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Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola Giveaway!

May 15, 2011

If you guys guessed Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola in my last post, you were right! I received a package with a big “Nuts About Granola” sticker on it yesterday, and despite my sugar hangover I couldn’t tear open the box quick enough!

To bring any new readers up to date, a few months ago I entered Nuts About Granola’s “Next Best Thing” contest. They asked people to suggest a new granola flavor based on a type of cuisine. My Mexican Hot Chocolate flavor was chosen as one of three finalists, and then thanks to tons of votes from fantastic readers and friends it WON!

Nuts About Granola is a company started by a mother/daughter team, Gayle and Sarah, and is based in York, PA. They believe in using only natural, organic ingredients in their products. There are no artificial chemicals, dyes or preservatives and everything is sourced locally.

Sarah began selling their granola as a fundraiser for her college’s Triathlon team, and eventually in 2008 Nuts About Granola, LLC was born. The “Plain Jane” peanut butter granola was the original favorite, but now they feature the “College Staple” that tastes like a PB&J, the “Lovers Combo” that mixes peanut butter and chocolate, and a few specialty flavors like “Orange Creamsicle”. You can even get Gluten Free granola!

The product is sold mostly in small PA farmers markets and online, but they are hoping to expand so long as they can maintain their healthy, local, and small-batch business model. They’ve been chosen for the Emmy Awards gift bag and were a Rachael Ray Show snack of the day!

I decided to try my creation straight up – just dumped it into the palm of my hand and ate away. I was curious as to how the company would balance the sweet and savory flavor combination of Mexican Hot Chocolate and was happy to see they included both cinnamon and cayenne pepper on the ingredient list. You can also see that there are little dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout the clusters.

I LOVED IT. It is unlike any granola I’ve ever tried! The dark chocolate is rich and not too sweet just like it should be, and there is a definite spicy kick at the end. It doesn’t taste like it will put you into a sugar coma (which was much appreciated since I was pretty much already in one at the time) and would be perfect atop of some plain or lightly sweetened yogurt. Seriously this is a totally new arena for granola with the sweet and spicy side by side. I’m so excited about it!!

SO, want to try some Mexican Hot Chocolate Granola for yourself?

TWO lucky winners will receive a bag of granola. You don’t have to have a blog to win, but I’m going to have to limit this to U.S. readers only due to shipping costs. There are three ways to enter and please leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ll pick the winner by random number generator on Wednesday May 18th.

  • Go to the Nuts About Granola website and tell me which granola flavor sounds the best to you
  • Tweet about this contest “@fittingitallin is having a Mexican Hot Chocolate granola giveaway!” and include a link to this post
  • Write about this contest on your own blog

GOOD LUCK! And if you don’t win, you can always go to the website and purchase your own bag for just $5.99:)

93 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2011 3:19 pm

    Plain Jane sounds delish! Although I would probably eat a bag wayyyy too fast.

  2. May 15, 2011 3:22 pm

    I would love Plain Jane πŸ™‚

  3. May 15, 2011 3:29 pm

    Lover’s Combo looks great! Peanut butter and Chocolate. YUM!

  4. May 15, 2011 3:30 pm


  5. May 15, 2011 3:33 pm

    Purely simple πŸ™‚

  6. May 15, 2011 3:34 pm

    Tweeted πŸ™‚

  7. May 15, 2011 3:35 pm

    I would go with College Staple or Mexican Hot Chocolate (of course!)

  8. Karina permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:35 pm

    your mexican hot chocolate for me considering i love abuelita hot chocolate mix πŸ™‚

  9. May 15, 2011 3:35 pm

    Happily Tweeted!!

  10. May 15, 2011 3:37 pm

    Wrote about it on the blog πŸ™‚

  11. squigglefloey permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:38 pm

    I’d try plain jane!

  12. squigglefloey permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:41 pm

    tweeted! @Squigglemefloey

  13. May 15, 2011 3:47 pm

    The Lovers Combo sounds pretty great. PB and Chocolate…yumm…

  14. Megan permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:48 pm

    The Mexican hot chocolate flavor intrigues me the most. It’s seriously one of my favorite drinks.

  15. Emily permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:49 pm

    Plain Jane!

  16. Megan permalink
    May 15, 2011 3:50 pm

    I just tweeted about the giveaway, but I hope I win!

  17. May 15, 2011 4:04 pm

    This sounds so delicious! I love that you won the contest. Anything with chocolate and granola is good in my book. I also think their Off the Road version sounds great – I love dried fruit!

  18. Christina permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:05 pm

    The Lovers Combo sounds fantastic!

  19. May 15, 2011 4:10 pm

    I think the plain Jane for me!

