Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Endangered Species - Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar) - Jan. 24, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Endangered Species Chocolate
Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $4.19 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to the last day (Day #12) of Chocolate, Berries and Vanilla Theme Week. 

Today's Oat Milk Mixed Berries + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar) was from Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC (Indianapolis, IN). 

The company produces a wide variety of dark and milk chocolate bars with flavor inclusions; and more recently, oat milk chocolate bars as well. (Endangered Species Chocolate also donates 10 percent of net profits to save wildlife.)

Aroma notes for this bar included: dark chocolate, fruit (diffuse dark berries), light vanilla cookie, and oat cracker.

The ebony-toned 75% dark chocolate had smooth, deep dark flavor. (It was neither too bitter nor was it too sweet (thank you). 

The berry flavors: "darker" blueberry and occasional upticks of brighter raspberry were complementary and well-balanced with the dark chocolate and very subtle oat flavors. And vanilla added a faint, floral spice, baked cookie-like warmth.

I liked this bar better than other oat milk chocolates I've tried. The faint oat flavor was closer to a toasted whole grain cracker. Some other oat milk chocolates can have (worst case) a slightly mealy, or pulpy cardboard texture/flavor. The higher percent (75%) dark chocolate (and amounts of other fats) that were used as well as the type/treatment of the oats, and conching/grinding times could also have been factors. 

Ingredients: Chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole grain oats, soy lecithin, vanilla), infused dried blueberries (cane sugar, blueberries, sunflower oil), dried raspberries, coconut oil.

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

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