Coffee isn’t the most travel-friendly drink, is it? To be fair, no drink is actually meant to be drunk while on the move.
Another thing is that it actually takes effort to make or buy coffee. You have to get up early, set your machine to make coffee, or get in line to buy a cup.
Why go through that hassle when you can just pop a caffeine-filled candy on the go?
I’m being far too dramatic here. Maybe you like your process of getting coffee. Well, for you then, it doesn’t hurt to try a piece of chocolate that may end up being your coffee fix, right?
What is Pocket Coffee?
Believe it or not, the name ‘Pocket Coffee’ is pretty self-explanatory. It’s chocolate-covered coffee.
To be more clear, Italian espresso is covered with a thin layer of sugar and its exterior is made of bittersweet, praline chocolate. They are individually gold-wrapped and are sold in a pack of five.
So yes, when you bite into it, syrupy espresso will burst into your mouth. Yum!
Varieties of Pocket Coffee Ferrero
1. Pocket Coffee Espresso
Pocket Coffee was first produced in Italy by the company Ferrero. And while many of Ferrero’s products are available internationally, pocket coffee can be a difficult find.
The classic is pocket coffee espresso that is the most popular; espresso-covered chocolate.
Now they have two other products.
2. Decaffeinated Pocket Coffee
The coffee which is espresso in the classic is decaffeinated in this version for those who want to try the taste but don’t want the onset of caffeine that comes with it.
3. Pocket Espresso To Go
This version is just so people can enjoy it in the summer. It also contains espresso and dark chocolate but both are completely liquid. It has a small hole and comes with a small drink so that you can sip it, as the name suggests, on the go.
For those of you who have never heard of it or for those who are here to know how it actually works – keep on reading!
It feels a little weird to search for the right way to eat a piece of chocolate. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
Ideally, eat the piece as a whole. If you want to see the layers or just that you have to take two bites then keep it vertical otherwise the essence, the syrup, the actual coffee will drip out and you’ll have wasted that precious espresso.
The interesting thing is that its production takes place in the colder months so it is a seasonal item.
The reason is that the heat presents a threat to the chocolate. If the chocolate melts, then essentially the whole structure will fall apart. The candy will just become a gooey mess so the company only produces it during winter.
Where to get it?
Since it’s an Italian candy, it’s only available there.
But obviously, Amazon has everything. If you are willing to spend quite a lot of money for what’s inherently candy then order it! Another thing to keep in consideration is that it might get misshapen or liquidy in the transport process.
So your best bet would be to order in the colder months of where you live given that it coincides with its production. Otherwise, take the risk and give it a try.
Or you can just order pocket espresso to go!
Like every new product in the market, there are many other companies that try to recreate it.
Surprisingly, there aren’t that many options except for Ferrero’s own products.
One new product is Pocket Latte. They even have different flavors including; Cream + Sugar, Dark Roast, Hazelnut, and Lavender Vanilla. You can also find Pocket Latte on Amazon.
It’s produced in the US year-round. One individually wrapped chocolate has three portions – 2 quarters and 1 half.
Homemade Pocket Coffee
If you are having trouble getting the pocket coffee or just can’t seem to justify spending a lot on candy but still want to know what it tastes like, you can try making it at home.
A pretty easy way to do this would be to get dark chocolate from the store. You can also get milk chocolate or mix the two in equal parts if you don’t want a strong flavor. Anyway, next you can melt the chocolate on a double boiler or in the microwave.
Then, you will need some sort of a mold that has a shape like half an egg or half a rectangle so that it can be filled. Pour the liquid chocolate into the mold then dump it all out so that it only covers the mold. Allow it to cool.
In the meanwhile, make your espresso however strong you would like and in whatever quantity you want to add into the chocolate.
When the chocolate has cooled, take it out of the molds. Take one half and put it on the plate and fill it fully with your espresso. Then, take the other half and warm the edges so that it sticks to the first half.
There you go! You have an easy and relatively cheap version.
If you would like a proper recipe then this one here is pretty neat and professional.
Now you know pretty much everything there is to Pocket Coffee.
They are especially great for people who need portable methods of coffee such as students or truck drivers or nurses who have long shifts without much time to sit and have a drink but really need the caffeine to stay awake.
But anyone can give it a shot because you can’t go wrong with it. What’s not to love? It’s chocolate and coffee! If you’re a fan of chocolate coffee combos, you’ll want to read more of our articles about chocolate-covered coffee.