Coffee Ice Cream Recipe With Chocolate Sauce

Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home". She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated".

Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes

Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes

This Is One of My Favorite Recipes

Homemade ice cream will always hold a special place in my heart, the coffee flavor being one my favorites. I first sampled commercially made coffee ice cream in the 90s and wondered if it could be made at home. A memory from my childhood, before the invention of home ice cream makers such as the Cuisinart ICE series, proves that making this sweet, creamy dessert was no easy venture:

Another sweltering July afternoon had reduced my cousins and I to slow-motion hide-and-seek amongst the drought-ravaged corn stalks. My uncle, who had been banging around inside the garden shed, dragged a futuristic-looking contraption onto the yellowing lawn. As we gathered around, a twinkle in my uncle's eye told us something fantastic—almost magical—was about to transform our lazy day.

First, my uncle filled the large aluminum tub with layers of rock salt and crushed ice. After carefully installing a cream-filled can in the center of the glistening sea, he snapped a lid in place and we took turns cranking the handle of the machine. Halfway through the process, my uncle added a bowl of garden fresh strawberries to the thickening cream. When the handle became too stiff to turn he popped open the can. Lo and behold! Pale pink ice cream that would leave a lasting impression on my young mind and begin my lifelong love affair with the frozen confection.

With the help of modern ice cream makers, homemade ice cream is quick and easy to make. Free of harmful chemicals and preservatives, you can safely offer it to your children as a special summertime treat. Or use this elegant dessert to build grown-up sundaes for dinner guests. Your friends and family will thank you!


  • If you opt to use store-bought ice cream for your sundaes, choose a quality brand such as Haagen-Dazs.
  • Choose high-quality, preferably organic whole milk and cream.
  • Adding sugar to the eggs provides a protective barrier from hot milk.
  • Patiently tempering the eggs by slowly adding hot milk prevents them from curdling.
  • Try flavored coffees such as macadamia nut to switch things up.
  • The spoon coating test helps determine when custard is ready to chill. Be very careful not to curdle the custard by overcooking or heating too quickly.
  • Chill custard overnight or at least 8 hours.

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

one quart of homemade ice cream


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coffee beans, coarsely ground
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg, whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat the milk, cream and coffee in a saucepan until warm and steamy. Do not boil. Cover, remove from heat and let steep at room temperature 1-3 hours, depending on how strong you like your coffee.
  2. Set a mesh strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth (or use a large coffee filter) over a large bowl. Slowly pour milk mixture through cheesecloth to remove coffee grinds.
  3. Reheat coffee-infused milk until steamy. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, eggs and sugar in large bowl. Slowly pour the heated milk into the egg/sugar mixture, a ladleful at a time, whisking constantly so egg yolks are tempered by the warm milk instead of cooked by it. Return egg/milk mixture to the saucepan and add pinch of salt.
  4. Stir the mixture constantly over medium-low heat with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon or spatula. Sweep a finger across the spatula and when the coating doesn't run, the custard is ready. Remove from heat immediately.
  5. Remove cheesecloth from strainer and pour hot custard through the strainer only. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  6. Chill custard thoroughly in the refrigerator, preferably overnight, before freezing in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

Chocolate Sauce


  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, Amaretto or brandy


  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, salt and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add milk and butter.
  2. Heat, whisking all the while, until sauce bubbles and thickens.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Toasted Almonds:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Place 1 cup of whole almonds on a cookie sheet.
  3. Roast almonds in the oven for 10-12 minutes, checking them periodically and shaking cookie sheet to ensure they don't burn.
  4. Remove almonds from oven and allow them to cool.
  5. Chop coarsely.

Sundae Assembly:

  1. Nestle 2-3 scoops of espresso ice cream in a bowl or sundae dish.
  2. Drizzle ice cream with chocolate sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, if desired.




Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 29, 2019:

I enjoy coffee ice cream. Your recipe with photos looks great. Thanks for sharing. I'll pin it.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 24, 2013:

Careermommy, this is one of our favorite ice creams and it does give you an afternoon caffeine buzz. : ) Enjoy and I hope you can try it with the chocolate sauce, too. Have a great week.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 24, 2013:

ElleBee, I hope you get to try this recipe. Infusing the milk and cream with freshly ground coffee beans is the best method I've found. Homemade coffee ice cream is so much better than anything you can buy. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 24, 2013:

Rebeccamealey, it's nice to hear from someone who remembers the old churns. They weren't good for instant gratification, but did create nice memories. Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 24, 2013:

Au fait, thanks for the votes, pin and stars! This is one of my favorite ice cream flavors and you'll never have any as good as this homemade version. Enjoy!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on July 23, 2013:

This recipe is not as difficult as I thought. It is definitely worth making. Instead of having my afternoon coffee, I can make room for afternoon coffee ice cream. The chocolate sauce just take this recipe over the top!

