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6 Best Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans (Real Reviews)

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The best chocolate covered espresso beans have a ratio of 2:1, chocolate to coffee beans— in my eyes that makes the chocolate twice as important as the coffee. So I won’t be singing the praises of crappy chocolate covered coffee beans just because there’s an affiliate program. I have personally tasted, photographed, and reviewed every brand of chocolate coffee beans on this list.

I’m a fanatic for coffee; making chocolate-covered espresso beans was one of my favorite treats when I was making my own chocolate and roasting my own coffee. I actually started this blog just before I went off to work on a coffee & cacao farm in Ecuador for several months, but that’s another story.

I wrote this because literally every comparison I found of the best chocolate-covered espresso beans to buy were from people who’d never even tried the products themselves, much less compared them to each other. This sounded like just the way-overboard kind of project I need right now, so I set about to find the best chocolate-covered coffee beans money could buy— by actually trying all the options out there, one at a time. This is an ever-expanding article, so please drop recommendations for your favorites below!

Best Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Espresso Beans

These are simply a delight. I’m not sure why I never noticed them before this year, but I plan to buy 10 bags before they stop stocking them, as this is a seasonal item. Much like the infamous PSL that Trader Joe’s pays homage to every fall, these beans are a sweet treat with a spiced aftertaste and the mildest hint of bitterness.

I’ve actually never ordered a pumpkin spiced latte, but after trying these, I’m definitely going to. They’re pretty addictive and easy to down a lot of at once, so definitely keep them away from the kiddos.

Size: 2.5 ounces/71g (2 servings)
Price: $0.99 from Trader Joe’s (also available on amazon)
Cost Per Ounce: $0.40
Types of Chocolate: white chocolate

Pros

• cheap

• nice packaging

• great balance of bittersweet and spiced

Cons

• only seasonally available

• nutritionally it’s just coffee beans and sugar with a bit of fat

Domori Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans (Dragees)

These Italian chocolate-covered coffee beans come from Domori Chocolate, a company based in the heart of Italian cuisine: Turin. Also the capital of the famous hazelnut-growing region of Piedmont, Turin is widely known as one of the best chocolate cities in the world. These chocolate covered beans reflect those decades of quality, coated in a rich 67% chocolate made with ethically-sourced cacao.

Relative to most chocolate covered coffee beans, these are on the smaller side, with less of the glossy stuff to make them stand out. But the flavor is exquisite, with each crunch revealing more of the rich, melty chocolate coating each espresso bean.

Size: 1.41 ounces/40g (2 servings)
Price: $5.00 from Bar & Cocoa
Cost Per Ounce: $3.55 per oz.
Types of Chocolate: dark chocolate

Pros

• ethically-sourced chocolate

• beautiful packaging

• Italian-style confection (more velvety mouthfeel)

Cons

• expensive

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

If you like your coffee strong and bitter with a hint of sugar, these are the best chocolate-covered espresso beans for you. While the sizes vary wildly— and they have a lot of shellac to make them so shiny— the overall flavor is moderately bitter and pretty sweet. Unfortunately they have just a mild chocolatey flavor relative to the other chocolate coffee beans reviewed here, thanks to the alkalization process.

Trader Joe’s has actually been selling these for at least 8 years, with my earliest memory of them being around 2015 or 2016. The smallest beans are the most bitter and astringent, with the largest ones featuring multiple dark chocolate espresso beans each.

Size: 14 ounces/397g (13 servings)
Price: $5.00 from Trader Joe’s (also available on amazon)
Cost Per Ounce: $0.36 per oz.
Types of Chocolate: dark chocolate

Pros

• cheap

Cons

• chocolate has a flat taste

• sugar is the first ingredient

• coffee beans are very dark roast, nearly burnt

Decaf Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans

These decaf chocolate coffee beans have a nice crunch at first, but there’s a slightly fake flavor to them. If you’re using them in a trail mix, this would be a great option, because the coffee beans inside are very small. Every other one I tried had a bean so brittle that it turned powdery as I bit down.

They’re very sweet— sugar is the first ingredient— but that also makes it easier to overlook their flat affect and munch into the next one. Insofar as decaf chocolate espresso beans go, they’re probably one of your best bets (aside from making your own).

