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Chocolate Espresso Spoons are perfect for a last minute Christmas gift for your family, friends, and neighbors. Each spoon is layered with a rich chocolate coffee mixture and then coated with melted chocolate. Decorate them with colorful sprinkles and you’ll have a wonderful gifting option!

Chocolate Espresso Spoons decorated with festive sprinkles.

Chocolate Espresso Spoons

Chocolate Espresso Spoons are perfect for a last minute Christmas gift for your family, friends, and neighbors. They are easy to make and festive for the holiday season. Package them with candied orange slices and peanut brittle for an extra special gift.

Each spoon is layered with a rich chocolate coffee mixture and then coated with melted chocolate. Decorate them with colorful sprinkles and you’ll have a wonderful gifting option!

Covering spoons with coffee and melted chocolate is one of the easiest and least expensive Christmas gifts you can make.

First, you make the coffee base with is instant coffee granules mixed with melted milk chocolate. You can easily melt the chocolate in the microwave with a teaspoon of vegetable shortening. Once melted, add the coffee granules and stir it together.

Scoop a large dollop of the mixture over the spoons you plan to give away and let them harden in the refrigerator.

Now here’s the fun part. Dip the coffee spoons into melted chocolate of your choice and decorate them with Christmas sprinkles, crushed candy canes, and toffee bits.

Chocolate espresso spoon with toffee bits going into a cup of warm milk.

Which chocolate is best for espresso spoons?

I went with Ghirardelli dark, semisweet, and white chocolate. I love Ghirardelli products and use them often in my baking.

Use any chocolate you like as long as it is quality chocolate. You are making these as gifts so don’t sacrifice great tasting chocolate.


How to melt chocolate

Most of the time I use the double boiler method when melting chocolate. This ensures that the chocolate will melt slowly without seizing.

But, because I needed to melt three different chocolates, I decided to melt them in the microwave.

Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and add a teaspoon of vegetable shortening. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each one until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

White chocolate can be tricky to melt. If it isn’t wanting to melt into a smooth consistency, try adding another teaspoon of shortening. You may need 2-3 extra teaspoons if your white chocolate is severely temperamental.

A cream cup full of homemade chocolate espresso with a spoon sticking out.

You need just a handful of ingredients to make this recipe

  1. various chocolates – semisweet, milk, dark, and white
  2. instant coffee granules
  3. vegetable shortening
  4. decorations – toffee bits, crushed candy canes, sprinkles
Chocolate Espresso Spoons wrapped in treat bags and tied with red ribbon.

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Chocolate Espresso Spoons decorated with festive sprinkles.

Chocolate Espresso Spoons

Yield: 30 spoons
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Espresso Spoons are perfect for a last minute Christmas gift for your family, friends, and neighbors. They are easy to make and festive for the holiday season. Each spoon is layered with a rich chocolate coffee mixture and then coated with melted chocolate. Decorate them with colorful sprinkles and you’ll have a wonderful gifting option!

Ingredients

  • 2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 5 teaspoons vegetable shortening, divided
  • 1 ½ cups instant coffee granules
  • toffee bits, sprinkles, crushed candy cakes, for decoration
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 30 plastic spoons

Instructions

  1. Combine milk chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons of the vegetable shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Stir in the coffee granules until well combined.
  2. Spoon mixture onto plastic spoons, scrape off excess and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat. Refrigerate until set.
  3. Melt each remaining chocolate with 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl following the instructions in step 1.
  4. Dip the coffee spoons into the melted chocolate and decorate with your choice of toffee bits, crushed candy canes, and sprinkles. Be as creative as you like. Transfer any unused melted chocolate to small piping bags and use that to decorate the spoons if desired. 
  5. Refrigerate until set. Place in decorative bags for gifting.

Notes

How to Use Espresso Spoons

To use the espresso spoons warm an 8-ounce cup of milk or milk alternative. Remove the spoons from the packaging and dip them into the warm milk. Allow the spoons to sit for a couple of minutes then stir until fully dissolved.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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10 Comments

  1. How does the gift receiver use them? Melt them in hot water? Coffee? Milk?

    1. Yes, Patty, The spoons can be stirred into hot water or milk. I wouldn’t stir them into coffee since the spoons already contain coffee.

  2. Is it truly 1 1/2 CUPS of instant coffee powder? I was expecting it to be 1 1/2 Tbsp or even tsp. Not sure if it’s accurate or a typo? Thank you!

    1. Yes, it’s 1 and 1/2 cups of instant coffee granules. The recipe makes 30-40 espresso spoons.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow nice idea will try 😀 This will best in kids birthday party. They will love this. All kids love chocolate.

    Thank you JEN SOBJACK <3

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for this idea ! I usually buy the chocolate sticks (spoons) for my son to melt in a hot milk for the breakfast, so if I make a slight change by skipping the coffee granules part, it makes such a nice way to spend time with kid to do our own Choco Spoons ! Thank you and have a happy and prosperous 2017 !

    1. That sounds like a wonder way to spend a snow day with the kiddos! Happy New Year!

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a fun idea! I would love to give these as gifts!

  6. How totally cute are these?! I love the look of those little christmas light sprinkles… but I think my favorite is that dark chocolate toffee spoon! I can just imagine how decadent it would be stirred into my coffee!