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Bruks Bars Review + Giveaway {Dairy, Soy, Egg & Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Happy Friday! Hope it’s been a great week. Lots of exciting things happening over here, it’s been a crazy week (in the good crazy way). I’m looking forward to a fun weekend. I have a surprise date night planned for Saturday night that I’m pretty pumped about.

I’m also pumped about today’s post. I’m introducing you to two local business owners who have created an amazing product.

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Over a year ago I met Brooke and Sean at Reid’s where they were sampling their Bruks Bars. I got to chatting with them and learned that Brooke developed these gluten, dairy, soy and egg free bars when Sean was in graduate school. Sean has food allergies that prevent him from eating a lot of common snack foods. He was struggling to find healthy snacks to sustain him through long hours of studying so Brooke decided to create her own. She started playing around with homemade bar recipes and developed a bar that Sean loved so much that he started eating them daily.

His friends started asking about the bars and requesting that Brooke make some for them as well. They initially sold the bars to friends and family before deciding that what they had was good enough to take to the next level.

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Brooke reached out to me again a few months ago to reconnect. She invited me to visit them in the kitchen while they were baking bars and to a special Bruks Bar and coffee tasting event at Atherton Market.

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I was totally impressed by their bar making operation. They are now making four flavors of bars and they hand make every single bar. They rent space in a commercial kitchen and it was really cool to see how everything works on a larger scale.

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They bake twice a week and each baking session takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours start to finish. The evening I visited they were making 16 batches which would yield about 400 bars. And let me just add that they do this after working all day. Sean is a former collegiate athlete and has a day job as a sports performance coach at UNCC. Brooke works full-time supporting the business. She’s a one woman baker, delivery person, packager, distributor, sampler, marketer, manager…she does it all with the help of Sean and one part-time employee.

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The original bar fatures dates, peanut butter, almonds, coconut oil, honey, chocolate, oats, dried cranberries and a few other ingredients. They also have apricot chocolate, apple pecan and cranberry espresso. Brooke shared that the original and apple pecan sell best. The bars retail for $3 each and have 210-250 calories per bar.

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The cherry espresso is the newest bar flavor and it’s actually made with crushed espresso beans. Each bar actually has 17mg of caffeine. A couple of months ago Bruks Bars partnered with local coffee shop Not Just Coffee for a Bruks Bar and coffee pairing. I was a really unique and different event and the bars paired so well with the coffee.

Bruks Bars are currently available for sale in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Richmond, Charleston and Chicago to name a few. When I visited them in the kitchen they were going through the rigorous process of getting approved to sell their bars in Whole Foods. We will be carrying them at Y2 Yoga soon! šŸ™‚

If the bars aren’t available in your area you can purchase the bars on the Bruks Bar site!

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I wanted to share Brooke and Sean’s story with you because I think it’s inspiring to see people following their passions and I also love to support local businesses. Brooke and Sean are working so hard to make their dream a reality and it’s my sincere hope that the long hours in the kitchen pay off for them because they have created a really amazing product.

Also, be sure to follow Brooke’s blog on the Bruks Bar site. It’s pretty awesome and she posts about all kinds of fitness and health topics.

How about a giveaway? Leave a comment letting me know which flavor you think sounds best and I’ll enter you to win a package with all four bars. Giveaway open until Sunday at midnight. U.S. residents only.

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  • 1
    Jen August 14, 2015, 5:29 pm

    I’d love to try the apple pecan!!

  • 2
    Paula August 14, 2015, 5:33 pm

    Cranberry espresso sounds so unique! I started my own (very small) cookie company last fall using a shared kitchen space and love hearing success stories from other local food entrepreneurs!

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    Laura August 14, 2015, 5:34 pm

    Aww love this story! They need to go on Shark Tank!! I’m intrigued by all the flavors, especially the apricot chocolate. I’d share with my adorable nephew who has lots of allergies if I won!

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    Beth August 14, 2015, 5:39 pm

    Cherry espresso sounds good. I’d love. Chocolate espresso !!

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    Katie August 14, 2015, 5:49 pm

    They all sound great but I am most excited to try the Original! ?

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    Megan August 14, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Love to hear stories about small businesses like this! I’d love to try them all, but apple pecan would probably be my first pick!

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    Jenn F August 14, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Cherry espresso!

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    Kristin P. August 14, 2015, 6:07 pm

    I think the original sounds great! I’m always looking for alternative bars. Love the natural ingredients.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 14, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Ah yes! I’ve heard of these! Always so excited to find an allergy-free bar for all my needs, haha! Cherry espresso? Count me in!

