It's never too early to start thinking about handmade holiday gift ideas, and one of my personal faves is these homemade chocolate-covered espresso beans! Decadent and delicious, along with a jolt of caffeine that I know I can definitely use during the hectic holiday rush, they're sure to be a welcome treat.
You only need three ingredients for this little project -- espresso beans, your favorite chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa powder -- and you can go as high end or as low end with them as you'd like. For me, I prefer to stay somewhere in the middle to get good results without breaking the bank.
So I have to tell you the first time I made these it was a total nightmare... I was pulling single beans out of the chocolate and dropping them into the cocoa powder -- which, as you can imagine, was taking FOREVER.
Finally I realized that if you drop small spoonfuls into the cocoa powder and stir them around with a fork, the beans will separate on their own. Then just pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, and you're left with just the chocolate-covered espresso beans in the strainer. Rinse and repeat until you’re done!
Packaging up your homemade chocolate-covered espresso beans doesn't need to be overly fancy, either. They're perfectly elegant in a small cello bag stapled closed with a cute little baker's twine bow!
recipe originally appeared on A Southern Fairytale
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