WINNERS!!! Endangered Species Chocolate Spread Giveaway


The FIVE winners of my “Endangered Species Chocolate Spread” giveaway are:

Sara Kitchen, who said:
“WOW! Perfect treats for anything, even on picnics!”

Nicole, who said:
“I love chocolate because, well, it’s chocolate! Dark is my favorite, but I’m open to any. We even have a basket in my office that I keep filled with chocolate, and a sign that says, ‘Life happens, chocolate helps.’”

Ally, who said:
“I love chocolate because it’s a good de-stresser for me, and I love our planet because it’s pretty darn amazing. The things it does for us!”

Maryellen Benton, who said:
“I love chocolate and I love what this chocolate stands for. Chocolate can give you that little smile when you need it the most! Thanks for having a giveaway.”

Rebecca, who said:
“Who doesn’t love chocolate? This spread looks yummy and it’s so great that Endangered Species is giving back. If we’d all do that a little more, the whole planet would be better for it.”

Read the original post for the GIVEAWAY (thank you to the 29 women who shared why they love chocolate and our planet!).

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Enjoy everyone! What a fabulous treat in your Easter Basket this year.

  2. Krista says:

    Congratulations ladies! Enjoy your delicious chocolate and saving endangered species at the same time!

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  4. Carol Hill says:

    Rebecca, you’re one of our winners, but your e-mail address on Raising Jane is outdated and my e-mail to you was returned. Please update your e-mail, then write to us at the farm to let us know.

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GIVEAWAY: Endangered Species Chocolate Spread

And our winners are … Sara Kitchen, Nicole, Ally, Maryellen Benton, and Rebecca (see winners’ post here).


I have a new obsession. It’s one of those late-night, I-finally-put-my-kids-to-bed kind of indulgences. And it’s no surprise that it’s chocolate. Well, hear me out … the chocolate I speak of is the finest I’ve tasted and … not all that bad for you. Let me back up. Who doesn’t love, love, love cookies? The problem is, I don’t exactly have time to bake every day, or sometimes every week for that matter, which is probably a good thing. But some nights, a bit of chocolaty, salty, crunchy, gooey goodness is downright necessary after a long day. So here’s my solution:


A good book and a rice cake smothered in “almond-spread-w/cocoa” is “cookie” perfection. So good, I don’t even care that I seem to be sharing my bed on occasion with a few crumby characters.

In addition, I’m helping Endangered Species (ESC) do some pretty awesome things because they give 10% of their net profits to species and habitat conservation. That equals over $1,200,000 in the last three years! From protecting elephants and their ivory to bees and their pollination habitats, ESC is working hard. So with every rice cake (or whatever suits your fancy), smothered in chocolate spread, you’re helping protect our planet. It’s a win-win (sin-win?).


I’d love to share a jar of Endangered Species’ spread with you (well, not share exactly—I haven’t opened them, I promise!). So, tell me why you love chocolate or our planet or both in the comments below and I’ll put your name in a hat and draw a few lucky winners.


  1. Mary Pitman says:

    I LOVE chocolate and especially this spread!! Great snack, while travelling to our National parks!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a great way to solve a problem for that late night craving and our fragile planet! I am thinking I would love to try the almond spread. That sounds like it might be the closest thing to an Almond Joy, which has always been a favorite of mine. Plus, I am totally in support of organizations working tirelessly to preserve our planet. It both pains me and angers me that the iconic wildlife, of parts of our world, are rapidly vanishing at the hands of poachers and human destruction of natural habitat. We can and must do better! Please throw my hat in the ring for a chance to support the good efforts of Endangered Species!

  3. Sharon Demers says:

    Thank you Megan for the opportunity 🙂 I love chocolate and this sounds like a perfect snack, I am even thinking that the spread on apple slices would be good too. I am all for protecting wildlife that are treated inhumanely. Thanks again for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Cathy R says:

    Well said, Winnie! Dark chocolate calls my name! This looks like a great snack and a great way to help our planet. Like the labels too! Thanks for a chance to taste yummy-ness! Blessings!

