Chocolate Review: Endangered Species 72% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

Endangered Species is a perennial favorite around here. They source their chocolate through sustainable, fair-trade, slavery-free providers. They give 10% of profits to organizations promoting conservation through their GiveBack Partner program. And of course they offer tasty bars that deliver the value, or else we’d be leaning toward other slavery-free chocolate brands. We like what they’re doing with their fancy flavors. But how do they do with straightforward dark chocolate?

Chocolate Review: Simple Truth Organic 71% Cacao Baobab Dark Chocolate

Our magical journey into Kroger’s magical journey into the world of organic fair-trade chocolate continues with their Simple Truth baobab dark chocolate bar. What is a baobab? It’s a thick-trunked tree that you can find in the southern hemisphere, whose fruit sun-dries naturally on the branch and–in chocolate–is God’s uncontested greatest gift to the human tongue.

Chocolate Review: Vosges Burnt Caramel Dulce de Leche Chocolate

Vosges knows how to make a good chocolate. If they can make me, a not-especially-caramel guy, say to himself, “Man, that’s some good caramel,” they’ve got to be doing something right. Their dulce de leche bar here has a firm outside and gooey caramel center, providing a tasty texture change-up. There’s a bit of a dark, salty bite to it, but more than anything it’s just a sweet, milky bar. It’s enjoyable, luxurious, and it goes down easy.

Chocolate Review: Vosges Black Salt Chocolate with Caramel

There’s a story behind this bar. Awhile ago, I swung by Kroger with my Plan X Media partner-in-ministry, Ash Green, to restock my chocolate supply. The standard price for the Vosges caramel bar you see above was $5.49, and while I like caramel well enough, I prefer straight-up dark chocolate, so I normally wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But, as Ash pointed out, the bar was on sale for $2.79, an absolutely crazy markdown. He talked me into grabbing the Vosges bar on sale, and I’m glad he did. This is the good stuff.