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October 24, 2011

CLIF Bar Seasonal Flavors Giveaway

“Then shalt thou count to three - no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.”
- From Monty Python and the Holy Grail (video clip after post)

I can’t say with any certainty whether the CLIF Company bases their inventory policy on Monty Python’s fictional Book of Armaments, but one thing is sure: when it comes to their seasonal flavors, the number of the counting shall be three.

Here’s what I mean: for the past two years, CLIF has released a trio of limited release flavors with a holiday theme.  Last time around, our family tested all of them, and each flavor was outstanding – so much so that we went out and stocked up on all of them in December, before they disappeared from the shelves for another nine months. (Once the bars sell out of stores, they’re gone for the year – so if you see them, grab them quick.)

This year, the seasonal flavors are back, and the press release that accompanied my sample shipment announced the debut of a new flavor in the lineup: Peppermint Stick, which is about as wintery-sounding as you can get. However, when I was picking my way through the box, something seemed amiss – so I e-mailed my CLIF rep to ask about it.

Me:  Does this mean that the Cranberry Orange Nut Bread flavor is discontinued? That would be a bummer - we all really liked that one.

Her:  That is correct, but I promise you won’t be disappointed with the Peppermint Stick!

Apparently there isn’t enough room in the holiday lineup for four flavors, so this season, as in years past, there are three – no more, no less. The lineup for 2011 is Iced Gingerbread, Spiced Pumpkin Pie, and Peppermint Stick.

CLIF Bar 2011 seasonal flavors; photo courtesy of CLIF Bar

I have to admit that I’m still a little bit disappointed by the development, as I definitely preferred the old Cranberry Orange flavor to the new Peppermint Stick one. It’s simply one of those individual preference things, but I should also point out that I am strongly overruled by my kids, who all love the new Peppermint Stick bar.

It’s no wonder, really. The new flavor tastes almost exactly like a candy cane on Christmas morning – except, you know … one that’s totally good for you. Like the other seasonal flavors, CLIF’s Peppermint Stick is all-natural, made with organic ingredients, and packs the same wholesome balance of carbohydrates and protein for sustained energy that regular CLIF Bars are famous for. In other words, they’re just like other CLIF Bars, but a little more festive.

They’re also a little more charitable; like last year, 1% of sales from this season’s holiday CLIF flavors will be donated to the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national organization working on behalf of cold-weather athletes and outdoor adventurers to address issues that impact winter recreation areas. It’s all in the spirit of giving, which is something CLIF does exceptionally well.

On that note, I’m pleased to announce that CLIF is doing some festive giving through this website as well. In conjunction with this post, CLIF will award 4 bars of each holiday flavor (12 bars total) to three different readers. Leave a comment below this post to enter, and winners will be announced on Saturday, October 29. Obviously, a very big thanks goes to CLIF for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!

*Products provided by CLIF Bar

"Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch", from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (click to play):

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cody r.,  10/24/11, 8:04 PM  

i want it...

mo 10/24/11, 8:28 PM  

Yum- peppermint!!

Wilson,  10/24/11, 8:42 PM  

I totally want to try these!!!
Count me in

tdomina 10/24/11, 8:44 PM  

It's my turn to win one of these giveaways!

Guigou,  10/24/11, 9:15 PM  

cliff nom

Joyce 10/24/11, 9:41 PM  

Mmmm, Clif bars, especially peppermint!

Dan 10/24/11, 9:44 PM  

Yummy, I'm in!

dave c. 10/24/11, 9:55 PM  

Delicious! Count me in. Thanks.

Julia,  10/24/11, 10:35 PM  

sounds great!

krystyna47 10/24/11, 11:04 PM  

Brilliant -- I always seem to forget to stock up on Clif during the holiday season!!

Carrie 10/24/11, 11:29 PM  

What's better than a clif bar? A free clif bar of course!

Christopher 10/25/11, 1:51 AM  

I hope I win :) yum!

Adam 10/25/11, 4:01 AM  

Oh hell yeah these will be great!

BE 10/25/11, 4:18 AM  

not so sure about peppermint, but I'll try anything once! I am in.

Ford4x460 10/25/11, 4:20 AM  

I can't wait to try all of them!!!

*~*~* Tracy 10/25/11, 4:21 AM  

Sounds yummy! Count me in

Blair 10/25/11, 4:43 AM  

I will have to keep my eye out for the flavors. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tammy 10/25/11, 4:44 AM  

Yes please! Okay, I have to be honest, the 'child' in me is curious about the peppermint! Just saying.. healthy with a sugar twist is mighty appealing!