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    Well, I LOVE chocolate because it is chocolate! It’s good for you, it’s decadent, it’s soothing and it’s just down right the right thing to do! I love our planet because it a gift from our Creator, who is amazing and awesome!

  6. terry steinmetz says:

    I love chocolate for all the health reasons. It prevents so-o-o many things. And it definately is delicious. A snack of one square is more than I need to satisfy my hunger!

  7. Janis Gooding says:

    I love chocolate, I also love the “G” as you can see my last name is “G”ooding. The planet is a beautiful place (dah, wouldn’t be here without it). I love to wake up to beautiful sunrises. I also love to have the chance at this ESC almond spread. Thanks!

  8. Krista says:

    I am definitely a chocolate lover and love it simple because of the way it tastes. I would use this chocolate spread on many things, mainly graham crackers. Nothing goes better with graham crackers than chocolate! I love our plant because it is able to support life and living. Without our planet we wouldn’t have food, water, animals, or even us. The best thing about this chocolate spread is the wonderful donations it makes. I love the idea of helping to save our endangered species. That is reason enough to eat chocolate!

  9. REBECCA says:

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? This spread looks yummy and it’s so great that Endangered Species is giving back. If we’d all do that a little more, the whole planet would be better for it.

  10. Wehaf says:

    I love chocolate because it is good for the heart, good for the brain, and good for the soul. 🙂

  11. Becka Gagne says:

    Dark chocolate is my favorite flavor sensation and good for you to boot! I have been an organic farmer for 25 years in a humble attempt to support the earth in a human way…

  12. Mary Lou Bender says:

    let me count the ways I love our dear stressed planet: beauty, abundance, variety, life, her forgiving ways, food–and of course chocolate.

  13. Nicole says:

    I love chocolate because, well, it’s chocolate! Dark is my favorite, but I’m out to any 🙂 We even have a basket in my office that I keep filled with chocolate, and a sign that says “Life happens, chocolate helps.”

  14. Mackenzie says:

    Chocolate is a great pick-me-up for down days . . . and I love that this chocolate helps the earth. I raise rare livestock breeds for conservancy efforts, and I appreciate the sentiments behind this product!

  15. Laurie says:

    I can actually take it or leave it when it comes to plain chocolate, and it is usually leave it. Now, if you combine that chocolate with peanut butter it is always a take it. We make our own chocolate peanut butter spread here and I would like to try any of these spreads.

  16. Sara Kitchen says:

    WOW! Perfect treats for anything, even on picnics!

  17. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    All us quilters and farm girls love chocolate. I even named my quilting machine Chocolat. How’s that for crazy for chocolate? Anytime I read a business cares about the planet we live on, I’m all for helping them out by buying their products. This is heaven!

  18. Maryellen Benton says:

    I love chocolate and I love what this chocolate stands for. Chocolate can give you that little smile when you need it the most! Thanks for having a giveaway.

  19. ALICIA WINKLER says:

    Mmm… chocolate. ….lol!!! We have to love our planet as much as chocolate. Without it there is no more cacoa… 😀

  20. Brianna says:

    I love chocolate because it never fails to lift spirits! Until we really put our planet at the forefront of our global agenda, it’s little things like this company that are going to continue to save the earth, and ensure we have chocolate for the long haul!

  21. Bobbie calgaro says:

    Chocolate is a daily treat for me. So having chocolate and helping the environment is a win win.

  22. Janice says:

    I LOOOOOOOOVE chocolate. You can have all the coffee. Just pump the chocolate in please. Lol!

    I love the planet because Mother Nature has so many resources and ways it gives back and shares with us.

  23. Alyssa says:

    I love chocolate because the sweet, rich taste on my tongue gives me a tiny bit of happiness after a stressful day of studying/work. Nothing heals the human heart like cocoa. 🙂 I love our planet because of the services it provides for us without asking anything in return. Animals are beautiful creatures, and I want to give them the care they deserve. However, thousands of species are endangered, due to habitat fragmentation, acid mine drainage, deforestation, and other anthropogenic causes. We need to take matters into our own hands to help save all species. Thanks so much for creating a brand that supports a positive environmental cause.

