Last year I taste tested three chocolate bars by Endangered Species Chocolate and professed my love of the Owl, a dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds bar. Endangered Species Chocolate has a great ethos. On the production side, its chocolate products are made with certified fairly traded, kosher, and GMO free ingredients. The company goes beyond sustainable sourcing; it donated 10% of net profits to support two wildlife conservation organizations, African Wildlife Foundation and The Xerxes Society
Given the quality of their chocolate and their environmental orientation, I gladly accepted the opportunity to review more of their chocolate. I chose the Rhino, a dark chocolate with hazelnut toffee bar. In addition, I also selected two spreads, almond with cocoa and hazelnut with cocoa. The lion is featured on the almond spread while the African elephant is pictured on the hazelnut spread label.
The Rhino bar is rich and smooth with a slight dried fruit flavor. The bits of toffee are buttery and crunchy. It's quite a good combination. The rhino feared on the chocolate bar is the Black Rhino (Dicers bicornis) of southern Africa. Horn poaching is the biggest threat to the rhino; the horn is in demand in China for traditional medicine and in Vietnam where it is believed to cure cancer and hangovers and is a luxury gift. Endangered Species Chocolate has highlighted the role of the International Rhino Foundation working in Africa and Asia.
In graduate school, a couple of girlfriends and I would eat a popular hazelnut spread on toast and drink hot Milo. When I realized the impacts of palm oil farming on Southeast Asian forest ecosystems, I more or less stopped eating that popular hazelnut spread or any hazelnut spread for that matter. I have been looking for a high quality hazelnut spread without palm oil and the Endangered Species Chocolate hazelnut spread delivers. The spread is deliciously creamy. Although hazelnuts are the third ingredient, you can taste their nutty, sweet notes.
The almond spread is also very good. The flavor layering of almond and chocolate excellently satisfies your sweet and salt receptors.
Endangered Species Chocolate is sponsoring a sustainably sweet chocolate bar and spread raffle. There are two prize packs, each contains a bar and a spread. The pairings are (1) the Rhino bar (dark chocolate with hazelnut toffee) + the hazelnut spread and (2) the Owl bar (dark chocolate with sea salt & almonds) + the almond spread. Enter the giveaway below, and good luck!
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