Size: 16 ounces/454g (15 servings)
Price: $13.99 from Nuts.com
Cost Per Ounce: $0.88 per oz.
Types of Chocolate: dark chocolate

Pros

• relatively inexpensive

• easy to order alongside other specialty pantry items

Cons

• very sweet without any complexity

• cacao & coffee are from unknown sources

• basically the only option

Trader Joe’s Flavored Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (1oz.)

While most of the coffee drinks represented in these flavored chocolate covered espresso beans from Trader Joe’s are a guess at best, the flavors truly end up speaking for themselves. If I had to pick, I’d choose these as the overall best chocolate-covered espresso beans insofar as value for money. They taste way better than the big container of chocolate covered coffee beans from Trader Joe’s, and in the end they only cost 12% more per ounce.

But I’d also like to note that there’s no mention on the packaging or the company’s website as to how, from where, or how much they pay for the coffee & cacao used in this product. So I can’t speak to the ethics of how they sourced their ingredients, but I’ll say unequivocally that the balance of fats and sugars is delicious.

These are also the best for sharing, because with 5 flavors, there’s bound to be one for every coffee lover in your life (or at least in the room!). Three of the flavors actually have relatively less caffeine, as well; neither white chocolate nor blonde chocolate contain caffeine. Since I have a sweet tooth, I adore the white chocolate ones the most. The coffee beans they use in all of the flavors are mildly bitter, so you can mix & match the flavors to come up with your ideal coffee drink— no brewing required.

Size: 2.5 ounces/71g (2 servings)
Price: $0.99 from Trader Joe’s (also available on amazon)
Cost Per Ounce: $0.40
Types of Chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate

Pros

• cheap

• beautiful packaging

• great balance of bitter beans & sweet, balanced chocolate

Cons

• no complexity to the flavors; it’s just chocolate & coffee

• cacao was probably sourced from underpaid farmers in the Cote d’Ivoire

The NY Espresso Mix

This blend of different flavored chocolate covered coffee beans has quite the one-two-punch of sweet and then coffee, but the chocolate flavor isn’t very strong. This is likely because three of the five flavors of beans in the blend are covered in white chocolate. That means that as long as the coffee beans inside aren’t burnt to a crisp, they’re never going to be bitter enough to overpower the sweetness of the coatings.

If you like sweet chocolate espresso beans, then this would be my pick for you. However, if you like being able to differentiate the flavors and textures between the different options, then the Trader Joe’s blend would be a better buy. I honestly had great difficulty distinguishing the milk and dark chocolate covered coffee beans, even in bright sunlight, and the flavor was almost imperceptibly different.

Size: 16 ounces/454g (15 servings)
Price: $12.99 from Nuts.com
Cost Per Ounce: $0.81 per oz.
Types of Chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate

Pros

• inexpensive

• easy to order alongside other specialty pantry items

Cons

• very sweet without any complexity

• cacao & coffee are from unknown sources

Chocolate Espresso Beans FAQ

What makes espresso beans different from regular beans?

Espresso beans used to be a darker roast bean that was used to make strong, thick shots of espresso. But thanks to the popularization of ‘blonde espresso,’ there’s no longer much distinction, though most espresso beans are still a dark roast.

Do chocolate covered espresso beans give you energy?

Yes, thanks to a moderate caffeine content in the coffee beans and little to no caffeine in the chocolate (depending on type of chocolate used).

How much caffeine do chocolate-covered espresso beans have?

Espresso blends tend to be made with darker roast coffees, which have lower caffeine levels, bust most are also made with small but high-caffeine robusta coffees. So most chocolate-covered espresso beans have 8-10mg of caffeine each.

Are chocolate covered coffee beans good for you?

While most chocolate-covered coffee beans contain large amounts of sugar, some dark chocolate-covered espresso beans each day can be healthy in moderation.

How long do chocolate covered espresso beans last?

Chocolate-covered coffee beans can stay good for up to 6 months in an air-tight container kept in a cool and dark place, or up to one year in the freezer (though that also changes the texture).

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