Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
So you've stumbled upon the magical bean that many are unaware of. No, not those chocolate flavored coffee beans. We are talking about coffee beans dipped in chocolate. If you have never tried the chocolate covered coffee beans, you are in for a surprise. We offer the best organic fair trade chocolate beans you can find, and here is why!
Best Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
At Black Ink Coffee Company, we currently offer dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Some people refer to their chocolate covered coffee beans as chocolate espresso beans, which is more of a marketing ploy than anything. In the future, we will offer white chocolate and milk chocolate as well.
However, these dark chocolate coffee beans are similar to drinking an espresso. In fact, one serving of these dark chocolate covered coffee beans is equivalent to one shot of espresso! So, sit back, grab some chocolate chips and maybe some espresso beans, as we teach you how to make these at home!
Organic Fair Trade Coffee Beans
These dark chocolate covered coffee beans are crafted with the finest shade-grown, 100% organic, fair trade Peruvian coffee beans. We use dark roasted Peruvian coffee beans because they are much sweeter, smaller and easier to enjoy.
Although we do not recommend it, you can even eat these Peruvian coffee beans plain if you really wanted to, but we suggest eating them coated in dark chocolate instead. The reason why dark roasted coffee beans are typically used in chocolate covered coffee beans is because they are less dense and easier to chew.
When you roast coffee beans darker, the cell structure of the coffee bean starts to break down and caramelization intensifies which is why they become softer and sweeter. Ever wonder why that shot of espresso tastes so good? It's the espresso beans!
Organic Fair Trade Chocolate
Our dark chocolate is carefully sourced from the Dominican Republic and is certified organic, fair trade and Kosher friendly. We then have the chocolate processed and sent out, along with the dark roasted Peruvian coffee beans, to a chocolate coating business that carefully coats and shines these delicious treats.
Are Chocolate Coffee Beans Healthy
Giving you the perfect mid-afternoon boost of energy, you may be wondering to yourself if these are even healthy. What is the nutritional value of a coffee bean, chocolate covered coffee beans and are they bad for you?
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Caffeine
Caffeine can be dangerous when excess amounts are consumed. According to the Mayo Clinic:
Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two "energy shot" drinks. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in beverages varies widely, especially among energy drinks.
So how do our chocolate coffee beans stack up? As previously mentioned, a serving size of our chocolate coffee beans (5 pieces) is equivalent to a shot of espresso, or 70 mg of caffeine.
Since these treats are quite delicious, it is easy to forget that they are so rich with caffeine. If you were to eat 5 or 6 servings of these, you'd be over your daily limit, so make sure you keep that in mind.
Coffee Health and Nutrition
Without going into too much detail since we wrote an article about the 9 reason why coffee is good for you, let me start by saying that these can be good for you in moderation. Like many food products, moderation is important, especially when considering the carbs and fats found within chocolate.
As for why these are good for you, there are many health benefits, such as; antioxidants, important nutrients, fat burner, mental clarity, decreases in diseases, cancer fighting, improved organ health, longer life.
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe
How to make chocolate covered coffee beans
- 1/2 cup of coffee beans (darker the better)
- 200 grams of your preferred chocolate
- Cocoa powder (optional)
- Preferred toppings (sea salt, nuts, icing)
- Microwave or saucer pan
- Measuring cup
- Toothpick or fork
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
1.Melt the chocolate
Using your microwave or saucer pan, begin to melt your chocolate. Don't be afraid to taste test if you can't resist before adding the espresso beans.
Keep stirring until the chocolate is creamy and smooth. Be sure to reduce heat if the chocolate is bubbling, you do not want to burn the chocolate!
3. Prepare Coffee Beans
Place your coffee beans in a bowl. The darker the beans, the softer they will be. Nobody wants to break their teeth on a coffee bean.
4. Pour the Chocolate
Pour the chocolate into the bowl and stir the coffee beans and chocolate until it is evenly mixed.
5. Remove Chocolate Beans
Using the toothpick or fork, remove the chocolate covered coffee beans and place them individually on the parchment paper within the baking tray. You can just dump them all out and spread them if you are lazy but they may stick together. Be sure to add your toppings here as well
6. Cool the Beans
Let the beans cool for 4 hours within your fridge or freezer. You don't have to wait this long, but if you can, props to you!
Remember, if you used dark chocolate, approximately seven of these will be equivalent to an espresso shot. So, make sure to keep an eye on caffeine levels!
Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
As we already mentioned, if you plan to use dark chocolate (which is our personal favorite), be sure to keep an eye on caffeine content. As you should know by now, dark chocolate contains more caffeine than any other type of chocolate. So, dark chocolate mixed with coffee beans will give you quite a burst of energy to get you through the day!
White Chocolate Covered Beans
Not everyone likes dark chocolate which is why we should mention that a white chocolate can easily be used over it's darker competitors. As long as the coffee bean recipe mentions that you need to use Black Ink Coffee, then you are all set.
White chocolate, dark chocolate or plain old milk chocolate, it doesn't matter. If you like chocolate covered treats, adding this to your espresso beans will give you a delicious snack that will be sure to get you through your worst days. Although we do recommend our chocolate espresso beans, you can easily make these in the comfort of your own homes as well!