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August 31, 2014

barkTHINS

by Anne Paddock

Who doesn’t love chocolate bark – thick slabs of chocolate blended with nearly anything edible – fruit, nuts, candy, and more? The combination of flavors – sweet and salty – and textures – creamy, crunchy, and chewy make chocolate bark irresistible. By it’s very nature, chocolate bark is chunky making the confection a bit tricky to eat unless the choice is barkTHINS – perfectly portioned, thin slivers of fair-trade certified chocolate crammed full of wholesome non-GMO project verified snack ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, pretzels, blueberries, quinoa, coconut, and peppermint.

barkTHINS_6-bag-lineupbarkTHINS are made with minimal ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Manufactured by Ripple Brands of Congers, New York (about an hour north of New York City), barkTHINS come in six seriously tasty flavors:

Dark Chocolate Almond: Dark chocolate loaded with dry roasted almonds and a touch of sea salt. Crunchy, rich, and decadent.10333532_314483398676305_5328364625742217227_o

Dark Chocolate Pretzel: Dark chocolate packed with pretzels and a touch of sea salt. The perfect sweet-salty chocolate combination and definitely a shining moment for pretzels.

Dark Chocolate Mint: Dark chocolate mixed with crunchy peppermint candy (made of rice syrup, sugar, coconut oil, peppermint oil, beet juice concentrate, and soy lecithin), make these BarkTHINS a year-round addiction.  Don’t wait until the holidays to enjoy.

Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds: Dark chocolate laced with sweetened, toasted coconut (coconut, cane sugar, rice syrup, and sea salt), dry roasted almonds, and a touch of sea salt. Winner of the Most Innovative New Product at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago in May, 2014, this variety will be available nationwide this Fall.4.7ozDCTCAandBQ_bags

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa: Dark chocolate loaded with sweetened blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil), glazed quinoa (cane sugar, quinoa, agave syrup, rice syrup, and salt), and a touch of sea salt.  This variety is exclusive and seasonal to Costco clubs nationwide.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed: Dark chocolate and dry roasted pumpkin seeds with a touch of sea salt make the perfect snack on a Fall day.Holiday Flavors - Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed_Peppermint Pretzel

The company also offers a seasonal limited edition Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel .

barkTHINS are sold in a standard 4.7 ounce package at grocers nationwide (including Wegman’s, Fairway, Giant, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Market, Sprouts, and more) for $4.99. See the company website (www.barkTHINS.com) for a complete listing of stores. Costco carries a larger package (1 pound) for $12 although on special, the price is $8.99. barkTHINS can also be ordered on-line at www.vitacost.com ($4.76 per 4.7 ounce packet) and www.amazon.com (various prices).

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