How To Perfect Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans: 4 Simple Steps

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Years ago, when I was young and eager to impress, I joined a first date on a 50-kilometer hike. It was a daunting endeavor, but I survived that day thanks to a simple yet powerful snack: chocolate-covered coffee beans. Since then, these little energy powerhouses have become my go-to for any challenge, whether it’s a strenuous hike, a marathon workday, or finding a unique edible gift for the holidays.

Ingredients and Equipment

Making chocolate-covered coffee beans at home is straightforward and requires minimal ingredients and equipment. Here’s what you’ll need


– 100 grams of chocolate
– ⅓ cup whole coffee beans
– Optional toppings: cocoa powder, icing sugar, crushed nuts, coconut flakes, freeze-dried berry powder, etc.

At a Glance:

– Brew Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour to chill
– Yield: ⅓ cup chocolate-coated beans

Choosing the Best Chocolate

The type of chocolate you use significantly affects the final product. Here are some options:

– Dark Chocolate: I prefer dark chocolate with 60-70% cocoa solids for a rich, slightly bitter taste that pairs well with the coffee beans.
– Milk Chocolate: Offers a sweeter alternative that complements the bitterness of the beans.
– White Chocolate: Adds a creamy sweetness, perfect if you prefer a less bitter snack.
– Flavored Chocolates: These work well as long as the added ingredients are in small pieces. Try chili-flavored dark chocolate for a spicy kick, mint chocolate for a refreshing twist, or cookies-and-cream white chocolate for extra sweetness.

Selecting the Best Coffee Beans

The type of coffee beans you use is just as important. Here’s what to consider:

– Roast Level: Medium to dark roast coffee beans are ideal. Darker roasts are more porous and easier to chew, which is perfect for coating. Espresso roasts are especially suitable due to their porous nature and bitter flavor that balances the chocolate’s sweetness.
– Bean Size: Larger beans are easier to work with. While specialty single-origin beans or peaberries are excellent for brewing, they might not be the best choice for this recipe due to their small size.
– Flavor Profiles: Flavored beans like hazelnut, vanilla, or even chocolate can add an extra layer of taste to your chocolate-covered coffee beans.

4 Simple Steps to Perfect Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Step 1: Melt the Chocolate

Start by melting your chocolate. You can do this using a double boiler or a microwave:

– Double Boiler Method: Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir continuously until fully melted.
– Microwave Method: Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until completely melted.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have a double boiler, you can easily make one by placing a glass or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Step 2: Coat the Beans in Chocolate

Once the chocolate is melted, remove it from the heat. Add the coffee beans to the melted chocolate, ensuring each bean is fully coated. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly before coating the beans to ensure a thicker coating.

Step 3: Separate the Coffee Beans

Use a fork to lift each bean from the chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Place the coated beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. This step can be tedious, but the results are worth it.

Pro Tip: While the chocolate is still soft, experiment with different toppings. Roll the beans in cocoa powder, sprinkle them with chopped nuts, or drizzle with melted white chocolate for added texture and flavor.

Step 4: Chill the Beans

Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer for at least an hour to let the chocolate set. Once the chocolate has hardened, store the beans in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer to maintain freshness.

Pro Tip: For a thicker chocolate coating, repeat steps 1-4 as many times as desired. You can even layer different types of chocolate for a more complex flavor profile.

Final Thoughts

These chocolate-covered coffee beans are a delightful treat, perfect for a quick energy boost during a morning workout or to stave off an afternoon slump. They’re incredibly easy to make at home, and the recipe is highly customizable. Use your favorite type of chocolate and coffee beans, and don’t be afraid to get creative with toppings.

Did you enjoy this recipe? If you’ve indulged in so many chocolate coffee beans that you’re having trouble focusing, take a deep breath and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Happy snacking!