Coffee and chocolate. Two of my favorite things in this world. They say that coffee is the lifeblood that runs through the veins of most adults. What if I told you there’s a way to satisfy your coffee craving and your chocolate craving all at once? Say hello to coffee bark, my friends.
I am a barista, and I know my coffee. At the café where I work, we take pride in our perfect espresso shots and hand-crafted cappuccinos. But as much as I love drinking coffee, sometimes it’s nice to switch up how I enjoy consuming it. And that’s where coffee bark comes in.
This recipe is perfect for those days when you need a little extra pick-me-up. It incorporates dark chocolate, instant coffee granules, and chopped coffee beans for an intense burst of caffeine and rich flavor. Whether you need a mid-afternoon snack or something sweet to finish off dinner, this bark will hit the spot.
Plus, with its easy-to-follow instructions and versatile ingredient list, you can customize this recipe to fit your tastes or dietary restrictions. Trust me when I say that once you try this chocolate-coffee fusion, you won’t want to go back to regular bark recipes.
So without further ado, let’s get brewing and start making some delicious coffee bark!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Fellow coffee lovers, let me introduce you to the ultimate indulgence – Coffee Bark Recipe. There’s no denying that coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and this recipe is the perfect testament to that. This decadent treat is a unique twist on traditional chocolate bark, with a strong coffee kick that’s sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings.
Firstly, what’s not to love about this recipe? It combines two of the best flavors known to man – chocolate and coffee. Not only do these flavors complement each other perfectly, but they also provide a burst of energy so you can power through your day. Plus, this recipe uses premium quality dark chocolate, which contains antioxidants that can boost heart health and reduce stress levels.
Furthermore, making Coffee Bark Recipe is incredibly easy and quick. With only a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, this dessert is perfect for a busy weeknight or last-minute get-together with friends. You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a later indulgence.
But the best part about Coffee Bark Recipe is its versatility. You can customize this recipe to suit your personal taste preferences by playing with different ingredients or incorporating your favorite add-ins such as almond bark or pistachios. Additionally, you can use it as a base for other desserts such as cake pops or mocha cupcakes.
In conclusion, I strongly recommend giving this recipe a try if you’re looking for a delectable treat that packs a caffeine punch. Coffee Bark Recipe is deliciously addictive and will leave you craving more with each bite. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked on this innovative bark candy that pairs perfectly with your morning cappuccino or afternoon latte.
For making the coffee bark recipe, you will need the following ingredients in the specified quantities:
Dark Chocolate Coffee Bark
- 10 oz. dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped coffee beans, divided
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped coffee beans, divided
White Chocolate Espresso Bark
- 12 oz. white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. espresso powder
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped espresso beans, divided
Salted Dark Chocolate Espresso Bark
- 8 oz. dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. espresso powder
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped covered espresso beans
The Recipe How-To
Now that you have all the required ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe’s how-to.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Using a coffee bean grinder or mortar and pestle, coarsely grind 1/2 cup of coffee beans.
- Set aside half of the chopped coffee beans.
Tip: We recommend using freshly roasted coffee beans as they will give your recipe the best coffee flavor.
- Melt 10 oz of dark chocolate chips and 8 oz of white chocolate in separate bowls, either on a double boiler or in the microwave.
Tip: Use a high-quality chocolate for a better result. Stir occasionally to prevent overheating and seize the chocolate.
In a small saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil until melted.
Roughly chop 1/4 cup of espresso beans and set them aside.
Pour the melted dark chocolate onto the lined baking sheet, spreading it evenly to form your base layer.
While the dark chocolate is still warm, drizzle the instant coffee mixture over it, then sprinkle half of the coarsely chopped coffee beans and half of the roughly chopped espresso beans over the top.
Pour melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer, spreading it evenly with a spatula to cover all corners.
While the white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle remaining chopped espresso beans and chopped coffee beans over the top for some extra crunchiness.
Chilling & Serving
- Chill your bark in your fridge until firm, around 30-60 minutes.
Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut your bark into bite-sized pieces.
Tip: To break into bark pieces, use your hands to snap pieces off.
Your delightful coffee bark recipe is now ready! Serve at room temperature as a snack or serve with ice cream for dessert.
Serve and Pairing tip: Serve with cappuccino/chai tea/mocha cupcakes for an intense flavor kick!
Make-Ahead tip: This recipe can be easily prepared two days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to one month.
Substitutions and Variations
There are countless ways to customize this delicious coffee bark recipe. Here are some ideas to get you started:
– Chocolate Variations: You can use white chocolate, milk chocolate, or a combination of chocolates in place of the dark chocolate. Or, try a combination of dark and white chocolate for a marbled effect.
– Coffee Variations: Experiment with different types of coffee beans to create unique flavor profiles. You can also try using instant espresso powder instead of instant coffee granules for a stronger coffee flavor.
– Topping Variations: Use whatever toppings you desire! Try adding chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even candy pieces to the bark. Salted caramel or crushed pretzels would also make great additions.
– Coconut Coffee Bark: Make a tropical variation of this recipe by adding shredded coconut to the mix.
– Coffee Toffee Bark: Add chopped toffee bits to the top of your bark for added crunch and sweetness.
