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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 8 votes
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
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1
Keyword: affogato
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Dessert
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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  • Donna
    February 2, 2020

    I love the choices you make on what recipes you share, and I appreciate your recommendations. One piece of advice: less is more. This video could have easily been under 2 minutes but you stretched it out to over 4 with lots and lots of unecessry extra comments. Just want you to have more viewers! Because you’re on to something  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      Thank you for that feedback, Donna. Reply

  • Alison
    November 18, 2019

    I’m from the UK but really love the coffee machine you use? can you tell me if this is available in the UK? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2019

      Hi Alison, it is available for purchase online. I would recommend doing a local online search. Reply

      • Alison
        November 19, 2019

        thank you and sorry to be a pain, what’s the machine called you have? I have one but no where near as good as yours. sorry to bother you know your busy helping us learn to cook!
        lol…..p.s. great recipes! x Reply

  • Sarah
    August 10, 2019

    Thank you for the great idea of adding pistachios!
    I have got to ask where is your vase with hydranges from? The combination is beautiful.
    Also what beans do you use for your coffee machine? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 12, 2019

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much! The vase is from Fred Meyer and the hydrangeas are from our own backyard. They are so beautiful and in full bloom right now, plus we have a ton so I’m utilizing them in videos :). The beans we use currently are organic beans from Fred Meyer. I tossed the bag and don’t have a backup to tell you what brand it was. Reply

  • Olga
    August 9, 2019

    Coffee addict here I can’t start a day without coffee and this just might make a good replacement. I’m having my mom and sisters over after the weekend, will make it for them. They love anything coffee just as much as I do  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2019

      We love our morning coffee around here. I hope your family like this recipe! Reply

  • JoAnne Wagner
    August 8, 2019

    This is so delicious! Thanks Natasha. After watching the video I just had to make one. Haha, is it wrong that I had it for breakfast? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      That sounds perfect for a summer breakfast! Reply

  • Cindy Hopper
    August 8, 2019

    This ice cream treat is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Kate
    August 8, 2019

    Great idea to have a great drink in different way. Will try it for sure, I hope it will be delicious as you describe here.

    Just a tip:
    I miss old you, and your old videos and recipes. Your previous recipes were tested very well and delicious. Few recipes I was making from here didn’t end up delicious as it was described. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your feedback Kate! Reply

      • Kate
        August 12, 2019

        so I tried it, and it is delicious. by the way I tried with regular coffee and it is delicious. thanks Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 12, 2019

          I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    August 7, 2019

    Ice cream and coffee are 2 of my favorites! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      You can’t go wrong with that Krissy! Reply

  • Jen
    August 7, 2019

    Wow, this looks like the perfect way to treat myself after dinner tonight. Love how easy it is to put together. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      I hope you love this recipe Jen! It is our favorite quick treat! Reply

  • lauren kelly
    August 7, 2019

    I love making this! It’s so easy to prepare and delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Lauren! Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    August 7, 2019

    Now this is my kind of dessert! I know what I’m making this weekend. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      I hope you love this Julie!! Reply

  • Jenny
    August 7, 2019

    This definitely looks fancy enough for a dinner party and I love that you can just put it together within a couple of minutes. I remember growing up in Europe they had a kid-friendly version of this where they just used hot chocolate instead of coffee and lots of toppings. One of my favorite desserts as a kid  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2019

      Hi Jenny! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

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