Thursday, August 19, 2010

Endangered Species Organic Chocolate

Endangered Species Organic Dark ChocolateEndangered Species Chocolate’s hook is that the packages feature attractive, threatened animals and their profits go towards education about and protection of the environment.

They recently reformulated all their bars when they got a new cacao source (which does change the flavor profile for high end chocolate), so they sent me an array of bars to try. Today I thought I’d start with their simplest offerings, their single serving bars in Organic Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Organic Milk Chocolate 43% Cocoa.

The chocolate in the bars is Rainforest Alliance Certified as well as gluten free, Kosher, organic and ethically trade. The dark chocolate bar is also vegan (though made on equipment that also processes diary, peanuts and tree nuts). The package is made of 30% post-consumer recycled material yet it’s pretty nice to look at. The 70% Dark bar features the Karner Blue Butterfly, which is only about 3/4 of an inch across but a sparkling iridescent blue that draws the eye.

Endangered Species Organic Dark Chocolate

The bars are nicely proportioned. They’re slender - about 5.25” long and only 1.5” wide. Each is divided into three segments that are slightly domed and thick enough to provide a satisfying snap when broken.

The melt is smooth for the most part, though I did get an occasional spot of grit (fibery bits of cacao). It’s thick and lightly acidic with some bitter cherry notes. There’s coffee and anise and maybe some light citrus peel plus a strong note of vanilla. It puddles like pudding on the tongue and though I think there’s a smidge too much cocoa butter in it, the ratios support the flavor profile well. There are a lot of flavors going on and at times the finish is dry while other pieces I’m noticing a much lighter green tea note at the end.

Sometimes very dark chocolate isn’t as munchable as milk or milder stuff. It’s as if it’s too complex; this bar is dark and has a good mix of flavors but doesn’t feel too sophisticated for snacking. It pairs well with salty foods as well as nuts and dried fruits.

Endangered Species Organic Milk ChocolateThe second bar is the Organic Milk Chocolate 43% Cocoa Bar. I have to say that 43% is a pretty dark shade of milk chocolate. Some are as low as 20% cocoa content and there are those that go as high as 68% - but the low 30% range is what I think we’re most accustomed to.

This package features a lion. The package tells me that lions spend up to 21 hours a day sleeping. The rest of that time is spent in search of food, though they don’t eat every day. The package also says that lions are the only felines that live in social groups, maybe meaning that society leads to such high levels of cooperation that 21 hours of sleep are possible ... maybe we could learn something from that.

Endangered Species Organic

I stuck the milk on top of the dark here to show you the difference in color.

Endangered Species Organic Milk Chocolate

The main dairy ingredient in this bar is organic milk powder. It smells just like that - like sweet powdered milk.

The snap is much softer than the dark chocolate, though not fudgy like some milk bars like Cadbury can be. The melt is smooth, though not light and slick like Dove. It’s much thicker and velvety. The dairy notes fade and there’s a stronger caramelized sugar flavor along with the stronger bitter cocoa notes. There’s a hint of coffee, toffee and cedar in there.

This wasn’t my style of milk chocolate, it’s just too powdered milk flavored to me. I don’t know quite what that flavor is, but it reminds me of nutrition, which is not what I want in my treat. I’m guessing that this is just the profile that others prefer. The fact that it’s organic will also have appeal for folks who are looking to avoid hormones in their dairy products.

Related Candies

  1. NewTree Dark Milk
  2. Scharffen Berger Dark Milk (68%)
  3. Lake Champlain Organic Dark Bars
  4. Endangered Species: Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter
  5. Endangered Species Halloween Treats
  6. Endangered Species Chocolate
  7. Thompson’s Organic Chocolate


Name: Organic Dark Chocolate (70%)
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Endangered Species
Place Purchased: samples from Endangered Species
Price: $1.99 retail
Size: 1.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 143
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Endangered Species, Chocolate, Ethically Sourced, Kosher, Organic, 7-Worth It, United States


Name: Organic Milk Chocolate (43%)
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Endangered Species
Place Purchased: samples from Endangered Species
Price: $1.99 retail
Size: 1.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Endangered Species, Chocolate, Ethically Sourced, Kosher, Organic, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:32 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewEndangered SpeciesChocolateKosherOrganic7-Worth ItUnited States

Comments
  1. They used to make a key lime flavored bar and that was the best.  I can’t find it anywhere. Anyone know if you can still buy it?

    Comment by Kay on 8/19/10 at 9:38 pm #
  2. aaah… I’d like to be a lion!  at least for a little while! wink  Happy weekend!

    Comment by TriciaGab on 8/20/10 at 6:55 am #
  3. They reshaped these; I’m eating them now, and your description was relatively accurate. It was a rather dark shade of milk chocolate for me, I usually dislike anything above 37% or so. I’m the type of person to eat a spoonful of sugar if I want something sweet. (=

    Comment by Vonni on 4/12/11 at 7:58 pm #

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