  24. Lisa M says:

    What a win win opportunity! Every spoon of chocolate I put in my mouth will give me delight that 10% of their net profits go to species and habitat conservation. Thank you for this chance!! Have a beautiful day =)

  25. Jeffrey says:

    I love chocolate because it satisfies my insatiable sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is my kryptonite!

  26. Ally says:

    I love chocolate because it’s a good de-stresser for me, and I love our planet because it’s pretty darn amazing. The things it does for us!

  27. Alise says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to try a wonderful spread, Megan. I love small bits of very dark chocolate for the positive effects it has on my emotional state of being, and I love this planet because God gave us all sorts of wonderful animals, foods, scenery, etc. that benefit us in so many ways.

  28. Cindy Jacobson says:

    Our planet is our home. If we want it to last forever we must take important steps to properly take care of it. Like a real home it’s not advisable to take down a load bearing wall, have sparking electrical wires or have your water drain directly into the crawl space of the house; all of these have unsafe consequences. Just as not respecting our plant will result in problems for generations to come.

  29. Connie Hawkins says:

    Chocolate-good for the heart and good for the soul, who can ask for more.

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  31. arlene wilder says:

    this sounds yummy and I help rehabilitate wildlife and release them back into the wild so I am all for this

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GIVEAWAY: “Kathleen Shoop, Dancin’ in the Rain”

And our winner is  … Rhonda Bowdy (see winners’ post here).

For a chance to win all three books in Kathleen Shoop’s “Endless Love Series,” tell me what your favorite book was in 2015 in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    My favorite book for 2015 was the biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Totally Awesome. What an amazing woman who dedicated her life to bring about much needed change.

  2. Bobbie calgaro says:

    Brian Selznick has written several wonderful children’s books tha translate very well to adults. They are a mix of pencil drawings that tell a story as well as prose. Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret are two of my favorite all time books. I just got his new one The Marvels and I can’t wait to start reading it.

  3. Leisa Joan says:

    I read all the time, so hard to remember a favorite…I started the Outlander series, after watching the shows on tv. Also enjoyed Girl on a Train.

  4. Krista says:

    I would have to say my favorite book from 2015 was Divergent. I love action books and this one kept me drawn in the entire time. My plan for 2016 is to read at least the next book in the series. The movies are also just as good.

  5. Teri Schneider says:

    I read Pride and Prejudice and totally fell in love with the characters. Then my husband brought home the DVD just last week and said “Have we ever watched this one?” Lol! Can’t get enough of that era. Such class and gentile behavior from the characters. Felt like talking like them the rest of the day 🙂

  6. Linda says:

    Hard to say what my one favorite book is, but I definitely love the Elm Creek Quilt series written by Jennifer Chaverini. The last one I read in the series is “The Giving Quilt”, and it is about a group of quilters who meet in Elm Creek every year the week after Thanksgiving to make quilts to donate to the Linus Project. It is a retreat that they call “Quiltsgiving.” Ms. Chaverini is great at telling the stories of the quilters who attend the retreats at Elm Creek.

  7. jaylyn morehouse says:

    Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.

  8. Patty Neuspickel says:

    The Road Home

  9. Denise says:

    My favorite. That is a difficult pick but I would have to say Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.

  10. Sandi King says:

    I am reading two series of books; one is Tales From Grace Chapel Inn and the other is Miracles of Marble Cove from Guideposts. These stories are written by different authors but follow the storyline and each of them have recipes in the back of each book. In Tales From Grace Chapel Inn one of the sisters is a professional chef; in the other series, Miracles of Marble Cove, one of the characters is a baker. These books are very enjoyable.

