How Much Caffeine In Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans?

We all love a piping hot cup of bean juice in the morning, but have you ever been so tired you considered just skipping the brewing and eating a handful of roasted coffee beans? If so, you are not the only one!

Still, like all good things, there is such a thing as consuming too much caffeine - how much caffeine in chocolate-covered espresso beans?

Sit back with your new favorite snack as I break down just how many chocolate espresso beans you can eat in one sitting, as well as how to make them yourself.

The caffeine in chocolate-covered espresso beans will depend on a few factors.

Chocolate-covered coffee beans are a sophisticated and delicious gift you can buy from coffee shops and chocolatiers around the world, so the caffeine can vary widely based on these things. 

Caffeine In The Chocolate

Believe it or not, chocolate is another common source of caffeine.

Cacao beans have caffeine in them naturally, and some of it remains throughout the harvesting and chocolate-making process. As a rule, the darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine content.

According to the USDA, there are varying amounts of caffeine in the different chocolate types:

  • Dark chocolate (70-85 percent) - 22.7 mg per ounce[1]
  • Milky dark chocolate (45-59 percent) - 12 mg per ounce[2]
  • Milk chocolate (20-30 percent) - 6 mg per ounce[3]
  • White chocolate - 0 mg per ounce

White chocolate has no caffeine as it is made with cocoa butter rather than cocoa solids. On the other hand, dark chocolate has more caffeine as it contains more of those tasty yet bitter cocoa solids.

Each chocolate-covered coffee bean has around 1-3 grams of chocolate, adding a small amount of caffeine to the caffeine bomb that is a dark chocolate-covered espresso coffee bean.

Caffeine In The Espresso Beans

The caffeine content of coffee beans can vary depending on various factors:

  • Bean type
  • Roasting process
  • How fresh they are
  • How they are prepared
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Two main types of beans are used when making chocolate espresso beans.

A single Arabica coffee bean contains an estimated 1.9 milligrams of caffeine.

Arabica beans' lighter taste and relatively low caffeine content make them the perfect pairing for a chocolatey gift for those who lack self-control.[4]

Robusta beans, on the other hand, have an estimated 2.9 milligrams of caffeine in one espresso bean and have a bitter, rich flavor.

These delicious beans are slightly less common but are still delicious when brewed or coated in sweet chocolate. They bring a balanced flavor that is hard to beat when it comes to normal caffeinated beverages.[5]

There is typically less caffeine in a cup of coffee than eating the same amount of regular beans, as less is extracted during the grinding and brewing process.

Plus, you dilute the beans with water whereas eating them like candies allows you to consume more energy than through just drinking.

Interested in eating coffee beans yourself?

For those who want to get into eating espresso beans, Starbucks and Trader Joe's are just some brands that sell their own dark chocolate espresso beans, as well as other flavors like white chocolate or pumpkin spice.

Give a few as gifts from your local coffee shop, or try them as a yummy alternative to drinking coffee.[6][7]


Eating Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

Is It Safe?

Like many things in life, it is safe to eat chocolate-covered espresso beans in moderation.

It can be hard to tell exactly how much caffeine is in one chocolate-covered espresso bean, but it is estimated that there are around 12 milligrams in one coffee bean.[8]

The FDA recommends that the average adult can have 400 milligrams of caffeine per day.[9]

Using the 12 milligrams per bean estimate as a guide means that you can have a maximum of 30 ish chocolate beans and no other caffeinated drinks or foods.

However, it is very common for most people to have trouble sticking to carefully portioned amounts.

Chocolate-covered espresso beans are addictive, and it is easy to munch 'just one more' until the whole bag is gone.

Hand Getting Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

How To Guide

When it comes to eating espresso beans, it is a good idea to start by checking the label for the recommended serving size or snack size.

This will vary from bag to bag, but most suggest around 40-50 grams of chocolate-covered espresso beans per serving - this is between 84 and 186 milligrams of caffeine per portion.

