No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Vietnamese coffee is a mixture of strong coffee and sweetened condensed milk that's often served over ice. Here, the same flavors are blended into a no-churn ice cream.
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no-churn vietnamese coffee ice cream

Recipe by Andrea Nguyen

Start to Finish: 10 minutes (plus 5 hours for freezing)

Servings: Makes about 2 cups


  • 2 rounded tbsp. instant espresso

  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • Fine sea salt

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/3 cup full-fat sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 scant tbsp. molasses

  • Cacao nibs (optional)


1. In a medium bowl, mix the espresso, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and 2 pinches of sea salt. (The espresso will seem slightly sludgy.) Stir in the cream, condensed milk, and molasses to make the ice cream base. If desired, stir in the remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla, a 1/4 tsp. at a time, and another pinch of sea salt. 

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the ice cream base on high speed until fluffy and spreadable, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a 3- to 4-cup container. Cover and freeze until firm, 5 to 6 hours. Store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. 

3. Before serving, let the ice cream sit at room temperature until slightly softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Divide among bowls. Top with cacao nibs (if using).

Recipe adapted from Vietnamese Food Any Day, by Andrea Nguyen. © 2019 by Andrea Nguyen. Reprinted with permission from Ten Speed Press.