Indulge in Decadence with Chocolate Espresso Bean Ducks

Hark, fair coffee lovers! I present to thee a recipe for the ages – Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks! Methinks this shall be a delightful indulgence for thy taste buds.

This recipe has been handed to me by none other than Chef Billy Parisi, and it is truly something special. These delectable little ducks are made of espresso beans, covered in rich dark chocolate, and will surely awaken thy senses with each bite.

Not only will these sweet treats satisfy thy cravings for coffee and chocolate, but they are also simple to make at home. Fear not, as I shall guide thee through each step of the process in this article.

Whether thou art seeking a mid-day pick-me-up or a sweet ending to thy evening feast, Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks will surely delight. So gather thy ingredients and let us begin our journey to the land of tasty delights!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks
Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the finest coffee delight that is sure to tickle your taste buds and set your senses ablaze. It’s an undeniable truth that many of us rely on our morning coffee for a much-needed boost of energy, so why not take it to a whole new level?

Introducing the Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks Recipe! This recipe combines the rich and bold flavors of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans with the succulent roasted goodness of duck in a combination that just screams deliciousness.

This recipe aims to cater to anyone who delights in a cup of coffee while offering a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. The crunchy texture of the espresso beans is beautifully paired with the creaminess of melted dark chocolate that wraps around each duck piece. It’s an inviting aroma that fills your nose and tempts your senses.

Not only is this dish a mouth-watering treat, but it also has some health benefits with its high antioxidant content from both coffee and dark chocolate. What more could one ask?

I guarantee that this recipe will quickly become one of your favorites! So, mark my words and savor this experience – You will fall in love with every bite!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to be quackers over these chocolate covered espresso bean ducks!
Get ready to be quackers over these chocolate covered espresso bean ducks!

Before we get started, it’s important to make sure you have all the ingredients required on hand. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything — I’ll provide substitution suggestions as we go.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

Espresso Beans

14 ounces (2 cups) roasted espresso beans, cooled

Chocolate Coating

  • 1 pound dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

For variation, try using milk chocolate or cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate.

Additional Ingredients

  • Roasted coffee beans or caramel creams for added decoration.
  • Alternatively, use smoked duck and duck salad to save or lose some chef Billy Parisi touches with his roast duck or duck confit lentils à l’orange.
  • Madelaine chocolate can also be used for a homemade chocolate dipped alternative.

For best results, order fresh espresso beans from a reputable source such as Trader Joe’s or FreshDirect.

The Recipe How-To

 These cute little ducks are the perfect pick-me-up treat.
These cute little ducks are the perfect pick-me-up treat.


  • 2 cups of dark chocolate chips (you can use any brand you like but I recommend Trader Joe’s dark chocolate or Madeline chocolate)
  • 1 cup of espresso beans
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Optional: cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Begin by roasting the coffee beans to bring out their aroma and flavor. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spread out the coffee beans in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are evenly browned and fragrant.

  2. Once the beans are roasted, combine the heavy cream and milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is hot but not boiling.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the roasted espresso beans to the milk mixture. Allow it to steep for at least an hour or overnight for extra flavor.

  4. Once infused, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a mixing bowl.

  5. Melt your dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave. If you are using a microwave, heat in 30-second intervals and stir between each one until melted.

  6. Add your infused cream and milk mixture into melted chocolate while constantly stirring until it’s fully combined.

  7. Next, dip each espresso bean one at a time using a fork, tapping off any excess chocolate.

  8. Place each dipped bean onto parchment paper to dry. If desired, dust with cocoa powder.

  9. Allow the chocolate-covered espresso beans to cool for about 10 minutes to let them harden before serving.

Enjoy your homemade chocolate-covered espresso beans! They make a perfect snack or addition to any dessert platter.

Substitutions and Variations

 Ducks may quack, but they surely deliver a buzz of caffeine with each bite.
Ducks may quack, but they surely deliver a buzz of caffeine with each bite.

Verily, one of the joys of cooking is the ability to make a dish uniquely yours. Even in this chocolate covered espresso bean ducks recipe, there are options for substitutions and variations to create your personalized version. Let us explore these possibilities.

For those who prefer milk chocolate, it may be used in place of dark chocolate. Likewise, for a creamier flavor profile, cocoa powder may be added to the chocolate coating mixture together with heavy cream or milk.

