Espresso Chocolate Bark

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Screw Folgers, eating this is the best part of waking up:

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One of my favorite things to snack on lately have been chocolate covered coffee beans. It’s coffee, it’s chocolate—what’s not to love? I though about how I could make an at-home version for less that’s just as good and settled on this bark recipe. I couldn’t help myself from eating it piece by piece as I was making it; I’m still a little buzzed from all that dessert. Best of all, it’s 3 simple ingredients! Yes, 3! I urge you to make this for the coffee addict in your life; they’ll love you until they crash.

Espresso Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag(12oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whole coffee beans(most grocery stores let you buy these in bulk)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse cane sugar

Melt down the chocolate chips and lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray. Spread out the chocolate to be about 1/2 an inch thick. Sprinkle on the coffee beans evenly and press them into the hot chocolate gently.

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Lightly sprinkle a layer of sugar over the chocolate while it is still melted. don’t worry about even layering since most of it will shake off when it’s dried. Just make sure to cover all of the chocolate.

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You can either let the chocolate harden at room temperature or speed the process up by putting it in a refrigerator. When it’s hardened tilt the large piece of chocolate to shake off all the excess sugar. Break the chocolate into single-sized chunks.

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These are just as good as any chocolate covered coffee beans. I wanted to try them with a darker chocolate but after tasting how bitter the coffee beans make the semi-sweet chocolate I think any darker would be hard to eat. The sprinkle of sugar adds a great texture to contrast with the crunchy beans. Now you can have your coffee and eat it, too.

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46 Responses to Espresso Chocolate Bark
  1. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    January 18, 2011 | 10:05 am

    I need some of that. Chocolate and a caffeine fix in one? Sounds about perfect for me right now.

  2. Erica
    January 18, 2011 | 10:10 am

    mmmmmmmmmm I’m obviously on caffeine restrictions, but these sound fabulous! I used to love chocolate covered espresso beans.

  3. Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes
    January 18, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Erm… I AM the coffee addict in my life! This is an incredible idea!

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 18, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Ahhh, I LOVE chocolate-covered espresso beans. I used to depend on them to get me through my night grad classes.

    This looks awesome.

  5. brandi
    January 18, 2011 | 10:22 am

    you’re KILLING me! This looks so good. I love chocolate covered espresso beans, but this looks so, so easy to make. Could be trouble :)

  6. 5 Star Foodie
    January 18, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A perfect morning treat, love that it is loaded with coffee beans, excellent!

  7. Kim
    January 18, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Good Lord, Evan, stop posting this stuff so early! I need to try to wait until after lunch to get my chocolate buzz going! ;)

    I can’t wait to make this! YUM!

    Kim

  8. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 18, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Wow Evan that looks AWESOME. I love the ingredient list, too!

  9. Erin @ Big Girl Feats
    January 18, 2011 | 11:38 am

    I really think I’m going to have to take a break from reading your blog while on this radioactive radiation treatment diet/no chocolate. GAH. These posts are killing me! So good.

  10. melissa @ the delicate place
    January 18, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    omg you’ve outdone yourself today. just what i was craving! these would be perfect for entertaining! thanks bookmarking it :)

  11. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    January 18, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    I love coffee (especially with chocolate), but I’m not sure about the coffee beans. I’ve never tried them, but won’t they be too…bitter?

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 18, 2011 | 1:42 pm

      The beans are pretty bitter, which is why I used a nice sweet semi-sweet chocolate to balance it. It’s still a pretty bitter dessert but people who like the bitterness of dark chocolate will probably enjoy this, too.

  12. Aimee Shugarman
    January 18, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    What an awesome idea! Great treat to put out when I have friends over for coffee and bread! Thanks!

  13. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    January 18, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    I adore espresso and chocolate :-) this looks amazing!!!

  14. Alexandra
    January 18, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Your posts always make me LOL…and I totally agree about chocolate covered espresso beans being the BEST thing about waking up. I used to be obsessed with the Choxie ones. And I’m pretty sure once I make your recipe today, I’ll reignite that obsession!

    Thanks for a great recipe–I’ll be sure to tweet you how it turns out :)
    @alexandraRscott

    http://glamfabulouscity.wordpress.com/

  15. Sophie
    January 18, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    MMMMMM,..what delightful teats, home made too!

    Looks excellent & tasty too!

  16. Kristina at spabettie
    January 18, 2011 | 2:03 pm

    this sounds lively!!

