I really like chocolate covered coffee beans. The only time I ate them, however, chocolate covered coffee beans didn’t like me. They look like the large “M&M” candies, which are chocolate covered peanuts or almonds, but obviously aren’t.
You can buy them in specialty stores or you can make them yourself. If you make them yourself, you can add other ingredients to create a unique taste. Don’t ask me how because I’ll never eat them again.
Years ago, a co-worker gave me a few chocolate covered coffee beans that he’d bought at a coffee and tea specialty store. I put them in my desk for later (I’d just eaten lunch) and I promptly forgot about them. While I was at work the next day, I ate about eight of them in a row, forgetting what they were (mistaking them for M&Ms, naturally).
The sweet chocolate masked the naturally bitter taste of the beans. The fact that they were all the same color, however, should have clued me in. Anyway, heartburn hit me like a ton of bricks (this was sometime in 1996). I needed heartburn relief and I needed it fast. A military doctor diagnosed it as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux disease. I continued to suffer for years until a friend told me about the vinegar trick.
Drinking too much coffee in too short of time can also trigger heartburn, as I later learned. Chocolate covered coffee beans can simply trigger it faster. Think about that for a minute. How many beans does it take to make a single cup of coffee? Consider, also, that ground coffee is usually filtered to remove the bitterness.
I like just about anything you can think of that has coffee in it or tastes like coffee. I like chocolate covered coffee beans but I’ll never probably never eat them again and it has nothing to do with heartburn.
I’ll only shop for coffee products when I’m shopping for food. The only coffee products easily found in the grocery aisles are instant coffee, ground coffee, iced coffee (usually made by Starbucks) and roasted coffee beans. You usually can’t find specialty products like chocolate covered coffee beans without making a special trip to a specialty store.
I’m way too lazy to make extra stops when shopping for food and I’m way too lazy to make chocolate covered coffee beans. I’m more inclined to visit a coffee shop than a specialty store and even then it’s a rare event for me.
Originally published in June of 2013. Updated for readability.
By: RT Cunningham
July 16, 2017
Food and Drink
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