Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans: The 5 Best Chocolate Coffee Beans & Delicious Recipes

Who said let’s add chocolate to some dark roast coffee beans and make chocolate-covered espresso beans? Well, whoever it was, complete genius! If you have ever tried roasted espresso beans by themself or raw green coffee beans, then you are probably familiar with that bitter, acidic, and woody taste that is often associated with pure coffee beans. This is why adding the creamy sweetness of chocolate elevates this powerful caffeinated little bean to a snack favorite amongst even the harshest coffee critics. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? However, while it may seem easy to make them, there are some things you need to take into account before attempting to make these caffeinated sweets! Plus, for those who burn water, we got you covered and included our favorite chocolate-covered espresso that you can buy online and have in a jiffy!

This post is all about creating the perfect chocolate-coated beans, from white chocolate chips, milk chocolate morsels, and delicious dark melted chocolate variations w got you covered. We also included our favorite ready-to-eat chocolate-coated whole coffee beans.

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Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans FAQ

What are chocolate-covered espresso Beans?

Chocolate-covered espresso beans are dark-roasted coffee beans or medium-roast coffee beans that are coated in chocolate. Usually, semi-sweet chocolate is used, but it is common to also find milk and dark chocolate variations.

What do chocolate coffee beans taste like?

Chocolate coffee beans really add that extra oomph of taste that traditionally roasted coffee beans lack. Regular roasted coffee beans are acidic, bitter, and lack any sweetness, but they are a good option for those wanting to cut calories. The addition of chocolate adds the sweetness that the roasted coffee beans are missing and really brings out the best of both worlds of roasted coffee beans and makes this a tasty treat.

Are chocolate-covered espresso beans good for you?

Chocolate is full of antioxidants and tastes wonderful, and roasted coffee beans are full of caffeinated power and the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, thus also offering potential health benefits. However, like all things, they must be consumed in moderation because of the high caffeinated content in them and the higher calorie amount attributed to the chocolate.

What kind of roast should you use for making chocolate-covered coffee beans?

Traditionally espresso chocolate-covered beans are made with dark roast coffee beans, also the same as espresso roast, which is just dark roast coffee beans. The reason is that the darker roasts are softer to bite through vs. medium or light roast versions.

Is it safe to eat chocolate-covered coffee beans?

Yes, unless you have any sensitivities, health issues, or allergies to chocolate, coffee, and caffeine intolerance. Otherwise, chocoalted-covered coffee beans are perfectly safe to eat for most people. As always, discuss this with your doctor.

what chocolate is used when making chocolate-covered coffee beans?

Most makers and home bakers love using semi-sweet chocolate as it doesn’t add too much sweetness that will overwhelm the coffee beans’ flavor profile. At the same time, others with a sweet tooth will elect to choose sweet variations such as milk chocolate, white chocolate, and flavored chocolates.

Can you freeze chocolate espresso beans?

Yes, however, keep in mind that by freezing the chocolate-covered espresso beans, they will taste differently than when freshly made. The chocolate will have some condensation when defrosting, and the texture of the coffee beans will also be different.

How many chocolate espresso beans match a cup of coffee?

Typically a cup of coffee has roughly 60-90 mg of caffeine, and a single coffee bean can have around 3 mg of caffeine. keep in mind that for both liquid coffee and the bean variety, the coffee caffeine content is greatly dependent on the variety of coffee beans used, such as arabica vs. robusta. Also, light roast coffee has a slightly higher caffeine content than dark roast coffee. There is also caffeine in the chocolate portion of the chocolate espresso beans we would estimate it bumps it to around 3.5 mg of caffeine per chocolate version.

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What is the serving size of chocolate-covered coffee beans?

A serving size is around 10-15 chocolate-covered coffee beans, equating to around the same amount of caffeine as a cup of light coffee. To learn more about eating roasted coffee beans, read our guide!

Is there a low-carb-chocolate covered espresso beans version?

Of course! just swap your chocolate for a keto-friendly version!

