Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Endangered Species - Oat Milk Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 4, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Endangered Species Chocolate
Oat Milk Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $3.86 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Sea Salt Theme Week.

Today's Oat Milk Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa (bar) was created by Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC (Indianapolis, IN).

The company has donated a portion of their net proceeds* to causes that help preserve wildlife for many years, and continues to do so. (Inside the leopard print-adorned wrapper surrounding today's bar was additional information on the endangered Amur Leopard, and more info. about organizations they support.)

Aroma notes for this oat milk chocolate bar included: dark chocolate (faintly roasted), deep dark Forastero-variety like cacao). Very faint notes included: floral perfume (vanilla), citrus (lemon green (oxalis)), and cookie/biscuit.

This dark chocolate bar broke with a hard snap (in a cold room), and the flavor notes mirrored the dark chocolate aroma notes listed above. 

The oat milk showed up a bit in the finish (as a faint, fine oat particle grittiness); but was not really detectable until this point. 

The oat milk may also have mellowed the 75% dark chocolate flavors (there was relatively low bitterness, acidity for such a dark tasting chocolate); and the sugar taste as well. (It was not overly sweet; thank you.)

The pink Himalayan salt added an extra flavor accent that complemented the dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate, non-dairy and vegan fans who don't care for overly sweet chocolates and like supporting good causes are most likely to appreciate this bar. 

This chocolate bar does not contain milk; but there may be traces of milk in the manufacturing process.

Ingredients: Chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole grain oats, soy lecithin, vanilla), pink Himalayan salt.

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

*Ten percent of net proceeds are donated. "Endangered Species Chocolate partners with non-profit wildlife and conservation organizations that are making a measurable and significant difference," such as National Forest Foundation, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and Wildcats Conservation Alliance.

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