By sticking to this healthy serving size, you can reap the health benefits that chocolate and coffee beans bring, such as a mood and energy boost and plenty of antioxidants.

Consider what other caffeinated products you want to have throughout the day, and weigh the portion out with that in mind.

If you are someone who has trouble sticking to the recommended serving size, I recommend weighing or counting out the recommended amount and putting the bag in the fridge immediately afterward.

I also do not recommend eating coffee beans or drinking coffee in the hours before you go to bed, as caffeine can have negative effects on the quality of your sleep.


What Happens If You Eat Too Many Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans?

They say it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Sadly, this applies to coffee beans and chocolates as well.

We mentioned above that the FDA has a set of recommended coffee consumption recommendations and how easy it is to cave to the 'single bean more' mentality.

Going over the recommended caffeine amount could leave you with the following issues or symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Shaking hands
  • Digestive issues
  • Trouble breathing
  • Headaches
  • And more![10]

Be careful and listen to your body - it will let you know when enough is enough.

chocolate covered espresso beans with spoon

How To Make Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans At Home

Want to know how to make chocolate-covered coffee beans at home? Here is my favorite recipe to have on hand when I don't want to drink coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar of the chocolate of your choice (having extra does not hurt)
  • 1 cup of the bean and roast of your choice

Equipment:

  • Baking sheets or plates
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking pot
  • Water
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopsticks or a fork
  • Airtight container

Steps:

  • 1
    Line your plates or baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 2
    Heat a pot of water until it simmers.
  • 3
    Place the bowl on top of the pot, ensuring that the bottom does not touch the water.
  • 4
    Gradually add pieces of your chocolate and gently stir until completely melted.
  • 5
    Remove the bowl from the heat and turn off the stove.
  • 6
    Add your cup of coffee beans and stir until thoroughly coated.
  • 7
    Remove your beans one at a time with the chopsticks or forks, letting some of the excess chocolate drip off, and carefully place them onto the sheets.
  • 8
    Leave them to cool at room temperature for a few hours
  • 9
    Gently remove them with a clean fork or chopsticks and place them in an airtight container
  • 10
    Store your coffee beans inside a fridge or cupboard at room temperature
Placing Chocolates on Baking Sheet

Chocolate-Covered Espresso Bean Questions

Do chocolate-covered espresso beans give you energy?

Yes, chocolate-covered coffee beans give you energy through their caffeine content and sugar content, as well as calories.

How many chocolate-covered espresso beans are equal to a cup of coffee?

A cup of coffee contains around 80-100 milligrams of coffee. If the coffee beans covered in chocolate have around 12 milligrams of caffeine each, that means that you can have 7-9 beans per cup of coffee. The exact serving size and caffeine content will vary - check the label to estimate for yourself.


Conclusion

How much caffeine is in chocolate-covered espresso beans? In short, it depends.

There is caffeine in every chocolate-covered coffee bean, but precisely how much depends on various factors, including the roast, type of chocolate, roasting process, and more.

Provided you are mindful of serving size, you can enjoy this healthy sweet snack for its flavor and benefits without worrying about calories.

Chocolate-covered espresso beans are a thoughtful gift and a delightful treat for anyone to enjoy in moderation.

Give the unique taste and flavors a try at your local coffee shop or whip up a batch in your kitchen - just make sure you have not eaten too many and avoid drinking your usual two cups of coffee in the afternoon.

References:

1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170273/nutrients
2. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170271/nutrients
3. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167587/nutrients
4. https://www.coffeechemistry.com/chemistry/alkaloids/caffeine-in-coffee
5. https://www.coffeechemistry.com/general/agronomy/differences-arabica-and-robusta-coffee
6. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122119/single
7. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Trader-Joe-s-Coffee-Lover-s-Chocolate-Covered-Assorted-Espresso-Roast-Beans-5-Pack-12-5-oz/908712367
8. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/
9. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much
10. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-side-effects#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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