ElleBee on July 23, 2013:

This sounds awesome!!! I've been wanting to do homemade icecream, and coffee is my favorite flavor - I was disappointed i couldn't think of a good way to make coffee flavored icecream w/o just dumping in some Autocrat syrup or a pinch of coffee grounds. This sounds way better!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 23, 2013:

Oh, this looks sinfully delicious! I love your account of making homemade ice cream. We used to use the old churns too! Thanks for the memories!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 23, 2013:

This looks and sounds yummy. I do love homemade ice cream. Voted up, useful, will share, and pinned to my 'Fabulous Deserts' board. Oh, and gave you 5 more stars.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 02, 2013:

Elias Zanetti, I'm glad you're going to make your own homemade coffee ice cream. Not only does homemade taste better, it's also healthier because you don't get the chemicals added to commercial brands. Thanks for coming by!

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on June 02, 2013:

I love coffee flavored ice cream and you provided a great, easy to folow recipe. Homemade ice cream is always much better so I will definitely give it a try! Great hub!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 05, 2013:

Moonlake, coffee ice cream is one of my favorites and the chocolate sauce pushes it over the top! Thanks for everything.

moonlake from America on May 04, 2013:

This looks like a really good recipe don't know how I missed it before. Voted up and pinned.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 26, 2013:

Pstraubie, as a fellow coffee lover you would definitely love this ice cream! This chocolate sauce is the perfect complement, too. I'll definitely have to send you a bowl full next time I make a batch. : ) Thanks for the votes and comment.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 26, 2013:

Ok, so I think I need an ice cream maker. Or, on second thought, the next time you make this, can you send me some through the magic of technology?

I am having my morning coffee right now and am pretending it is a cup of this ice cream I am hooked.

Voted up ++++

Sending Angels to you...:) ps

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 03, 2012:

Alocsin, the ice cream has a strong coffee flavor since it's infused with beans. You could substitute vanilla ice cream and it with the chocolate sauce and toasted almonds instead. Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 02, 2012:

I'm not really a fan of mocha but this can change my mind since it features two of my favorites: chocolate sauce and almond. Voting this Up and Useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 02, 2012:

Ishwaryaa22, I hope you enjoy the espresso ice cream. It's one of my favorites and my most often requested homemade ice cream flavor. The chocolate sauce and toasted almonds puts it over the top. Thanks so much for the comment, vote, pin and share...and for your continued support. : )

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 02, 2012:

Wow! The first photo looked so drool-worthy! I have tried ice-cream with cappuccino flavor and liked it. I am very sure that I will also like your recipe. Your steps and photos are clear and direct. Seems very obvious that you are a very patient cook and the end-results are very rewarding - you churned out delicious dishes including this one! Rated your tasty recipe 5 stars! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared socially

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 23, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, internetgeek, and your kind words!

Nizam Khan from Hyderabad, India. on April 23, 2012:

Wow Yummy! This is really wonderful. You have provided great instructions. Thanks for sharing and voted up :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 21, 2012:

Yes, the almonds add something special to the ice cream sundae. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Melovy!

Yvonne Spence from UK on April 21, 2012:

I love almonds and so do my kids. I have made ice cream before but not with a ice cream maker and not for years. Your photos are great and the steps look very clear. It all looks delicious.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 16, 2012:

Thank you for dropping by...I am definitely interested in photo lightning, Eileen Goodall! The photography end of this is rather tricky.

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on April 16, 2012:

This sounds gorgeous, your photo is a bit dark though I can lighten it for you if you want, contact me direct, no catch lol. Voted up and thank you so much for sharing this great recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 06, 2012:

As always, Felina Margetty, your comments make me LAUGH OUT LOUD and leave me with nothing as witty to say in return!

Felina Margetty from New York, New York on April 05, 2012:

Sadly I am mesmerized and dribbling on my keyboard after that decadent and delightful hub and can not form sentences. I will have to comment later. F.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 05, 2012:

Great! Thank you for your feedback, IndieJoe. It's nice to know a fellow foodie. : )

IndieJoe on April 05, 2012:

Vespa, we just tried this recipe and it's AMAZING. We can't wait to make another batch!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 02, 2012:

It's nice to meet you on HubPages, Mary Stuart. Thank you for dropping by!

