Affogato Recipe (VIDEO)

Affogato Coffee Ice Cream is an easy Italian dessert. It’s so good, you won’t believe it’s only 2 ingredients! Affogato looks and tastes fancy but takes seconds to make.

Single serving desserts like Panna Cotta, these Mini Cheesecakes or Chocolate Eclairs are so classy, elegant and perfect for parties. Affogato coffee ice cream is delightful and once you try it, you will crave it often.

Pouring espresso over ice cream for affogato

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What is Affogato?

Affogato means “drowned” in Italian and it is essentially drowning ice cream in coffee. The hot coffee starts to melt the ice cream and forms a thick foam at the top. My cousin’s wife, Alla shared this delicious idea with me. Watch the video tutorial below and you will see just how easy this is.

A finished affogato with ice cream and espresso

What can I Substitute for Espresso?

We love the rich flavor and crema in espresso (and here is the Espresso machine we love) but you can substitute the espresso shots by using:

The Best Ice Cream for Affogato:

We make affogato with vanilla bean ice cream because it’s easier to find in the grocery store but it is classically made with vanilla gelato so if you want the authentic Italian experience, pour espresso over vanilla gelato and watch the magic happen.

Espresso and Ice Cream ingredients for affogato

Affogato Coffee Ice Cream Toppings:

There is so much room to experiment with Affogato toppings. You can absolutely serve it with just coffee and ice cream, but if you are feeling adventurous or really want to impress someone, try these:

Toppings for Affogato Dessert

The Best Affogato Flavor Combinations:

  • Vanilla ice cream, chocolate shavings, espresso
  • Vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce, roasted chopped pistachios, espresso
  • Vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce, sea salt, espresso

Can Affogato be Made Ahead?

You can scoop the ice cream into glasses and even add toppings ahead, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Just before serving, remove from the freezer and pour espresso over ice cream. If espresso or coffee are piping hot, pour over the ice cream and not directly over glass so the glass doesn’t break.

Serving the affogato in chilled glasses or bowls is awesome for hot days or if serving outdoors so the ice cream doesn’t melt right away

Made affogato in glass with chocolate shavings

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Watch How to Make Affogato:

This recipe makes 1 affogato dessert. I wrote it out that way intentionally so you can scale up it easily. The ratio is 1 shot (1 oz) of espresso per 1 scoop of ice cream.

  1. Use an ice cream scooper to add 2 scoops of ice cream to a serving bowl or glass.
  2. Add desired toppings (see list below).
  3. Pour over 2 shots of hot espresso or strong brewed coffee and serve right away.

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Affogato Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Prep Time: 1 minute

Pouring espresso over ice cream for affogato

Affogato Coffee Ice Cream is an easy Italian dessert. Affogato is so good, you won’t believe it’s only 2 ingredients!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $1

Keyword: affogato

Calories: 278 kcal

Servings: 1 serving

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (or vanilla gelato)
  • 2 oz espresso (2 shots), or strong brewed coffee
  1. Add 2 scoops of ice cream to a serving bowl or glass.

  2. Add chocolate shavings or other toppings if desired.

  3. Pour 2 shots of hot espresso or strong brewed coffee over the ice cream and serve right away.

Nutrition Facts

Affogato Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 278 Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Cholesterol 58mg19%

Sodium 114mg5%

Potassium 328mg9%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 28g31%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 556IU11%

Calcium 169mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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