“Based in Indianapolis, Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) was established in 1993 to increase awareness of endangered species and the need to do more help support the efforts made in their conservation. ESC ethically source their cacao from family-owned, sustainable forest plantations and pay the growers a fair price.”
At least that’s what their website says.
This is all very worthy but what is particularly interesting is that their Supreme Dark Chocolate (with the chimpanzee on the wrapper) is going on the shuttle Discovery Flight STS-119 as per special request from the astronauts on board.
Unusually, there was no inviting dark chocolate aroma when the wrapper was opened.
Even more unusually, the dark 70% chocolate with raspberries was surprisingly bereft of taste. If forced to wear a blindfold and have another tasting battle with Ashleigh again, I’d be confident that neither of us would be able to guess what kind of dark chocolate it was or what the tiny, chewy and dry things were scattered inside it. There was no discernible flavour whatsoever; it was like sucking on something sort of melty and moist but that was it.
The milk chocolate with cherries was a much nicer offering. Very smooth, creamy and sweet with a clear emphasis on milk. The cherries unfortunately were few and far between and had no discernible taste whatsoever. They could have been pgymy currants for all my tongue could tell.
So whilst it is admirable that Endangered Species are doing the organic, fair trade, sustainable thing in bringing their product to you in cute wrappers, the actual chocolate inside the wrapper is sadly very underwhelming. When you also factor in their statement that 10% of the net profits are donated to worthy causes, you might as well donate the full $6.95 cost of this bar rather than eat bland chocolate and only have 69 cents passed on to charity.