As some of you may remember, a few months ago I tried out several amazing chocolate goodies from Endangered Species Chocolate–and even created a delicious Molten Mug Cake ! My family absolutely adored the delicious chocolates and spreads and since then we have become huge fans of their entire line.
Recently I learned that Endangered Species Chocolate was coming out with a brand new Chocolate Bar…one I absolutely KNEW that we would love! The Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt Bar–Aka The Owl Bar! Described as an incredibly rich dark chocolate surrounding a handcrafted, organic caramel center with pink Himalayan sea salt. With the beautiful American Bald Eagle adorning the front as well as the inside of the wrapper, an endangered species list success story, my kids and I were ecstatic to get a peek and were delighted to hear that Endangered Species Chocolate would be sending us a few bars, along with other delicious flavored bars to test out as well!
Once our bars arrived, we ripped open our first bars packaging ( ok, so we didn’t rip—the kids in all reality delicately unfolded the wrapper, as to be able to savor the information about the American Bald Eagle, as well as the chocolate ) and began to eat…and, it was amazing. The flavor combination of the rich dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt, were absolutely perfect–though I kind of figured they would be! Yum Yum!
While eating our bar, I got to thinking/ playing around with the idea of making cookies for Valentine’s Day to share with the kids, and maybe it would be tasty to use these bars instead of chocolate chips—a sort of chocolate sea salt caramel cookie…like, how could it not be?
I decided to use my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and just give it a little twist. I used all of the same ingredients in my standard recipe, other than I used my food processor to chop up my bars to slightly bigger chunks than chocolate chips would have been and added those in place of the chips. Then I took a few larger hunks and stuck some in the middle of the dough after I created my cookie dough balls, so that there would be an ooey gooey chocolate caramel center and on some I stuck the pieces on the top. I even added a few cashews on the top of a few just for even more of the twist. Then baked them as I normally would. Once the cookies were out of the oven, I added a teeny bit of sea salt to each cookie top just for a little extra kick of the salt, and boy oh boy, did these turn out fabulously! This simple tweek created some of THE best cookies I have ever tasted in my entire life and were definitely a hit with the rest of the family.
I just used this recipe you can find here.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips—Obviously I used my yummy Endangered Species Bars
- 1 cup chopped walnuts–I left this out, due to an allergy in our home.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips ( or bar chunks! ) , and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
- Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
These are absolutely FANTASTIC cookies! I recommend checking out the bars as well, available at Kroger, Whole Foods and Target in April!
In addition to the Eagle bar, we also tried out the Dark Chocolate with Cherries, Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Almonds and the Dark Chocolate with Blackberry Sage! These are also super duper yummy, so don’t forget to check them out as well!
About Endangered Species Chocolate :
They give back!
“10% of our net profits are donated annually to current 10% GiveBack Partners; each is guaranteed a minimum annual donation of $10,000 and is free to use the funds on projects they deem most important. With over $1 million generated in the past three years alone, each chocolate purchase adds up to big support that helps wildlife thrive.”
“Endangered Species Chocolate has an established history of working with cocoa farmers in West Africa, supporting growers that commit to high standards for quality and ethical trade. Now, Endangered Species Chocolate is expanding that support with the transparent reporting resources of Fairtrade International, resulting in the first American-made chocolate using fully traceable cocoa from West Africa.”
Non-GMO Project Verified
“This seal verifies that our chocolate is produced according to rigorous best practices of GMO avoidance. The Non-GMO Project and Endangered Species Chocolate respects your right to know what’s in the food you’re eating and the products you’re buying.”
“Many of our dark chocolate selections are Certified Vegan® by Vegan Action. This certification provides vegans an easy-to-recognize symbol signifying than an item contains no animal products and is not tested on animals. Please note that Vegan Certification is not an allergen certification. If you have dairy allergies, please refer to the allergen statement located on the ingredient panel of our chocolate products.”
“A gluten-free diet is a diet completely free of ingredients derived from wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Endangered Species Chocolate meets the strictest standards for gluten-free, going beyond the requirements of government law and regulations. This symbol enables people to easily identify our chocolate as a gluten-free good with confidence.”
“Endangered Specie Chocolate products are certified kosher-dairy by Orthodox Union (OU). For over 80 years, the OU has maintained the highest standard of kosher supervision and Kosher Certifications. Since our milk and dark chocolate is processed on shared equipment, all of our chocolates are certified kosher-dairy.”
Enter to win 3 each of the following dark chocolate bars: Eagle (Caramel & Sea Salt), Falcon (Blackberry Sage), Owl (Almonds & Sea Salt), and Puffin (Cherries).
Must be 18+ and Live in the US.