Affogato – Coffee Ice Cream Dessert (video)

salted caramel affogato italian dessert recipe

Affogato – the ultimate Italian summer dessert! This easy coffee drink or dessert is bound to become a favorite! For my affogato recipe, you’ll need strong coffee or espresso, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Originally made with just espresso poured over vanilla ice cream, my version amps up the flavor even more!! I love to use my homemade caramel sauce and occasionally some flavored liqueurs.  I like to add a few splashes of Kahlua coffee rum liqueur, or sweet and creamy Bailey’s Irish Cream.

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How to Make Affogato

You’ll love how EASY it is to make this Italian dessert recipe! You’ll need just a few ingredients – strong brewed coffee or espresso shots. This drink is traditionally made with espresso but since not everyone has an espresso machine at home, strong brewed coffee will also work well. Regular or decaf will both work great! Have the coffee piping hot and ready to go!

Next, pick out your ice cream! Traditionally made with vanilla ice cream, I love to enjoy this dessert with caramel ice cream instead! You can use almost any type of ice cream or gelato for this recipe. Here are some more flavors to try: chocolate, vanilla bean, white chocolate raspberry or even peppermint! Add a scoop or two of ice cream into a glass or bowl, pour over with the hot coffee and add a drizzle of my homemade caramel sauce. You can also add flavored liqueurs such as Kahlua or Bailey’s for more flavor! Enjoy the dessert right away!

italian coffee dessert Affogato with caramel sauce

Perfect for Summer!

I love to order this Italian dessert drink wherever I can, especially if the shop has caramel ice cream! Many cafes have affogato on their menus, especially during summer! It’s a great way to end the evening – a cooling dessert and drink in one! If you haven’t tried this yet, you’re seriously missing out! Try serving this coffee drink as a dessert bar, allowing everyone to make their own unique version!

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Salted Caramel Affogato video recipe


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Affogato - Coffee Ice Cream Dessert (video)

5 mins prep
4 servings
The best recipe for Affogato! Caramel affogato with caramel ice cream, caramel sauce and coffee!


  • 1 to 2 cups Strong-brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1 cup Sea-salt caramel ice cream
  • 1 cup vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/3 cup home-made caramel sauce
  • 4 oz optional liqueurs: Irish cream, Kahlua, orange liqueur
  • 4 waffle cookies, optional; for serving


  • Prepare several shots of espresso or brew extra-strong coffee using a French press or coffee machine.
  • Add 2 scoops of desired vanilla or caramel (or both) ice cream into a glass coffee cup or parfait tray. Add 1 tablespoon of liqueur, if desired. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Once coffee is ready, add 1 to 2 shots per cup, about 1/4 cup. Garnish with waffle cookie, if desired. Serve immediately.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg