Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa “Affogato”

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Have you heard of affogato? It’s an Italian word meaning “drowned” — usually referring to a dessert of ice cream drowned in hot espresso. It’s simplicity at its finest – and also one of my favorite ways to end a meal.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw on one of my favorite local restaurant’s menus (R bistro) — hot cocoa peppermint ice cream affogato. Peppermint ice cream drowned in hot chocolate? Oh, yes!

We decided to re-create the recipe using two of our existing recipes: peppermint ice cream chocolate and hot chocolate, and couldn’t be more pleased with the result!  If you know us well, you know we’re still working on expanding our repertoire in the sweets area, so this was a big win for us. The dessert is delicious and festive — truly, a perfect wintery treat!

And, it happens to be naturally sweetened with honey — so make sure to find local honey in your area if you can! It’s also (inadvertently) dairy-free, and a good gluten-free option for those of you looking for desserts sans gluten. While we’re not dairy-free ourselves, we love making ice cream with coconut milk since it’s quick and easy — you don’t need to make a custard on the stove. The hot chocolate is also made with soy milk, which makes it silky and smooth.

We were so excited about this one — we can’t wait for any excuse to make it again.

Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa “Affogato”
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 14-ounce can regular coconut milk
  • 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups soy milk (or milk)
  • Several peppermint candies, for garnish
What To Do
  1. A few hours prior to serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (or make it without the machine). When complete, freeze the ice cream for 2 to 3 hours to obtain a hard texture.
  2. Immediately prior to serving, in glass 2-cup measuring cup, place 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ cup warm water and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Microwave for about 20 seconds to heat briefly, then whisk or stir together until combined.
  3. Add a bit of the soy milk and whisk it in to temper the mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the remainder of the 2 cups of milk.
  4. Microwave for 2½ to 3 minutes until hot, or for the stovetop method, heat the mixture over medium heat until hot, taking care that it does not boil.
  5. To serve, crush the peppermint candies. Place a scoop or two of ice cream in a bowl or glass, then sprinkle with peppermint candies. At the table, pour hot chocolate over the ice cream.
Inspired by Bon Appetit via R bistro

29 Comments on “Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa “Affogato””

    1. Sonja

      Thank you! Me too – I’m a big peppermint lover as well (mint chocolate chip has always been my favorite) :)

    1. Sonja

      Haha! This one actually isn’t too bad in terms of the health impact — just honey and coconut / soy milk (though it’s not devoid of calories). Hope you can enjoy it as a lighter take on a holiday dessert!

    1. Sonja

      Oh, perfect! We love making homemade ice cream with coconut milk, since you can just mix it with honey and dump it straight in the mixer. We’ve found it so much easier!

  1. Ashley

    Gorgeous photos!! I drink homemade hot chocolate almost every night in the winter. This twist sounds more than amazing and definitely needs to happen.

  2. Alexandra {Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker}

    I’ve heard of you guys from your cookbook, but I think this is the first time I’ve visited your site. It is absolutely beautiful… Simple and clean, with gorgeous photos! This recipe in particularly looks so good, and since I don’t think I’ve ever had an affogato, it sounds like something I need to try!

    1. Sonja

      Thank you so much, Alexandra — that is so kind! We loved this recipe, and it was so easy. Let us know if you give it a try! :)

  3. Annie

    This photo made my jaw drop. I love it! I’m a huge affogato fan and though I don’t love mint, I think the hot cocoa idea is a great one. I’ve got to keep this in mind for the future!

  4. Nat D.

    AHHHHH! My best friend and I are OBSESSED with Affogatos. I mean OBSESSED. We traipsed all over town trying to find the best one. Even mixing and matching creams and espressos to find the perfect pairing. This is an awesome idea!!!

  5. Jo

    Made this for Christmas Eve and it was a major hit with the family! Will definitely make it an annual tradition. I am not the biggest chocolate/peppermint fan but this was amazing!!!! Thanks for a great recipe.

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