For many people, the day doesn’t start until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee or shot of espresso. Coffee pours into you and shakes every cell in your body out of the weariness of slumber. It’s no wonder that it’s often been referred to as the nectar of the gods.
Chocolate has also been considered to have mystic properties according to the ancient Aztecs. It rejuvenates, invigorates, and provides sustenance.
Combine these two and what do you get? A magical confectionery with colossal flavor.
Chocolate covered espresso beans come together for a treat with a rich and creamy chocolaty exterior which gives way to a crunchy center packed with intense coffee flavor.
Now that’s what we call a dynamic duo.
What are they?
Chocolate covered espresso beans are just that: espresso beans roasted to perfection and coated with a couple layers of chocolate. These little guys have a tremendous amount of caffeine – in some cases, over 300 milligrams per ounce. To put that into perspective, a regular cup of coffee has about 177-278 mgs of caffeine. Therefore, before you go and pop the whole bag of those delicious beans in your mouth, pace yourself. You don’t want to be jumping off the walls like Speedy Gonzales now, do you?
As with all things dark and delicious, especially chocolate, variations are a given. Coffee beans can be covered in the standard milk, white, or dark chocolate.
Other flavors can be added to the mix too, including:
- Raspberry dark chocolate espresso beans
- Mint chocolate covered espresso beans
- Coffee and cream covered espresso beans
- Dark chocolate espresso beans – which are sugar free by the way
- Decaf chocolate covered espresso beans
- Amaretto infused chocolate espresso beans
Make your own
Here’s a recipe for you to try out for homemade chocolate covered espresso beans:
- Get a packet of your favorite coffee or espresso beans and roast them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate in a saucepan by breaking it into small pieces and putting it over very low heat.
- When the chocolate has melted into a smooth consistency, stir in the oven roasted coffee beans.
- Keep stirring until the beans are nicely and evenly coated.
- Carefully remove the beans from the saucepan with a form and place them on wax or parchment paper.
- In a large Ziploc bag, put some cocoa powder and sugar if you don’t want bitter chocolate beans.
- Place the chocolate coated beans in the bag and shake until well coated.
- Put the bag in the fridge and allow it to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, remove each individual bean and place them on a cookie sheet.
And Voila! You have your very own chocolate covered espresso beans. You can also experiment with different types of beans and chocolates. These are great to give as gifts or keep with you for an instant pick me up.
Chocolate covered espresso beans represent the marriage of two incredible, flavorful substances: chocolate and coffee beans. These two come together and explode in your mouth for an unforgettable experience. Layers of premium chocolate hug the contours of dark roasted espresso beans. The result? An unforgettable medley of rich flavor.