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% Cacao
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Raaka

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 Salt
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ChocZero

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 Oz
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TCHO

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.

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Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Bar, Milk Chocolate
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Awake

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
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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 oz
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Chocolove

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
Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish. When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer cocktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.