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October 21, 2012

CLIF Bar Seasonal Flavors Giveaway Contest; Random Shots of Beauty

Remember last weekend, when I did a combination Random Shot of Beauty and CLIF contest post?  And remember how I said that it would be the first of three CLIF contests here?  Well, this is Part II of the Great CLIF Giveaway Bonanza, as I’m now calling it.  Accordingly, we may as well do this in similar fashion as last weekend, and throw an RSOB in at the top for good measure.

Before getting to that, however, remember that you’ve got until October 31 to enter last weekend’s contest by pasting a link to your Meet the Moment entry on my contest page.  There are some strong entries so far, but I wouldn’t say there’s no possibility of someone topping it. 

But that was last week, and this is this week – so let’s jump into our Random Shot of Beauty:

A scene from the Zion Narrows, during a family hike that I'll report on later in the week (um ... hopefully).  Fuel for the all-day outing included three flavors of CLIF Builder’s Bars, three flavors of MOJO Bars, two flavors of regular CLIF Bars, and a multi-flavored stash of CLIF Bloks for everyone.  We must have built up some great CLIF karma, because when we got home …

… this box was waiting for us.  It was our annual sampling of CLIF’s seasonal flavors, most of which have already vanished since the time of this photo.  We’ll remember them fondly, though.

For the uninitiated, here’s the scoop: CLIF gets in the holiday spirit every year by releasing holiday-themed CLIF Bar flavors alongside the regular versions on most store shelves.  Since this is the 10th consecutive year of CLIF’s holiday flavors, the annual release is moving right up there with pumpkin carving and Christmas tree cutting on our family’s list of fun holiday traditions.

The new flavors are made with 70 percent organic ingredients, and have the same blend of carbohydrates, protein and fiber as the regular bars.  Oh, there’s one more thing: they taste absolutely fantastic.  My favorite bar is a dead heat between the pumpkin pie and iced gingerbread flavors, and my kids are crazy about the peppermint stick flavor that was first introduced last year.  (And we all collectively miss the cranberry orange nut bread flavor that was discontinued two years ago.  Seriously – this is the kind of thing we talk about.)  My wife also found these bars on the right side of this list of the healthiest and unhealthiest pumpkin-flavored goodies you can indulge in over the holidays.

Winter athletes – I’m not one, but I’m pretty sure I’ve talked to some – often see the seasonal bar release as the beginning of winter sports season, and for those folks, CLIF’s holiday promotion benefits them even further.  This year the company is donating one percent of their seasonal bar sales to Protect Our Winters, an organization committed to engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.

Another cool thing that came in our package this year was a recipe book of favorite holiday recipes from CLIF’s family of employees and sponsored athletes.  Rest assured that by the time the holidays have come and gone, we’ll have tested each of these recipes a few times, so maybe I can report back here at some point with an update.  In the meantime, this one for "Zingerbread" is catching my eye as the first one we’ll try:

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There’s only one downside to the seasonal flavors:  once they’re gone, you have to wait another year before you see them again.  So consider this your rallying cry to look for the seasonal bars in stores, and stock up on your favorites to keep the taste of the holidays rolling as long as possible.  And let’s go ahead and roll into our contest as well.

To help a few of my readers celebrate the holidays, CLIF is providing one of the sample boxes pictured above to three lucky winners.  For this contest, you don’t have to upload a picture or paste a link – all you have to do is leave a comment in the box below, and hope that CLIF karma is on your side.  I’ll announce the winners here next Sunday.

As always, thanks very much to CLIF Bar for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!

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mo 10/21/12, 5:06 PM  

I love the holiday flavors!

krystyna47 10/21/12, 5:28 PM  

I must prepare my Clif stores for winter, pick me! ;)

Michael Foster 10/21/12, 5:43 PM  

Love the gingerbread ones, the spice is just right!

RunningLaur 10/21/12, 5:46 PM  

The winter seasonal clif bars are my favorite flavors. The peppermint had just the right kick to get me through my last ultra (yes I saved them up).

Unknown 10/21/12, 5:52 PM  

Omg- i literally look forward to and then hoard the gingerbread and pumpkin!! Awesome giveaway!!

Lauren Giannullo,  10/21/12, 6:04 PM  

This is great! The gingerbread are awesome!

TIM 帝木 10/21/12, 6:08 PM  

I'd love to try them.

Dan 10/21/12, 6:13 PM  

CLIF karma. Nice alliteration!

Morgan Hill

Cami 10/21/12, 6:15 PM  

They sound delish! Pick me, please!

Blair Williams,  10/21/12, 6:38 PM  

I was just in the store today looking for them. No luck though but hopefully as they won't go too fast.

Adam B. 10/21/12, 7:53 PM  

sign me up, love those holiday flavors. Hopefully I can find some locally this year before they sell out!

