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Endangered Species Chocolate

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Do you enjoy good chocolate? I know I do and I must admit that I am a bit of a chocolate snob. I guess that goes along with the title of “Vegan Gourmand” now doesn’t it?

Well I had some of this Endangered Species Chocolate the other day. Ok I had quite a bit of this chocolate the other day and I have been so impressed with the flavor and high quality that I just had to share it with all of you.

They offer many different chocolate bar flavors / ingredient combinations here are their 3oz natural Vegan dark chocolate combinations.

72% with Sea Salt & Almonds (This is my personal favorite) 

72% with Mint

72% with Cranberries & Almonds

72% with Blueberries & Almonds

72% with Raspberries

72% with Cherries

72% with Espresso Beans

72% with Cacao Nibs

They also have the plain 72% & 88% dark for those chocolate purest out there.

And during the holidays they come out with some special flavors like 72% with vanilla chai, peppermint and pumpkin spice with almonds.

Although this chocolate is outstanding in quality and taste it is also much much more, let me explain. Its not everyday that you find a product that is outstanding and a company who is just as outstanding behind it.

Endangered Species Chocolate Company has taken action and money put it where their mouth is.

Most all of their dark chocolate selections are Certified Vegan by Vegan Action. This certification provides vegans an easy-to-recognize symbol signifying that an item contains no animal products and is not tested on animals.

The company gives 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts.

Here is a list of some of the organizations they give or have given too.

The African Wildlife Foundation

The Xerces Society

SEE Turtles

Chimp Haven

The Ocean Conservancy

The National Wildlife Federation

Their selection process happens every three years. Here is how they select their 10% GiveBack partners. this is a quote from their website.

“Endangered Species Chocolate commits to a three year partnership with each 10% GiveBack Partner. At the end of each three year period, we begin a search for new conservation nonprofits to support. Applications are accepted from June – August during each search year. Our Marketing team carefully reviews all applications and determines the top 8- 10 that best fit our mission. The entire staff of Endangered Species Chocolate then gets involved! The top 8-10 applications are passed along to our staff for extensive review, evaluation, and discussion. A company-wide vote is then held to determine the next 10% GiveBack Partners. New partnerships are usually announced in October of each search year.”

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Wow, if that is not enough they have gotten their products certified on many levels.

All of their products are certified by the following:

Certified USDA Organic

Certified by the NON GMO Project

Certified gluten free from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization

Rain Forest Alliance certified

OTCO Oregon Tilth certified

Certified Kosher by OU Kosher

Did I mention that their office, warehouse and production facility is powered by 100% wind power. The wind energy is purchased through Indianapolis Power & Light’s Green Power Option, which enables them to purchase power harvested from local wind farms.

Another thing they do that I think is outstanding is they use the inside of their outside wrapper of each bar to tell you about the endangered animal on the front of the wrapper.

Inside Wrapper

Endangered Species also runs a blog by the name of “Involved” to promote the discussion on species, habitat, humanity and chocolate.

For the same price as any other premium chocolate bar of the same size you can enjoy great, healthy, ethical chocolate and feel great knowing that 10% of the money you just spent will help another living creature. It’s a win win if you ask me!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing or Dip

It is very simple but yet is so flavorful, I just love it on salads or as a vegetable dip. So I said to myself I should share this with my friends. So here you go!

I use OMG brand Balsamic Vinegars which are thick and sweet, the best balsamic I have ever eaten. The name is fitting OMG! You can also change up this recipe by using the flavored balsamic like Fig or Black Berry. Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of good quality extra virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup of Balsamic vinegar (I use OMG brand)

1 teaspoon of Bee Free Vegan Honey

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1 Shallot, minced

1 large clove of garlic, minced

fresh ground Black pepper to taste

Directions:

Blend the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Bee Free Honey, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic and black pepper in a Vita Mix or blender until completely combined and emulsified. Then Enjoy on a salad or dip your favorite veggie in it.

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