These chocolate covered coffee beans are the perfect pick-me-up treat. If you love coffee, these are great to make at home, on your own.
Caribou Coffee in wonderful, snowy Minnesota was a coffee shop we frequently visited with friends in my early twenties. And if you ever ordered a Mocha you also got two chocolate covered coffee beans on the top of your cup. The Mocha was great and the little chocolate covered coffee beans were the cherry on the top.
I don’t know why I never tried making these before now (considering how much I love coffee). But finally, here we are. I don’t recommend eating more than maybe 2-3 at a time (after all, it’s coffee and these should be a treat), but I like to make a small bunch of these and store them in a pretty glass jar. Then, enjoy once the mood strikes.
Anyway, if you love the flavor of coffee or need a quick energy boost during the day, make a batch of these and have them on hand.
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans VIDEO
Here is a quick video to view the process of making these. Read on for written instructions.
Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
- Coffee beans – you can also use espresso beans. Yes, there is a difference, but it’s not that important. Both beans come from the same plant, but espresso beans are roasted differently, either longer or at higher temperatures, or both. This just gives them a stronger coffee flavor.
- Bar of dark chocolate – you can also use milk chocolate or white chocolate based on your preference.
How to Make these Chocolate Covered Beans
Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate over low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler (like me), you can create one by placing a heatproof bowl over a small pot of simmering water.
Measure out the coffee beans and add them to the melted chocolate. I love this Mahogany Dark Roast blend from Caribou Coffee, if you’re looking for a recommendation on beans. Mix the beans and the chocolate making sure they are well coated with the chocolate mixture. Remove the chocolate from heat and let it set for a few minutes.
Using a fork or a slotted spoon, remove the coated coffee beans from the chocolate and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a silicone mat.
Once you have coated all of the coffee beans, place the baking sheet or mat in the refrigerator and allow the chocolate to set for at least 15 minutes.
If you don’t want to use the fridge to speed up the time it takes for the chocolate to set, you can just leave them on the counter. Note, this will significantly increase the time. In my testing, the chocolate did not set even after an hour of sitting on the counter. I gave up after that time and stuck it in the fridge.
Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the chocolate covered coffee beans from the baking sheet or mat and transfer them to an airtight container.
Store the container in a cool, dry place until you are ready to enjoy your delicious homemade chocolate coffee beans.
Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
- Use a double-boiler method for melting the chocolate. It is the easiest way to melt chocolate without burning (trust me, I ruined enough chocolate trying to melt directly on the stove before). You can also use the microwave, but I don’t have one, so I haven’t tested this way.
- When melting the chocolate, make sure the top bowl is not touching the boiling water underneath.
- Pick out whole beans – you will probably notice that some of the beans (or bean halves) are broken when you open the package. Pick out the broken pieces and use only whole halves for coating in chocolate.
- Let the chocolate set a bit before transferring the beans to the parchment paper. This allows more chocolate to remain on the bean and reduces dripping and splashing of chocolate on the baking sheet.
How to Enjoy these Coffee Beans
Enjoy these chocolate covered coffee beans as a mid-morning snack or serve as an after-dinner treat. It’s perfect for those holiday weekends when an after dinner pick-me-up is needed.
Other Coffee Recipes
I love coffee. I think that’s pretty obvious. So, besides just eating chocolate covered coffee beans all day, here are three other great coffee recipes to enjoy:
- Addicting Cold Brew Coffee
- Coffee Cookies with White Chocolate
- Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Bottle Coffee
Lastly, if you make these chocolate covered coffee beans, make sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating here! I’d love to hear back from you and will do my best to answer and respond to every comment. And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe. I’d love to see the photos of the recipes you have made!
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
- 3.5oz (100g) Dark Chocolate bar (1 bar)
- 1/3 cup Coffee beans or espresso beans
- Break the dark chocolate into smaller pieces and using a double boiler melt the chocolate until smooth and fully melted.
- Add the coffee beans into the melted chocolate and let set a bit.
- Using two forks, take out the coffee beans and place individually on a parchment sheet or silicon baking mat.
- Move the chocolate covered coffee beans to the fridge for 15-20 minutes or until set. You can also let the chocolate harden on the counter but it will take a lot longer.
- Store coffee beans in an air tight jar in a cool place.