Bug Bites are squares of natural milk and dark chocolate and ESC has partnered with past 10% GiveBack partner The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to introduce a new set of educational, interactive insect trading cards that spotlight fifteen key at-risk insects. New, smarter packaging integrates the card into the chocolate’s outer wrapper, increasing production efficiency and eliminating 400 pounds of material use annually.
“Bug Bites are a wonderful way to show people just how amazing insects truly are,” said Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society. “Too often swatted away, these beautiful animals help keep our environment healthy and without them we would lose many foods, including chocolate.”
ESC’s debut bar, the Eagle bar features rich dark chocolate surrounding handcrafted, organic caramel with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. As a Steward sponsor of The Peregrine Fund, ESC collaborated with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit to utilize the inside of the Eagle bar wrapper to tell the story of how Endangered Species Act protections have helped American Bald Eagle populations make a remarkable recovery.
To sweeten the deal, purchases of any of ESC’s products, including Bug Bites and the Eagle bar send financial support to help protect at-risk species – ESC donates 10 percent of net profits annually to partnering conservation organizations. The current 10% GiveBack partners are Rainforest Trust and Wildlife Conservation Network.
“Collaborating with wildlife partners like The Xerces Society and The Peregrine Fund on our product packaging ensures that we are giving our consumers factual stats on at-risk species,” said Curt VanderMeer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate. “This allows us yet another way to be stewards of conservation non-profits.”
Bug Bites and the Eagle bar are currently available on Amazon.com, and Whole Foods nationwide