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French Vanilla Coffee Float Recipe

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If you like coffee and you love vanilla ice cream, then this recipe is for you. Think of the most concentrated and milky coffee topped with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. The image alone is enough to make me drool! And although the name of this drink is quite fancy, French vanilla coffee float, the recipe is quite simple. That’s another reason to try this one!

In a nutshell, this is a milky coffee, flavored with an intense shot of espresso, topped with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream, an optional garnish of whipping cream and a cherry. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

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What goes into a French vanilla coffee float?

So, what’s the deal with French vanilla? What is it? All vanilla comes from an orchid native to Mexico’s Atlantic coast, but the delicious pod or vanilla bean is now traded worldwide. Do you know who particularly fell in love with vanilla? The French.

Today we use the term French vanilla ice cream to a unique kind of ice cream, perhaps made with egg yolks and authentic vanilla bean; the stuff is up there with the most decadent types of ice cream. So, if you’re planning to make this coffee, make sure you get the best vanilla ice cream you can get. The fanciest, the better.

Once you get your hands on the ice cream, the rest is easy. We’re using a freshly brewed espresso, whole milk, whipping cream and a maraschino cherry.

If you want to use a milk alternative, do so. And although we’re counting on the ice cream to sweeten the drink, if you want yours sweeter, just add some sugar or your favorite sweetener.

What to serve with a French vanilla coffee float?

How does a chocolate croissant sound? It’s undoubtedly a great partner for this creamy coffee, and the same goes for any buttery French pastry. And since vanilla ice cream is compatible with chocolate, try this coffee specialty with a freshly baked brownie or a slice of chocolate cake; that’s a hit for sure.

Now, let’s make ourselves this creamy-licious float. What’s not to love? I mean, coffee and vanilla are a match made in heaven.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy376 cal




Brew the espresso, and let it cool to room temperature.


Add the coffee to the milk.


Pour into a glass and top with the ice cream. Garnish with whipping cream and a cherry.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories376
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat20.7 g78 g26.54%
  • Saturated Fat12.7 g20 g63.5%
  • Cholesterol75 mg300 mg25%
  • Sodium120 mg2300 mg5.22%
  • Total Carbohydrate41.4 g275 g15.05%
  • Dietary Fiber3 g28 g10.71%
  • Total Sugars33.5 g
  • Protein8.6 g50 g17.2%
  • Calcium260 mg1300 mg20%
  • Potassium668 mg4700 mg14.21%
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