  20. May 15, 2011 4:11 pm

    I tweeted! I am @butterjessfly

  21. McKena permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:13 pm

    So cool!
    Went on the website. The PB&J looks the most delish since I’m obsessed with peanut butter and love the twang of cranberries.
    If I don’t win I’ll have to order some of yours. My family is obsessed with spicy chocolate. We’re always ordering spicy chocolate covered pecans from a local Texas company.

  22. May 15, 2011 4:15 pm

    I’d love to try Purely Simple!

  23. May 15, 2011 4:18 pm

    The lover’s combo sounds like it’d be my favorite

  24. May 15, 2011 4:20 pm

    I would love to try the College Staple… peanut butter and jelly is a favorite classic of mine πŸ™‚

  25. May 15, 2011 4:24 pm

    I am a little biased because Sarah is a good friend of mine so I think her granola is just fantastic. I’m dying to try her Chocolate Mint flavor (I think it was a seasonal promo). Every one I have tried has been amazing so far. I can only imagine the Mexican Hot Chocolate is just as wonderful as you describe. Can’t WAIT to try it!

  26. May 15, 2011 4:31 pm

    I’d want to try the college staple πŸ˜€

  27. Kristine permalink
    May 15, 2011 4:38 pm

    Definitely peanut butter & chocolate although the spicy in Mexican hot chocolate sounds tempting

  28. May 15, 2011 4:56 pm

    Well, duh, the flavor I want to try is Mexican Hot Chocolate! The other one that looks really interesting is carrot cake.

  29. May 15, 2011 5:06 pm

    So cool that your flavor won, awesome!!! πŸ™‚
    And it sounds totally amazingly delicious! I would love to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate or the Smores, both sound too good!

  30. May 15, 2011 5:08 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  31. Lauryn v permalink
    May 15, 2011 5:37 pm

    I think I would go with the mexican hot chocolate or the plain jane!!

  32. briana permalink
    May 15, 2011 5:39 pm

    I want to try the mexican chocolate it sounds yummy!

  33. Abby permalink
    May 15, 2011 6:29 pm

    I tweeted!

  34. Abby permalink
    May 15, 2011 6:33 pm

    I think your Mexican Hot Chocolate flavor sounds amazing! I grew up drinking that stuff! lol πŸ™‚ The Plain Jane sounds tasty too!

  35. May 15, 2011 6:36 pm

    Oh my gosh Smores sounds amazing!!

  36. May 15, 2011 6:36 pm

    omg the college staple and lover’s combo looks AMAZING!!!!

  37. May 15, 2011 7:09 pm

    Plain Jane sounds amazing!!!! πŸ™‚

    lisagoneaussie (at)

  38. May 15, 2011 7:55 pm

    I love the sound of the College Staple – and mexican hot chocolate sounds like the perfect mix of spicy and sweet, too πŸ˜‰

  39. May 15, 2011 7:56 pm

    I want to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate granola… it sounds awesome!!

  40. Janice permalink
    May 15, 2011 8:25 pm

    mmm, the Lover’s Combo (peanut butter and chocolate, which I agree!!!!!)

  41. Carie permalink
    May 15, 2011 8:29 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  42. Carie permalink
    May 15, 2011 8:31 pm

    I think the orange creamsicle flavor would be delicious!!

  43. May 15, 2011 8:34 pm

    Both Plain Jane and Jungle feaver sounnnd amaziiiiing πŸ™‚

  44. May 15, 2011 8:35 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway πŸ™‚

  45. May 15, 2011 9:01 pm

    I would go with the Plain Jane but would LOVE to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate. πŸ˜€

  46. sarah s permalink
    May 15, 2011 9:06 pm

    i couldnt pick just one i’d like to try— date food, smores, and mexican hot chocolate all sound awesome! and i’m sure college staple is great too!

  47. May 15, 2011 10:12 pm

    Mmmm I’d definitely want to try the Lover’s Combo. Chocolate and PB YUM πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your win and that creative flavor!!

  48. May 15, 2011 10:15 pm

    Just tweeted!

  49. Afterglow05 permalink
    May 15, 2011 10:40 pm

    I may or may not live very close to where they sell them, so if you need/want any more, I can probably get it cheaper! πŸ˜‰

    I like the ‘Off the Road’ flavor and I’d be interested in trying both the Purely Simply and your Mexican Hot Chocolate!!

    I’m tweeting as well!


  50. May 15, 2011 10:51 pm

    There are so many to choose from! I would love just the plain jane gluten free. . . but that jungle fever looks great too!!

  51. May 15, 2011 10:52 pm

    yyuuummm! I want to try it! TWEETED!

  52. May 15, 2011 10:57 pm

    I tweeted! that mexican hot chocolate sounds awesome!

  53. Paige permalink
    May 15, 2011 11:20 pm

    s’mores and mexican hot chocolate!

  54. Sara permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:05 am

    College staple sounds divine. reminds me of snacking on granola and pb while writing my thesis.