– Pistachio Mocha Bark: Mix in some ground pistachios and espresso powder for an extra layer of flavor.
No matter what variation you choose, this coffee bark is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Get creative and have fun with it!
Serving and Pairing
Coffee bark is a very versatile and delicious treat that can be paired with a variety of drinks or served as a dessert on its own. When serving, you can cut it into small pieces and arrange it in a beautiful plate or serving dish.
One of the best ways to enjoy this treat is with a cup of your favorite coffee. The bitterness of the coffee makes an excellent pairing with the sweetness of the chocolate, creating a perfect balance of flavors. Alternatively, you could enjoy your coffee bark with a latte, cappuccino, or even hot chocolate.
Another great idea is to serve your coffee bark as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. The combination of the crunchy texture of the bark and the creamy texture of the ice cream or yogurt creates a mouth-watering experience that will leave you craving for more.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also incorporate coffee bark into your baking. You could use it as toppings for cakes or cupcakes, or break it into smaller pieces and mix them in cookie dough to create delicious coffee-flavored cookies.
Regardless of how you choose to serve it, coffee bark always makes for an impressive and tasty treat that is loved by all. So go ahead and experiment with different pairings to find out what works best for you.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
When it comes to coffee bark, you’ll be glad to know that you can make it ahead of time, store it easily and reheat it without losing the delightful flavors. Once your bark has completely cooled down after preparing, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It’s important to remember to store it in a cool, dry place away from any moisture. If you want to keep it for longer than two weeks, wrap the brittle tightly with parchment paper and plastic wrap before storing it in a freezer-safe container.
To reheat your coffee bark recipe, simply transfer your desired portion from the fridge or freezer onto a plate and let it come back to room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. If you want a crispier texture to your bark, pop it into your oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the chocolate while reheating.
You can also create variations of the coffee bark recipe by adding some flavored nuts such as almonds or pistachios, which will enhance the nutty tones of your bean bark. Additionally, adding salted caramel flavors can add sweet contrast and acidity to make the chocolate flavors even more pronounced. Incorporating white chocolate or using a mixture of dark and semi-sweet chocolates can offer delightful new textures and tastes for those looking for something different.
Finally, remember that this chocolate espresso bark is versatile! It pairs well with a variety of drinks such as coffee, tea or milk. You could also serve it as part of a larger dessert platter featuring additional delights such as cake pops or mocha cupcakes. The possibilities are endless! With these helpful tips in mind you can enjoy your delicious homemade coffee bean bark any day of the week!
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve a rich and flavorful Coffee Bark recipe, follow these simple tips:
Firstly, use high-quality coffee beans to ensure a rich tasting bark. Look for beans that have been roasted recently and have a fragrant aroma. Using good coffee will elevate the taste of the bark and bring out the flavor of the chocolate.
Secondly, when melting chocolate, it is essential to do so slowly and gently. Overheating chocolate can cause it to scorch, resulting in an unpleasant taste and texture. To avoid this, melt the chocolate on low heat or using a double boiler.
Thirdly, when adding instant coffee granules to your recipe, mix them with hot water before adding them to the recipe. This will help break down any lumps and ensure that they are evenly distributed in the mixture.
Fourthly, to make sure that your bark has an even thickness throughout the entire sheet, use a spatula or spoon to smooth out any bumps or uneven areas. This will also help prevent any air pockets from forming.
Fifthly, to add an extra layer of flavor and texture, try adding chopped nuts or dried fruit to your Coffee Bark. Pistachios or coconut shreds work particularly well with this recipe.
Lastly, once you’ve made the Coffee Bark, allow it to cool completely before attempting to break it into pieces. If you are in a hurry, place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it is firm enough to break apart.
By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to end up with a delicious and perfectly executed Coffee Bark every time.
: In conclusion, this coffee bark recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers out there. With its easy-to-follow instructions and versatile ingredient options, you can easily customize this recipe to your liking and create your own unique twist on a classic treat. By using high-quality ingredients like dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans, you can elevate the flavors and create a truly indulgent bark that will satisfy any sweet tooth craving.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions, as this recipe is forgiving and can easily adapt to different preferences. Whether you’re serving it as a party dessert or just treating yourself to a mid-day snack, this coffee bark is sure to impress.
So why not give it a try and see for yourself why coffee bark has become one of the most popular bark recipes online? Your taste buds (and your friends) will thank you.
Coffee Bark Recipe
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup coffee beans (I used columbian)
- 1 ounce paraffin wax (find this with the canning supplies)
- Roast the coffee beans on a cookie sheet in a hot oven for 5-10 mins, or until you can start to smell them.
- Heat wax and chocolate in the top of a double boiler. I used a metal mixing bowl over a sauce pan of boiling water. Heat the water just to a simmer prior to adding the chocolate in the top. Too hard of a boil will heat the chocolate too quickly and cause it to seize up. Be sure to heat the chocolate just until melted, then remove from heat.
- Add the warm coffee beans to the melted chocolate/wax mixture, and stir to cover completely.
- Pour mixture out onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and allow to cool overnight.
- Break into bite sized pieces and enjoy!
- I must warn you that this is not something that you'd want to give to small children or eat a lot of in one sitting as the caffeine really packs a whallop!
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.