Everyone loves coffee, and even more, people love chocolate. When do you bring the best of both worlds together? You get chocolate-covered coffee beans.
The best part is that you can make chocolate-covered coffee beans at home! Let’s look at the ingredients and how to make them.
Which Chocolate Type To Choose?
There are a few options, and even for a vegan recipe. So you don’t have to worry about negative effects on your vegan lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the options:
Option #1: Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate’s the aforementioned vegan option. You can even use it for non-vegan recipes if you wish to since dark chocolates provide the most full chocolate flavor.
Option #2: Milk Chocolate
Are you looking to give the chocolate a more creamy feeling? Then milk chocolate is the right option for you.
Option #3: White Chocolate
It’s chocolate but without the cocoa powder, made out of cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. Hence the name “white chocolate.” When you dip your dark coffee beans in white chocolate, you get a nice contrast when serving and an amazing taste.
Option #4: Ruby Chocolate
The color of the chocolate earns it the name. The color comes naturally from the ruby cocoa beans. So if your recipe is aimed at occasions like valentine’s day gifts or a wedding, this is the perfect chocolate option.
Which Coffee Bean To Choose?
Each type of coffee bean has its unique characteristics, making them perfect for the recipe differently.
Bean #1: Arabica
Arabica beans are naturally sweet, and they can embody the perfect essence of a dessert when you coat them in chocolate. So Arabica should be your primary choice.
Bean #2: Robusta
Robusta beans are higher in caffeine content, making them relatively bitter in taste. However, when you cover Robusta beans in chocolate, you get a contrast of bitterness and sweetness, offering you a fantastic experience.
Bean #3: Excelsa
Excelsa offers a natural chocolatey and creamy flavor, and adding chocolate over excelsa beans only gives your taste buds a double dose of chocolate goodness.
Bean #4: Liberica
A coffee that revolves around fruity flavor notes, chocolate-covered liberica beans can bring a chocolate-covered fruit flavor to the table while containing a decent amount of caffeine.
Ingredients For Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
No matter the chocolate or the coffee bean you choose, here’s the general recipe:
- Coffee beans (1 cup, roasted)
- Chocolate of your preference (100 grams, Chipped)
- Cocoa powder (2-3 tablespoons)
- Wax Paper
- Boiler Pot
- Metal bowl
- A spoon
- A fork
Making Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans In 5 Easy Steps
Now that all the ingredients are chosen, and the plan is set, let’s prepare our chocolate-covered coffee beans in 5 easy steps!
Step #1: Melt The Chocolate
Put the chopped-up chocolates in the boiler pot, and turn the heat on. Keep heating the chocolate up till the chocolates melt into a creamy state.
Step #2: Mix The Coffee Beans
Once the chocolate has melted, pour the hot chocolate into the metal bowl. Also, pour in the coffee beans. Stir the chocolate and coffee beans to mix them till the coffee beans are fully coated in chocolate.
Step #3: Place Coffee Beans On Wax Paper
Once all the coffee beans have been adequately mixed in the chocolate, place the coffee beans on the wax paper. Keep them distant so they can all dry out individually. The wax paper can soak up the extra chocolates and keep them from sticking to the tray.
Step #4: Dip Half The Coated Coffee Beans In Cocoa Powder
If you want more chocolate in your chocolate-covered coffee beans, separate half the beans and sprinkle cocoa powder over them.
Step #5: Let The Coffee Beans Dry And Serve
Once both sets of beans are set on the tray, let the beans dry out at room temperature, or you can place the tray in a fridge for a couple of hours. Once it’s completed, your delicious treats are ready to serve.
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Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
Beans for Espresso are specially roasted, and covering them in chocolates can only increase the overall appeal. And yes, they have health benefits too!
The ingredients for this fantastic treat are:
- Cacao dark chocolate
- Arabica coffee beans
- Natural cocoa powder
- Gum arabic
- Confectioner’s glaze
An average cup of coffee contains around 95 milligrams of caffeine. So while dark chocolate Espresso beans aren’t as high as regular coffee in terms of caffeine count, it’s still a considerable amount.
Every 10 grams of this chocolate-coated deliciousness contain 60 mg of caffeine.
- Provides Antioxidants: Dark chocolates and Espresso beans contain valuable antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids, which help protect you from the damage of free radicals.
- Improves Your Mood: Chocolate can be an excellent way to enhance anyone’s mood. Let’s face it, who would be upset if you handed them a chocolate bar, right? But there’s science behind it too! Dark chocolate can increase serotonin and endorphins, “the happy chemicals in your brain. Which can, of course, make your mood a lot better.
- Protects Your Body: Consumption of coffee that can amount to up to six cups a day can improve your chances of resisting cancer, type 2 diabetes, and liver cirrhosis.
Difference Between Chocolate-Covered Espresso beans and Regular Coffee Beans
There are two significant differences between both these types of beans.
- Regular coffee beans are roasted for a shorter period. However, to be considered “Espresso beans,” the beans are roasted for a longer period.
- Regular coffee beans have a lighter flavor, while Espresso beans offer a richer, heavier flavor with a bold bitter aftertaste.
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Remember, even when you’re covering the coffee beans in chocolate of your choosing, they still are pretty high on caffeine. So don’t over-consume the goodness, or you can face caffeine-induced sickness. So with that in mind, enjoy your delicious snack.
The term “Espresso beans” refers to coffee beans that have been roasted for extended periods, with the focus being brewing Espresso.
The 4 types of coffee beans are: Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa, And Liberica.
Considering every 10 grams (1 cup) of chocolate-covered coffee beans have 60 grams of caffeine, one and a half cups of coffee can equal a single cup of coffee in terms of caffeine content.
100 grams of chocolate-covered coffee beans contain 549 calories.
Like regular coffee beans, you can store chocolate-covered coffee beans in airtight containers.