Updated: October 29, 2023 by Mary Nguyen
You can never go overboard with coffee and chocolate. By combining these two pleasures and learning how to make chocolate-covered coffee beans, you can double your enjoyment!
And here’s the best part: Preparing these nuggets of flavor won’t test your culinary skills. For starters, all you need are two ingredients: chocolate and great-tasting coffee beans. That’s it. This simple combination creates the perfect contrast and balance of flavor. Sweet chocolate on the outside balances with the strong coffee flavors on the inside.
This recipe is all you need to create your first great batch of this amazing snack. It covers everything you need to know, from the kind of chocolate you should use to simple tips to make preparation easier.
Well, let’s dive in on DIY chocolate-covered coffee beans.
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Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans Recipe
Before you can make your chocolatey treats, you must first gather your ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- ¼ cup of quality coffee beans
- 150 grams chocolate bar
- Toppings such as coconut flakes, crushed nuts, freeze-dried berry powder, and icing sugar (optional)
- Parchment paper
- Baking tray
- Double boiler
- Measuring cup
With all your ingredients in place, it’s time to make your chocolatey treats. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Melting the Chocolate
Put your water in a saucepan. Use low heat and let it simmer.
Next, break your chocolate bars into small, manageable pieces (or use chocolate morsels or chips) and carefully add them to the boiling water. Slowly stir until your chocolate melts evenly. The final result should be a smooth mixture with a syrup texture.
Alternatively, you can use a microwave to melt your chocolate chunks. Microwave them for 20-35 second intervals, and stir the chocolate during the breaks.
Step 2: Coating the Coffee Beans
Once you are satisfied with the texture of your chocolate mixture, you can proceed to coat your coffee beans. Turn off the heat, add your coffee beans, and stir them continuously. The trick is to completely coat your coffee beans with chocolate. Stir continuously to avoid clumps of beans from forming in your mixture.
Here is a pro-tip: Wait for the chocolate to cool down. Doing this allows the chocolate to form up on your beans, giving them a thick and rich coating. Separating them immediately will cause most of the chocolate covering to drip off.
Step 3: Separating the Coffee Beans
At this point, your chocolate-covered beans are coming along swimmingly. So far, every step has been rather simple and straightforward.
For this part of the preparation, your full attention is necessary. You need to separate the coffee beans individually. Yes, the process can get boring and tiresome, but the end result is well worth it.
Line your baking tray with parchment paper. This is where you will place your beans. Pick up individual beans using a fork, and arrange them on the baking tray. The excess chocolate will drip from your beans to the parchment paper.
Step 4: Chilling the Beans
Once you are satisfied with the chocolate covering on your coffee beans, pop them into the freezer. Leave them there for an hour or more. The cold temperatures ensure that the chocolate covering holds on to the coffee beans.
Once the chocolate coating has solidified around the coffee beans, you can put your treats in a jar and then preserve them in your refrigerator.
Step 4: Layering the Chocolate
If you are feeling adventurous, you can repeat the processes above to add more layers of chocolate to your treats. That’s actually how to make chocolate-covered coffee beans round.
What’s more, you can take this chocolate-covered coffee beans recipe further by layering your treats with different kinds of chocolate, giving them a burst of different flavors.
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans Perfectly
Here are some super helpful tips that will ensure your DIY chocolate-covered coffee beans recipe is a success:
Never Use Direct Heat to Melt Your Chocolate
Don’t make the mistake of melting your chocolate over direct heat. There is a high chance that your chocolate will burn or scorch if you do this. And the result will be a bitter, unpalatable taste and an inconsistent texture.
If you are using a microwave, don’t forget to stir your mixture in between intervals. Otherwise, your mixture won’t have an even texture.
Reheat Your Solidified Chocolate Mixture Using Simmering Water
Since separating out the beans from the chocolate mixture takes time, the mixture may start to cool down, gradually solidifying in the process. Don’t get frustrated when this happens.
Put your mixture back over the simmering water. This will melt it and keep it from solidifying and burning up.
