An X-Choc Expose: Endangered Species Chocolate

Endangered Species chocolate isn't just tasty -- it's good for the world.

Despite the name, Endangered Species Chocolate isn't made from rare things like white tigers and spotted owls. While that would be extreme indeed (if somewhat gruesome and quite irresponsible), ESC is one of the good guys. They're a company that produces fine, environmentally-sensitive chocolates.

In this week's exciting episode, we'll provide a miniature portrait of a company that's as well known for its humanitarian and environmental conservation efforts as for its incredibly tasty, purely organic chocolate candies.

Giving back

Okay, let's get one thing straight here. Endangered Species Chocolate is in business to make money, period. But they do make an honest effort to make the world a better place. 10% of their net profits go toward helping both endangered wildlife and impoverished people all over the world.

Now, plenty of companies are all for saving the environment -- and they'll happily tell you that as they drill for oil in wildlife refuges. But ESC is just about unique in using what it calls "the universal appeal of chocolate" to spread the conservation word. For more information, check out what they have to say on their website.

Good for us all

Endangered Species Chocolate gets high green living marks, too. They make every effort to conserve energy, resources, and water in their offices and factories, and offer tips on how to recycle or otherwise reuse the packaging that their chocolate comes to you in.

Plus, the chocolate they use is not just organically grown, using 100% natural ingredients, it's cultivated using practices that ensure that the cacao farmers who grow it get a fair deal and a fair wage -- so that they can, among other things, practice more sustainable farming methods.

As for the chocolate itself...

By now, you're probably saying to yourself, "OK, so that's all well and good, but how does Endangered Species Chocolate taste? And what the heck do they have to offer? And where can I get some?"

That's a tall order, but we can tell you that these chocolates are to die for, especially if you're of that subspecies of chocolate extremo who loves dark chocolate. You can get dark varieties in plain versions; with pecans, goji berry, and maca; with goldenberry and lucuma; with mint...well, just lookey here.

All that, and milk chocolate, too. Now, as to where you can get it, it's always available on their website, but other organic market venues like Whole Foods and Sprouts often carry it, as do specialty candy shops.

Endangered Species Chocolate is a little more expensive than Hershey's, but it offers a great way to satisfy your chocolate fix guilt-free.