Best Ever Chocolate Vanilla Affogato Recipe

Best Ever Chocolate Vanilla Affogato Recipe – An easy summertime treat, this chocolate vanilla affogato combines three of my favorite: chocolate, gelato, and espresso!

Now, what is an Affogato? 

The word “affogato,” comes from the Italian word “affogare,” which means “to drown,” and that is exactly what this dessert is: gelato/ice cream drowned in freshly brewed espresso. Obviously, it is the easiest dessert ever! (store bought anything doesn’t count!)

While that is the original recipe, and some might argue with me, that sometimes simple is the best approach, this time a little chocolate syrup might change your mind.

You know what I say, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!

To make my chocolate vanilla affogato you need to start with the chocolate syrup.

I love the combination of the unsweetened chocolate and the sweetness of the International Delight Chocolate coffee creamer but you can use semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer.

Best Ever Chocolate Vanilla Affogato Recipe

Total time: 5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 6 oz chopped chocolate (unsweetened or semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup International Delight Chocolate coffee creamer
  • 1 pint gelato
  • 4 freshly brewed espresso shots


  1. Place 2 serving glasses/bowls in the freezer.
  2. In a heatproof bowl add the chocolate and coffee creamer. Microwave in 30 seconds intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir to combine.
  3. Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes. (to speed things up you can refrigerate)
  4. Once the chocolate syrup is cooled, pour some in each of the 4 chilled glasses. (Save just a little syrup to drizzle over as finishing touches)
  5. Divide the gelato by dropping 1-3 scoops in each glass.
  6. Pour one espresso shot in each of the 4 glasses.
  7. Finish with the remaining chocolate syrup.
  8. Serve immediately.


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