Suppose that you do not have any espresso beans on hand, roasted coffee beans could also work ideally as a replacement. Another option is to include caramel creams, adding an extra layer of sweetness and subtle caramel notes.

Duck is an excellent choice for this recipe, specifically roast duck or smoked duck breast. However, if duck is not ideal or readily available, other meats such as chicken or pork could suffice. Additionally, salads are perfect for any time of the day and could adapt well with coated espresso beans. Try out a salad recipe with mixed greens or arugula dressed with balsamic vinaigrette accompanied by goat cheese and chocolate coffee beans as a delicious garnish.

Furthermore, you can make your own homemade chocolate-dipped espresso beans by melting down some Madelaine chocolate chips and dipping the beans into the mixture before letting them cool in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

These variations are just a fraction of what’s possible -“the world is your oyster” as some fellow Shakespearean has said-, so do not be afraid to experiment and find the ideal combination that works for you!

Serving and Pairing

 These chocolate covered espresso bean ducks will get you feeling like a kid at a candy store
These chocolate covered espresso bean ducks will get you feeling like a kid at a candy store

Hark thee, dear reader! Methinks thou hath reached the most interesting part of this recipe – the serving and pairing section. The chocolate covered espresso bean ducks art a treat for the palate, but drink with thee caution for they art quite strong in flavor.

To serve thee these chocolate covered espresso bean ducks, a fine accompaniment wouldst be a freshly brewed cup of coffee or thy favorite tea. Thou canst also serve them as a garnish on top of thee favorite dessert or atop a scoop of tasty ice cream.

Thee whom doth prefer an adult beverage may pair thee ducks with a dark ale, stout or even thy choice of red wine.

An interesting tip for pairing these chocolate covered espresso bean ducks is to try them with smoked duck salad for an added savory kick. The sweetness of the chocolate pairs well with the smoky flavor of thy smoked duck salad, creating a unique combination that doth both save and lose thy taste buds.

When serving these ducks to guests, I suggest plating them on a decorative dish with some seasonal fruits or madelaine chocolates for an extra touch of elegance.

Verily, I say unto thee, this recipe is perfect for any occasion or simply to enjoy oneself during tea time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Espresso beans and chocolate - a match made in heaven for the perfect indulgence
Espresso beans and chocolate – a match made in heaven for the perfect indulgence

Hark! Once thou hast completed the Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks, it is important to know how best to store and reheat them. Verily, these delectable treats can be made in advance for thy convenience.

If thou hath any leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature or chill them in the refrigerator. However, take heed to not freeze them, as they may lose their texture and flavour.

When thou art ready to indulge once more, let the ducks come to room temperature before eating. If they are chilled, warming them for a few seconds will reveal the full depth of flavour within the espresso beans.

If thou art making these sweet sweet ducks in advance for a special gathering, remember to make enough to satisfy thy guests’ cravings. It is also possible to make larger batches and store any leftovers for future use.

With a little bit of foresight and planning, thou shalt be able to enjoy these delicious chocolate covered espresso bean ducks whenever thy heart desires!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These ducks are easy to make, but they sure will impress your friends and family
These ducks are easy to make, but they sure will impress your friends and family

If you want to impress your friends or family with the best Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks, make sure to follow these helpful tips.

Firstly, use fresh coffee beans (preferably roasted within the past two weeks) to get the most flavorful and aromatic coffee taste. When ordering, look for a medium-dark roast that is optimal for preserving the beans’ natural flavor and aroma, such as Trader Joe’s Dark Roast.

Secondly, it is important to choose high-quality chocolate. You can use Madelaine chocolate or any other premium brand of chocolate chips or melting chocolates. Milk and dark chocolate both provide delicious flavors and textures, so choose whichever one you prefer.

Thirdly, make your own chocolate-covered espresso beans instead of buying them pre-made. Making your own allows you to control the quality and freshness of the ingredients used. Plus, homemade chocolate-dipped espresso beans are almost always more delicious than those you buy at a store.

Fourthly, when mixing heavy cream with milk or coffee, heat the mixture until it reaches just below boiling point. This will enable it to combine better with the melted chocolate and create a smooth texture. Be careful not to overheat it, as this can cause the cream to curdle or separate.

Fifthly, take your time while making the recipe; don’t rush! Patience is key in achieving a perfect result. Follow each step carefully and allow enough time for each stage to be completed thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with variations and substitutions! Instead of using duck confit lentils for serving as suggested in the recipe article, try pairing Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks with smoked duck salad or even Duck à l’Orange. The options are endless – just let your creativity fly!