Mary from Washington on April 02, 2012:

Yummy! I love home made ice cream. It is nearly the season to bring out the freezer and rock salt and crank that handle! Thank you for the great idea.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 01, 2012:

You're welcome! Thank you for your visit, Olde Cashmere!

Olde Cashmere on April 01, 2012:

This recipe looks delicious, thank you for sharing this. Voted up and useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 21, 2012:

Thank you for dropping by, Peggy W, your comments always make me laugh! A delicious button is such a great idea, too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Wow...you forewarned us that this was decadent. It sounds scrumptious! If my mother-in-law was still alive and reading this, I am sure she would purchase that attachment for her Kitchenaid mixer. She LOVED homemade ice cream! Voted up and useful. We still need a "sounds good" or "delicious" button to push. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 12, 2012:

Thank you so much for dropping by, KoffeeKlatch Gals!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2012:

You;ve activated my sweet tooth. I absolutely have to try you recipes. Up, useful and awesome.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 09, 2012:

Thank you for coming by and commenting, Dr.Ope!

Olive Ellis on March 09, 2012:

Yum! Yum! This I have to try! I can feel the pounds coming back on! Thanks for sharing vespawoolf. All the best to you.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 07, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, vocalcoach, and please let me know about your adventures in homemade ice cream!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 06, 2012:

Wow! I am sitting here salivating over this delicious looking Decadent Mocha Almond Sundae. This will be my first try at making homemade ice cream. Your step by step recipe will make it easy to follow.

You're an angel for sharing this. A sweet thanks to you and voted up!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2012:

What a clever, creative idea! Sharing homemade ice cream is even better than eating it all by yourself! Thanks for your comment, b.Malin.

b. Malin on March 06, 2012:

OMG this is definitely to Die for. I've never made Homemade Ice Cream...I have tasted it at a Friends house...I'll give her your Recipe and then Invite myself over! Seriously, Thanks Vespawoolf.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2012:

As an ice cream lover and mother of four, you are the perfect candidate for an ice cream maker! I love mine and use it a lot in the summmer. Of course, even in the wintertime a mocha almond sundae never hurt anyone. : ) Thanks for dropping by and let me know what you think of the recipe. stephhicks68!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 06, 2012:

I have been considering an ice cream maker for years! With 4 kids who love ice cream (and myself, as well), I may be finally convinced. Of course, I love mocha, almond and chocolate, so this recipe would have to be tested right away. ;)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2012:

I hope you have the opportunity to get an ice cream maker someday. It's so worth it for an ice cream lover. Thank you for stopping by, katedonavon!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2012:

A picture is worth a thousands words, as they say. Thank you for dropping by and for your comment, jenubouka!

katedonavon on March 06, 2012:

This makes me so hungry! i don't have an ice cream freezer, but I do love homemade ice cream. Lovely photos, too!

jenubouka on March 06, 2012:

I literally just stared at your photo, I seriously could taste the creamy homemade ice cream. Love the tips too! Very helpful. I was always in charge of making the homemade ice cream/gelato at the restaurants, it was a very rewarding and tasty task!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2012:

Please be sure to watch the two minute video on tempering eggs and the recipe will be foolproof. Thank you for dropping by Express10!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2012:

It's so worth the effort, and once you've done one batch it's really not difficult. Thank you for your comment, urmilashukla23!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2012:

I hope you have a chance to try it. I think the two minute video is a big help since tempering the eggs and reheating them is the most delicate part of the process. Other than that, the instructions will walk you through the steps for delicious ice cream! Thank you for dropping by, thoughtforce, and for your comment.

H C Palting from East Coast on March 05, 2012:

This is a very useful hub that shows why I failed at my attempts of making ice cream. Following these steps will make it taste as good as your pics look.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on March 05, 2012:

So yum! Never thought to make ice cream at home. I will try home made espresso ice cream. Thank you for sharing it. Bookmarked, shared with friends and voted up!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on March 05, 2012:

This looks so yummy and it is always better with homemade ice cream! I can't say that I am good at make ice creme myself but I love it! It looks a bit complicated to me, but I guess it is easy when you know how to do it. Thanks for the recipe and the step by step pictures. It will help me a lot when I try this recipes! Voted up,


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