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Friday, September 3, 2010

Sharkies Organic Fruit Chews (Fruit Snacks) + Giveaway

I realize that it's been awhile since I've featured any snacky goodness here, and quite frankly, this particular review is slightly overdue! Sharkies Organic Fruit Chews recently hooked me up with an absolutely wonderful selection of their organic fruit snack products to try out and there were so many great items to sample that it took about a month to finish up everything! Before I get to the review, let me tell you a little about the background of Sharkies (from the Sharkies website):

"Sharkies Inc. was founded in 2003 by Dwight and Kelly Sinclair. As triathletes, swimmers, and parents of three very active kids, Dwight and Kelly wanted to create an all-natural organic snack that was portable, organic and tasted great. With over 20 years in the food business and a passion for sports, the outdoors and healthy living, Dwight and Kelly created the Sharkies adult organic fruit chews. After four years of success with the Sharkies adult product, Sharkies for kids was born in 2007."

Organic Fruit Chews in Fruit Splash and Berry Bites (vegan, gluten free):
These fruit chews are amazing! The texture is similar to that of a traditional gummy but slightly less chewy and a bit softer, slightly akin to a dense jelly/gelatin (note: this product contains no gelatin). The other members of my household are big on gummies and they all loved these fruit snacks! The fruit flavors are fruity and vibrant with a lovely variety of flavors in each bag. The snacks also look lovely with their fun shark shapes, slight shine and bright, kid friendly colors! Definitely an excellent snack for both kids and adults.


Kids Sport Chews in Tropical Splash (vegan, gluten free):
The texture of the sport chews are similar to that of the gelatin free gummy bears you find in the bulk section of the grocery store... slightly dense and chewy, but a little more sticky than a traditional gelatin based gummy (kind of like a gum drop). The flavors are great and very kid friendly though I would say that they taste slightly less fruity than the fruit chews. The sugar coating gives the snacks a wonderful texture that is slightly crunchy, but not gritty or overwhelmingly sweet.


Sharkies Energy Sport Chews in Watermelon, Fruit Splash, Berry Blast (vegan, gluten free):
The energy sports chews are geared toward adults and they definitely have a slightly more "adult" flavor. Compared to the other Sharkies offerings, the taste of the sports chews is slightly less sweet and a subtle, but not unpleasant, rice syrup aroma and flavor is also present. The fruit flavors are mild & clean (the watermelon was my favorite) and the chews are very sticky. These snacks definitely satisfied my sweet tooth and provided me with a "sugar boost" during my midday slump.


Smart Twists in Tropical Wave & Berry Surf (not vegan or vegetarian, but gluten free):To my knowledge, these are the only non-vegetarian friendly offering from Sharkies. The twists contain fish oil from sardines and anchovy, though the snacks contain no detectable fish flavor. In fact, the other members of my household seemed to think that of all the Sharkies snacks these had the most vibrant fruit flavors of all! The snacks are similar in flavor to a fruit leather but are a little softer and less chewy. The flavors are very fruity and appealing, but the snacks also provide 4% of the daily recommended value of fiber, 100% DV Vitamin C and a nice helping of omega-3 fatty acids.

Sharkies snacks can be purchased direct from the Sharkies website or at major retailers such as Target, Whole Foods & Toys R Us. Sharkies is also giving you the opportunity to win some here!

Sharkies is generously providing a mixed case of Fruit Splash & Berry Bites Organic Fruit Chews & a Sharkies visor (fits all ages) to one lucky reader!

To enter all you need to do is visit the Sharkies website and leave a comment with something you learned about their company or products.

For one extra entry each you can:
* Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect, RSS or via email (post your email address)
* Follow The Wide World Of via Twitter + tweet about the giveaway and leave a link to your tweet (you may tweet once per day)
* Post this giveaway in your blog and leave a link to your post

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! Also make sure to leave your contact info in one of your comments (email address, facebook link, twitter ID, etc.) or have your email address visible in your profile.

This giveaway will end on September 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to US readers only. Good luck!

Giveaway winner: Shannon

**I was provided with the products mentioned in this post free of charge. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine. Others experiences with these products may differ from mine. **

168 comments:

  1. I learned that they offer a school fundraiser program. (Sharkies fundraisers are a great alternative to candy.) Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  2. I learned that they are USDA Organic, FREE of gluten, wheat, nuts, dyes, dairy and GMO's.
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  3. I follow via email.
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  4. I subscribe via email
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  5. I learned that none of the sugars in Sharkies are refined and half the product is brown rice syrup giving it complex carbohydrates for sustained energy.

