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How to Make Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans 
 
by Milenna June 23, 2005

If you are a true “Coffee Connoisseur” then you love coffee prepared in any way, shape or form. A combination of coffee and chocolate is sure to give you goose bumps and have your mouth watering just thinking about it. A popular treat among coffee lovers is chocolate covered coffee beans. You can buy these tasty treats at almost any coffee shop or specialty store. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to make your own chocolate covered coffee beans and impress your spouse, family and friends. If you follow a simple recipe and get the right ingredients you are sure to make a pleasing chocolate indulgence.

Select Your Coffee Beans and Decide What Kind of Chocolate

First and foremost you need to buy high quality coffee beans. If you purchase the beans at the grocery store be sure they are fresh and not broken or damaged. Purchase a brand you are familiar with so you know the taste will be up to par. You might have better luck if you go to a coffee specialty shop and buy your beans from them. Next you need to purchase your chocolate.

What kind of chocolate works best? Dipping chocolate is easier to work with and it tends to set up nicer. This kind of chocolate may be harder to come by but if you are looking for quality it is worth the search. Chocolate chips and chocolate squares will work too. After you have selected the type of chocolate you are going to use you need to decide on the flavor. Milk chocolate is the most popular for candy style treats, but some other options are dark, semi-sweet or white chocolate. Use your own personal preference when selecting your chocolate flavor.

Melt and Prepare Chocolate for Dipping

If you have not worked with chocolate much then candy making can be a little tricky. You have to be careful when melting your chocolate because if you get it too hot it will burn and taste funny.

Some tips for melting your chocolate are:

  • Make sure you use a low temperature and stir often
  • For microwave melting cook 1-2 minute per square or ¼ cup and watch carefully stirring occasionally. (Use caution microwaves can burn the chocolate easily)
  • If you use a double broiler, place the chocolate in the top pan with boiling water underneath.
  • Be careful not to get moisture in the chocolate because this can cause unwanted lumps. If lumps form use 1 tablespoon of shortening per square of chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Cool the chocolate to a warm temperature before dipping the beans; this helps prevent burns on your fingers.

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