Do you have sweet tooth? Yes and you too love the bitterly cup of coffee. People do not think that these two can be combined and taken at the same time. Those who love to put these two flavors together in their café mocha can have them as pop-in-the mouth treats. Yes, you can buy your chocolate coated coffee beans and enjoy the unique sweet-bitter taste of this confection. Or, you can make your own for a version with a taste that suits your personal preference.
As the small piece of chocolate gets into your mouth, the chocolate melts as you bite the bean, the mixed taste of chocolate and coffee will be heavenly. Oh, this is better taste than the coffee-flavored candies that you used to pop into your mouth while jogging in the park or driving along the highway for boost of energy.
How to make chocolate coated coffee beans
There are only two main ingredients to create a version of chocolate coated coffee beans that conform to your desired taste. And when you want to modify, for some variety, you can have some other optional ingredients.
For a half cup of coffee beans, prepare 4 ounces of milk chocolate pieces or chips. I would suggest that you roast your beans just before you start making your chocolate coated coffee beans. Freshly roasted kinds will have better taste, aside from being able to choose if you want it light, medium or dark roasted. Each level of roast produces different bitterness. Light is acidic, medium is just right and dark is bitter. It is your choice; it is your desired taste. The yield of this quantity of ingredients is 1 1/2 cups of chocolate coated coffee beans.
Here is the direction.
- Roasting of the coffee beans – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Celsius. Place the coffee beans on a shallow cookie pan and roast for 8 to 10 minutes. I repeat, the length of time depends on your desired roasted level. You can adjust the roasting time. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Making the chocolate coated coffee beans – Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or a microwave. Stir the chocolate while melting to produce a glossy smooth melted consistency. Add the coffee beans, stirring well to entirely coat every bean. With a slotted spoon, remove the beans. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the beans and place the chocolate covered beans on a wax paper. Let it cool down until the chocolate is still slightly soft. Roll the beans on your hands or palms to form balls. You can return to the wax paper to harden. Or, you can roll the beans on cocoa powder before you allow it to harden completely. Keep the chocolate coffee bean balls in an airtight glass or plastic container.
The nutrition content of chocolate coffee beans
The given quantity of coffee beans and chocolate is regarded as one serving although you should not consume all at one time; if you do you will consume too much caffeine. Each serving size or the 1 1/2 cup yield is 128 grams for total 444 calories. Well, this is too much for weight watchers. The total fat content is 23.4 grams of which 14 grams are saturated fat. This serving has 17.4 milligrams cholesterol, 59.7 milligrams sodium, 50.9 grams carbohydrates, 38.9 grams sugar, 7.8 grams protein and 4.6 grams dietary fiber.
Effect on health of the chocolate and coffee beans combined as a snack
For people on weight loss regimen, indulgence in chocolate coated coffee beans will break their goal. There are too much calories in this serving. Even for people not on the weight loss regimen, consuming all in one sitting is not healthy. It is not only the calories nor the cholesterol, fat, sugar and sodium content that are adversely affecting one’s health but also the caffeine content. Arabica coffee beans have 1.5% caffeine so a gram will have 15 milligrams of caffeine. Chocolate comes from the cocoa beans and the amount of caffeine is dependent upon the type of chocolate. Dark chocolates have higher caffeine content than the milk and white chocolates.
Caffeine may be a culprit to good health but in small amount, dark chocolate containing caffeine brings good health benefits when taken in small and regular dose. It helps reduce risk to diabetes and some types of cancer. It also helps increase alertness and good mood. Too much can cause insomnia, palpitations and psychosis. With these in mind, chocolate coated coffee beans can have both bad and good benefits. Consuming this treat in moderation is the guide.