I tried chocolate-covered coffee beans for the first time in 2007 when a friend brought me a bag of these delicious treats from a trip to Costa Rica.
Since then, I have also tried chocolate-covered coffee beans from Colombia and Venezuela. All are delicious, but you can tell that roasts, origin, and coffee quality play a huge role in the final result.
So, when you try making this recipe at home, my main recommendation is to get good quality coffee beans and your favorite chocolate type. Bear in mind that sugary chocolate will silence most coffee features, so picking an extremely delicate coffee selection won’t make an impact if the coating is too sweet and creamy.
In the end, it all boils down to personal taste and enjoying the moment. Sometimes I like to enjoy dark and pure chocolate with intense flavors and others with a commercial and sugary treat.
Who is here to judge? Let’s indulge and enjoy this electrizing treat!
How much caffeine is in chocolate-covered coffee beans?
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As you may already know, coffee beans can vary widely in caffeine content depending on their species. Assuming that you’re using Arabica coffee beans, which have a more delicate taste, they have around 3 and 5 milligrams of caffeine per bean.
Additionally, the type of chocolate you use will increase the amount of caffeine per candy. Still, it won’t be a considerable amount, as coffee beans have the highest caffeine concentration in nature.
Remember that if you use Robusta coffee beans, you’ll get more than double the caffeine than using Arabica coffee beans.
Types of chocolate for chocolate covered coffee beans
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Chocolate comes in many forms, depending on how much cocoa is in it, along with the kind of cocoa, additives, and preparation.
It has a variable fat and sugars content depending on the chocolate composition. Additionally, the presence of soy lecithin in most commercial chocolate brands makes it a bit more difficult to melt.
In any case, it’s essential to choose a chocolate that adds some creamy sweetness to the coffee beans candies. Now, when selecting a chocolate type, I prefer dark chocolate. If you’re more inclined towards sweeter alternatives, it’s better to choose white or milk chocolate. Just bear in mind that they melt differently, and you’ll have to pay more attention to them so that they don’t get scorched.
But in short, you can use any type of chocolate:
- Milk chocolate
What do you do with chocolate-covered coffee beans?
Besides eating chocolate-covered coffee beans like candy, you can also use them as toppings or decorations:
- Decorations for coffee drinks and desserts
- Decorations for desserts
- Ice cream topping
- Frappuccino and milkshakes toppings
- As part of edible gifts
How many chocolate-covered coffee beans equal a cup of coffee?
Making an 8 oz mug of coffee can take 12 to 20 grams, depending on how strong you want your coffee. Assuming that you’re brewing drip coffee, it takes around 40 coffee beans to match a single serving.
Although we usually grind more coffee beans for a single serving, chewing coffee beans wastes no caffeine at all. Additionally, chocolate-covered coffee beans have an extra shot of caffeine thanks to cocoa. Finally, remember that sugar can have an energizing effect too. So, if you pick sweet chocolate, you might get an extra rush coming from the sugar.
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe
Find below the ingredients, gear, and steps you need to take to make chocolate-covered coffee beans at home without further ado.
- 1 cup of coffee beans
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
What you need to make covered coffee beans
- Pot (if you aren’t using the microwave)
- Mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Metal bowl
Directions to make chocolate covered coffee beans
- Melt the chocolate carefully in a bowl. If you have a microwave, use 30 seconds intervals, stirring the chocolate with spat in between. Remember to pay attention to the chocolate while it melts. If you aren’t using the microwave, put the chocolate chips in a pot and heat them on low fire.
- Pour the coffee beans into the bowl with the chocolate. Then, stir until coffee beans are completely coated.
- Transfer the beans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a couple of spoons, separate the coffee beans manually. Simply take each bean individually and help yourself with the second spoon to transfer the beans to the paper.
- Let the coffee beans cool on the parchment paper. Remember to keep the beans separate to prevent them from sticking together.
- Serve and enjoy!
More ideas and final thoughts
You’ll find some other recipes on the internet featuring additional ingredients like cocoa powder or even adding sprinkles to cover the chocolate coating. In any case, feel free to experiment.
In my opinion, the most crucial bit about this recipe is choosing high-quality ingredients, particularly your coffee beans and chocolate. Medium and dark roasts are perfect for chocolate-covered coffee beans because they’re crispier and offer a good flavor balance when paired with chocolate.
I love having chocolate-covered coffee beans now and then, and it’s perfect for getting a boost of energy. Let me know how you like it after trying this recipe at home!