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No Churn Vietnamese Coffee Stracciatella Gelato

June 20, 2017 | 3 comments

I’ve always thought “coffee” as being such an adult thing. It’s what my friend’s mother drinks in the mornings. It’s what the teacher work room smells like every morning (cough, I don’t think I’m actually supposed to know that). It’s what my papers are lined with after a teacher accidentally feel asleep grading. It’s also what the professor has been bringing my Thermodynamics class every morning. Something about college courses and 8:40 in the morning screams ADULT and consequently, COFFEE! Apparently being an adult is no longer a fancy fairy tale dream; instead, it is a nightmare-ish dream away from reality.

But who am I to complain? I love coffee with a strange passion, but only the milky sweet kind that some people will say is a sorry excuse for coffee. They’re wrong. Straight black tastes like some sort of medieval torture device that is hardly needed in today’s civil world of milk and honey.

On the other hand, I have a love and hate relationship with ice cream. It is delicious, which is certainly a huge plus (or why would I ever be making it in the searing heat that is summer?) and it offers me a chance to stick my head in the freezer like an ostrich! This certainly outweighs the cons of being stupidly full of fat and needing an ice cream maker. I effectively got rid of the second con by using more fat to avoid large crystal formations (which would then result in an ice block, and not ice cream). But as it turns out, I forgot a con -how quickly ice cream melts. If anyone has tips on photographing ice cream, I would love to hear them because as the pictures display, the ice cream melted within 5 minutes of scoping.

But whatever, the pros strongly outweigh the cons. This recipe needs no custard base, no churning, and it needs all of 4 ingredients, most of which you should already have on hand! Yet somehow, by shimmering the cream in coffee grounds until fragrant and flicking drizzles of chocolate off the fork, a silky, creamy, dark ice cream can be created. The chocolate bits melt as soon as it enters your mouth. In all its entirety, this ice cream is a bit too moreish to be good for anyone.

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No Churn Vietnamese Coffee Stracciatella Gelato


  • 3 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate
  • {oreos waffle cones, etc....}


  1. Heat the cream and coffee grounds in a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes. Place cheesecloth over a strainer. Pour the coffee cream over the cheesecloth covered strainer into a large bowl.
  2. Let rest in the refrigerator until cool.
  3. Beat the cream for 10 minutes. It won't form peaks (because we seeped coffee in the cream), but bubbles should appear on the top when you stop beating. Pour into a bowl and fold in the sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let freeze for at least 4 hours.
  5. Melt the chocolate and using a fork, roughly drizzle over the ice cream. Wait until it hardens (about 1-2 min), stir it in, and redrizzle. Repeat until all the chocolate is gone.
  6. Eat it soft serve or refreeze for another 2-4 hours until the mixture is more firm {it will still melt...}.


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  1. Christine on

    June 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm says

    Oh my goodness! These are perfect for the hot weather we’ve been having! I love summer, but I hate the heat. Thanks for the creative recipe.

  2. Hira on

    June 22, 2017 at 12:10 am says

    First of all, I’m loving all the amazing picture! Also, you are SO smart– college science classes (go you!!). I’m not a huge fan of coffee (in the winter time I’m more of a hot chocolate kind of girl), but I would totally make this! 🙂

  3. photography-lover on

    June 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm says

    I love all the pictures its pure perfection ! Am not a big fan of coffee my self , I kind of had a bad experience with coffee , but I do drink coffee with milk and some croissants or muffins every morning , but since a big ice cream lover , this would change things , amazing blog , loving everything you do , can’t wait for more , I will definitely try this !! ♥



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