Trailrat 10/25/11, 4:51 AM  

I'll put my name in the hat too!

Adam B. 10/25/11, 4:52 AM  

Count me in Donald! I eat Clif stuff all the time...mmm tasty!

Eddie 10/25/11, 4:54 AM  

Cliff bars are one of my pre-race meals! Count me in.

Dan 10/25/11, 5:23 AM  

I always use clif before a race - the pumpkin sounds great!

Hall 10/25/11, 5:29 AM  

Their iced gingerbread might be one of my favorites.

Kelly 10/25/11, 5:32 AM  

That is great - I would love to win. Thanks!

The Dude 10/25/11, 5:34 AM  

awesome! Count me in

Anna 10/25/11, 5:43 AM  

free stuff = awesome!

baby olive 10/25/11, 5:57 AM  

waiting for my 3 bars, no more, no less.

Brandon 10/25/11, 5:57 AM  

I'd love to win, they look awesome!

Lucid Moon Studio 10/25/11, 6:13 AM  

They all sound good, but it's a bummer about the cranberry orange. I think I would prefer it to the peppermint one. Thanks for the chance to try them!

Williams 10/25/11, 6:22 AM  

Love anything pumpkin

TK 10/25/11, 6:37 AM  

I wanna try these!

Chu 10/25/11, 6:39 AM  

Yum! Sign me up!

JimDog 10/25/11, 6:52 AM  

Thanks to Donald and Clif for the contest! Count me in!!!

Ron 10/25/11, 7:13 AM  

Oh how I love the wonderful taste of clif bars after a long run. christmas is my favorite season and clif bar is my favorite health bar so it would be a perfect fit. I would love to win them.

Unknown 10/25/11, 7:23 AM  

Being as I am from Canada, you should probably choose someone else to win, but I wanted to let you know that it is because of your blog that I even tried CLIF bars. I thought they were only for serious athletes, not moms with lunches to pack and I was very impressed with CLIF's generosity and global awareness. I hope that you will continue to have more giveaways and blog posts relating to CLIF so that more regular folks give these a try. Thanks.

Mike E 10/25/11, 7:26 AM  

"One, two, five! Three sir! THREE!" Hoping for a triple blessing of holiday cheer!

islander 10/25/11, 7:42 AM  

Happy holidays! Count me in.

Bryan M. (Dallas),  10/25/11, 7:59 AM  

You had me at gingerbread.... and free....

paiNn3ck 10/25/11, 8:10 AM  

Love Clif bars... and love pumkin... cant wait to eat these!!

RunningLaur 10/25/11, 8:13 AM  

All three flavors are ones I really really like. Was fortunate enough to try a peppermint during last weekend's 50k and it was perfect for the run!

JAM 10/25/11, 8:14 AM  

I love me some Clif bars!

Benjammin' 10/25/11, 8:17 AM  

Portable pumpkin pie sound like a great idea.

Benjammin' 10/25/11, 8:18 AM  
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Sparkplug 10/25/11, 8:39 AM  

Yum! I love the special seasonal flavors. Always a treat :-)

Eric 10/25/11, 8:47 AM  

cool! I love clif bar and new flavors are awesome!

bf in az 10/25/11, 9:50 AM  

At least they didn't replace cranberry orange with a fruit cake bar

Tyler S 10/25/11, 10:04 AM  

I can attest that their peppermint is awesome! Count me in!!!

qrtrmiler 10/25/11, 10:28 AM  

Nothing says "Holidays" like the seasonal flavors from Clif---please put me in! :)

David England 10/25/11, 10:33 AM  

I love cliff. To bad about the discontinued one it sounded amazing

Doug 10/25/11, 11:02 AM  

yummmm, pumpkinnnnnn

Josh 10/25/11, 11:04 AM  

mmm, peppermint.

Laura 10/25/11, 11:09 AM  

I'm in... that pumpkin pie sounds awesome!

jen 10/25/11, 11:28 AM  

I've never tried any of the holiday flavors. They sound yummy! Thanks! :)

David 10/25/11, 11:34 AM  

I love CLIF bars, and want to try all the holiday flavors asap! :)

Al D. 10/25/11, 11:53 AM  

This would be Christmas come early. If I don't win, then the contest must be rigged because I NEVER win!!!

Robb B. 10/25/11, 11:59 AM  

Oooh, I'd love to win something!

