Prep Time: 2 hours & 15 mins, plus freezing
Makes: 1 quart
If you like sweet coffee – or coffee ice cream – you’re going to love this sweet, creamy, Vietnamese-style coffee ice cream. Coffee-infused condensed milk and half-and-half makes for the perfect level of sweet with a lush, creamy texture that will melt in your mouth. Top with shaved chocolate, and you have a dessert fit for a king. Look out for Folgers Coffee on sale this week and whip up a decadent treat for your next dessert.
1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk (use 1 cup for a less sweet version)
1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee or brewed espresso
1/2 cup half-and-half (increase by 1/2 cup for less sweet version)
Big pinch finely ground dark roast coffee
Instant espresso to taste (optional)
Shaved chocolate, for garnish
Combine condensed milk, coffee, half-and-half, and ground coffee in medium bowl; whisk until combined. Add instant espresso, if using; stir. Chill mixture in refrigerator until completely cool, about 2 hours. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. (This ice cream will most likely not set completely in ice cream maker. You can place it in freezer to finish freezing.)
Calories Per Serving: 204, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 79 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 5 g.
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The History Behind Vietnamese Coffee
Most of us here in the United States wouldn’t think of condensed milk as a creamer for our morning cup of Joe, but in many Asian countries where electricity (and therefore refrigerators) are not necessarily commonplace, condensed milk has become the go-to for many culinary uses, including coffee. Introduced by the French in Vietnam, coffee was adopted by the locals and remains a mainstay today, still made with the more-easily found condensed milk than fresh.
DIY Traditional Vietnamese Coffee
While espresso or strongly brewed coffee works well for making Vietnamese coffee, if you want to be uber-authentic, try a traditional Phin Filter. This slow drip coffee maker is a nifty little set up that makes a single cup in under five minutes using a simple filter chamber and coffee press that sits right on top of your mug or cup. You can make your coffee black or pour condensed milk into your cup before brewing your coffee right on top. Pro tip: use a glass cup so you can watch the brewing process! You can buy a brew kit online or at most Asian markets for around $5-$10.