Endangered Species Chocolate Review

Endangered Species Chocolate is our family’s favorite brand of chocolate bar. The 72% dark chocolate series in particular is excellent: velvety smooth and richly flavored without being either overly bitter or excessively sweet.

I also appreciate the ethics of the company, which is what initially induced my mother to pick up our first bar years ago. The company donates 10% of net profits to wildlife conservation organizations such as the African Wildlife Foundation and The Xerces Society (a personal favorite, due to its excellent work in the under-appreciated field of insect conservation). Endangered Species Chocolate bars are also made using ethically sourced chocolate and other ingredients. They are Rainforest Alliance certified and many of their products contain USDA organic ingredients or sustainably-sourced palm oil. Endangered Species chocolate bars are also Kosher and gluten-free, and some bars are vegan.

My only complaint is that melting and resetting the bars ruins the texture of the chocolate to a greater degree than you find with cheaper chocolates like Hershey, so be extremely careful about leaving these bars in a hot car!

As a premium chocolate brand, Endangered Species Chocolate bars are pricey. I’ve seen it as high as $4 per bar! Fortunately, they seem to go on sale pretty frequently at 2 for $5 or a similar rate, and we stock up during the sales. You can also lower the price per bar by buying in bulk via Amazon or other retailers.

Here are our family’s favorite (and not so favorite) flavors:

1. Chimpanzee (72% dark chocolate)

Our go-to chocolate bar – simply outstanding plain dark chocolate. This is my husband’s favorite (I don’t think I could choose), and the most versatile.

2. Gray Wolf (72% dark chocolate with cranberries and almonds)

Endangered Species Wolf, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Cranberries & Almonds, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $32.99

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A long-time favorite. I especially love the blend of smooth, luscious dark chocolate and tart, chewy cranberries.

3. Grizzly Bear (72% dark chocolate with raspberries)

Endangered Species Grizzly, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Raspberries, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $32.99

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Another long-time favorite. Perfect when you want something a little smoother and sweeter than Gray Wolf’s cranberries and almonds, but with more texture than Chimpanzee.

4. Owl (72% dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds)

Endangered Species Chocolate Bar, Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Almonds, 3 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Price: $33.99

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A recent favorite. I’m not sure if it’s a newer product or if the stores we used to buy ESC chocolates from simply didn’t carry this flavor, but either way, it was a fantastic addition to the lineup, and more savory than most ESC flavors.

5. Black Rhino (72% dark chocolate with hazelnut toffee)

Endangered Species Black Rhino, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Hazelnut Toffee, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $30.59

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A little harder to find than the flavors above, but delicious when you can!

6. Sea Turtle (72% dark chcolate with blueberries)

Endangered Species Sea Turtle, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Blueberries, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $32.99

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I prefer Gray Wolf and Grizzly Bear of the fruity ESC flavors, but this one is also delicious and a good way to mix it up with a little more sweetness.

7. Panther (88% dark chocolate)

Endangered Species Panther, Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bar, 88% Cocoa - 3 Ounce Bars (12 Pack)

Price: $29.99

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To be honest, this one is too dark for my taste, but my husband loves it, so I’m including it. It’s definitely one you need to nibble at and not simply pop a whole square in your mouth.

8. Tiger (72% dark chocolate with espresso beans)

Endangered Species Tiger, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Espresso Beans, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $27.35

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My sister, the family coffee drinker, loves this one, but I found it disappointingly gritty. Still, if you love coffee, it’s worth trying.

9. Bat (72% dark chocolate with cacao nibs)

Endangered Species Bat, Fair Trade Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs Bar, 72% Cocoa - 3 Ounce Bars (12 Pack)

Price: $30.22

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The cacao nibs didn’t really add anything but crunchiness, in my opinion.

10. Deep Forest Mint (72% dark chocolate with mint)

Endangered Species Rainforest, Natural Dark Chocolate (72%) with Forest Mint, 3-Ounce Bars (Pack of 12)

Price: $26.99

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Great chocolate by any standard, but just not as memorable or outstanding as some of the other flavors.

11. Sea Otter (48% cacao milk chocolate)

Endangered Species Sea Otter, Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bar, 48% Cocoa - 3 Ounce Bars (12 Pack)

Price: $30.55

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If we’re going to shell out for premium chocolate, my husband and I regard it pretty much as a waste of money to get milk chocolate, but our daughter, nieces, and nephews occasionally request this flavor and it is pretty good by milk chocolate standards. We haven’t tried ESC’s other milk chocolate flavors, such as Sandhill Crane (milk chocolate with almonds) or Dolphin (milk chocolate with cherries).

What are your favorite premium chocolate flavors or brands? Please share in comments!