ANAHEIM, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Attendees at the Natural Food
Products Expo West taking place this week in Anaheim are among the first to
meet Chocolate Jon Stocking's newest "quadruplets": A new series of chocolate
bars from the Endangered Species Chocolate Company that are half the size of
the company's popular 3-ounce bars. Weighing in at just 1.4 ounces, the
"quadruplets" -- dubbed "Baby Bars" by Stocking -- feature photos and facts
about some of the world's most endearing babies, all of which are endangered.
The chocolate bars, fortunately, are in plentiful supply.
Making their debut at Anaheim are the Snow Leopard, Koala, Giraffe, and
Zebra-all babies, all designed to educate as well as inspire. Proud papa
Stocking says of his newest creation, "We have wanted to provide the market
with a snack-size bar for a long time, and at the same time, add other
endangered animals to our product line. We're pleased to say we have done
The new baby bar flavors are dark chocolate tangerine (Baby Zebra Bar),
milk chocolate peanut butter (Baby Giraffe Bar), dark chocolate and cherry
(Baby Koala Bar), and milk chocolate mocha (Baby Snow Leopard Bar). All of
the bars are certified organic.
Inspiration for the baby bars comes from the International Snow Leopard
Trust ("ISLT"), a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of the
endangered snow leopard and its mountain system. From the beginning, company
founder and president, Jon Stocking wanted to educate consumers to the plight
of endangered species by featuring animals facing extinction on his chocolate
bars. Says Stocking, "When we met with the ISLT, we knew we had the first
animal to be featured in the new product line."
In addition to the four baby bars, the company produces 16 different
3-ounce Endangered Species Chocolate Bars(R) featuring endangered animals and
habitat. Sketched by Stocking himself, the drawings are then turned over to
an artist to finish in an original oil painting. Critical information
regarding each animal is printed on the back and inside of each wrapper. The
company periodically rotates out animals and features new ones on its
chocolate bars. Though the company would like to feature all of the animals
facing extinction, Stocking says that it would be impossible to do so given
the amount of endangered plant and animal species now recorded by scientists.
Endangered Species Chocolate bars are made with all natural ingredients
and come in milk, dark and white chocolate and a combination of flavors. Bug
Bites(R) are certified, all-natural, .035-ounce squares of dark and milk
chocolate plus collectible cards featuring some of the world's most
interesting insects; 98 in all. The company also makes Chimp Mints, certified
organic dark chocolate and mint in .035-ounce squares, featuring
40 chimpanzees from the Jane Goodall Gombe Research Centre in Africa.
The Endangered Species Chocolate Company is located in Talent, Oregon. In
its ten years of operation, more than $150,000 and countless product and
materials have been donated to numerous organizations; among them are The Jane
Goodall Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation and
American Cetacean Society. Links to these and other environmental and animal
protection organizations are listed on the company's website
www.chocolatebar.com -- EcoLinks. The company's products are distributed
nationally in natural foods stores and specialty outlets. All products can be
ordered and shipped to consumers through the company website
www.chocolatebar.com -- ESCC Store.
NOTE: More information on the ISLT can be found on their website at
SOURCE Endangered Species Chocolate