Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


1 cup

Updated: Feb. 02, 2023
Two terrific flavors—coffee and chocolate—come together in this mouthwatering recipe from our Test Kitchen. Learn how to make chocolate-covered coffee beans to enjoy as a snack or use as a topping on your favorite mocha desserts. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup coffee beans
  • Baking cocoa, optional


  1. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip coffee beans in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, 10-15 minutes. If desired, roll in cocoa. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate-Covered Coffee Bean Tips

What do you do with chocolate-covered coffee beans?

Besides eating them on their own as a snack, chocolate-covered coffee beans are unique and delicious decorations for coffee, chocolate or your favorite mocha dessert recipes. Wrapped in a pretty jar or cellophane bag with ribbon, they also make a great edible gift.

How many chocolate-covered coffee beans equal a cup of coffee?

You would need to eat more than 40 chocolate-covered coffee beans to meet the caffeine equivalent of one cup of coffee. The caffeine content in coffee is about 165mg for an 8-oz. cup, while one chocolate-covered espresso bean contains around 2 to 4 mg (some of the caffeine is from the chocolate).

What variations of this chocolate-covered coffee bean recipe can I try?

To add your own twist to this chocolate-covered coffee bean recipe, you can use milk chocolate or white chocolate instead of semisweet. You can also try tossing the beans in powdered sugar, cocoa or powdered sugar mixed with cinnamon. For a kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. If you prefer flavored coffee, purchase the flavored coffee in whole beans and swap those out for the regular coffee beans.

Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon: 39 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.