What’s your Christmas party style? Are you the games and appetizers kind of hostess, preferring a casual hangout with friends? Or do you go for a more formal affair, a complete dinner with a fancy spread type? My (Rebecca’s) personal favorites are caroling parties, traipsing around the neighborhood with all of your friends and singing to the neighbors until their ears hurt and your toes and nose are frozen. Hoop skirts, bonnets, and top hats are optional, of course.
But let’s be real—no matter how you host, it can be a lot of work! And while feeding people is pretty much my love language, I also want to be able to spend time with my friends and family and actually create memories beyond the kitchen! That’s why easy but still impressive options are my MO, and these candy cane affogatos definitely deliver. How often do you find a dessert that takes five minutes, Martha Stewart would approve of, and your guests will love? It’s a win-win on every count!
If you prep the hot chocolate ahead of time, all you have to do is reheat it and scoop ice cream to serve a dessert that’s practically bursting with Christmas cheer and has so many options! You can serve them in fancy glasses, or a clear plastic party cup. If white hot chocolate isn’t your jam, just add the peppermint to regular cocoa and skip the red coloring—you could even offer both options! Of course, you want to add the hot chocolate just before serving or you’ll have melted ice cream. Instead, these want to be eaten just as the steamy, pink goodness begins to soften the ice cream into little creamy white drips around the edges, with the unique hot/cold contrast that is the hallmark of a good affogato.
So no matter what your party style is, these candy cane affogato are the perfect dessert for ending an elegant meal, a relaxed hangout with friends, or thawing out noses and voices.
Candy Cane Affogato Recipe
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- 16 oz white hot chocolate
- 1.5 tsp peppermint extract to taste
- 3 dash red food coloring
- 4 candy canes
- 3 drops red food coloring
- Prepare the white hot chocolate.
- Add 2 drops of red food coloring.
- Flavor with peppermint extract to taste.
- Set out 4 clear glasses and place 2 small scoops of vanilla ice cream in each.
- Pour about half a cup of the peppermint hot chocolate over each.
- Garnish with a candy cane, and serve immediately.