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Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa “Affogato”

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”
 
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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.
Notes
Inspired by Bon Appetit via R bistro

 

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    December 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I saw this in Bon Apétit and nearly fell out of my chair. It looks delicious! Gorgeous photo! Happy Christmas! xo

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      Sonja
      December 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Thanks, Courtney! We loved the idea too. I was excited that it tasted just as delicious as it sounds!

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    sara
    December 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, this looks insanely good!! I love peppermint ice cream…just screams holiday to me!

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    Heather
    December 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    This looks AMAZING!! Do you think almond milk would work in place of soy??

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      Alex
      December 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

      It is! And I’m sure almond milk would be fine for the cocoa :)

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    Emily
    December 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This is totally happening. Oh my gosh. I’m drooling just looking at it.

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    Tiffany
    December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    YES PLEASE! So happy it is Peppermint Season!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

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    This American Bite
    December 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Deliciousness.

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    Annie
    December 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I would like this right now, please! wonderful!!

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    Katherines Corner
    December 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I gain weight every time i visit, LOL I love stopping by your wonderful blog . I always find some much yummy here. xo

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      Sonja
      December 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

      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!

  • Reply
    Lori @ forkfuloffreedom
    December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Wow – you guys must have been reading my mind. The hubs and I were just talking yesterday about making homemade icecream this week. Looks like we’ve found our recipe!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Izy
    December 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Ahhhh, it’s so gorgeous! and it sound incredibly delicious too – I will definitely be trying this soon!

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    what katie's baking
    December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i can’t believe how healthy this is…it looks so sinful! holy yummm! pinning this now so i can save it!

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    marla
    December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This looks AMAZING!! Fun idea :)

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    Ashley
    December 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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

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    Alexandra {Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker}
    December 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    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!

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      Sonja
      December 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      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! :)

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    Kristina
    December 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    we LOVE the traditional affogato – thank you for sharing this genius with us! I cannot wait to try…

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    Annie
    December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    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!

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      Alex
      December 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      :) This would be great for with any ice cream; you should definitely try.

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    Cookie and Kate
    December 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Love this idea, you guys! Cold and hot, chocolate and peppermint, yes please.

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      Alex
      December 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Perfect for a snow storm!

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    Cecilia Juarez
    December 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Going to get all ingredients today to try, looks Delicious ;)

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    Nat D.
    November 25, 2013 at 1:54 am

    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!!!

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    Eden Passante
    November 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! This looks unbelievable! Love affogatos and this looks perfect for the holiday season!

  • Reply
    Jo
    December 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    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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