Now that you’re familiar with this chocolate covered espresso bean ducks recipe on a Shakespearean-level, it’s time to address some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about it. These answers will provide clarity, help you avoid mistakes and ensure that your chocolate ducks come out perfectly every time. So let’s dive into some of the common queries that coffee and chocolate lovers have about this tantalizing dessert.

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

To determine the caffeine content in a cup of coffee, you need to know the number of chocolate covered espresso beans that is equivalent to a serving size of coffee. On average, a cup of coffee contains around 95-100mg of caffeine whereas one espresso bean contains approximately 6mg of caffeine. Therefore, 16-17 chocolate covered espresso beans are approximately equivalent to a single serving of coffee.

Can you brew chocolate covered espresso beans?

When preparing a cup of coffee, it’s important to steer clear of adding chocolate candy. The chocolate tends to melt at a slow rate, potentially causing a blockage in the filter. Moreover, pouring hot coffee chocolate liquid overflows, making a sticky mess. Even if the candy is not coated, its age and roasting process would not result in a superb coffee taste.

What coffee beans are best for chocolate covered?

When it comes to selecting the right coffee bean for making chocolate coffee, it’s best to opt for medium to dark roast. The reason being that the bitterness of the coffee complements the sweetness of the chocolate. Additionally, for dark chocolate, it is better to use lighter roasted beans and for milk chocolate, darker roasted beans work better. If you want to mix things up a bit, you can go for flavored beans like hazelnut or vanilla.

How long do chocolate covered espresso beans last?

Storing chocolate-coated espresso beans in a cool and dark area in an air-tight container can keep them fresh for around six months, while freezing them can preserve their quality for up to a year, although this will alter their texture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks recipe is an absolute must-try for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can create a delicious and unforgettable treat that’s perfect for any occasion. From the rich flavor of the dark chocolate and roasted espresso beans to the delectable texture of the chocolate coating, this recipe never fails to impress.

So go ahead, grab your own order of fresh espresso beans from Trader Joe’s or FreshDirect, and let Chef Billy Parisi guide you through this easy-to-follow recipe. Whether you want to enjoy them as a snack or use them as a unique addition to your favorite dessert or charcuterie board, these chocolate covered espresso bean ducks are sure to elevate any dish.

So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start making your own homemade chocolate dipped espresso beans today! Your taste buds (and possibly your friends and family) will thank you!

Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks

Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Ducks Recipe

This is a fun and simple little recipe, especially designed for Easter. Little kids can get involved with preparing this one, but the final product is strictly adult-fare. I suppose that you could substitute decaf. beans, but I think that would defeat the purpose of the candy. I'm guessing at the prep time, cook time is freezer time. I'm thinking that the only hard part might be finding the molds.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 141.2 kcal


  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1/2 cup milk
  • powdered unsweetened cocoa
  • 60 espresso beans (three per duck)


  • You will also need: rubber ice-cube trays, or candy molds in the shape ducks.
  • Melt the Chocolate:
  • In a double boiler, boil water in the bottom level of the double boiler pot.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  • Add chocolate chips to the top level, then slowly stir in the cream.
  • Stir until the mixture is smooth and thin. Lower the heat and stir occasionally until it is time to use the chocolate.
  • Prepare the Trays:
  • Lightly powder the rubber trays with unsweetened cocoa.
  • Fill each duck reservoir half-way with chocolate. Place 3 coffee beans in each reservoir.
  • Add more melted chocolate to each reservoir, enough to fill each duck to the top.
  • Lightly tap or jiggle the tray on the countertop. This will settle the chocolate and ensure that there are no air pockets in the candy.
  • Then take a knife and scrape the excess chocolate from the tray.
  • Glide the knife over each reservoir to create a smooth surface for the back of the candy.
  • Final Step:
  • Put the candy trays on a flat surface in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Remove the candy and gently remove the ducks from the tray.
  • This is not as difficult as removing ice cubes since the duck trays are rubber and are very pliable.
  • You'll notice that the powdered cocoa has given the candy a matte finish.
  • Now place the ducks on a plate or put them in an Easter egg for final presentation.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 35gCalories: 141.2kcalCarbohydrates: 16.1gProtein: 1.2gFat: 9.8gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 8.2mgSodium: 5mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 13.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Candy, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups
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