Have you ever heard of chocolate coffee beans? Or a better question is – have you ever tasted this kind of confection? Chocolate covered coffee bean is just like a candy; toss a piece inside your mouth then chew and have a taste of a bitter sweet delight. If you have not tried it yet, try to look closely in the confectionary shelves in the supermarket. You can come across a pouch of this invigorating delicacy. I said invigorating because the caffeine in the chocolate coffee bean can awaken you as much as a coffee does.
You will definitely love these chocolate coffee beans if you love coffee and chocolates. You would not have imagined that your two favorites can blend too well. This is just an ordinary roasted coffee bean that has been covered with chocolates. Higher quality of the coffee beans and chocolates can make the chocolate covered beans super yummy. You can even make the best if you do it at home. You have the option to pick the best kind of beans and chocolate.
Initial steps to create chocolate coffee beans
The first step in making your homemade chocolate coffee beans is to buy the freshest coffee beans. By best, I mean the highest quality of Arabica beans. Although Robusta coffee beans can also be used, it is so hard to find good quality Robusta beans and using the not so good Robusta beans may not have the best taste of chocolate coffee beans. You can buy coffee beans that are already roasted. But you have the option to take charge of the roasting. You can even try the green berries of green coffee beans. These are said to be healthier varieties.
The next step is to search for the kind of chocolate to cover the coffee beans. The kind of chocolate to buy depends on the taste that your prefer. Dark chocolates are bitter than the ordinary milk chocolates. You can also opt for the semi-sweet or the white chocolate. It is all up to your preference.
Melting chocolates for your chocolate covered coffee beans
If there is a part of the process that could be tricky, it is the melting of the chocolates. When you melt this, you have to go for the low temperature of the double boiler or microwave. Then as it melts, stir often but take extra care not to incorporate water in the melting chocolate. What will happen? Your chocolate will seize or will form lumps. But do not panic when this happens. You can just add a tablespoon of shortening per one square or per ounce of chocolate. Stir until the consistency of the chocolate becomes smooth.
Two recipes to create your own chocolate covered coffee beans
We are now ready for the recipes of chocolate coffee beans.
You will need 1/3 cup of roasted coffee beans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted. Just drop the roasted beans one by one into the melted chocolate. With a spoon, scoop the chocolate covered beans one by one. Place on a wax paper without touching one another. Let it cool down to harden overnight or if you are in a hurry, let it harden inside the freezer for about half an hour.
If you want the chocolate to be thicker, once the chocolate coffee beans had hardened you must melt another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Once again drop the treats one by one and repeat the procedure of setting them aside to harden.
This is just a slight variation of Recipe 1. You add 3 tablespoon cocoa powder to your ingredients, add some if needed. Before the chocolate covered coffee beans harden, roll them one by one in the cocoa powder. Then follow the procedure of setting aside to harden completely.
Once you master the way to make chocolate coffee beans, you can be creative and your imagination will allow for more variations. You can roll in grounded nuts or you can use colored chocolates. Experiment on your creations and taste how they appeal to your palate.