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    Catherine Jackson August 14, 2015, 6:31 pm

    Apple pecan anything sounds amazing! I love that these are made with such good ingredients. Plus, I love supporting small businesses like these. I can’t wait to try one of the bars! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mollie K August 14, 2015, 6:35 pm

    I think the apricot chocolate sounds most unique! you usually don’t hear about apricots being paired with chocolate. yum!

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    Ashley N August 14, 2015, 6:36 pm

    These sound delicious! I’d love to try the apple pecan flavor first. Kudos to the owners, it is inspiring to see people follow their dreams!

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run August 14, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I’d love to try the cherry espresso!

  • 14
    Sarah Hughes August 14, 2015, 6:52 pm

    cherry espresso sounds amazing!!

  • 15
    Lindsay August 14, 2015, 6:57 pm

    The apple pecan sounds amazing.

  • 16
    Claire August 14, 2015, 7:02 pm

    Cherry espresso sounds incredible!

  • 17
    JennyV August 14, 2015, 7:05 pm

    I’m a purist so is like to try the original!

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    Kara August 14, 2015, 7:07 pm

    Cherry Espresso! ā¤ļøā¤ļø

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    Jess Lura August 14, 2015, 7:09 pm

    I ā¤ anything with PB, so Id definitely need to try the Original first!

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    She Rocks Fitness August 14, 2015, 7:10 pm

    Apricot Chocolate definitely sounds interesting! What a great story…love reading about people who dream BIG and make it happen…Best of luck to them! šŸ™‚

  • 21
    Georgina August 14, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Apple pecan sounds delicious!!

  • 22
    Jeanne August 14, 2015, 7:28 pm

    Apple pecan sounds so good!

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    Rhonda Tenderholt August 14, 2015, 7:41 pm

    I’d love to try the apricot or original. Even tho I love cranberries and cherries, I don’t like coffee and I’m allergic to pecan’s so can’t do the apple one. Thank you for introducing us to a new product.

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    Susannah B August 14, 2015, 7:52 pm

    Cherry espresso all the way!

  • 25
    Miri August 14, 2015, 7:55 pm

    the original sounds great, can’t wait to order!!

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    Ally August 14, 2015, 8:03 pm

    I would love to try the apple pecan. I love stories of the entrepreneurial spirit. I build furniture on top of a full time job so it’s always inspiring to hear about others who are working towards their passion!

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    Jennifer August 14, 2015, 8:15 pm

    All the flavors sound yummy, but I’d love to try the original. šŸ™‚

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    Aleah @ Their Fit Life August 14, 2015, 8:42 pm

    Call me boring but I think original sounds awesome! That’s their starter bar for a reason right? I love finding new wholesome snacks, thanks for hosting this giveaway šŸ™‚

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    Rajul | Charlotte Veggie August 14, 2015, 8:53 pm

    I would love to try the espresso cherry one since I’m trying to quit coffee…wait…lol
    Very inspiring post, thank you šŸ™‚

  • 30
    Caroline August 14, 2015, 8:57 pm

    Cherry!

  • 31
    Kristen August 14, 2015, 9:07 pm

    The original actually sounds yummy to me!!!

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    Mindy August 14, 2015, 9:08 pm

    Cranberry espresso sounds SO GOOD. I didn’t used to like coffee but it’s been growing on me lately!

  • 33
    Laura August 14, 2015, 9:26 pm

    They all sound delicious! I can’t choose!

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    Sarah August 14, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Original is fav of the 4 — all are amazing

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    Maggie August 14, 2015, 9:48 pm

    I think the original and the apricot chocolate sound amazing!

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    Taylor August 14, 2015, 10:00 pm

    YUM! I love homemade granola bars, what a neat business. I would love to try the apple pecan šŸ™‚

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    Chantalle August 14, 2015, 10:30 pm

    The Original sounds great!!

  • 38
    Lindsay B August 14, 2015, 10:38 pm

    Apple Pecan sounds great for Fall!

  • 39
    Cassie Tran August 14, 2015, 10:50 pm

    Uh, YUM! Have to try these!!

  • 40
    Lindsey C. August 14, 2015, 11:07 pm

    I would love to try the Cherry Espresso flavor!

  • 41
    Kate August 14, 2015, 11:07 pm

    The original sounds delicious!

  • 42
    Melissa R August 14, 2015, 11:47 pm

    They all sound good, but I would love to try the original!

  • 43
    Kristen August 15, 2015, 12:07 am

    The cherry espresso sounds amazing!