Add Your Toppings Before the Chocolate Firms Up
Chocolate-covered coffee beans taste so much better with toppings. Not only will your tasty coffee treats look better with the right toppings, but they will also taste better.
The best time to add your toppings is right before your chocolate firms up when it’s still liquid. A word of advice though: Don’t get carried away. When it comes to toppings, less is more.
Your Choice of Beans Is Important
It’s easy focusing mainly on the chocolate and giving the coffee beans little to no attention. But the truth is, the coffee beans you use play a big part in how your chocolate-covered coffee beans taste.
Since chocolate is sweet, using coffee beans that are more pungent works best. The bitter taste will rise above the sweet chocolate flavor, adding a unique contrast.
You Can Use a Glass Bowl in Place of a Double Boiler
If you don’t have a double boiler, you can improvise. Just place your chocolate in a glass bowl (a metallic one will work as well). You can then put the bowl in a simmering bowl of water. The idea is the same: to facilitate heating the chocolate.
Pairing Chocolate with the Beans
Just because you need a few ingredients to make this snack doesn’t mean you can’t experiment. The great thing about DIY chocolate-covered coffee beans is that you can use any kind of chocolate you want.
Word of caution: Refrain from using cheap chocolate brands. Using high-quality chocolate will give your snacks a distinctive contrast in flavor. Here are some of my top picks.
This is without a doubt the best option to use if you are going for a creamy flavor. Using milk chocolate to cover your coffee beans will give your snacks a noticeable burst of flavor.
If you won’t settle for anything less than the original chocolate flavor, then dark chocolate is right up your alley. What’s more, there is a vegan option, making it more accessible if you are very specific about your diet.
If you have never come across ruby chocolate, then you should definitely try it out for your chocolate-covered coffee beans. This brand of chocolate gets its distinctive color from ruby cocoa beans.
Are you in the mood for fancy-looking chocolate treats? This is it. Not only will your chocolate-covered coffee beans look beautiful, but they will taste great as well.
Given the fact that your coffee beans have a dark shade, using white chocolate covering is the perfect way to create an appealing visual contrast. Fun fact: No cocoa solids are used in the creation of white chocolate; sugar, butter, and milk are the main ingredients. That’s why the chocolate is white.
FAQs on Chocolate-Covered Beans
How Much Caffeine Is in Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans?
First off, you should take into account that chocolate has a moderate amount of caffeine. This means that chocolate-covered coffee beans have caffeine from the beans and the chocolate as well.
However, it depends on the kind of chocolate you are using. For example, dark chocolate has more caffeine than milk. Nonetheless, the difference is minimal. The average chocolate-covered coffee bean contains up to 5 milligrams of caffeine.
Can I Use Flavored Chocolate?
Yes, you can! Flavored chocolates are what you need if you are looking to shake things up. For example, a white chocolate cookies-and-cream bar is the perfect option if you have a sweet tooth.
A chili-flavor dark chocolate falls on the other side of the spectrum: perfect for a spicy treat. Remember not to settle for cheap chocolate bars.
Are Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Healthy?
Like all types of treats, chocolate-covered coffee beans should be consumed in moderation. When it comes down to it, they have the same nutrients as a regular cup of coffee.
The difference is that chocolate-covered coffee beans have a more concentrated amount of caffeine. And that’s because some caffeine is lost during the extraction process when making coffee. The bottom line is chocolate-covered coffee beans are healthy when consumed in moderation.
Last Word on Making Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans
I think everyone can agree that it doesn’t take much to make chocolate-covered coffee beans. And it’s one of the best things you can do with coffee beans apart from making coffee.
Even better, you have the option to tweak the recipe to your preference by using different chocolate flavors and toppings.
And that’s all. You do not need fancy machines or culinary skills. Just follow this simple chocolate covered coffee beans recipe and you will be able to make a tasty and energy-filled snack right from the comfort of your home.
If you savor the delightful fusion of coffee and sweet creamy chocolate, I suggest giving an affogato a try.