If you’ve ever treated yourself to chocolate-covered espresso beans, you know what a lively little treat it is. Coffee lovers appreciate the melodious beauty in the combination of coffee and chocolate. These are a fun and inexpensive treat to keep on hand, serve at gatherings (though not to the kids!), and give as gifts to your coffee-loving friends and family. Everyone loves a homemade gift, and these are a perfect way to add a little something extra this year. Here, we’ll show you how to make chocolate-covered espresso beans at home.
Note: To make these a little extra special, you can refrigerate them for 30 minutes and dip them in chocolate again. To make these with an adult kick, add one tablespoon of your favorite rum to the chocolate after it’s melted.
We recommend using sizeable whole coffee beans. We used Lavazza Super Crema beans, and it turned out to be a bit of a mess trying to remove each bean — or rather, half of a bean — with a fork. In the end, we dumped the bowl onto the lined baking sheet. While it’s not the prettiest, it won’t change the taste. It’s a tedious task, so do yourself a favor and use the largest coffee beans you can find.
Once the coated coffee beans have cooled slightly, about 10 to 15 minutes, you can coat them as desired. A few options are rolling in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or finely chopped nuts, sprinkling with coconut, or drizzling with another type of chocolate. You can be as creative as you like!
Technically, an espresso bean is not a type of coffee bean. Espresso only refers to the brewing method. While many bags of coffee beans are labeled as espresso beans, this is a recommendation from the brand to guide you on how to extract the best flavor, and it typically will be a dark roast. Ultimately, there is no difference between an espresso bean and a coffee bean. You can use any coffee beans to cover in chocolate. However, a light roast may be too acidic.
Whether you like a little snack now and then, want to give the coffee lover in your life a special gift, or want to stock these in your desk for a midday pick-me-up, there is something delightfully special about chocolate-covered coffee beans.