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  6. following blog via email

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  7. I learned Pete Takeda is a team sharkies member and a author jk{dot}gorcery{at}gmail{dot}com

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  8. I follow via google friend connect jk{dot}gorcery{at}gmail{dot}com

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  9. I subscribe via google reader jk{dot}gorcery{at}gmail{dot}com

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  10. I subscribe via email jk{dot}gorcery{at}gmail{dot}com

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  11. I follow you on Twitter (@jkgorcery) and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/jkgorcery2/status/22940779343

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  12. Here's a quote from the website. "I love Sharkies Fruit Chews. They're good and they're good for you!" - Rosanna Crawford, Olympic Athlete

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  13. follow with GFC lbaran. pcs@gmail. com

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  14. tweeted
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  15. email subscriber lbaran.pc@gmail.com

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  16. I learned the naturally occurring electrolytes in Sharkies® come from the potassium in the fruit juice and the sodium in the rice and water. These are not the commercial electrolytes currently used in most products claiming to have electrolytes. The source of most of those electrolytes is sodium citrate and potassium phosphate. This makes them commercially processed and generally low quality.

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  17. Email subscriber./GFC Follower.

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  18. I learned that they are gluten, wheat, nut free and vegetarian!


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  19. I learned that their products are certified organic by the USDA

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  20. gfc follower Ms.Smith

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  21. following you on twitter @atlmuzikfanzinc

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  23. i learned they have organic sport chews- awesome
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  24. i follow you gfc
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  25. I learned that "Sharkies, Inc. is committed to helping kids, adults and athletes of all levels reach their full potential"
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  26. I follow via GFC: Cindy H
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  27. I follow on Twitter: @lifeonprint and I tweeted:http://twitter.com/lifeonprint/status/23216507769
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  28. I learned that the Berry Bites & Fruit Splash have 1g. of dietary fiber.

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  29. I 'm Following you on Twitter id- Emma__Peel & I Tweeted.
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  30. I do Follow this blog via RSS.
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  31. most are gluten, wheat, nut free and vegetarian

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  32. I learned its usda certified organic.



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  33. ldellavalle@hot.rr.com

    I am an email subscriber

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  34. Sharkies are packed with real fruit juice, vitamins, and are entirely FREE of fructose, gluten, nuts, dyes and GMO's. . . . all the good stuff without any of the bad.
    My daughter loves these!

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  35. I learned that after four years of success with the Sharkies adult product, Sharkies for kids was born in 2007.
    kimkmc@yahoo.com

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  36. No gelatin and no refined sugars are found in Sharkies. Sounds good to me... ;-)

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  37. I learned that Sharkies are certified organic by the USDA, which gives me peace of mind knowing that the products are truly organic.


    Thank you for this GREAT giveaway!
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  38. I learned that Dwight and Kelly have over 20 years in the food business.
    Alicia Webster
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  39. At Sharkies, we want the best for our bodies and minds and we believe you do too! Our goal is to provide healthy, great tasting fuel that fits an active lifestyle. A handful of Sharkies is an easy and delicious way to give your body what it needs for optimal performance.

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  40. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/23874884704

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  41. tweet: http://twitter.com/lifeonprint/status/23889884823
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  42. Hi! THey have a school fundraising program. that's great. mstyle10@hotmail.com

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  43. I learned that Sharkies are Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Vegetarian.

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  44. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/23944087326

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  45. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/23960252000


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  46. i learned Sharkies Inc. was founded in 2003 by Dwight and Kelly Sinclair

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  47. I learned they have a school fundraiser program.
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  48. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24058282414

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  49. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24047887010

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  50. Love the fact that there are 'Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Vegetarian.' Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. RSS Subscriber to your blog.

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  52. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24148222126

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  53. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24149582824

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  54. tweet: http://twitter.com/lifeonprint/status/24179708941
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  55. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24244527140

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  56. They contain no refined sugars!

    --Meagan
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  57. I learned that they use no refined sugars

    --Meagan
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  58. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/vivalameaganx3/status/24249882704

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  60. tweet: http://twitter.com/lifeonprint/status/24258354543
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  61. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24322229520

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  62. I learned they have a racing team

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  63. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24341393962

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  64. Their goal is to provide healthy, great tasting fuel that fits an active lifestyle.

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  65. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24418338032

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  66. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24429707967

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  67. I learned that none of the sugars in sharkies arerefined. Thanks for the chance.

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  68. I LEARNED THAT THEY ARE USDA ORGANIC! AND I HEAR THEY ARE QUITE YUMMY TOO!!!

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  69. I learned they were free of gluten, wheat, nuts, dyes, dairy

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  70. I follow you on Twitter @manthas24

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  71. I get your RSS feed with Google Reader

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  72. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24520514750

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  73. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24534094332

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  74. Sharkies have naturally occurring electrolytes!
    rachiekatie@yahoo.com

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  75. following via email
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  76. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24603777665

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  77. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24714186672

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  82. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24903330649

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  83. I learned that they are called Organic Energy Sports Chews because the grape juice, which is a simple sugar, offers a quick burst of energy and the brown rice syrup is a complex carbohydrate, which offers longer sustained energy. The electrolytes allow for the absorption of water in the cells and keep your body hydrated.

