

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  • Lauren

    I’d love to try the peanut butter chocolate flavor, or the coffe, or the cinammon, basically any and all of them!!!

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  • Erica

    Second Harvest sounds like such a great organization. Kudos to you for your donations.

    My favorite charity is the Repeat Boutique (a second-hand store run by the hospital auxiliary – all the earnings go to buy new equipment for our local hospital), my mother volunteers there 4+ days a week and I go and help whenever I’m back home.

    As for trying a flavor of bar, I’d have to go with cocoa coffee – yum, mocha!

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  • Ava

    Anything with fruit sounds delicious!

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  • I would love to try the oatmeal…. Thanks for letting me know about these.

    Thank you also for linking up to the Gluten and Sugar Free linkys on my blog.

    I am following you as CandidaJourney on twitter and I also like you now on facebook.

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  • Sam

    Lemon Please 🙂

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  • These bars look scrumptious! As for charities – I find that I am always switching my focus on various causes, so it is hard to pick one. I will definitely look into Second Harvest based on your recommendation though.

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  • What an offer! All those flavors look good, but if I had to pick, the Cocoa Raspberry would be my first choice. Thanks for your donation for my simple comment!

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  • Debbie

    My teen daughter was recently diagnosed with MS and is on a gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free diet…the only bars she has found that she likes are larabars. She would be thrilled to try the cinnamon (can’t have peanuts or oats)!

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    Debbie, if she can have cocoa, she could enjoy the Cocoa Raspberry, too! 🙂

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  • Micco

    I’d try the caramel because vegan caramel options are very rare!

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  • Kelly Michelle

    I love this giveaway! When I was in school we had a service organization and we would rent a school bus and a bunch of us would go the local grocery store and pick up older food that was still good and drive it to a soup kitchen downtown. The soup kitchen couldn’t afford to pick it up and the grocery store was happy to donate but didn’t want to move it so we provided the middle service. It would take ages to move all that food too, the whole bus would be stacked to the ceiling, it’s nuts how much food gets wasted.

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  • Oh, definitely the peanut butter chocolate flavour! Best combo in the world 😉 And what a lovely, generous thing you’re doing. Hurrah!

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  • Chelsea

    These bars look absolutely incredible. I’ve never seen them in any of the natural food stores I usually visit, and I’d love to try them all! The peanut butter chocolate flavour would have to be my top pick though. It sounds SO yummy.

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  • Johanna Jabora-Scott

    Yay Second Harvest! What a great idea. My instinct would be to try the Cocoa Coffee, but I have heard Lemon Coconut is amazing!

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  • Regarding charities, The Hunger Project, Second Harvest, Willow Breast Cancer Support, Wellspring.
    I love Cathy’s Simply Bars. Hands down Cocoa Coffee is my favourite Simply Bar!

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  • Coconut and pineapple for me 🙂 I like donating to different entrepreneurs around the world through Kiva.

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  • i’ve heard such good things about these bars but never tried them! i’d be most inclined to try the chocolate peanut butter first… like anything else 🙂 great cause!!

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  • This is an excellent giveaway and I love that you’ve combined the donations with it. 🙂

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  • Lemon Coconut sounds delicious! I would love to try it!

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  • Laura

    I would love to try the coconut flavour mmmmmm. As far as giving back goes, I love helping hard of hearing and profoundly deaf children. Being hard of hearing myself and wearing hearing aids in both ears since the age of two, I understand how few resources are out there for children like that. Hearing aids are incredibly expensive (I just bought a new pair 3 years ago for $3000 and will have to replace them again in another 3 years). Believe it or not, but the BC Government never used to help pay or pay in full the cost of hearing aids. Now I believe, if the child has been diagnosed before the age of two, the hearing aids will be covered by the government. Helping parents afford to buy their kids the hearing aids they need and giving the kids a better quality of life is my goal.

    http://www.cad.ca/en/
    http://www.canadadon.com/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s10986

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  • I’ve never tried Simply Bars but the peanut butter chocolate flavour sounds like a winning combination. I love that the holiday season inspires so many to give more – to the ones they love or charities they respect.

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  • As a lover of all things coconut, I’d have to go for lemon-coconut. As for the charitable organization – Dago Dala Hera. It’s an orphanage in Kenya that I spent some time at last year. Still in my heart and always trying to find support. 🙂

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  • Peg

    I love this creative way of giving. One of my favorite organizations is Kiva.org. It is an amazing, community based way of helping people. I encourage everyone to open their hearts throughout the year as well as during the holidays.

    Thanks for the tips on the Simply Bars. I’m always looking for a high protein naturally sweetened bar. The cocoa with raspberry sounds divine!

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  • Please enter me! chocolate peanut butter is calling my name!