  55. Sara permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:07 am


  56. Amy Brewer permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:29 am

    Orange Creamsickle sounds so great!!

  57. Christina permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:32 am

    s’mores sounds so good! yum!

  58. May 16, 2011 4:52 am

    Mmmmm I bet it is good! Good job on the win!


  59. Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:07 am

    Actually, the Mexican Hot Chocolate has me the most intrigued!

  60. Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS permalink
    May 16, 2011 5:08 am

    And I linked to your giveaway on my blog πŸ™‚

  61. May 16, 2011 5:57 am

    I think the college staple or off the road sounds super delish πŸ™‚

  62. May 16, 2011 5:58 am

    Tweet tweet πŸ™‚

  63. Tricia permalink
    May 16, 2011 6:32 am

    I’d love to try purely simple…low fat and sugar…sounds perfect!

  64. Taylor permalink
    May 16, 2011 7:36 am

    If i could only choose one, it would be the college staple. But I’m thinking I’ll order the variety pack anyway since i’m so indecisive!!

  65. Janice permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:11 am


  66. May 16, 2011 8:19 am

    Tweeted. (P.S. never begin a giveaway tweet with your @name, or only your current followers will see it. If you’re trying to get new followers, you need to start with something other than your @name. Like “Check out @fittingitallin’s giveaway…”)

  67. May 16, 2011 8:59 am

    YOURS sounds amazing – congrats!! Although I cannot handle spiciness, so carrot cake sounds amazing and I will for sure be checking this site until fall.

  68. May 16, 2011 9:00 am

    I tweeted!

  69. Sarah E permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:26 am

    The Lover’s Combo sounds wonderful!!

  70. May 16, 2011 9:33 am

    I’d love to try your flavor: Mexican Hot Chocolate! I love the combo of chocolate & cayenne – so good!

  71. Molly permalink
    May 16, 2011 9:55 am

    I’d try Mexican Hot Chocolate or Lover’s Combo.. can’t decide!

  72. Natalie permalink
    May 16, 2011 10:53 am

    Lover’s Combo or Mexican Hot Chocolate for me as well!

  73. May 16, 2011 11:09 am

    Well, mexican hot chocolate of course. πŸ™‚ The college staple one sounds yummy too.

  74. May 16, 2011 12:15 pm

    Your creation or Lover’s Combo sound delicious! Great idea on the flavor and congrats on winning the contest!

  75. LivingLife permalink
    May 16, 2011 12:49 pm

    They all sound delicious! It is a toss up between Plain Jane and Mexican Hot Chocolate! Yum!

  76. Caroline permalink
    May 16, 2011 1:03 pm

    Lover’s Combo or Mexican Hot Choco!

  77. Ashley permalink
    May 16, 2011 1:44 pm

    MMM College staple!!

  78. May 16, 2011 7:59 pm

    ooh pb&j or yours both sound great! such great flavors!

  79. PurpleLarkspur permalink
    May 17, 2011 1:01 am

    I would love to try the Lover’s Combo and, of course, the Mexican Hot Chocolate

  80. PurpleLarkspur permalink
    May 17, 2011 1:01 am

  81. May 17, 2011 3:08 pm

    I’d love to try the College Staple and your Mexican Hot Chocolate Flavor! And let’s be serious… I’d love to have all of them πŸ™‚

  82. May 17, 2011 3:10 pm

    I tweeted but it wouldn’t let me include the link because it was over 140 characters.

  83. Corryn Davis permalink
    May 17, 2011 6:00 pm

    Carrot Cake sounds like all kinds of awesome!

  84. May 17, 2011 6:17 pm

    Wow! Thanks for all the compliments. We have plenty of granola on hand if you want to try some! I would like to offer a special deal to all of [Fitting it all in] Readers: If you buy ANY 12oz. bag, I will throw in a 2oz. bag of Mexican Hot Chocolate for FREE. All you have to do is type [Fitting it all in] into the “buyer comments” field when checking out and one will be included with your order. Thanks again!!! This offer will be good until the 20th just in case you are holding off on being one of the winners.

  85. May 17, 2011 6:25 pm

    Lover’s Combo for sure!!

  86. May 17, 2011 6:30 pm

    I think the Lovers Combo sounds wonderful!

  87. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks permalink
    May 17, 2011 7:28 pm

    I would love to try Plain Jane! Congratulations on winning the contest! I am really excited for you, and the fact that Nuts About Granola is based around where I live!

  88. Suzanne permalink
    May 17, 2011 8:38 pm

    S’mores granola? Yes, please!

  89. May 18, 2011 7:33 am

    Mexican Hot Chocolate!!!!

  90. Lauren permalink
    May 18, 2011 5:43 pm

    pb and chocolate!!!


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