- To create the perfect Vietnamese coffee ice cream, use a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream.
- Coffee of your choice, either caffeinated or decaf.
- Vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean completes the flavor profile.
Vietnamese ice coffee makes you realize that any other weak coffeehouse version of diluted coffee over ice is for wimps. Course-ground coffee is packed into a metal brewer, and the thick, intense coffee slowly drips down into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and 1/2″ of sweetened condensed milk. As the hot coffee drips down, it melts some of ice and mixes in with the sweet, sticky milk. What you end up with is the perfect concoction of rich, creamy iced coffee. This is the definition of my life motto, simple pleasures, deeply felt.
Take this formula and make ice cream for an “uncompromising intensity” of coffee flavors, according to Tara O’Brady, author Seven Spoons Cookbook and Seven Spoons food blog.
This is my full-stop favorite ice cream. A voluptuous mix of evaporated milks and cream gets infused with ground coffee, then chilled, churned, and swirled with caramel. – Tara Brady
This summer, if you have an ice cream maker (and love coffee), give Tara’s Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream a try!
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Tara likes to top her Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with homemade Candied Cocoa Nibs and an Espresso Caramel, both of those recipes are found in her cookbook. For us, we made the base Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, and topped with a pinch of fine ground coffee and a little store-bought caramel.
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I’ve been reading Tara’s blog for as long as I’ve known the word, “blog.” As a silent fan, I’ve followed her adventures through parenthood, learning about her Indian heritage, sipped her Frothy Indian Coffee and drizzled her Simple, Quick Chocolate Sauce over warm banana bread (which also would be great drizzled on this Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, too.)
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Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream Recipe
- 1 14-ounce/400 g can evaporated milk
- 1 14-ounce/400 g can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups (355 ml) heavy cream
- 2 ounces (60 g) coffee beans, ground (see note above)
- Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Generous pinch of fine-grain sea salt
- Fine ground coffee, sea salt, store-bought caramel
- Combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream, coffee, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, whisking often, until the mixture begins to steam. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.
- Using a fine-meshed strainer or a coffee filter, strain the liquid into a bowl. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.
- To serve, top the Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with a pinch of ground coffee, caramel and a pinch of sea salt.
I started making this last year. My love simply cannot get enough of it. I use home roasted coffee beans, which makes a huge difference.
Love love love this recipe!
Thank you for sharing
Thanks so much Stefanie!
Thanks JADEN so much because you bring the most popular product oversea . We use Ca Phe Da every morning . sory my English too bad to say what i want to say with every body a bout Ca Phe Da .
Just found your site when around internet . Find the Ca Phe Da which type i usually drink every day .
I’m definitely going to try this recipe. I’m a coffee lover so love anything with coffee.
The condensed milk….nevermind 🙂
Simple yet refreshing. An example that we don’t need complicated recipes to satisfy our cravings. And it’s great to try something from a different country. Loving it!
This looks delicious! Anyone who had a chance to try Vietnamese coffee, falls in love with it forever.
This is genius to combine ice-cream with Vietnamese coffee. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe with us!
Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream Recipe is what I am looking for. I and my family live far way Vietnam for a long time. This ice cream make me miss my country. Your recipe is so perfect to me and your blog is amazing. Thanks.
Oh my gosh that looks amazing. Resisted the urge to lick the screen. I have all these ingredients in my pantry and will try this Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream recipe this week. Thanks for sharing, Jaden!