The 6 Best Candy & Coffee Combinations

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Whether it’s holiday cookies, pumpkin pie, or fruitcake, this time of year, there seems to be an endless supply of desserts all around us. And with the approach of Halloween, candy, especially, seems to be more widely available.

To enhance your candy-eating experience, there are a number ways you can pair these sweets with coffee. Coffee pairings can actually take your candy and coffee flavors to a whole new level. 

Here’s a list of the best candy and coffee combinations. 

Candy Apples & Mocha 

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The distinct difference in flavors between candy apples and mochas is exactly what makes this combination work so well. Candy apples boasts of a fruity, light flavor whereas mochas have more of a bold flavor due to the chocolate or cocoa content. This contrast creates a perfect match, especially for those who enjoy a fruit-flavored snack. 

Quite different from your typical mocha served warm, La Colombe Coffee offers a mocha draft latte made of milk, cold-pressed espresso, and cocoa. It offers a smooth, thick texture due to the nitrous oxide content (similar to what you’d find in nitro coffee), and it’s best served iced cold. 

Rice Krispies Treats & Dark Roast Coffee 

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Rice krispies treats are made of rice cereal, butter, and marshmallows. Whether you make them at home or buy them, they’re delicious on their own. But to make this treat even sweeter, try pairing them with a chocolatey, dark roast coffee. You will find that a new flavor has been developed with this combo, comparable to that of the the delicious campfire snack — s’mores. 

Blue Bottle’s Giant Steps is the perfect coffee companion for rice krispies treats. It boasts of cocoa, marshmallows, and graham cracker, which is basically s’mores in a cup. 

Peanut Butter Cups & Ethiopian Coffee 

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If you’re more of a peanut butter lover, there’s a perfect coffee combination for you too. Assuming you’re a fan of peanut butter and jelly, an excellent coffee companion would be a naturally-processed Ethiopian coffee. This type of coffee often has delicate, berry flavors, helping to create flavor blend similar to what you’d find in a PB&J. 

A great example of an Ethiopian coffee is Fresh Roasted Coffee’s Organic Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Coffee. It has a vibrant flavor profile wth berry tasting notes. 

M&Ms & Honduran Coffee

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For fans of M&Ms, there’s no better pairing than with a naturally, nutty coffee. This flavor combination beautifully brings out the chocolatey flavors of this beloved candy. 

Coffee Junkie’s Nutty Butterscotch Toffee Organic Coffee Beans brings nutty tasting notes and a full body to your cup of coffee, perfect to go along with a bag of M&Ms.  

Lollipops & Light Roast Coffee 

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While many of these pairings include chocolate, there are excellent coffee and non-chocolate combinations as well. One instance is lollipops paired with a light, citrusy coffee. The fruity flavor of the coffee combines in unison with the fruitiness of the lollipop, amplifying the existing flavors.

Coffee Bros.’ Light Roast Coffee Beans are bright, crisp and have a citrusy taste, ideal for combining with a fruity-tasting candy. 

Cold Brew & Candy Corn 

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Cold brew boasts of smooth, chocolatey and naturally sweet flavors. And because of this deep flavor profile, it pairs remarkably well with anything that has caramel flavors. Candy corn, for instance, is one candy that does especially well with cold brew due to its vanilla, buttery caramel taste. The two go hand-in-hand.

Chameleon has a number of cold brew flavors available that you could pick from to find your favorite cold brew pairing. 

As you can see, there are a number of coffee and candy flavor combinations that can either create a new flavors or enhance existing ones. The possibilities are endless with the many varieties of coffee and the wide selection of candy available to us today. By simply combining and trying new flavor pairings out, you’ll surely find your personal perfect candy/coffee pairing.  

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