Candy Cane Affogato — Our take on the candy cane affogato has peppermint ice cream drowned in espresso or hot chocolate if you want to make it kid-friendly!
What’s your Christmas party style? Are you the games and appetizers kind of hostess who prefers a casual hangout with friends? Or do you go for a more formal affair with 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!
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.
What Is An Affogato?
Affogato means “drowned” in Italian. In food terms, an affogato usually refers to an ice cream or gelato based dessert or drink that is drowned in hot espresso.
Our take on the candy cane affogato has peppermint ice cream drowned in hot chocolate. So this recipe is kid-friendly! But you’re more than welcome to change it up with espresso.
Ingredients In A Candy Cane Affogato
Vanilla ice cream
White hot chocolate — We used a cocoa powder mix to save time, but you can also make your own homemade white hot chocolate from scratch. It’s quite easy!
Peppermint extract — To get that peppermint flavor
Red food coloring
How To Make Candy Cane Affogato
1 — Prepare the white hot chocolate in a small saucepan.
2 — Add 3-4 drops of red food coloring to the hot cocoa mix.
3 — Flavor with 1.5-2 teaspoons of peppermint extract to taste.
4 — Set out 4 clear glasses, and place 2 small scoops of vanilla ice cream in each.
6 — Pour about half a cup of the peppermint hot cocoa over each.
8 — Garnish with a candy cane.
9 — Pour hot and serve immediately.
How To Serve Hot Chocolate Affogato
If you prep the hot chocolate ahead of time, all you have to do is reheat it. Then, scoop the ice cream to serve a dessert that’s practically bursting with Christmas cheer and has so many options!
You can serve the candy cane affogatos in fancy glasses or a clear plastic party cup. Of course, you want to add the hot chocolate just before serving or you’ll have melted ice cream.
The perfect time for these to be eaten or drank is just as the steamy, pink goodness begins to soften the ice cream into little creamy white drips around the edges.
The unique hot and cold contrast that is the hallmark of a good affogato.
How To Customize Your Peppermint Hot Cocoa Drink
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!
Though we garnished our drink with a candy cane, whipped cream is another popular topping. A dollop of vanilla or even coffee whipped cream will add some extra cream sweetness.
You can also add crushed peppermint candies, chocolate chips and what is hot chocolate without marshmallows?!?
Throwing a holiday party? Check out our favorite holiday recipes and DIY’s from our archives below —
- Christmas Cookies S’mores recipe
- Gingerbread Muffins With Lemon Glaze recipe
- Mini Stout Gingerbread Cakes recipe
- How To Make Christmas Cocktails In Ornaments DIY
- How To Make Holiday Wreath Meringue Macarons
- DIY Retro Camper Gingerbread House + Recipe
Candy Cane Affogato Recipe
Candy Cane Affogato Recipe
- 1 qt vanilla ice cream
- 16 oz white hot chocolate
- 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract to taste
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 4 candy canes
- Prepare the white hot chocolate.
- Add 3-4 drops of red food coloring.
- Flavor with 1.5-2 tsp of 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.
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