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The Best Chocolate Brands You Haven’t Heard of Yet

These lesser-known chocolate brands are the perfect little something-something to try.

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Raaka Chocolate Maple & Nibs Dark Chocolate 75% Cacaovia


Brooklyn-based Raaka likes to do things differently. Not only do they work directly with farmers and producers for single-origin cacao, but they also leave their cacao beans unroasted for a “bold, bright and fruitier flavor.” You can even visit their factory on Seabring Street for tours, tastings and chocolate-making classes. Psst! Here are the best chocolate chips you can buy at the store, according to our staffers.

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ChocZero's Keto Bark, Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Saltvia


Following a low-carb or keto diet doesn’t mean you have to give up chocolate, thanks to ChocZero. The brand’s Keto Bark line is sweetened with monk fruit, rather than sugar, alcohol sugars or artificial sweeteners, for a chocolate treat that has 3 grams or less of net carbs. New to keto? Our handy keto menu will help you get started.

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Tcho Chocolate Choc,Almond,Sea Salt,Organic 2.5 Ozvia


If you’ve been searching for a chocolate bar with out-of-the-box flavors, look no further than TCHO. With flavors like snickerdoodle, mint chip gelato, banana nut and more, TCHO has an option for whatever you’re in the mood for. Did you know the history of chocolate is actually really, really interesting?

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Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Bar, Milk Chocolatevia


Skip your morning cup of joe and grab an Awake chocolate bar, instead. Each 1.16-ounce bar contains 100mg of caffeine, which is about the same amount as a cup of coffee, and comes in milk chocolate, caramel, peanut butter and dark chocolate varieties. Here are 6 more surprising ways to get your caffeine fix.

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Endangered Species Panther, Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bar, 88% Cocoa via

Endangered Species

Do some good with your next chocolate purchase by going with Endangered Species. Since its founding in 1993, Endangered Species has donated 10% of their annual net profits to “giveback partners’ like The National Forest Foundation, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Network, African Wildlife Federation and more. Each of their 17 chocolate bar flavors are Fairtrade, non-GMO and kosher. Feel good about what’s in your cart with these 11 other food brands that donate to charity.

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Chocolove, Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate, 3.2 ozvia


Utilizing European techniques in Boulder, Colorado, Chocolove was founded by Timothy Moley after he ate cocoa beans in Indonesia while working for USAID. While the brand has extensive flavors for their milk and dark chocolate bars, their real star is the ruby cacao bar, also known as the fourth type of chocolate.

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Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.