    My favorite charity is Underdog ResQ.. we rescue shelter dogs, often Pitbulls who are on death row, place them in foster homes and find forever homes for them. One dog at a time.

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  • Svitlana

    I’d love to try lemon coconut and chocolate raspberry. And I think my 2 y.o old would love the lemon coconut bar!

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  • Lemon coconut sounds awfully yummy!
    I contribute to a few causes on a regular basis, but my favorite group is called Women for Women. I’ve been sponsoring women through that program for about 5 years…

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  • Hi, Ricki! I haven’t tried these bars yet but think Cocoa Raspberry sounds divine. My favorite charity right now is Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry. Thanks for doing this.

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  • Rachel

    Would love To try!

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  • yay for your comment drive and raising money for a good cause. And the high protein bars sound like fantastic snacks.

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  • Ashley

    I love that it’s for such a wonderful cause! Oh, and I would love to try the cocoa coffee bar! =)

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  • I would love to try the Caramel 🙂
    This is an amazing thing you are doing!!

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  • moonsword

    The caramel bar sounds perfect for a cold blizzardy night.
    My favorite charity is the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee which provides acres and acres of nature preserved for rescued and retired elephants.

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  • Lauren

    As others have said, I’d like to try caramel, since as a vegan I sometimes wonder if I still know exactly what caramel tastes like.

    My favorite place to help out locally is a women’s shelter supported by a thrift store staffed by volunteers. For something on the opposite end of the scale, I really like UNICEF. I’m also impressed by groups like Farm Sanctuary who are filling needs most people don’t even realize exist. Second Harvest is another great one – thanks for doing this!

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  • “In addition, the company has prided itself on using real, natural ingredients, without any added fillers in their bars. For example, the “Cocoa with Raspberry” flavor contains soy crisps (like rice crisps in texture and taste), organic agave nectar, organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa, raspberries, organic canola oil.” Six ingredients–that’s it!

    SOY CRISPS! has the world gone mad? I appreciate that these bars only have a few ingredients in them, but they are a few, highly processed ingredients.”

    Soy crisps – a bean that is only truly digestible when fermented, is processed into a crisp?
    Canola oil – oil that is high in inflammation promoting omega 6, processed from rapeseeds and should only be eaten raw.
    Agave syrup – the sugars of the agave cactus without the natural brake of fibre, controversy rages about whether it is low or high GI.
    Brown Rice syrup – sugars inherent in rice – highly processed, super high GI, even though it’s brown rice!

    Only six ingredients? Whatever happened to the good old nut and fruit bars of my childhood made entirely from nuts and dried fruit? I’d rather have a bar of dark chocolate than one of these!

    Sorry for the rant, but it’s that time of the month and my natural censor has been overridden. x x x

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    Ricki Reply:

    My response to this comment is posted here.

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  • Pauline

    Peanut butter chocolate would have to be my poison! It sounds delicious! 😛

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  • […] you haven’t already, please stop by my friend Ricki’s blog and leave a comment on this post.  She’ll be giving a donation to Second Harvest for every comment left.  What a great way […]

  • Definitly the Cocoa Coffee… anything to fuel my coffee addiction 🙂
    In my city, my fave is YESS, the Youth Emerengy Shelter Society. If i have extra money laying around it goes to them.

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  • Cee

    Lemon Coconut sounds INCREDIBLE! As for my favorite within my city, I’d have to go with Second Harvest Foodbank. Thank you!

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  • Peanut butter chocolate or chocolate raspberry… both very cose contenders for preference!
    I’m currently involved in a charity called Charlie’s Angels Horse Rescue, which is a south-east Queensland based charity involved in horse rescue and finding forever homes for unwanted horses, as well as trying to change policy and increase social awareness regarding the horse slaughter business in Australia.

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  • Andrea

    I think the Lemon Coconut sounds really yummy and refreshing. This is a great giveaway resulting in giving to charity too. What an awesome idea. Thanks! 🙂

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  • […] all of the fun stuff.  GFE has great holiday events, Ricki has a great bar give away and wonderful comment drive for a good […]

  • Andrea

    I’d most like to try the peanut butter chocolate bar…. as someone who is gluten-free, dairy-free, and low sugar, these look really intriguing. I’m always on the lookout for new bars that I can carry around/keep in my desk at work, especially ones with a high protein content!

    -Andrea
    skidownthehill at yahoo dot com

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  • My favorite charity is currently the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

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  • J. Cole

    Lemon coconut. I love coconut.

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  • Carman

    Lemon coconut, definitely.

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  • Claire S

    Oohhh the coffee cocoa bar sounds yummy!

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  • Betsy

    I agree….the coffee cocoa bar!

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  • Jillian R

    Coffee cocoa?! Hold me back!!

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