Well I'm jumping back into the blogosphere with something really easy that combines two of my favorite things: chocolate and coffee. I've always wanted to try chocolate covered coffee beans. I wasn't sure I would like them, to be perfectly honest. I'm really addicted to my liquid coffee, but chawing on a crunchy bean... I wasn't too sure about.
I'm here to tell ya, they're great. This is the perfect antidote for a long drive, or a hiking trip, when coffee of the liquid variety is hard to come by. Pop a few of these for some tasty instant rocket fuel. I'm serious, those with heart conditions beware. I popped half a dozen and a few minutes later, the top of my head came off.
And the recipe is so easy! I tried using flavorings in the chocolate, and different types of coffee beans, some more exotic than others. And the conclusion I've come to is they're best with a good hearty basic espresso bean, and just plain semi sweet chocolate. Exotic coffee beans detract from the chocolate. And added flavorings seem to detract from the coffee. Basic and not too sweet is best, IMHO.
Easy Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
1/2 cup espresso beans
1/4 - 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a bowl, melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds or so, until creamy. Stir in coffee beans till completely covered. Spread on a sheet of wax paper. Allow to cool on counter for 10-15 minutes, then place in freezer. Once completely hardened, break apart.
The result looks like peanut brittle... so maybe this should be called coffee brittle. :)