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French Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe

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Vanilla is originally from Mexico and Central America, and it’s the pulp and seeds of a tropical, rare orchid. It was the French chefs, though, who really took this sweet-scented ingredient to the next level.

There’s no doubt the French have mastered the use of vanilla, and you can taste it in custards, pastries and coffee too. Inspired by this idea, here’s a French vanilla iced coffee that is as tasty as it is refreshing. 

Iced coffee is the perfect warm-weather drink, and to make it right, today, we’re using vanilla ice cream. How cool is that?

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What you'll need

For this iced coffee recipe, we’re using vanilla ice cream. It will add that awesome vanilla flavor, but also an unbeatable creaminess and a subtle sweetness. It comes without saying, the better the ice cream, the better the coffee.

I use Häagen-Dazs when possible, but there are many other excellent brands. Obviously, the supermarket ice cream gallons are not at the same level, and although you can totally use cheaper ice cream for your iced coffee, quality matters. Choose wisely!

We also need coffee, and since this is a French-inspired drink, I like to brew a couple of espresso shots with a medium ‘city’ roast Arabica blend. 

Medium roasts are more caramelly and not as robust, so they pair better with vanilla. Again, use whatever coffee you have in hand. By the way, light roasts are super trendy right now, and they work beautifully, too.

Our recipe calls for milk as well, which will balance the ice cream’s creaminess; we want iced coffee, after all, not a milkshake! And a dollop of whipped cream will be our final touch. Just a nice, classic topping.

Variations and Substitutions

Play around with your iced coffee. I’m sure you’ve figured out that swapping the vanilla ice cream for any other flavor will render different results, and they can be fantastic. 

Cookies & cream iced coffee sounds delicious, and so does a rocky road iced coffee. The sky’s the limit here. 

The ultimate drink comes together when you use coffee ice cream to make iced coffee — that’s the real deal!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy242 cal




Brew your espresso and let it cool at room temperature or in an ice bath.


In a blender, add the milk, vanilla ice cream and cooled down espresso. Blend until smooth.


Fill two glasses with fresh ice and pour the vanilla iced coffee.


Top with whipped cream.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories242
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat14.1 g78 g18.08%
  • Saturated Fat8.9 g20 g44.5%
  • Cholesterol56 mg300 mg18.67%
  • Sodium120 mg2300 mg5.22%
  • Total Carbohydrate22.4 g275 g8.15%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars19.5 g
  • Protein6.7 g50 g13.4%
  • Calcium236 mg1300 mg18.15%
  • Potassium248 mg4700 mg5.28%
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