Posted in reply to a request for gift-basket recipes. Found on a grocery-store display for Van Houtte coffee. Since I haven't made this recipe yet, the times are a guess.
- 1 cup coffee beans, of your choice
- 4 ounces milk chocolate pieces
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- Prehaeat oven to 350°.
- Place coffee beans on baking pan and roast for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove and let cool.
- In double boiler, melt chocolate until very creamy.
- Add coffee beans and stir until completely coated.
- Remove with slotted spoon, allowing excess chocolate to drip off and place beans on waxed paper.
- Once the coffee beans have cooled sufficiently, but while the chocolate is still a little soft, roll the beans in your hands to form round balls.
- Roll each one in cocoa and set aside until chocolate has hardened.
Pretty nice recipe overall. I modified it by using a microwaveable container, melting milk chocolate, dumping in the roasted arabica coffee beans to coat, then put them into a mesh food strainer to get the excess chocolate off and finally adding the beans to a plastic bag with baking cocoa mixed with sugar and shaking them. They have a nice kick of caffeine to get you through an afternoon slump.
I am rating this 3 stars because the beans tasted ok but making them was terrible! The chocolate wasn't fluid enough to drip off excess chocolate, it ended up looking like a chocolate candy bar with lumps in it. I had to try and break the chocolate off around the beans. Was giving these as a gift... not going to now. Just not attractive.
I dont have the patience for spooning out a hundred little beans from melted chocolate and trying not to let them stick together on the paper so I just poured out the mixture onto wax paper and allowed to cool. When cool I broke it into smallish pieces and called it coffee bark. Also I used semisweet choc chips instead of milk chocolate, and added a small amount of food grade wax to the melted chocolate (like you would when making buckeyes) to help the chocolate set up harder and give it a shiny appearance. Everyone loved it!