Endangered Species isn't the smoothest or most luxurious dark chocolate that I have ever enjoyed, but it is quite good. And I think for the price (when on sale), and the nice selection it hits the "sweet spot" for getting me to open up my wallet and make a chocolate purchase time and time again.
Thus, it came as no surprise to me that I rushed to hit up the last day of the weekly sale at my local market just to snatch some of these bars while they were on discount. But, to my dismay my tardiness had cost me. They were out of all but three flavors, two of which were milk chocolate. I was hesitant, but didn't want to walk out empty handed, so I picked up one bar of the Endangered Species Intense Dark Chocolate (72%) with Cacao Nibs. My husband and I both love the Deep Forest Crunch Bar and take kindly to the Cranberries and Blueberries bars, but I don't know, I guess I am still warming up to the "intense" dark chocolates and to cacao nibs.
Fortunately, this bar was really quite delicious … and addictive. It was lightly sweet with a pleasant crunch from the nibs, and it didn't have a noticeably bitter aftertaste, which was nice. I devoured square after square, until magically, the entire 3 ounce bar had disappeared. Oh yes, and these are nice, big bars too – trust me, 3 ounces is a hefty chunk!
Though I don't recommend this variety for dark chocolate newbies, those who already enjoy 60 to 70% dark bars may want to give this variation a try. Also, just a quick heads up: This chocolate is vegan and dairy-free by ingredients, but it may contain trace amounts of milk since it is made on shared equipment with their milk chocolate line.
This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook (also available as an eBook). For more information and to purchase these foods, visit the Endangered Species Chocolate Website. Endangered Species Chocolate is also available on Amazon at a discount.