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How To Make Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

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Making chocolate-covered espresso beans

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.

Stovetop version

Items needed:

  • Two baking sheets
  • Double boiler pot
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Fork
  • Wax or parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coffee beans
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • Dark or white-chocolate chips

Items needed to make chocolate covered espresso beans

Guided steps:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the coffee beans on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the beans cool.
  5. In a double boiler over medium heat, heat the chocolate chips.
  6. Line the other baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  7. When the chocolate begins to melt, stir until smooth.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat.
  9. Add the coffee beans to the melted chocolate, and stir to coat.
  10. Gently remove the coffee beans with a fork or tongs, one at a time, and place on wax paper.
  11. Allow coated beans to cool.
  12. Enjoy, package as gifts, or store in an airtight container.

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.

Microwave version

Items needed:

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Waxed or parchment paper
  • Fork

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coffee beans
  • 1-1/3 cup of chocolate chips of choice
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening

Guided steps:

  1. Place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat in microwave for one minute and stir.
  3. Continue to heat in 15-second intervals, as needed, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir after each interval to ensure even heating.
  4. Mix the coffee beans into the melted chocolate until completely coated.
  5. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper
  6. Remove each bean with a fork and place on a lined baking sheet.
  7. Allow coated beans to cool.
  8. Enjoy, package as gifts, or store in an airtight container.

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.

Melted chocolate from the microwave

Coating Variations

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!

What Is an Espresso Bean?

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.