  11. Connie Hawkins says:

    I reread To Kill a Mockingbird and then Harper Lee’s sequel Go Set A Watchman

  12. Brenda Wheeler says:

    Oh my, how to pick a favorite book. The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow was heart wrenching, but happy. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom was thought provoking. Bootstrapper Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm was encouraging. A Dinner of Herbs by Catherine Cookson was just plain wonderful. Half Broke Horses was inspiring. Loaned the book out and can’t remember the author. The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter was lots of fun. Love to read Mary Higgins Clark, Janette Oke, Al and JoAnn Lacy among many others.

  13. Alida Lane says:

    Where has this magazine been all my life? I will be a new subscriber. ……I love it all. My favorite book last year was The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher.

  14. Tracey Fisher says:

    I am a part time librarian, so it is almost impossible to pick just one favorite. But the most recent would be ” War Room”. It was so inspiring.

  15. Peggy Fitzgerald says:

    Lost December by Richard Paul Evans

  16. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    I constantly have a book with me. I love to read. I read so many books in 2015. Love to read Debbie Macomber. Just finished Danielle Steele’s “A Good Woman “. It was great.

  17. Melia Himich says:

    The best book I read in 2015 was a Christmas gift from my mother. It was the recently published book by Ann Romney about her life with MS and her husband Mitt Romney. Since I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago, I am always on the lookout for inspiring books by other people who live with this disease. I was not disappointed and would recommend this book to anyone who is affected by this.

  18. Susan Simons says:

    My favorite book that I have read in 2015 was Maid to Match. It was written by DeeAnne Gist and is a historical novel that takes place in Asheville, North Carolina in 1898. It is about a family that is separated by the poverty within their family. Two young children are placed in a foster home where they are mistreated. The oldest son in this family goes to work as a carpenter as part of the servants in a wealthy family’s home. The oldest daughter of this poor family also becomes the “Lady’s maid” in the same family. The son is working hard so that he can hopefully free the two youngest children from their terrible environment. The book shows the miracles that work in
    each of the older children as they become part of the wealthy family. The family they serve are also blessed by their benevolence as they make a way possible for these children to re-unite with their older siblings. It is a very joyous and heart warming story.

  19. JOANN SCHILLO says:

    I am now reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaleo Hosseini. He also wrote The Kite Runner.
    The books are about how it is when living in a place where life is a struggle to survive.
    He writes of stunningly heroic characters whose spirits grasp the dimmest rays of hope. There it is a struggle to survive in the backdrop of recent history.

  20. Jana Blackwood says:

    My favorite book from 2015 is The Girl on the Train.

  21. Tywana Lambert says:

    My favorite book of 2015 was published by Jan Karen ” Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” .

  22. Kathy O'Hara says:

    My favorite read last year was Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene. It is the first book in a series about a Jewish violinist in Austria in the late 1930s and how the Nazis are beginning to impact life in that lovely little country. Love, laughter, terror, hope and music are all part of the pages. The best part about this book? There are 5 more in the series….whee!

  23. Christina says:

    I love to read! If only there was more time in a day for it. Right now I take advantage of putting my 5 year old to be, first I sit and read to him and then I dive into my books. 🙂
    2015 my favorite reads have been a series by Olivia Newport, Avenue of dreams! I am currently on the 3rd book in the series and almost done.

  24. Mary Trenerry says:

    I’m a retired librarian who foolishly thought there would be more time to read after retirement!
    Ha ha, the problem is there are so very many great books. My 2015 favorite was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

  25. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    Thank you so much. Can’t wait to start reading. Thanks again.

  26. Kelly Higginbotham says:

    Well, I have read so many that it is hard to say. I loved them all. When I read a book I’m Right There in The Book. I can see what the people look like in my mind. I can picture everything around them. I can picture being right there in the wedding, In the little towns walking the streets with them. I can picture us in the coffee shops are sewing and yarn shops. Reading books are endless. I can feel my shoulders go up and stay when it gets scary or they are closing in on the bad person. Then I’m like girl pull your self together it’s only a book. Then I relax until the next exciting part. I didn’t have a fav. in last year because all books are wonderful.

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