I just love this – chocolate for a cause! Endangered Species Chocolate is as exotic as it sounds. Their packaging is beautiful; each wrapper on their bars features a different animal with a snippet of their intriguing eyes looking right at you. I bought two bars: Gray Wolf (dark chocolate with cranberries and almonds) and Golden Headed Lion Tamarin (dark chocolate with cinnamon, cayenne, and cherries) and spent a good deal of time just reading about them.
When you open the wrapper, you see a drawing of the featured animal, a short description, a world map showing their natural habitat, and a list of threats to the species. There’s a paragraph explaining that Endangered Species sources their chocolate/cocoa from small farms in West Africa. These are certified Fair Trade farmers who use environmentally safe and sustainable farming methods. Endangered Species chocolate is certified Non-GMO (that means it is in no way genetically modified, and that’s a good thing).
I enjoyed the information so much, I decided I didn’t care how the chocolate tasted; I was glad I had bought it. But it was wonderful. The chocolate had a nice sheen and a rather intense aroma. Then, when I tasted it – bonus! Since I live in Texas, I’m used to and I love spicy food. I took a small square of the Golden Headed Lion Tamarin dark chocolate with cinnamon, cayenne, and cherries. It had a Texas-size kick, and the sensation lingered several minutes. I thought it was great, but if you’re not into spicy food, you might prefer a different bar. There are several; the only other one I had was the Gray Wolf with cranberries and almonds. Same appealing appearance and aroma; same delight when I took a bite. The almonds and cranberries were in very small pieces, but I definitely tasted them, and it was a lovely combination with the earthy dark chocolate.
Finally, if I haven’t given you enough reason to try it yet, their packaging says 10% of net profits from sales of the Gray Wolf goes to the Wildlife Conservation Network and the Rainforest Trust. Likewise, 10% of net profits from sales of the Golden Headed Lion Tamarin goes to the African Wildlife Foundation and the Xerces Society. I bought my Endangered Species at Whole Foods Market and am sure I’ll go back and try some of the other species! I think you’ll like it and you will feel good for helping some of the world’s most magnificent animals.
Endangered Species Chocolate
5846 W 73rd St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278