Peppermint Affogato

posted on December 13, 2012 by Laura 8 Comments

Peppermint Affogato

For my birthday last week, the Honey gave me an espresso machine. In addition to daily, homemade lattes and cappuccinos each morning, I was inspired to use our fresh espresso to make this seasonal, minty take on the classic Italian dessert: Affogato.

Affogato takes its name from the Italian word for “drowned,” and traditionally consists of hot espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. In this wintery version, peppermint ice cream is smothered in rich, hot espresso, and adorned with sweet, minty flakes of candy cane for an easy and elegant dessert.

Peppermint Affogato
Serves 4

1 pint peppermint ice cream
8 tbsp (4 shots) freshly-brewed espresso
1 candy cane, crushed

1. Divide the ice cream evenly among four glasses or small dessert bowls. Slowly pour the hot espresso over the ice cream. Sprinkle with the candy cane pieces and serve immediately.


  • Reply Mary @ Fit and Fed January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I love affogato– it’s so easy and I’m a sucker for the combination of vanilla ice cream and espresso, it’s like a root beer float for grown-ups. I like your clever holiday take on affogato with the peppermint ice cream and candy cane.

    • Reply Laura January 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Mary! Hope you had a great holiday!

  • Reply Kate@Diethood December 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful!! And delicious, of course!

    • Reply Laura December 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you Kate! The best part is how easy it is to make!

  • Reply Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet December 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Looks delicious!

    • Reply Laura December 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Reply Jackie December 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you! now I know what I’ll be giving my kids tonight for their special Friday night dessert!

    • Reply Laura December 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Jackie! I hope they liked it!

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