What is your favorite flavor of Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars? It’s hard to pick one, isn’t it?
Not all of the Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars are non-dairy and vegan, but fortunately, most are. And truth be told, these reliable treats have been an indulgence in our home since the day I spotted them locally. For roughly a decade, Tony and I have had fun picking numerous non-dairy flavors whenever we see them on sale. We use the excuse that the bars are fair trade and 10% of the company’s profits are donated to animal conservation. But in reality, we’re just addicted their consistently good chocolate.
Tasting Notes for Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars
Endangered Species currently offers around 15 vegan dark chocolate varieties. We usually just devour them without taking any notes, but I’ve done my best to recount a few of our favorite flavors.
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.
The Facts on Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars
Certifications: Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars are Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Fair Trade, and Certified Kosher OU-D (they are dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines or in the facility – see our Understanding Kosher guide). Select varieties may be Certified Organic, too.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Some varieties are nut-free by ingredients. 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.