    I went to a Garth Brooks concert a few years back, and there were two opening acts that we didn’t recognize… this guy comes out, sings a song or two, and then jokes that we don’t know who he is… then he says “you’ll know now” and starts singing – he’s the Folger’s guy!! :)

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 18, 2011 | 4:18 pm

      It must be awful for your best work to be a coffee commercial and no one know who you are, kind of like the Chili’s “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, baby back” guy

  17. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    January 18, 2011 | 2:03 pm

    I made something similar to this for a friend’s birthday party over the summer…and then proceeded to eat half of it. Ohmygosh so good. I’m not even a coffee person, but coffee and chocolate is second only to chocolate and peanut butter!

  18. A Tablespoon of Liz
    January 18, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    This looks amazing! Can you use just regular coffee beans you make coffee with, or is there a special kind?

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 18, 2011 | 4:19 pm

      Any coffee beans will do. I just got mine from the bulk coffee section at my grocery store.

  19. Christin@purplebirdblog
    January 18, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Whoaaaaa. You rule, like… SO hard. :)

  20. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 18, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    I’m scared to make this, because I would eat way too much and end up on a serious caffeine high :)

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 18, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    they’ll love you until they crash. = LOL

    this looks good…but a little bit will do the trick!

    I have never been one to eat choc covered coffee beans. I love them both..but honestly my sweet tooth takes over and they’re pretty bitter for me.

    Sugar sprinkling, good call.

  22. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    January 18, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    great idea!!

  23. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    January 18, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    At first glance I thought that was salt sprinkled on top and I died a little bit inside admiring it, lol. Sugar is equally delish! Looks yummy. :)

  24. Devon (Run Sleep Rinse Repeat)
    January 18, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    I can send you my address.

    Oh & guess who set her DVR to record the entire series of “Being Human” despite her husband scoffing at it? Why, yes, as a matter of fact it is this girl ;)

  25. Hannah
    January 18, 2011 | 7:08 pm

    I adore coffee and chocolate together, so this might just be the incentive I need to try making bark for the first time. I’m kinda thinking I might sprinkle some sea salt on top too…

  26. Meg
    January 18, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    Can I like my computer screen? Oh, and confession – right after I type this comment I’m going directly to the post labeled Snickerdoodle…something, I don’t care what else was in the title, you had me at Snickerdoodle.

    Dark chocolate covered coffee beans are da bomb! My friend literally force fed me one last summer and I’m in love.

  27. Natalie @Will Jog for Food
    January 18, 2011 | 8:30 pm

    Espresso Chocolate Bark WHOA!!

  28. Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    January 18, 2011 | 9:57 pm

    Are you even for serious?
    Chocolate and espresso are two of my FAVORITE things.
    Must make!

  29. Evan @swEEts
    January 18, 2011 | 10:05 pm

    Oh Evan, you do our name proud! I absolutely adore chocolate covered espresso beans but would never have thought to try and make them myself.. this bark sounds fabulous.. I have to try this!

  30. zenobia
    January 18, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    Chocolate and coffee..Two of god’s greatest gifts! Combining the two is man’s gift to god!

    *Drooling at the pix**

  31. Baking 'n' Books
    January 18, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    I had a Camino Espresso dark chocolate bar here before – but I was unnerved. I tend to eat (alot) of chocolate in the evening and was paranoid it would keep me up all night ;)

  32. Steph@stephsbitebybite
    January 18, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    I could die right now! This bark looks sooo good! And it’ll keep me going for hours :)

  33. sophia
    January 19, 2011 | 12:15 am

    Hey Evan, do you do delivery? ;-)
    I am convinced this must be the PERFECT breakfast for me, as my breakfast usually consists of peanut M&M’s…heh heh heh.

  34. Letizia
    January 19, 2011 | 2:59 am

    This looks delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  35. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs
    January 19, 2011 | 3:00 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. Another recipe on my “To Try” list.

  36. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella
    January 19, 2011 | 9:11 am

    Oooo, this sounds great! I’ve never had chocolate-covered coffee beans, but considering my coffee addiction, I really ought to try it!

  37. The Chocolate Priestess
    January 19, 2011 | 10:23 am

    I bet that buzz is intense from both coffee and dark chocolate.

  38. BigFatBaker
    January 19, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    This looks delicious. I love the chocolate coffee combo, it’s irresistible!

  39. Holly
    January 21, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    this reminds me of the chocolate covered coffee beans they serve at caribou coffee (a Midwest coffee chain), and i used to order fancy drinks just so i could get one :)

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  41. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    May 24, 2011 | 10:29 am

    thanks for the relink on this and I noticed you did it via stumble. There was obviously a method there…good one! Both on the recipe and the relinking :)

  42. Christine (The Raw Project)
    May 28, 2011 | 12:27 am

    This looks wonderful and like a great breakfast. :-)

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