For a perfect snack that is full of sweet chocolatey goodness, and packed with energy, look no further than chocolate-covered espresso beans. They are the best way to wake up from that late afternoon energy drop we all experience.
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You could buy them from a store, or better, learn how to make chocolate covered espresso beans. Making them is very easy and needs little effort. Having them handy is a way to ensure you’ll never yawn during those long meetings or work sessions.
How to Find YOUR Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe
Before we start getting to the nitty-gritty of the kitchen, you’ll have to decide which combination you’d like to try. If you are an experienced coffee drinker, you are probably familiar with the many types of coffee beans out there. So the obvious choice would be to buy your favorite cup-of-joe beans.
For the non-experienced coffee drinkers, feel free to smell the beans until you find something that catches your “eye,” or smells the yummiest. You can also try flavored coffee beans, such as vanilla, almond, amaretto, or any other for a different flavor kick.
The next step will be to consider your choice of chocolate. Because espresso coffee beans are typically bitter, this is where your desired sweetness level comes in. For those that love a more bitter taste, dark or semisweet chocolate chips the best.
Using milk chocolate chips for a sweeter and smoother taste is a good idea. For those with a sweet tooth, white chocolate will work great. You can also consider chocolates that have flavorings.
If cooking’s not your cup of coffee, you can always buy chocolate covered espresso beans. But, making these yourself is fairly easy and fun. It can be a nice project to hone your culinary skills. For these recipes you should have these things readily available:
- A microwave and microwavable bowl
- Large spoon or spatula
- A fork
- Large tray
- Wax or parchment paper
- A double boiler (optional)
Cocoa Powdered Coconut Oil Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
This is an easy recipe that requires very little effort but has a great result. The use of coconut oil and cocoa powder gives this recipe a nutty, delicious taste. This recipe requires a 20 minute prep time and a 5 minute cook time.
- 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 cup of coffee beans
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Gather all your ingredients in receptacles. Have them handy and ready.
Place the chocolate chips you have purchased (in a microwave-safe bowl), and add the coconut oil. Microwave this in 30-second intervals. After each interval, take out of the microwave, and stir. Continue to microwave until the chocolate is melted, well combined with the coconut oil, and smooth.
Place the beans into the chocolate/coconut oil mixture, stirring with a spoon or spatula. Make sure each of the coffee beans is evenly coated.
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With the fork, remove the coffee beans one at a time. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place each bean on the wax or parchment papered tray. Once you have taken each coffee bean out, you can let them sit, or refrigerate to make the setting process a bit faster.
When you buy the cocoa powder make sure it is one to your liking. Some cocoa powders are drier than others. Some also have different flavors such as vanilla, hazelnut, and others. To cover the chocolate covered coffee beans, roll each bean in the powder (once settled). This will give the coffee beans a different appearance, taste, and texture.
Store the chocolate covered coffee beans in an airtight container. Place wax or parchment paper between each layer.
Easy Homestyle Made Chocolate covered Coffee Beans
For this easy DIY recipe, the total prep and cook time is 20 minutes. It yields 1 cup of chocolate-covered coffee beans. This recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but feel free to use dark chocolate or milk chocolate.
Ingredients needed for this recipe are:
- 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
- 1/2 cup coffee beans
- Optional: baking cocoa
In your microwaveable bowl, place the chocolate chips and shortening.
Microwave the mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring after each. Continue to microwave until the chocolate is melted, well combined with the shortening, and smooth.
Place the beans into the chocolate/coconut oil mixture, stirring with a spoon or spatula. Make sure each coffee bean is evenly coated.
Remove the coffee beans one at a time. Allow any excess chocolate to fall back into the bowl. Place each bean on the wax or parchment papered tray. Let the coffee beans sit for 10-15 minutes.
Roll the beans in the cocoa powder once settled.
Store the chocolate covered coffee beans in an airtight container. Make sure to use wax or parchment paper between each layer.
Shortening and Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans With Topping(s)
This recipe is for the more adventurous dessert lovers. The shortening gives the chocolate a smooth texture. The toppings of your choice will change the flavor and texture. This will give the chocolate covered beans a totally different (but delicious) taste. For this recipe, you need 5 minutes for prep time, 4 minutes for cook time, and an hour for refrigeration.
Ingredients needed for this DIY recipe are:
- 100 grams chocolate bar
- 1/3 cup coffee beans
- A double boiler
- cocoa powder
- icing sugar
- crushed nuts
- coconut flakes
- freeze-dried berry powder
- melted white chocolate
Place water into the double boiler and allow it to boil. Reduce it to simmer.
Break the chocolate bar into small pieces and add it to the double boiler bowl. Stir the chocolate constantly, until it becomes smooth and liquid.
Remove the bowl from the double boiler and stir the coffee beans into the chocolate mix.
Remove the coffee beans one at a time with a fork. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off. Place each bean on the parchment papered tray.
Sprinkle on any of the optional toppings if you chose to purchase and use them in the recipe.
Refrigerate the beans for a minimum of one hour.
For a chocolatier coffee bean, repeat the process, giving each bean a second layer, and sprinkle once again with any optional topping you decide to use.
‘Starbucks Style’ Homemade Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Starbucks has a huge array of espresso beans. For this different style, you can really get creative by purchasing your favorite brew beans. This “Starbucks style” recipe needs prep and cook time of 15 minutes.
The ingredients needed for this homemade chocolate covered bean recipe are:
- 1 high-quality chocolate bar, broken into large chunks
- 1 cup espresso beans
- A double boiler
In the double boiler, melt the chocolate bar, stirring it constantly
Remove the bowl from the double boiler, and stir the espresso beans into the melted chocolate mix.
Use the fork to remove the coffee beans one at a time. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, placing each bean on the parchment papered tray.
Refrigerate the beans for a few hours.
Once dry, store the beans in an airtight container and keep them stored in the refrigerator to enjoy a sweet cold treat.
The Healthy DIY Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
For those watching their figure, and keeping it “California Style,” this chocolate covered coffee beans recipe is for you. This recipe is gluten-free, non-GMO, keto, and vegan friendly. It also calls for a stevia-sweetened chocolate chip that has no added sugar. This recipe needs 10 minutes for prep and cook time, and 1 hour for refrigeration.
The ingredients needed for this unique recipe are:
- 1/2 cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips or a 4 ounce Lily’s Bar (we recommend these chocolate chips for this specific recipe)
- 1 cup organic espresso beans
In a microwaveable bowl, place the chocolate chips and shortening.
Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. Continue to microwave until the chocolate is completely melted.
Fold the coffee beans, stirring with a fork. Make sure each coffee bean is coated evenly.
Remove the coffee beans one at a time. Softly bang the fork to allow any excess chocolate to fall. Place each bean on the wax or parchment papered tray and refrigerate for an hour.
Store the chocolate covered coffee beans in an airtight container once they are completely dry.
Great Snack, and Easy to Make
Homemade chocolate covered coffee beans are super easy to make. They are packed with energy and chocolatey goodness. The caloric intake is low. The average recipe has only 156 calories per ounce.
So when you find yourself wondering how to make chocolate-covered espresso beans, check out these easy recipes. Mix and match ingredients and toppings, and find your favorite one. Enjoy a unique treat, or surprise your loved ones with a great, energetic snack.