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This Salted Caramel Cold Brew Affogato is a treat meant for summer! Cold brew coffee keeps the ice cream from melting quickly, leaving you time to truly enjoy this invigorating java dessert!
And so it begins. The hot & humid throes of Florida summer.
The season only just officially started, but already it’s unbearable to even be outdoors. Unless you’re a tourist, of course, who for some reason chose the worst part of the year to visit. And if you are one of those tourists, I salute you. Happy summer vacay.
I also think you’re out of your mind. You can’t even truly enjoy an ice cream cone down here unless you’ve got eating contest experience and can cram the whole scoop in your mouth at once.
Make your own Salted Caramel Cold Brew Affogato!
There is one nice thing about living down here. In the cooler months (all two of them,) we can actually sit outside (no mosquitos!) and savor every lick of ice cream before it starts melting and oozing everywhere. All down the cone, all over your hands. Leaving chocolate stains on your favorite shirt…
Personally, I even switch to iced coffee when it gets hotter. I’m a caffeine hound, but even a hot cup o’ joe is too much for me in our muggy, tropical climate.
Of course, an affogato is also a good way to cool down your morning cup. Have you ever tried affogato?
We’re talking about an Italian coffee-based dessert that is absolutely approved as being OK for breakfast!
A scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream, drowned in a pool of hot espresso. It’s melty, vanilla-flavored mocha goodness that messes with your taste buds in such a lovely way. And you can’t beat creamy ice cream mixed with the life-giving liquid that is espresso.
I’m obsessed with affogato. I had a caramel flavored one in England a few years ago, and I’ve never recovered, which probably explains my almost equal obsession with frozen cappuccino and iced coffee.
So presents the dilemma of living in this sauna we call my home state. How can I really enjoy this treat if I’m melting the only part that cools it off with a good dose of hot espresso?
Enter Gevalia Cold Brew Concentrate.
Cold brew is a delicious alternative to espresso, for those of us who (1) don’t have an espresso machine and/or (2) would be too lazy to make it even if we did. (For the record, both of those count for me.) There are all kinds of premixed, bitter versions of it in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.
If you happen to be looking for a well-known brand who’s made it possible to take your coffee anywhere with you without the need for refrigeration, though…
One of the most important parts of this product is that it’s shelf stable. Meaning you can take it with you anywhere, lock it in your desk, and keep your coworkers grubby hands off it. Talk about an answered prayer.
I don’t have that problem anymore, now that I’m working from home (thank goodness.) But, I do have a coffee maker that isn’t the greatest, and I don’t always have the patience to make my own batch of cold brew.
Having Gevalia conveniently in my fridge means my own custom cold brew at home whenever I want; just pour and mix with my favorite cream and sugar. It’s saved me from so many disappointing, poorly mixed drive-through cups. And it has saved me so much money.
The amount I used to spend on coffee was ridiculous – with this concentrated cold brew, what I used to spend on 2 cups I now spend on 8!
Suuuuper affordable way to break your old routine, wouldn’t you say?
And this Salted Caramel Cold Brew Affogato? Can be completely enjoyed until the last bite, even on the back porch in the middle of July. The cold brew doesn’t melt the salted caramel ice cream nearly as quickly, and instead forms almost a protective, icy shell around it if you let it sit for a couple minutes after you pour. And then it all blooms together and looks so creamy and elegant.
Hello, happy tongue. (Don’t forget the chocolate shavings for even more flavor!)
And if all else fails, and the summer heat turns it all to liquid? It still makes for one amazing caramel mocha milkshake.
Salted Caramel Cold Brew Affogato
- 2 scoops salted caramel ice cream
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- Chocolate shavings for garnish
- Place 2 scoops of ice cream into a bowl or large servings glass. Slowly top with cold brew coffee. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, then top with chocolate shavings and enjoy.