This simple Italian dessert is the perfect sweet ending to a delicious meal.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, my mind has been focused on coming up with chocolatey desserts that are perfect whether you’re sharing with a significant other or having a girls night-in. While many will celebrate Valentine’s Day at a fancy restaurant, I’ve always preferred a night in, with restaurant-worthy food but I get to wear my pajamas. This year we plan on doing sous vide steaks with a bottle of red wine we brought back from a recent trip to California. And for dessert: cookies and cream affogato.
Affogato is an Italian coffee-based dessert in which espresso is poured over gelato. Simple, but truly delicious. To lighten things up a bit, I’m making mine with Halo Top’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. Note, this post was in no way sponsored by Halo Top, I’m just a fan of their products. After all, who doesn’t like a pint of ice cream that you can actually eat the whole thing and not feel guilty the next day?
I won’t pretend to say Halo Top is just as good as ice cream – and it definitely isn’t as good as true gelato – but I think it’s the perfect option for the everyday sweet craving. If you haven’t heard of it before I recommend checking them out, as they have a bunch of flavors, almost all of which are just 240-280 calories for the whole pint. Oh, and they also happen to be way lower in sugar and fat than traditional ice cream and higher in protein. Now that’s my kind of treat.
To make this affogato, all you’ll need is a pint of Halo Top ice cream (I went with cookies and cream, but any vanilla or chocolate-based flavor will work) and 1-2 shots of espresso. No espresso maker? No problem, you can also use strongly brewed coffee. There’s no strict ratio here, if you want more ice cream then add more to your glasses. Want your dessert to turn into an espresso drink (my personal favorite way to make it)? Then add more espresso. Not good at sharing? Use two glasses instead of one. For a pretty even ratio, I recommend starting with ½ pint of ice cream in a glass with 1 shot of espresso poured over.
So here’s a toast to spending Valentine’s Day with a pint of ice cream, and possibly another person to share it with 😉
- ½ pint Halo Top Cookies and Cream ice cream
- 1-2 shots espresso
- Prepare 1-2 shots of espresso using an espresso machine. You can also use strongly brewed coffee. Set aside.
- Scoop ½ pint of ice cream into a glass or bowl then pour over 1-2 shots of espresso. Eat immediately.