  • 44
    Lolita August 15, 2015, 12:12 am

    I’d love to try the bars with chocolate or coffee… then go workout… and hopefully can try some of your yoga moves…

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    Kayla August 15, 2015, 12:23 am

    I love finding treats that are soy free! I am allergic and it isn’t always easy! The apple one sounds delish!

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    Belkis Muldoon August 15, 2015, 12:26 am

    They are all amazing and until the cherry expresso was conceived the apple pecan was my favorite. Now cherry expresso rules.

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    Chicago Jogger August 15, 2015, 12:28 am

    I think the Cherry Espresso sounds amazing! I’ll definitely be looking for these bars in Chicago šŸ™‚

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    Sarah August 15, 2015, 12:30 am

    Sounds like such an amazing bar and company! The apricot chocolate and the original sound the best to me!!

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    Zoe August 15, 2015, 2:39 am

    The apricot chocolate sounds amazing! Don’t usually see apricot in bar form, and anything with chocolate is fine by me šŸ™‚

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    Sarah August 15, 2015, 4:12 am

    The cranberry espresso sounds like great pre-run fuel with the caffeine! Sounds like a great product, great operation, hope they’re available in DC soon!

  • 51
    Jenn@Mark My Miles! August 15, 2015, 4:13 am

    The original sounds amazing. So simple but what a great combination. I can’t wait to see how big their company gets! They sound like the cutest couple!

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    ali August 15, 2015, 6:38 am

    the cranberry espresso sounds really interesting… love to try them all!

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    amanda p August 15, 2015, 7:28 am

    Original

  • 54
    megan August 15, 2015, 7:33 am

    They all sound delicious – I’m especially intrigued by the cherry espresso!

  • 55
    megan August 15, 2015, 7:33 am

    They all sound delicious – I’m especially intrigued by the cherry espresso!

  • 56
    Hilary August 15, 2015, 7:41 am

    I think the apple pie sounds so delicious! I would love to try it!

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    Becky August 15, 2015, 8:50 am

    Thanks for sharing their story. I’d love to try original!

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    Natalie August 15, 2015, 8:54 am

    I would love to try the apple pecan.

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    Shannon August 15, 2015, 9:05 am

    Apricot Chocolate sounds really good! I’m trying to find bars for pre-long run fuel.

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    Rachel August 15, 2015, 9:11 am

    Bruks Bars are the bomb – the original is very tasty!!

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    Caroline @ After Dinner Dance August 15, 2015, 9:23 am

    I’d love to try them all, but apricot chocolate sounds amazing!

  • 62
    Courtney August 15, 2015, 9:46 am

    What a great story! I would love to try the original.

  • 63
    Erin August 15, 2015, 9:50 am

    Cherry espresso for sure!

  • 64
    Maria August 15, 2015, 10:07 am

    the cherry espresso sounds amazing! Why don’t more bars have caffeine in them?!

  • 65
    Britt August 15, 2015, 10:41 am

    Apricot chocolate is so intriguing!

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    Jackie August 15, 2015, 11:04 am

    Looks delish! I’d like to try the original bar. Yum!

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    Jackie August 15, 2015, 11:06 am

    I’d love to try the original! Yum!

  • 68
    Claire August 15, 2015, 11:46 am

    They all sound great, but I’m really intrigued by the apricot chocolate flavor!

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    Liz August 15, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Apple pecan! Sounds like it will taste like apple pie šŸ˜‰

  • 70
    Tracy August 15, 2015, 1:28 pm

    I’d really love to try all 4!! Definitely going to order some!

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    Jacky August 15, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Cherry espresso and original both sound great!

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    Taylor August 15, 2015, 1:42 pm

    original šŸ™‚

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    Amanda August 15, 2015, 1:51 pm

    I think Cherry Espresso sounds great!

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    elizabeth August 15, 2015, 1:53 pm

    They all sound good to me.

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    Joy August 15, 2015, 1:54 pm

    I’d love to try the original flavor. It’s gotta be good if it’s what they started with. šŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Morgan S August 15, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Cherry espresso sounds delicious!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT August 15, 2015, 3:32 pm

    apple pecan sounds the best to me

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    Jojo August 15, 2015, 3:41 pm

    The original sounds yummy šŸ™‚ but the apple pecan is appealing because it’s almost fall!

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    paige c August 15, 2015, 7:10 pm

    the original bar sounds really good!

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    Tera August 15, 2015, 7:34 pm

    The apple pecan sounds great!

