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Endangered Species - Coexist All-Natural Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Toffee 72% Cocoa

Endangered Species – Coexist All-Natural Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Toffee 72% Cocoa

This post will have to go live a few days later, since I ordered some gifts I don’t want to telegraph, but here’s the deal: I ordered from Endangered Species Chocolate and found my order at my driveway about 24 hours later.

Let us count the ways this went right:

  1. I ordered using a coupon they tweeted and got a good price.
  2. I got organic chocolate…
  3. …with verified non-GMO ingredients….
  4. …certified by the Rainforest Alliance for environmental sustainability…
  5. …and humane working conditions (no slavery on the cocoa farms)…
  6. …from a company which actively supports environmental projects.
  7. And it was delivered to my driveway, shipping included, within 24 hours.

That makes me a happy customer. Granted, Endangered Species is a local company to me and so their shipping might not be so quick for everyone, but still. The chocolate wasn’t even melty, thanks to the cold packs (which I tucked into the freezer to reuse).

Now, nothing’s perfect, so here are the ways it went wrong:

  1. Some items were missing from my order.

I called customer service and left a message. My call was returned within 5 minutes, I explained the problem, and I was promised a confirmation later that afternoon and product shipped the next day. So, still pretty happy.

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve found that Rainforest Alliance may not be the best standard for environmental and human rights certification; the label can be applied to products with a minority of certified ingredients or containing only a single certified ingredient. But from what else I’ve read, organic chocolate is almost always going to be more environmentally-sound and slave-free, so that’s a good thing to look for as well.

As always, please share anything you learn about responsible chocolate and where to find it!

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  1. “Responsible chocolate.” So many amazing mental images and fanarts just waiting to happen. In the meantime, I’ve never heard of this company — I’m going to go check them out!

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