Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Endangered Species - Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate 55% (bar) - Mar. 24, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Endangered Species
ONE - Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate 55% cocoa (bar)
Good +
Weight: .75 oz. (21.25 g.) / 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) in total bar
Calories: 125 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $0.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA  

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and NOPQ Theme Week, where chocolate items with flavor inclusions or origins that start with the letters N, O, P and/or Q are featured.

Today's ONE Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate 55% cocoa (bar) was from Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC (Indianapolis, IN). The company offers a wide selection of chocolate bars with flavor inclusions; and a portion of net profits from chocolate sales (10% from this bar) are set aside to help "save our wildlife."

Oats and oat milk (and coconut) have become popular non-dairy add-ins/alternatives for chocolate bars in recent years. Oats, rice and other cereal grains can also help tame or mellow certain bitter, or ultra-dark cacao flavor notes.

This relatively thick, well-tempered bar had an aroma with dark chocolate and oat cereal/granola notes. 

Their texture was uniform and relatively smooth, with a very faint, barely detectable graininess/dryness (from the finely ground oats I'm guessing).

The flavor was quite even, with dark, dense (Forastero cacao variety-like) and sweet chocolate notes (enhanced by a touch of vanilla); hints of oat cereal and malt; and a very faint, flicker of nuttiness (roasted hazelnut) in the finish. 

This bar tasted like it was made using a heavily roasted, deep, dark and bold cacao, which made it taste darker than most 55% bars usually taste. (It could easily pass as a 65% or even a 70% chocolate.) Both the bold cacao and higher sugar levels (than, say, a 70%+ chocolate) were somewhat muted by the oats. 

Ingredients: Chocolate liquor,* cane sugar,* cocoa butter,* whole grain oats, soy lecithin, vanilla.* 

Allergen information: "Contains soy. Produced on equipment that also processes products containing milk, peanuts and tree nuts."

*"Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards." The bar was also Non-GMO Project Verified. 

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