Nate K,  10/25/11, 12:09 PM  

Tis the season.

C-Dog 10/25/11, 12:54 PM  

I live the Clif Bars. Especially the smaller ones, they work well right after a race.

Jay 10/25/11, 1:03 PM  

I wish holiday flavors were available year round. A good thing is good all the time. Oh well, I'll enjoy it while I can... Count me in!

Gydle 10/25/11, 1:41 PM  

I want it too - but mostly, thanks for putting up this video. this is the best clip from the movie. I recently went to church and there was a priest who spoke exactly like these guys and I almost died laughing...

Tomislav 10/25/11, 1:43 PM  

Never tryed Cliff stuff, so count me in.

Pete 10/25/11, 1:54 PM  

Been using CLIF for nearly 20 years. Count me in - these look interesting.

Jean 10/25/11, 4:26 PM  

I want some! The pumpkin flavor sounds amazing!

bigmike 10/25/11, 4:56 PM  

Sounds tasty, sign me up.

a1sauce3 10/25/11, 6:17 PM  

Pick me, pick me.....I missed these seasonal bars last year. And after years of eating Clif bars, I have found myself a little tired of my old faithfuls. I would love to try some new flavors!

Shane,  10/25/11, 7:04 PM  

I have never seen these flavors in Canada, hope we get them up here or if somebody knows where they can get them, let me know please.

Greg from Madison,  10/25/11, 8:04 PM  

Those look delicious.

seung.kim 10/25/11, 8:31 PM  

sounds yummy. count me in.

Andy 10/25/11, 8:49 PM  

Love the Monty Python clip!

Please enter me in this contest.

Peace and Love,


Spencer 10/25/11, 10:01 PM  

I would really like some of these guys.

Pamela 10/26/11, 2:52 AM  

Would love to win since none of the stores around my country town carry CLIF Bars and I have to drive an hour to purchase them.

Courtney 10/26/11, 3:01 AM  

Tried the peppermint and loved it!

Run Jayne,  10/26/11, 4:49 AM  

I'll miss the cranberry too. Sign me up

Unknown 10/26/11, 6:41 AM  

That iced gingerbread sounds awesome. I"m going to have to keep an eye out for it.

runningfarmer 10/26/11, 2:11 PM  

Love me some CLIF bars as long as there is no coconut.

jbg,  10/26/11, 3:58 PM  

Love Clif bars. Enter me please.
By the way, two weeks ago I ran that E.Bay hills trail you ran when you did that Clif factory tour. Thanks for that!

Kelley 10/26/11, 4:06 PM  

Iced gingerbread sounds delicious! Count me in! Thank you!

edward batman IV,  10/26/11, 5:07 PM  

i'll take it!

Kevin Schell 10/26/11, 5:48 PM  

I'm a fan of the spiced pumpkin pie flavor.

Mikey 10/26/11, 6:03 PM  

Would love to try the holiday flavors, sounds great! Thanks!

Colin,  10/26/11, 6:46 PM  

Clif Bars are the best.
They really whet my whistle.
Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm!

Karien 10/27/11, 3:22 AM  

Yum - sounds great!!

Cynthia 10/27/11, 5:03 AM  

I want in on this!

Joe 10/27/11, 6:47 AM  

Love Clifs, count me in the draw!

David Anthony 10/27/11, 7:07 AM  

Awesome! I can't find any of those flavors at my local stores here in Minneapolis (any suggestions, fellow readers??), so to get them for free would be a delight!

PepeLp,  10/27/11, 7:40 AM  

I'm in.

Marlon Magdalena 10/27/11, 8:28 AM  

The Pumpkin Pie sounds good

Sean 10/27/11, 9:47 AM  

I love Clif Bars!

PK 10/27/11, 4:30 PM  

sounds great!

Akemi,  10/27/11, 5:53 PM  

I'd love to try, too. Thanks for this chance!

/\/\ 10/27/11, 7:18 PM  

P P P P Please!!I Could totally use a giveaway winning for some extra running motivation next week!

rbrown10 10/28/11, 6:27 AM  

You have the best job, Donald!

Kate Drwecka 10/28/11, 1:06 PM  

Mmm peppermint! Count me in! :)

TX_Builder 10/28/11, 2:03 PM  

Love my CLIF Bars!

wattage 10/29/11, 9:38 AM  


I am always in the need of fuel :-)

Take care

stephan.uzzell 10/29/11, 5:35 PM  

Love to be in on this!

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