Coffee Sweets – An Addictive Treat You Never Knew You Needed
The Home Grounds team starts every morning with coffee. Whether we pull espresso shots, geek out over the Aeropress, or make cappuccinos with a classic Moka pot, our work and life revolve around that caffeinated goodness.
After the fourth or fifth cup of coffee, however, the appeal starts to wane. The flavour is still delicious, but our bellies are full, and the caffeine jitters are kicking in. Now is the time to turn to coffee candy.
Keep reading for our list of the top four best coffee sweets this year.
At A Glance:
The 4 Best Coffee Sweets
Well-balanced, nuanced, and complex, a well-brewed cup of coffee is a wonderful thing. Grinding, brewing, and drinking coffee is a meditative experience that makes the most hectic days bearable. But sometimes, that caffeinated moment of zen gets lost in the shuffle of a busy morning.
The best coffee candy saves the day when you want real coffee flavour without the process. Whether you like hard sweets, chocolate, or caramel with a chewy coffee centre, there’s a perfect coffee candy on this list.
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It’s hard to overlook traditional boiled sweets when it comes to picking the best coffee candy. Simpkins’ sweets are gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians, and made will all-natural ingredients, so that anyone can enjoy the delicious coffee taste.
As the name suggests, these sweets are perfect for snacking on the go. With three tins in each order, you can keep one in the car, one in your bag and one at the office.
Kopiko is one of the most popular brands of hard coffee candies, and this variety pack lets you indulge in both of their famous flavours. The Coffee flavour is like a sweetened espresso with a strong coffee taste and caffeine hit. Unwrap the Cappuccino sweets, and you’ll find a layer of coffee candy topped with a layer of sweet creamy candy. It’s just like your favourite cafe drink and with half the caffeine of the Coffee flavour.
Coffee and chocolate is one of life’s classic flavour combinations, and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy it. Enjoy smooth dark chocolate followed by the crunch of roasted espresso beans for the perfect snack to add a bit of pep to your step.
These chocolate-covered espresso beans from Whittard of Chelsea are versatile. You can eat them by themselves, but they also make great garnishes for desserts, ice cream, or coffee-flavoured drinks like a cappuccino or latte.
For something a little more adult, you might want to order a box of these Espresso Martini Truffles from Holdsworth Chocolates. These handmade coffee sweets are crafted with the classic Espresso Martini cocktail in mind, each filled with a ganache infused with coffee and vodka.
For the outer, you have a variety of milk, white or dark chocolate, with each option adding a different level of sweetness and strength to the mix. Finally, they’re topped with a coffee bean for a crunchy finish
Coffee Sweets Buying Guide
When shopping for the best coffee candies, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choice. Short of trying every coffee-flavoured sweet under the sun, how do you know which works best for you and your palate? Keep reading for our guide to picking out the best coffee candy.
Coffee candy comes in either bulk packaging, gift boxes, or travel-size packages. The type of packaging you choose should depend on whether you plan to share or keep the candies in your personal stash.
Another important consideration is the time it will take you to finish the coffee candy. Though individually wrapped candies last a while, chocolate-covered espresso beans can go stale and lose their fresh coffee flavour.
Coffee Candy Type
Coffee sweets come in three general types: truffles, caramels, and hard sweets.
Hard coffee sweets are great for a regular coffee pick-me-up when you can’t brew a cup of coffee, but it’s also great in recipes. Melt high-quality hard coffee candies down to use as a coffee flavour additive in homemade truffles, coffee syrups, or even cookie decorations.
Chocolate coffee truffles, on the other hand, are indulgent treats for days when you just need to treat yourself or a loved one.
They come in decorative gift boxes and add a touch of sophistication to any dessert or ice cream.
Coffee-flavoured caramels strike the perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Coffee provides a bold and mildly bitter flavour, while the caramel adds wonderful creamy sweetness to balance things out.
Coffee sweets come in a variety of different flavours. While the default flavour is plain coffee, many coffee candy brands also offer latte, espresso, or cappuccino flavour – or more decadent options like Tiramisu or Irish Cream.
There is some variation in coffee candy flavours among brands. Hard sweets have a much more pronounced coffee flavour that can border on bitterness. Coffee caramels are much creamier, reminiscent of an actual cappuccino.
Coffee and candy are a natural pairing, according to science (2). Professor Alexander Wieck Fjældstad of Arahus University explains:
When people were tested after drinking coffee, they became more sensitive to sweetness, and less sensitive to bitterness.
In other words, coffee doesn’t just make life sweeter; it makes candy sweeter, too.
Home Grounds suggests the coffee-flavoured sweets from Simpkins if you’re looking for the best overall coffee candy. With a balanced, creamy flavour, this coffee candy will satisfy both the straight-black coffee lover and the cafe latte connoisseur at the office.
What’s your favourite coffee sweet? Let us know by dropping a comment below, in our Home Grounds Facebook group, or by following us on Instagram.
Yes, most coffee sweets contain caffeine if they are made with real coffee. However, read the label carefully, as some coffee candies only use coffee extract and are caffeine free.
The number of chocolate-covered espresso beans you should eat daily depends on your caffeine tolerance and the type of coffee bean you’re eating.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, healthy adults should consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine daily (3). This is approximately equivalent to 40 chocolate-covered espresso beans. However, if your chocolate-covered espresso beans recipe uses stronger Robusta coffee or darker chocolate, you may need to cut this number in half.
Yes, most coffee candy is safe to give to kids in moderation. Read the nutrition label carefully to ensure there is no caffeine before offering a piece to a child.
- Guevara, J. (2018, February 13). Chocolate Pairings: Tips From a Fine Cacao Expert. Retrieved from https://perfectdailygrind.com/2018/02/chocolate-pairings-tips-fine-cacao-expert/
- Romero, T. (2020, April 21). Do you crave coffee and chocolate? Science can explain why. Retrieved from https://www.phillyvoice.com/do-you-crave-coffee-and-chocolate-science-explain-why/
- Food an Drug Administration. (2021). Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine is Too Much? U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much