For some reason I’ve been craving chocolate covered coffee beans lately. I don’t have them often as they seem too decadent and expensive to make a habit of purchasing. And normally my cravings for them hit late at night when I have no intention of getting dressed to go out and scour the grocery store shelves.
But this evening, the craving would not be staved off by other things. I had to do something about this.
So I decided to make my own. After all, I had chocolate and I had coffee beans. Really couldn’t need more than that, right?
I melted a little over 1/4 of a Hershey’s special dark bar in a double-boiler on the stove. When it was nice a gooey, I dumped in somewhere between 1/3-1/2 cup of coffee beans I had on hand. Stir to coat them. Then I laid out wax paper on a cookie sheet and scooped the chocolate-bean-mush onto it and sort of smeared it about to separate the beans some. Into the freezer, and wham, 15 minutes later I’m crunching away on a chocolate caffeine fix. And while I waited, I got to lick the chocolate out of the pot.
Now, I’ll grant you, they don’t look all nice and smooth and shiny like store-bought versions (you know the ones that kinda look like a yogurt covered raisin?), but they taste good. In fact, because I didn’t waste a lot of time separating the beans, what I got is kinda like chocolate-coffee-bean-brittle that I broke into chunks. After I’d completed my experiment I read up on some other methods of getting “nicer” looking beans–using candy molds and doing this one-by-one was a popular method. Way too labor intensive for me. But I liked another idea about adding cocoa powder or sprinkles before the whole thing dries. Now that I could go for.
And at the rate I’m consuming these things? Not only will I have an excuse to try again for the sake of replenishing my depleted supply, I will also be wide away to do it.