ATLRB 10/21/12, 7:57 PM  

I can't get enough CLIF.

Nicole 10/21/12, 8:42 PM  

The gingerbread flavor is my absolute favorite!

Eddie 10/21/12, 8:46 PM  

I love those flavors!

julia 10/21/12, 9:02 PM  

training for my first half-marathon... need some good (and delicious) karma!

Chris,  10/21/12, 11:27 PM  

I do love me some Clif bars, so send some my way.

A 10/22/12, 12:01 AM  

I am hoping this will be my time to win!

Joe M 10/22/12, 4:20 AM  

Holiday flavors, can't wait to try them!

xJOSHx 10/22/12, 4:29 AM  

I love cliff bars! My favorite is the chocolate mint builder bar.

PepeLp,  10/22/12, 4:46 AM  

These sound great. Thanks!

DavidS 10/22/12, 5:17 AM  

Count me in.Gingerbread should be available year round!

grimzeak 10/22/12, 6:09 AM  

Peppermint is awesome

Johann 10/22/12, 6:12 AM  

I don't think we get that here in South Africa. Can I enter from here?

SouthernTim 10/22/12, 6:21 AM  

Mmmm, holiday flavors. Come October, my 9yr old starts asking for pumpkin spice cream cheese on his bagel. . .

BE 10/22/12, 7:09 AM  

some sound great; peppermint, not so great - but I'm in !
Thanks as always

JimDog 10/22/12, 7:13 AM  

Count me in!!! Thanks!

Michael Shane Helton 10/22/12, 7:45 AM  

Bring on the iced Gingerbread!

Dave 10/22/12, 7:45 AM  

Who doesn't love Clif Bars!

Kurt 10/22/12, 7:54 AM  

Those sound delicious!

Mike Dixon 10/22/12, 8:30 AM  

Mmm, I want those bars to fuel my next Fall trail run!

Joyce 10/22/12, 10:23 AM  

OMNOMNOMNOMNOM. Now I need to remember to go & pick up the Gu Christmas gels, too!

runningfarmer 10/22/12, 11:46 AM  

Yes indeed. Great giveaway.

Richard 10/22/12, 12:54 PM  

Recently made a trip to the States and was amazed at the number of kid's Cliff products. We don't have them in Canada... :(

Anyway, crossing my fingers for this contest.

BTW, used Cliff block and gels for my trail ultra in Iceland and it worked great. Next year will be trans-alpine so I might eat a lot of them there too!!!

Sara 10/22/12, 1:15 PM  

Iced gingerbread sounds delicious!

Jon Olson,  10/22/12, 1:35 PM  

These will be a nice change from my standard Clif bars.

qrtrmiler 10/22/12, 1:55 PM  

Hey Donald...please put me in for the Clif Giveaway! Thx...Don

Cody R.,  10/22/12, 3:03 PM  

want clif bars

Questionably Texan 10/22/12, 4:41 PM  

Sign me up for the giveaway!

Guigou,  10/22/12, 6:48 PM  

Cool Lemur I Follow

ITAO TSAI 10/22/12, 9:53 PM  

Yes..Clif Bar !!! I love them..

jonnyb 10/23/12, 3:35 AM  

Entry. attained.

Karien 10/23/12, 4:26 AM  

Perfection in a wrapper! Yummmmm!

Jay Fast 10/23/12, 6:37 AM  

One of these days I'll win something, right?

Al D. 10/23/12, 7:51 AM  

Please, oh, please...pick me...pick me. I LOVE Clif Bars!!

M. Louise Cunningham 10/23/12, 2:02 PM  

I would love to try those! We dont have them in our area... :)

Kim,  10/23/12, 8:17 PM  

I just started running a few weeks ago because of the building anxiety attacks I have started getting. Running has been amazing for me and now you tell me that my favorite after workout bars have my favorite flavor! I die for anything pumpkin pie flavored. It is difinitely fall now. I would love the package. :)

MittenKim,  10/23/12, 8:35 PM  

BTW to distinguish between us, if there happens to be another Kim, I will change my username to MittenKim in admiration for my home state, Michigan.

AWO 10/24/12, 12:15 PM  

Nothing like pumpkin and spice to welcome winter.

lolamako 10/25/12, 8:53 PM  

I've never had any of these, I'd like to try them!

Robb 10/26/12, 7:08 PM  

I never win. I hope I do this time!

Anonymous,  10/26/12, 7:45 PM  

I would love to try these delicious clif bar flavors!

Chloe,  10/26/12, 7:46 PM  

Great Holiday flavors! Yum!

Chris 10/27/12, 4:52 AM  

Add me to the list of Gingerbread lovers!

bryan m,  10/28/12, 6:00 PM  

Yes please

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