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Is it possible to enjoy delicious, premium chocolate that’s ethically traded? Yes, thanks to Endangered Species and its line that helps protect wildlife with the sale of every bar. In addition to making top-notch chocolate, the brand is committed to advocating for sustainable practices that support the ecosystem, conserve habitats, and nurture farming communities. Because Endangered Species chooses to pay additional premiums for fair trade ingredients, you can nibble knowing the chocolate bars can be traced back to farms in West Africa that support local community development. And with more than 26 varieties, you’re guaranteed to find a favorite flavor you’ll love as a go-to afternoon snack or post-dinner treat.
The History of Endangered Species
Endangered Species was founded in Talent, Oregon, in 1993 by an entrepreneur with two passions: conservation and chocolate. That means giving back a portion of profits has been baked into the brand since the beginning. In 2005, Endangered Species was purchased and its headquarters relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana. There, the company continues to support conservation groups around the world and supply ethical, non-GMO, fair trade chocolate to the masses. In the past three years, Endangered Species has donated more than $1.3 million to charity.
Endangered Species Company Mission
The mission of Endangered Species is to make a positive impact on the earth’s species, habitats, and humanity as a whole. Through the creation, manufacturing, and sale of chocolate bars for all to enjoy, Endangered Species lives up to its values—the products are ethically traded, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher-certified.
Benefits of Endangered Species
Now you can indulge with a purpose, because every bite of Endangered Species chocolate comes with a host of benefits, from environmental responsibility to gluten-free goodness.
- Environmental stewardship: Wind-powered facilities and improvements to HVAC and electrical systems reduce annual energy use by 40 percent.
- Ethical trade: Endangered Species buys its cacao from small, family-owned farms which helps sustain habitats, native species, and communities where the farms grow.
- Philanthropy: Endangered Species donates 10 percent of its net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts, such as African Wildlife Foundation, Rainforest Trust, and Xerces Society.
In addition to its company values, every chocolate bar is:
- Non-GMO Project verified
- Fair trade
- Certified gluten-free
- Certified kosher
- Certified vegan
Top Endangered Species Products
Can’t decide which flavor to start with? Here are our top picks.
Let’s start with a classic—nothing but chocolate here. It’s perfect for nibbling, crushing up for cookie dough, or melting for a sweet drizzle.
Cranberries and almonds give this chocolate bar a rustic crunch and chewy sweetness that’s irresistible. Don’t forget to read the inside of the wrapper, which shares knowledge about gray wolves, an at-risk species.
When your sweet tooth kicks in, reach for a dark chocolate bar laced with the refreshing flavor of mint. This tried and true combo is sure to satisfy.
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