Chocolate covered coffee beans are a delicious and decadent snack that has become quite popular. It seems unconventional to bite down on the coffee bean and consume it raw, but everything tastes amazing covered in smooth, creamy premium chocolate.
Are these snacks everything they’re cracked up to be? Has everyone bean raving about them for good reason?
If you want to know pretty much everything there is to know about this new snack trend, then keep reading. This article will cover the best beans on the market, how to make them for yourself if you’re adventurous, and some of the questions.
You may not know a hill of beans about chocolate covered coffee beans right now, but with the help of this article you might just say, these are the beans you’ve been looking for!
The Best Chocolocate Covered Coffee Beans
While it’s true that many companies offer sample packs for you, it is generally a costly experiment. You pay a nominal fee to get a small variety pack of their products and if you’re lucky you like more than a flavor or two. The good news is that thanks to the Internet you can comparison shop based on other options.
Not everyone has the same flavor profile, so different varieties will appeal to different people. For this reason, the list of the best chocolate covered coffee beans provides 4 options instead of just 1 winner.
Hill Farm Gourmet
Some of the best chocolate covered espresso beans come from Hill Farm Gourmet. Hoosier Hill Farm is an American company out of Indiana. They do everything by hand, from picking their products to sticking their own labels on each product.
Their espresso beans use premium beans with European style dark chocolate. This snack will be sweet and give you a kick of energy. The dark chocolate does not even melt in your hands like other brands do!
These beans are well balanced, too. It’s a pretty even ratio of coffee to chocolate, so you aren’t getting a mouthful of bean with a hint of chocolate. The bean is toasted without being burned and the chocolate is not waxy or overpowering.
The only danger here is that you’ll love them so much you’ll eat too many and end up completely wired!
Dilettante Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Dilettante has been making delicious chocolate covered snacks for a very long time. Their chocolate covered cherries and blueberries are some of the best available. It is no surprise that they decided to expand to offering dark chocolate covered espresso beans as well.
Dilettante uses crunchy beans that have been roasted whole and skips compound coating to avoid that waxy texture that makes other brands taste so funny. They are made in the USA and contain no preservatives and no fillers.
In the warm weather, they even take precautions that your chocolate doesn’t melt and ship them in special packaging along with an ice pack to keep your beans at the right temperature.
They use their own beans, made in revolving kettles that cover each bean with 2 even coats of chocolate.
Dilettante Chocolate Espresso Bean Blend
This jar of Dilettante espresso beans is delightful. Like all Dilettante products, it has no preservatives and no fillers, doesn’t use compound coating, and us made in the USA with their own beans. They also ship your product with the weather in mind so it won’t melt.
This product is for the indecisive chocolate lover. It is a variety pack of white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate covered beans. These make great party favors, too.
If you are a chocolate lover these are an especially great option because the ratio contains more chocolate than bean! In this jar, the dark beans are dark chocolate, the light brown beans are milk chocolate, the speckled beans are mocha, and the white beans are white chocolate.
Sweet Gourmet Dark Chocolate Espresso Coffee Beans
Rounding out the list of amazing chocolate covered espresso bean options is the Sweet Gourmet option. If you are Jewish, you will be happy to know that these beans are Kosher certified!
They cover their robustly roasted beans in dark chocolate. These beans are smaller than other roasters, so you can eat more of them at a time, making it feel like a real splurge. They have around 270mg of caffeine in a serving, but their serving is 33 pieces, so treat yourself to a little chocolate binge!
These beans work well in milkshakes for an extra kick. It’s a great way to enjoy the Starbucks frappe experience without the Starbucks price tag attached. Be sure to store them properly to avoid melting.
How to Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
Sometimes shipping is out of the question due to extremely high temperatures. Sometimes, you just want to get creative and have some fun baking treats yourself. Whatever your reason, this section will teach you how to make your own chocolate covered coffee beans!
There are relatively few ingredients required for this recipe. You simply need high quality espresso beans and premium chocolate of your choice. You can use bakers chocolate, chocolate chips, candy bars… whatever you want. That’s it!
As far as the materials needed go, you will need some other things to be ready to make this snack. You’ll need either a stove and saucepan or a microwave and microwave safe serving bowl. You will also need a fork and something to stir your chocolate with.
If you’re using a microwave, that can be anything, really, including that fork. If you’re using the stove, then grab a utensil that isn’t made of metal so it won’t damage your pan. Finally, you will need a baking tray lined with wax paper and enough space in your fridge or freezer to put that tray so that it doesn’t tilt or slide.
Process and Recipe
Making them is just as easy, believe it or not. Anyone can do it! Prepare yourself by placing parchment or wax paper onto a cookie sheet or baking tray and having it ready next to where you plan to melt your chocolate.
Next, you need to melt your chocolate. Break it down into chunks if you’ve used bakers chocolate or candy bars instead of chips. You want to melt your chocolate slowly, or you will burn or ruin it.
If you use the microwave, start with only a minute or two and stir it frequently. If you use the stovetop, then keep the heat very low and keep your chocolate constantly moving.
Once your chocolate is melted, you slowly add in the espresso beans, stirring constantly. Make sure that all of your beans get a nice, even coat of chocolate.
Finally, fish the beans out with a fork and place them on your parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place them into the freezer or refrigerator to cool for at least an hour.
For those of you who want different ratios, remember that the more times you repeat this coating process, the more you change your bean to chocolate ratio. One layer will have a larger bean to chocolate ratio, 2 layers should be nearly even, and adding more layers will increase the chocolate compared to the bean.
Chocolate Covered Coffee Variations
Once you get the hang of this process, you can begin to experiment!
Changing your beans will have a slight effect on your recipe. You will want to start with a medium roast blend for the smoothest bean. Darker roasts will have a more bitter taste, so it will offset the chocolate more.
Pairing darker chocolates with lighter roasts and vice versa is a good rule to follow. Flavored beans can also subtly enhance your snacking!
Playing with your chocolate is going to have the biggest impact on your snacking. Including chocolates that have fruits or nuts can make this taste almost like a high energy trail mix, as long as you remember to use only the chocolates with very small pieces of fruit and nuts.
Traditional recipes use semi-sweet or dark chocolates because those flavors naturally pair well with coffee. If you’re a fan of creamy flavors, try milk chocolate and white chocolate. Hazelnut also tastes great with coffee.
You can even use chili flavors and a dash of cayenne pepper to spice things up a bit, mint for a holiday festivity, and cookies and cream for extra sugar.
There are some very common questions when it comes to these snacks. Here they are with their answers.
Do chocolate covered coffee beans give you energy?
Yes! These beans have a pretty concentrated dose of caffeine and the chocolate also contains sugar. These will give you a quick jump of energy, so be careful not to eat too many at a time or you’ll be more wired than if you had an entire pot of coffee!
Are chocolate covered coffee beans bad for you?
Well friends, the sad truth is that these beans are snack food. While there’s nothing harmful (as long as you are careful not to overdose on the caffeine in the java), it also is not health food. You’d be better off with trail mix or granola if you’re looking for healthier snack food.
At the end of the day, the beans are pretty harmless… but you’re coating them in chocolate. Using darker chocolate will reduce the sugar junk factor but…. It’s still candy.
How many chocolate covered coffee beans equal a cup of coffee?
A typical cup of coffee (8 ounces) contains roughly 120 mg of caffeine. Caffeine content varies from bean to bean, but generally speaking you can eat around 30 beans to get 1 cup of coffee.
Keep in mind that this varies greatly – for example, the Sweet Gourmet beans mentioned above contain about 2 cups worth of coffee for every 30 beans.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.