Monday, November 10, 2008

I love Chocolate

In fact I love it a lot. I especially love that scientists say it is good for me. Woo hoo, a certified recommendation to eat more of it. 

The thing is, chocolate does not always love me back. I get migraines pretty regularly, which is a genetic thing (thanks Mom), and as with many migraine sufferers mine are sometimes triggered by certain foods. What triggers migraines is unique to each individual, but there are certain foods which appear to affect a large number of sufferers. Wine, chocolate, and cheese, especially the aged kind, citrus fruits, avocados, fermented foods, and nuts are all well known triggers (to learn more go here). So basically my favorite foods. Fantastic. Red wine and chocolate both trigger migraines for me, although chocolate only does it occasionally whereas red wine is much more predictable (damn you! So Mom and I drown our sorrows in white wine... only kidding... mostly). Anyway, the point of this is, if I am going to consume these foods I aim to make them count (what? You didn't actually think I was going to, like, abstain from these foods, did you?! Please.) 

Endangered Species chocolate is excellent and readily available - I found it at Target, and most of their chocolates are vegan (only the milk chocolates and the one dark chocolate with toffee are not). Plus it conforms to my rules.

This is a really good dark chocolate for the dark chocolate adverse. It is very smooth, and not overly bitter, yet not cloying either. One of the things I like about dark chocolate is that it takes very little to satisfy my craving. So while a half a bar is a serving, I am perfectly satisfied with a fifth of a bar. Perhaps not so good for the company, but much better for my waist :o)

Additionally, Endangered Species is fair trade, supports family farms, and donates 10% of net profits to "help support species, habitat, and humanity." So your taste buds and your conscious will be happy. Not everything they make is vegan, but it is all clearly marked, so you just have to look for the "V" in the heart on the back. They also have an organic line, and all their products are GMO free. 

Look at how lusciously dark it is. And yes, I ate it with peanut butter. Mmmmm.

Check back tomorrow for a new recipe. Happy Monday!


Joanna said...

i love their chocolate too!! i didn't think they were vegan so i stopped eating them. i'll have to check the labels again because i really love the smooth velvety texture of theirs.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I looove the Endangered Species’ chocolate! Definitely worth the headache!

Bethany said...

bummer about the chocolate issues. I have to limit my chocolate because of acid reflux. Typically I know when I can have it, but sometimes I mess up.

I love their chimp mint bar.

Bethany said...

Hey, I'm tagging you for a meme of sorts. It's cool because you list random facts about yourself. That's it :)