Friday, December 24, 2010

Racing against the clock....part 6

You all can only imagine the smells that permeate my kitchen and most of my house during the holidays! I made a big batch of  Chocolate Expresso Beans to fill some of the containers I'd been saving to alter for gift giving. I made a huge batch, but...well...umm...we ate most of them so they never made it out the door! Good thing I sat a small bowl of them in the cabinet! There was just enough to fill this one tiny container that I'm dropping into my hubby's stocking! This tiny tag features a suhweet image from Bugaboo Stamps. I've also decided to share this recipe below! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!

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Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans

1 lb. Dark Roast Espresso Beans (Light roast is too acidic)
3/4 lb Good quality Bittersweet Chocolate - chopped fine
¼ lb Milk Chocolate - chopped fine (I used Hersheys, because it has more emulsifiers)

Directions: Place all chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and pulse on and off every 10 seconds. (Why? Because burnt chocolate is yucky and chocolate tends to burn easily!) Stir between each trip to the microwave to even out temperature and thus melt the chocolate more evenly.
When chocolate is melted, add ½ of the beans. Stir to coat. Remove each individual bean the chocolate using 2 forks. Place on a waxed or parchment paper covered jellyroll pan to set. You don’t want a mass of chocolate and beans, they are much better individually coated – even if it is tedious! Add the other 1/2 of the beans when you've completed removing the first batch. Once the chocolate is set, package them for well deserving family or friends (or eat them and give everyone else coal!).


  1. You did a great job making this. So cute!

    ★ Jasmine Wilmany

  2. Wonderful job :)

    Thank you for joining us at IDIC.

    Hugs Gurkiss

  3. What a great idea to reuse containers at Christmas-time! Lovely looking recipe too, gotta try that one! :)

    Thanks for playing along with us at Sentimental Sundays!

  4. You are one busy lady! Great re-use of the container, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  5. Just fabulous.Thanks for sharing at

  6. That's a cute image, and a great gift idea!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this time.

  7. Another super item, Thanks again for joining in with us on OSAAT This week Hazelxoxo

  8. Another great 'make' Scrappy. I'm sure your hubby enjoyed this special treat:-)

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's


  9. Neat idea! Love the paper too:) Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch Challenges!

  10. this is a lovely project, so neat. Thank you so much for entering the Allsorts challenge with this project and good luck!

  11. Great Christmas project - mmmm.....fill mine with chocolate! Thanks so much for joining us for the Critter Sketch Challenge and we hope you will join us for our next exciting challenge!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and a great way to package them! I love chocolate covered espresso beans and I never knew that I could actually make them at home (blush)

    THANKS SO MUCH for participating with us at Opus Gluei!

  13. MMMMMMM they sound amazing!! Thanks for taking the time to play with us over at CES xx