Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Javaz - Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Javaz Milk & DarkSince the introduction of chocolate covered espresso beans sometime in the seventies not much has changed. Oh sure, sometimes they’re milk chocolate covered ... sometimes dark chocolate and even white chocolate.

At the Fancy Food Show in January I did get to try what I thought was one of the best revisions of the classic caffeinated confection: JAVAZ.

First, they’re all natural and use organic, fair traded coffee beans. Second, they use good quality chocolate. Third, they have a candy shell. But most of all, they actually roast the coffee for eating. That is, instead of roasting it for optimal brewing, it’s roasted with the idea that someone is going to crunch & consume it.

They come in two varieties: Milk and Dark.

Javaz Milk Chocolate

JAVAZ Milk are much larger than most chocolate covered coffee beans, so it’s a goodly dose of chocolate. I threw some coffee beans into the photo to show the scale.

They’re even larger than Peanut M&Ms.

They look like little bird eggs: a faint tan color with brown speckles.

The shell is thick and crunchy and the milk chocolate is sweet and has a strong dairy/milky flavor to it. The coffee bean at the center is crispy and light, I wasn’t getting the fibery, woody bits that some coffee candies seem to leave behind. The coffee beans don’t have that acrid, oily taste to them.

The whole thing tastes like coffee ice cream with crunchy bits.

Though there’s obviously caffeine in here it’s not as much as you might think: a 55 gram bag has about the same amount as a cup of coffee.

Javaz Dark Chocolate

JAVAZ Dark are decorated in the reverse of the milk ones. The shell is brown with beige speckles.

The chocolate layer here is dark chocolate, though not “pure” in the sense that there’s some dairy in there (sorry vegans, but the confectioners glaze spoiled these for you anyway).

The chocolate is quite sweet and the punch of the coffee bean is nice and balances that sugary-ness quite well. I might have preferred a little more coffee flavor.

They’re substantially crunchy, I can’t say that these are a quiet way to get a caffeine boost.

I like how thick the shells are and how easy it is to hold them in my hand or just throw a few in my jacket pocket without the protection of the bag. As long as they stay dry, they do just fine. (Okay, maybe that’s not the most sanitary thing, but I’m just being honest about my road-testing of the product.)

The coffee is sourced from Indonesia and uses only Arabica beans and benefits the Indonesia Relief Fund.

They’re made in the USA and are Kosher. The packages are a little expensive ($3.00 for 1.94 ounces), but I expect that’s because they’re just starting out ... volume usually helps to even these things out and they’re only sold in the small package. Right now I can only find them on Foodzie, though they’ve been at some food trade shows so might be in cafes and gourmet delis as well.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Espresso Pillows
  2. M&Ms Premiums
  3. Crackheads
  4. Starbucks Chocolate
  5. Caffe Acapella - Coffee Confections
  6. Pocket Coffee
  7. Coffee Beat
  8. Bali’s Best Coffee & United Coffee Candy
Name: JAVAZ Milk & Dark
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: How Do You Take Your Coffee?
Place Purchased: samples from HDYTYC?
Price: $3.00
Size: 1.94 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Chocolate, Coffee, United States, All Natural, Fair Trade, Organic, Kosher

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Comments
  1. They look yummy!  The milk chocolate ones looks like little quail’s eggs.  smile

    Comment by ian on 6/02/09 at 12:44 pm #
  2. They look quite good smile

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 6/02/09 at 2:33 pm #
  3. Ohh…they sound yummy, and I like how you road-tested them wink

    Comment by Annemarie on 6/03/09 at 12:57 am #
  4. I recently got to try all of these and found them incredibly addictive and delicious. The Java Rocks especially have a rice krispy type of crunch so it’s cool to know it’s actually coffee in there and not rice!

    Comment by Susie on 6/03/09 at 4:28 am #
  5. I think they are really good.  Had some this weekend while in Reno.  Raley’s sells them.  Of course I am biased, being Sam Jr’s dad.

    Comment by Samuel S. Williams on 6/03/09 at 12:08 pm #
  6. I’ve tried these and they are so delicious!  By far the best chocolate covered coffee beans I’ve ever had- I’m hooked!

    Comment by Elizabeth on 6/04/09 at 3:54 am #
  7. Javaz are the best coffee bean candy available.  We love that it is family/mom owned and is made from superior ingredients.  Second to none!

    Comment by Mandy Flythe on 6/04/09 at 8:25 am #
  8. I’ve had both flavors and they are deeelicous! They have replaced our M&M’s in our candy dish…

    Comment by cnp on 6/05/09 at 11:53 am #
  9. We carry Javaz Milk and Dark as well as Java Rocks and GoGo Beans here at Butcher Boy, both in our Reno and Sparks stores.  I continuously have customers that come in specifically for these products.  Also I would like to mention the GoGo Beans for their uniqueness and quality as well.  They are chocolate covered coffee beans with the additional energy supplements added and they taste fantastic!  I am honored to carry this product line!

    Comment by Chris Reddin on 6/06/09 at 10:37 am #
  10. I want to know more about GoGo Beans. Like how do I get some of them as well.

    Comment by Ember Coals on 12/22/11 at 10:17 am #

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