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    Nicole Michelle August 15, 2015, 8:37 pm

    Cherry sounds great!

  • 82
    MaryAnn August 15, 2015, 8:59 pm

    Cherry Espresso = yummy!! ?

  • 83
    Austin August 15, 2015, 10:08 pm

    Yum. The cherry expresso sounds delicious.

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    Gail August 15, 2015, 10:10 pm

    love, love, love BruksBars. my favorite is the original and apple pecan. so happy Y2 is going to start carrying them.

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      Brooke August 17, 2015, 6:55 pm

      Gail – just wanted to send a special *thanks* your way for the love. Really can’t tell you how much it means to us! We hope to run into while delivering to Y2 soon.

      xo
      Brooke

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    Rachel August 15, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Cherry espresso!! Mmmm šŸ™‚

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    Emma August 15, 2015, 11:34 pm

    The original flavor sounds delicious! I’m sold on anything with peanut butter in it šŸ™‚

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    Rachel @ FitFoodieFiles August 16, 2015, 12:16 am

    I’d love to try the Cherry Espresso! Sounds delish šŸ™‚

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    Andrea August 16, 2015, 12:28 am

    apple pecan sounds great!

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    Julia August 16, 2015, 1:01 am

    What a great story! All the bars look and sound fantastic, but if I had to try one, I’d go for the original šŸ™‚

  • 91
    Meghan August 16, 2015, 7:32 am

    cherry espresso sounds great!

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    Danielle August 16, 2015, 10:34 am

    Iā€™d love to try the cherry espresso!

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    Emily B August 16, 2015, 11:09 am

    I’d love to try the cherry espresso!

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    Sara August 16, 2015, 11:37 am

    They all sound fantastic, but I’d eat the original first! šŸ™‚ hope to see them on sale in FL soon!

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    Erin August 16, 2015, 12:24 pm

    The cherry espresso sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway šŸ™‚

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    Maryz August 16, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Apricot Chocolate sounds yummy!

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    Lauren August 16, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Apricot chocolate

  • 98
    Kim in MD August 16, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Definitely the original!

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    Diana August 16, 2015, 2:01 pm

    Ooh, the original sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Ally August 16, 2015, 5:28 pm

    all of the flavors sound delicious! i would love to try cherry espresso šŸ™‚

  • 101
    Kristen August 16, 2015, 6:09 pm

    I would love to try the original- love peanut butter!

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    Kristi August 16, 2015, 6:12 pm

    The espresso one!

  • 103
    Vangie K. August 16, 2015, 8:38 pm

    The apple pecan flavor sounds yummy! What an inspiring story:)

  • 104
    Andrea D August 16, 2015, 8:44 pm

    mmm apple pecan sounds deelish!

  • 105
    Annie August 16, 2015, 9:06 pm

    I would love to try the original!!! They all sound delicious!!!!

  • 106
    Katie D. August 16, 2015, 9:20 pm

    The original bar sounds awesome!

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    Rachel August 16, 2015, 9:49 pm

    I’m all about the original!

  • 108
    Cait August 16, 2015, 10:12 pm

    These look delicious! I would love to try the apple pecan!!

  • 109
    Linda August 16, 2015, 10:27 pm

    apple pecan sounds amazing

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    Katie M August 17, 2015, 12:11 am

    Apple pecan sounds tasty!

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    Sara @ Oats & Rows August 17, 2015, 7:16 am

    I’d love to try the cherry espresso!

  • 112
    Kim K. August 17, 2015, 8:50 am

    apple pecan; yummy!!!

  • 113
    Patti August 17, 2015, 9:01 am

    I think the original sounds divine!

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    Grace August 17, 2015, 10:05 am

    Apricot sounds great. Very exciting story!

  • 115
    stacey August 17, 2015, 11:56 am

    cherry espresso

  • 116
    Catherine August 17, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Original sounds great!

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    Jill August 17, 2015, 1:05 pm

    The Original sounds so good!!

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    Laura August 17, 2015, 2:30 pm

    I would love to try the apple pecan!

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    Ashley August 17, 2015, 2:41 pm

    The Cherry Espresso sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing their story. I hope they make it into Whole Foods, so that more people are able to try their product!

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    Julie August 17, 2015, 3:28 pm

    The original sounds the best to me.

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    Cara August 17, 2015, 7:44 pm

    The cherry espresso sounds delicious!

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    Madeline August 17, 2015, 8:35 pm

    Definitely the apricot and chocolate!!

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    Judith August 20, 2015, 4:25 pm

    the cherry espresso sounds delicious!

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