    These sounds like they would be perfect for my fiancee and I and our 3 year old son. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  84. GFC follower. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  85. "A handful of Sharkies is an easy and delicious way to give your body what it needs for optimal performance." Thank you for the chance to win!
    Robyn Dones
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  86. I learned that the snacks are FREE of fructose, gluten, nuts, dyes and GMO's.

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  87. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/24969849820

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  88. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/24992945521

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  89. I learned that the sports chews are for adults! :)

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  90. I follow you via email.

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  91. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25054450832

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  92. I learned that it is considered "clean fuel"

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  93. tweet, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25086637014

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  96. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25242730875

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  97. tweet,, http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25269330406

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  98. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25338466188

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  99. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25370340458

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  100. I learned that they are gluten, wheat, nut free and vegetarian.

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  101. The Organic Energy Sports Chews for active adults are a natural source of electrolytes for energy and endurance.

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  102. I Subscribe to your blog via Email

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  103. I follow and I tweeted about this giveaway today.

    http://twitter.com/rjwhiggins/status/25394667046

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  104. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25408907813

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  105. I learned: The naturally occurring electrolytes in Sharkies® come from the potassium in the fruit juice and the sodium in the rice and water.

    That is great to know because my husband is a runner and I like to work out but I hate most of the shot blok chews he uses. These would be great
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  106. I follow with gfc
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  107. I learned they are Gluten,Wheat, and Nut free
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  108. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25439845172

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  110. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25513024562

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  111. i learned that they are 100% vitamin C, real fruit.
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  112. I learned that they are packed with real fruit juice, whole grains, and carbohydrates for an all natural energy boost that lasts.

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  113. I follow you with GFC.

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  114. I subscribe to your emails.

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  115. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25538853591
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  116. I learned that they make organic Sports Chews for active athletes. COol! Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

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  117. Following you on Google Connect. - Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

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  118. higgs.rachel @ gmail.com
    I learned they are wheat free and nut free

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  119. I learned Pete Takeda is an author!

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  120. I am a blog follower.

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  121. I love that their product is Gluten Free.
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  122. I follow as Renee G on GFC.
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  123. I learned they offer mostly vegetarian products. My son loves fruit snacks. Charlotte
    charlottewinters@cox.net

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  124. The products are a natural source of electrolytes.

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  125. I now follow via google friend connect.

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  126. I learned that tons of olympic athletes eat sharkies!

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  127. tweet http://twitter.com/Emma__Peel/status/25593065441

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  128. I learned that Sharkies are a natural source of electrolytes
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  129. following on GFC
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  130. follower on twitter and tweeted
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  131. subscribed RSS feed
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  132. I learned they provide better electrolytes in their food (not the usual electrolytes usually used in food which can make food of lower quality. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  133. I'm following your blog via RSS feed. annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  134. Following you via Twitter and tweeted ur giveaway at: http://twitter.com/wowtotweet/status/25616321914

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  135. I learned that they are gluten, wheat, nut free and vegetarian.

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  136. Organic Sport Chews is a product that they offer!

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  137. I learned that they are gluten free, suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  138. I learned that Sharkies Inc. was founded in 2003 by Dwight and Kelly Sinclair.

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  139. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

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  140. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. http://twitter.com/adthomas/status/25627503847

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  141. I blogged about the giveaway. http://www.myspace.com/liandxp/blog

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  142. I learned that all their products are USDA certified organic, and good sources of vitamin C.

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  143. I learned that they are wheat and nut free :)

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  144. follow via GFC :)

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  145. subscribe via e-mail :)

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  146. http://twitter.com/atlmuzikfanzinc/status/25637719259

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  147. I learned these fruit snacks are gluten free, nice to see a candy company being allergy and health sensible.

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  148. Follow you, tweeted here. http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/25651520477

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  149. i learned that athletes use them for a healthy organic energy boost.

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  150. I follow your blog as degood with google friend connect.

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  151. I was surprised to see they're recommended for athletes......
    The naturally occurring electrolytes in Sharkies® come from the potassium in the fruit juice and the sodium in the rice and water. These are not the commercial electrolytes currently used in most products claiming to have electrolytes.

    Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  152. Follower GFC Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  153. I learned that they are USDA Organic, FREE of gluten, wheat, nuts, dyes, dairy and GMO's.
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  154. Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect as mightynaynay
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  155. I learned the products are USDA certified organic. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  156. Now following GFC.
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  157. I learned that "Sharkies, Inc. is committed to helping kids, adults and athletes of all levels reach their full potential"
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  158. I follow on GFC.
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