I’ve never really been a big “Valentines day person”. Never really cared about getting gifts or cards or even acknowledging that the day even exists. I know. Pessimistic, right? And hey, I’ve been married for nearly 5 years and have been with my husband for nearly 13. It’s not that I don’t like romance, I just think Valentines day is a little silly. Although the history of Valentines day is fascinating! Yeah… I’m one of those people. I’d much rather show you an article in a history book than give you some candy. Lame-o. I know.
But I also know that plenty of people LOVE Valentines day! And that’s ok too! In fact, I even put this together – just for you!
If your significant other/friend/mother/father/co-worker/random person you want pay if forward to likes chocolate covered espresso beans – this is an easy gift to make!
Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup whole espresso beans
Optional add-ins: Choose one… some of these will NOT mix well.
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne – Spicy!
- pinch sea salt
- what other flavors of chocolate do you like?
Yes. I’m lazy. There is no way that I am going to individually dip each espresso bean like 10 times to cover it in enough chocolate. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
So this is what I did instead…
Heat your chocolate and coconut oil (and any mix-ins you want, if you want any) in a small sauce pan on the stove until melted. Stir continuously, you do not want your chocolate to burn. It should only take a few minutes to melt everything completely!
Take your pan off the stove. Mix in your 1/2 cup espresso beans.
Pour your mix into a wax paper lined pan. I used a small bread pan (that I actually use to make meatloaf… not bread) 😉
I tried to distribute the espresso beans around so they weren’t too close together.
Place your pan with your mix into the freezer for at least one hour.
When it has hardened. I used a knife to cut the chocolate into pieces so that there was only one (ok, maybe 2) espresso beans in each piece. And you’re done!
Store them in the fridge or freezer.
Now you can eat them! I mean… gift them! Now you can gift them. I even have a cute little way in which you can “wrap” them up. See how helpful I am?
What you need to “wrap” your espresso beans:
- One half pint canning jar like these HERE
- One piece of construction paper – color of your choice
- a marker
First, you want to take your piece of construction paper and place it over the top of the jar. Push the lid over the paper and cut around the jar so the paper under the lid is still there but the rest of the construction paper is now free.
Once you’re done, lift the lid and remove the paper you cut out. It should look something like this:
Next, trim the construction paper so that it will fit inside the lid. See that nice crease it made? You want to cut just outside of that so it is slightly larger than the creased circle.
Put it all together and write whatever you want on top of the lid! It is now ready to give to your chocolate/coffee lover!
An incredibly easy recipe and easy to “wrap”! Now go WOW them with your amazing homemade skills!