Friday, August 19, 2011

Chocolate #9 Review and Giveaway

As many of us get ready for fall/winter marathons, I keep reading about different types of nutrition on long runs. As a relatively new runner, I've been trying out tons of fuel including gels, chomps, chews, and even jellybeans! I first heard about Chocolate #9 from Holly over at Rust Belt Runner, and was so glad to get to try it out for myself. This is absolutely a unique gel.



The only ingredients in a Chocolate #9 Energy Gel are: organic agave nectar and breakfast cocoa. (Oh, and that's rich, dark gourmet Belgian chocolate, if you were wondering). Hands down, this is the best tasting gel I've ever tried. But...I know what you're all wondering. Is it effective?

In a word, yes. This is the only gel on the market that is low glycemic, meaning you don't get that SPIKE to energy, which drops just as quickly. Instead, the energy is slow and steady--ideal for long runs or marathons. 

I used it twice on long runs of 10+ miles, and loved it. It honestly tastes just like chocolate syrup. I was a little concerned it wasn't working, because I never got that "jolt" of energy from sugary gels. But, I never  bonked or ran out of gas, which was fantastic. And (TMI?) this caused no stomach troubles that are so common with new fuels. I'll definitely be using this for my long runs in the future, and plan on using it for my first marathon in November.

Chocolate #9 is:
Vegan
Gluten Free
Low GI
Suitable for diabetics

Want to get your hands on some to try yourself? Here's what I've got:


I'll be sending 6 packs of Chocolate #9 to TWO lucky winners! Here's how to win (leave a comment for each one completed):

+1 Become a follower of Gourmet Runner, or let me know if you already follow! (Mandatory)
+1 Like Chocolate #9 on Facebook and let them know Gourmet Runner sent you
+1 Blog, Facebook, or tweet about this giveaway and let me know that you did

The giveaway will run until the 25th of August at midnight. Good luck!

146 comments:

  1. I totally want to try one of those! I am a follower. I like you on facebook, I liked chocolate #9 on facebook and I will tweet and blog about this giveaway.

    Did I win! =) -Jen

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  2. Chocolate goo? How fun is this! I've never heard of such a thing. I totally want to try it out once I finally sign up for a half!

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  3. I have been wanting to try Chocolate #9! I've tried all of the other energy gels and chews. I almost ordered some the other day but then I didn't. I would love to win a few!!! I am a follower!

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  4. I am a follower of Gourmet Runner on facebook now too!! :)

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  5. I liked you on fb :) yay fb!

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  6. I liked Chocolate #9 on fb too :)

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  7. I like Chocolate #9 on fb and I left them a comment!

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  8. I blogged about the giveaway!

    itsabeautifulthingthislife@blogspot.com

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  9. I follow you and need to win this. It would be a tragedy if I didn't.

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  10. I LOVE THIS GEL! I'm a follower! Love your blog!!!!

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  11. I've posted this give away on my blog's side bar under "win this".
    be-amazing.net

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  12. Ohhh I want this! I'm a follower :) :) but you KNOW that already!!!!!! Maybe I'm a stalker. Hope that still counts!

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  13. Liked your Facebook page! Love that you made one!

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  14. Liked Chocolate #9 on FB and told them you sent me!

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  15. I follow your blog (love it!!), liked you on Facebook and like chocolate #9 on Facebook too!!

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  16. I'm already a follow and being a veg-head I'm always looking for new great vegan things! WOOT!

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  17. I have been following you on here for a while :)
    I liked Chocolate 9 and Gourmet Runner on Facebook and Im about to post something on my blog in like 10 minutes :) It looks yummy!!
    Have a great Friday :)

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  18. Anddd I liked choc#9...can't wait to try it!

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  19. I liked Chocolate 9 on Facebook :-)

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  20. Already a follower! That looks like a good source. I am so bad at fueling while running... it always upsets my stomach so I go without. But then my stomach is screwed up all day from running for 2-3 hours on nothing! I'd like to try this.

