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Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans Recipe | Homemade Gift Idea

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.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

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!

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Recipe Gift

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!

Homemade Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

Homemade Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 6-oz. Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers
  • 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 cup whole espresso beans


  1. Using a double boiler (or make your own using this method), melt the chocolate wafers. Remove from hear and stir in the espresso beans.
  2. Using two small-ish bowls, fill one with 1/3 cup of cocoa powder. Drop a small spoonful of the chocolate and espresso beans mixture into the cocoa powder. Fluff with a fork until all of the beans are separated and coated with the cocoa powder.
  3. Set a mesh strainer over the second bowl and pass the contents of the first bowl through it, leaving just the chocolate-covered espresso beans in the strainer. Transfer the beans to a parchment-lined backing sheet to cool.
  4. Continue steps 2 and 3 above until all of the beans are covered in cocoa powder, adding additional cocoa powder to the bowl as needed.
  5. Allow the beans to cool and package up as gifts!

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