Mother’s Day Gift Idea! Chocolate Coffee Bark
Much of the inspiration for my posts come from my childhood memories, food my little kitchen helper is into at a particular time, and items I have discovered visiting local bakeries and candy shops. This post was sparked by one of my most frequented candy shops on Cape Cod, The Chatham Candy Manor. When I saw the handwritten sign for Chocolate Coffee Bark, I knew I had to try some. I love coffee and chocolate so was couldn’t wait to give this new confection a try. Any way caffeine can enter my daily life, I’m all about it. I have made chocolate bark over the holidays and it’s one of the easiest treats I make in my kitchen. After experiencing this Chocolate Coffee Bark, I was inspired to make my own version once I returned home. What a perfect mother’s day gift idea too! Every mom deserves some chocolate with an extra boost of caffeine, am I right?
There are several approaches to this bark. First and the easiest is to sprinkle your favorite whole roasted beans into the melted chocolate, cover with more chocolate and chill in the refrigerator. Your second approach is to chop up the beans so the texture isn’t has crunchy, like in the first scenario. The last approach is to add coffee to the melted chocolate and sprinkle espresso powder onto the chocolate before chilling.
Your kitchen helper will love to sprinkle in the coffee beans or espresso especially if this special treat is for mom. Once chilled just crack into pieces, place in a decorative bag and give the gift you know she will love! Share with your fellow moms.
- 1/2 Cup - Dark Chocolate Wafers (3.5 oz)
- 1/4 Cup - White Chocolate Wafers (optional)
- 1.5 Ounces - 56% Chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon - Coffee Beans
- 1/2 Tablespoon - Butter if using 56% chocolate bar
- In a microwave safe bowl, pour dark chocolate wafers and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in-between each round. Repeat this process if using White Chocolate too. Set aside
- If using the 56% chocolate bar, add 1/2 tablespoon to a microwave safe bowl with chocolate. Microwave for 30 second intervals until almost melted. Stir after each round
- Pour the dark chocolate onto a parchment lined 9x12 small sheet pan (or any sheet pan you own). Spread and created a rectangle shape
- Sprinkle the whole coffee beans OR chopped up coffee beans
- If you are using the 56% Chocolate OR White chocolate you can drizzle the chocolate onto of the coffee beans. The goal is to cover each bean. Feel free to use a knife or toothpick to swirl the top layer of chocolate around
- Place baking sheet into the refrigerator for at least two hours. Once set, take a knife or hand and snap the chocolate into big chunks. Place in a decorative bag or box and give the gift of joy!
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 7 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.