Should you use freshly roasted coffee beans for making chocolate espresso beans?

If you can! Freshly roasted coffee beans taste and smell divine and are the best to use for consumption. However, you can also use store-bought dark-roasted coffee beans; they won’t taste as amazing, though ☺️.

How should you store chocolate-covered coffee beans?

We like t store our chocolate coffee beans in the fridge in a sealable container, especially during the warmer months. If you leave them out, just make sure it doesn’t get warm. Otherwise, they will melt together and end up forming a giant clump.

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Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Taste amazing! The perfect ratio of chocolate and coffee taste!
  • Easy, and most likely, you have these ingredients at home!
  • Not too sweet!


Semi-sweet Chocolate or milk chocolate, or dark chocolate

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Vanilla extract

How to make chocolate-covered espresso beans at home


  • double boiler for stove top method
  • small bowl for the microwave method
  • spoon for stirring chocolate
  • Fork
  • Wax paper

Recipe calls for

  • 1/2 cup of freshly roasted espresso beans, aka dark roast beans (same thing)
  • 1/4 cup of semi-sweet morsels or your chocolate of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Step-by-step instructions

  1. For the microwave, place the chocolate in a bowl and microwave in 10-second intervals until it the completely melted. Then add vanilla extract to the melting chocolate and stir.
  2. After combined, add in dark roasted whole beans and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Lay out parchment paper or wax paper on your designated cookie sheet pan.
  4. Pull out chocolate-coated coffee beans one by one with a fork, and place them on paper until the chocolate set. About an hour to a few hours if on the counter. You can also speed this up by throwing it in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Enjoy the excess chocolate by tossing in some nuts or your choice of sweet or enjoying it by itself 👀.
  6. Pull out and scrape off into an airtight container, and enjoy! Be careful, as they are pretty addictive!

Recipes Notes:

  • These are the perfect homemade gift for the coffee lover in your life. Simply place it in a cute jar and bow and gift it!
  • Feel free to swap out chocolate for your choice, and this recipe can be keto-friendly by using a low-sugar chocolate alternative.
  • Want a little spice? Add a dash of chili powder; trust us. It’s the bomb and adds spicy heat!
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White Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • White chocolate is so versatile that it can be transformed into a holiday show stopper with a few drops of food dye.
  • White chocolate delicately compliments the dark roast coffee beans beautifully!
  • You can make your own homemade chocolate to coat these whole coffee beans in, but we like the lazy avenue of using melting chocolate.


White chocolate meltable morsels

Freshly Roasted Dark roast coffee beans

Vanilla extract

How to make White Chocolate covered Coffee Beans at home


  • Double boiler for stove top method
  • small bowl for the microwave method
  • measuring cups
  • fork
  • spoon to stir the chocolate
  • wax paper

Recipe calls for

  • 1/2 cup of dark roast coffee beans
  • 1/4 cup of meltable white chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Before starting, lay out wax paper or silicon mat onto your cookie pan of choice. Make sure it’s not too big that it won’t fit in the fridge.
  2. Using the double boiler method, you’ll want to add water on the bottom level and heat to medium heat. Place chocolate morsels into the top boiler and continue stirring until melted. If using the microwave method, you’ll want to place chocolate in the microwave and heat in 10 seconds intervals, stir until melted, and then add vanilla extract and stir.
  3. When fully melted, add dark roast coffee beans and stir until fully coated.
  4. Pull individual chocolate-covered espresso beans out and place them on wax paper.
  5. After laying out all the chocolate-coated coffee beans, place them in the fridge and let them sit there for an hour.
  6. Pull out of the fridge, remove from wax paper, and place in bag or container of your choice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • If you love your chocolate espresso beans to be extra chocolatey, let the mixture sit for 30 minutes until set, and then redip in melted chocolate for a double layer!
  • Feel free to swap out the chocolate with your favorite choice of flavored chocolate.
  • Great Holiday Idea: Make these your favorite color by adding a drop of food coloring! We like to add orange or purple for Halloween and red or green for Christmas.

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