Endangered Species goes above and beyond with their chocolate. It’s always fairtrade and they offer many organic varieties.
Not only does Endangered Species make delicious rich dark chocolate, they also donate 10% of their profit towards helping endangered species around the world. As well as using ethically sourced cacao and natural ingredients, these are chocolate bars you can feel great about eating!
Tasting Notes for Endangered Species
Endangered Species currently offers around 15 dairy-free vegan dark chocolate varieties. There are heaps of options for the fruity chocolate lovers as well as the spiced chocolate fiends and those who love their chocolate just plain dark.
When I first bit in my taste buds were surprised…but…extremely pleased! This was the blend I had been looking for, a complex yet complimentary mix of dark chocolate and cherry essence. It isn’t the smoothest dark chocolate I have ever sunk my teeth into, but it is above average. For this reason, it seems to be an ideal background for these flavor enhancements.
Luckily, in my opinion, the cherry flavor hit it right. It was very smooth at first almost like a milk chocolate. As the light cherry scent hit my nose, and equally pleasant sweetness developed as the cherry notes gave way. Finally the flavor exited with a slightly unrefined dark chocolate aftertaste. I actually liked that it didn’t leave that sweet aftertaste that tends to leave me craving even more sugar.
Intense Dark Chocolate (72%) with Cacao Nibs
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.
Dark Chocolate with Deep Forest Mint
The chocolate itself is deep and dark (70%) with just a slight bitter aftertaste that keeps it from completely accomplishing a truly “smooth” dark flavor. Yet the mint flavor melds perfectly for a deliciously enjoyable experience.
Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds
Joanna Miller of Sugar Savvy tried some more Endangered Species varieties and here’s what she thought:
I enjoyed it, but for some reason, the chocolate seemed less smooth than the others I’ve tried. Additionally, the bar is very chunky with the nut and cranberry additions. The almonds in this one are nicely roasted and the cranberries are well distributed and portioned, so as not to overwhelm the chocolate. This is one that you need to hold in the warmth of your mouth for several seconds before you can really begin to taste it. And once you do, the flavor is rich and sharp (in a good way). I only wish it were a bit less firm and meltier.
Dark Chocolate with Organic Blueberries
Sarah Caron of Sugar Savvy gave this flavor a try:
This flavor was good. The chocolate was just rich and sweet enough, without it becoming a tooth ache. But overall, it failed to wow me. I didn’t really detect any hints of blueberries in it, which was disappointing.
While many of Endangered Species Dark Chocolate line is certified vegan (dairy-free, egg-free, animal-free) it is produced on the same line as their milk chocolate, and thus kosher certified OU-D. Therefore, this may not be a suitable product for severe milk allergies, as trace amounts of milk protein may be present.
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The Facts on Endangered Species
Certifications: Endangered Species is Certified Kosher OU-D, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, and Fair Trade.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Endangered Species is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are nut-free. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Endangered Species website at chocolatebar.com/