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 that almost tastes like Toffee. 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 34 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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!
Prep Time: 1 minute

Ingredients 

Servings: 1 serving
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, (or vanilla gelato)
  • 2 oz espresso, (2 shots), or strong brewed coffee

Instructions

  • Add 2 scoops of ice cream to a serving bowl or glass.
  • Add chocolate shavings or other toppings if desired.
  • Pour 2 shots of hot espresso or strong brewed coffee over the ice cream and serve right away.

Nutrition Per Serving

278kcal Calories32g Carbs5g Protein15g Fat9g Saturated Fat58mg Cholesterol114mg Sodium328mg Potassium1g Fiber28g Sugar556IU Vitamin A169mg Calcium
Nutrition Facts
Affogato Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
278
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Cholesterol
 
58
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
114
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
328
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
32
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
556
IU
11
%
Calcium
 
169
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: affogato
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 278
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  • linda cooper
    August 11, 2023

    Hi, just wondering what about using cold espresso or just warm espresso so as not to melt the ice cream too quickly?
    And should the espresso be sweetened before adding to ice cream?
    Many thanks,
    Linda

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 11, 2023

      Hi Linda! Yes, you can do that if you’d like. I do not sweetened it.

      Reply

  • Mary
    September 2, 2022

    My Nonna used to have this & I thought it was her little quirk. She put ice cream in her saucer & poured a little coffee on top. She drank it from the saucer. Wondered why she just didn’t put ice cream in the cup with her coffee. LOL

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2022

      Oh, that’s great, Mary! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Bill Wexler
    August 2, 2022

    Love it! Heard a comedian say that he was waiter once. For dessert A lady customer asked for affogato for dessert. Having no idea what it was he brought her an avacado 🤣
    So I went looking and found your page and made it 👍
    Thanks for being there 😊

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 2, 2022

      That is funny! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Bill.

      Reply

  • Dorothy Bethel
    August 1, 2022

    This looks amazing. But I don’t drink coffe. Do you think strong, heated chai tea could be a substitute? Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 1, 2022

      Hi Dorothy! I have not tested that to advise, but I think it could work. Especially if the the chai is concentrated! 🙂

      Reply

  • Alma
    August 1, 2022

    Where are your cute cups from ? This looks yummy I’m excited to try it

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 1, 2022

      You can find them on my amazon shop but clicking “shop” at the top of this page. CLICK HERE for link. 🙂

      Reply

  • Charlie Boniface
    April 30, 2022

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m improving myself. I certainly liked reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the posts coming. I liked it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2022

      Thank you for your kind comment, Charlie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Meg
    April 7, 2022

    I’ve actually made this before without realizing it! However, your topping additions are a must try!! Thank you for the video!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 7, 2022

      Hi Meg! You’re very welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

      Reply

  • Linda
    April 7, 2022

    Will try it soon but a little hesitant that the hot coffee to cold glass and ice cream will cause the glass to break.
    Has this ever happened to you or anyone out there?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 7, 2022

      Hi Linda, if you have a hot drink-safe cup, it should not crack. I haven’t had that experience. If you’re worried, you can use a ceramic mug also.

      Reply

  • Christine
    January 17, 2022

    I made this with my coffee (Death Wish Coffee). Delicious and very satisfying!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      Nice, great to hear that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Pat
    August 29, 2021

    Oh my Natasha, you should have your own TV show!! ❤️

    Reply

  • Asantha Bandara
    June 28, 2021

    Natasha I used normal coffee but it was so good and refreshing and that foamy top mmm. I loved it

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      Great to hear that you loved it!

      Reply

  • susie Huxtable
    May 25, 2021

    I too am anxious to create a recipe box on your website

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 25, 2021

      Thank you for the suggestion. I will keep checking with my developer and if a good option comes available, we will add it.

      Reply

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