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  21. OOO I need to try this! I LOVE it! and follow you :)

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  22. I like you on FB! Can't believe I didn't know you had a FB page until today!!

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  23. Tweeted about this giveaway! @jerileeplus5

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  24. Follower!! I liked on Fb.. I so want to try these!!!!!!!

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  25. liked them and told them you sent me!

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  26. I "like" Chocolate #9 and let them know you sent me!

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  27. I posted about your giveaway on facebook!

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  28. and last but not least, I liked their FB page! Give me some Chocolate ;)

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  29. Girl!!!!
    Kill that 20 miler this weekend!!
    I know you will!!
    You've. Freaking. Got. This!!

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  30. Long time follower:-)

    Liked gourmet runner on facebook and chocolate #9.

    I am totally willing to down sweets to fuel a long run!

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  31. Is it like love potion number 9? I already follow you.

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  32. Liked Gourmet runner on FB - didn't even realize you had one!

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  33. Love chocolate ANYTHING - of course I follow you.

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  34. Linking up to my blog sidebar.

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  35. Already a follower and I really need to try this!

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  36. Chocolate syrup? I'd definitely give this a try!!

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  37. I've never used any gels during my runs but I used jelly beans during the half marathon this July and they pepped me up!

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  38. I have never seen those before. I am so sick of eating Gu that I really need to switch it up! This might be just the right thing!
    Sarah

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  39. i totally thought I was going to hate Chocolate Gu and it turned out it was just like brownie mix! can't wait to try this one :)

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  40. I'm a follower :)

    And I'm always looking for new more natural supplements. This seems to be pretty good for you

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  41. Yayyyyy! I liked you on FB and didn't even know about the giveaway! This means I should win.

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  42. Linking your giveaway on my blog, under imaginary giveaways. Love me some Chocolate #9.

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  43. you sold me, I really would love to try these. I'm a solid google follower.

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  44. A friend of mine gave me some of these a few years ago and my husband was obsessed with them. I'm a blog follower!

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  45. YUM!!! I can only imagine this is an amazing fuel for long runs. I have loved reading about your marathon training. I can't wait to see what's next.

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  46. And I liked you on fb. I need to try some new running fuels!

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  47. It is sooo cool that it's vegan!! I already follow you on here :)

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  48. yum yum yummmmm!! I'm already a follower:)

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  49. @JennsAdventures tweeted your giveaway!!

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  50. I tried to do this on my work computer but it kept giving me an error so pretty sure I haven't yet signed up for the give away. But anyways, I clearly am a follower and LOVE your blog and have been wanting to try this magic potion gu stuff for a while! Yay!

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  51. Following your blog! My husband looooves dark chocolate-this would be such a sweet surprise for him!

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  52. I tweeted your giveaway! @wealths_health

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  53. I liked Chocolate #9 on facebook and told them you sent me :)

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  54. Also added your giveaway to my sidebar!

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  55. I posted a link to the giveaway on my blog.

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  56. I already follow! But whoa am I behind in blog reading!!

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  57. I just went over and "liked" you on FB!

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  58. I just "liked" chocolate #9 on FB - BTW - great company name, one of my favorite beers is Magic Hat #9 :)

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  59. I linked to this on my blog!

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  60. I love the chocolate GU, I have to win so I can compare this stuff!

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  61. Hey lady! I follow your blog....

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  62. linked on my sidebar of my blog

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  63. new follower of gourmet runner!

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  64. already had liked chocolate #9 on fb

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  65. adding to my giveaway section on my blog

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  66. Added your giveaway to my blog!

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  67. Looks really good and I want to try it! I am a follower. I liked you on Facebook, I liked Chocolate #9 on Facebook and told them you sent me and I posted a link from my blog to yours about this giveaway.

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  68. I posted about the giveaway on FB too!

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  69. i follow your blog and liked you on facebook! :)

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