Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles: The bold sweet flavor of Vietnamese Coffee in a whimsical popsicle recipe. Pull out your molds because popsicle season isn’t over yet!
Sitting in the corner of a sparse dining room with canvas scrolls hanging on the walls, I watched a frail little women bring a tray loaded with apparatus to a nearby table.
As the diners talked, she carefully sat down glasses of ice, smaller stemmed glasses with something whitish in the bottoms, a kettle of hot water, and several small metal devices that looked like top hats.
She placed a metal hat over each stemmed glass and filled it with water. Then she left.
Trying not to look like a stalker, I kept a sharp eye on the glasses as the metal devices casually dripped black liquid onto the white surface below. Not penetrating it, simply creating a fine line of black and white.
Several minutes later, the little lady came back to the table and removed all the metal toppers. She then stirred each glass, creating a dusky cloud in the darkness, turning the color to a tawny brown. Finally she poured each cup over ice and was off again.
Whatever that was, I must have it.
I later discovered, these table-side beverages were Vietnamese coffee. I didn’t even drink coffee at the time, but was enamored by the little ritual that proceeded the beverage, and the clash of the dark and light.
The metal devices I saw were individually sized French drip filters, made to sit right on top of a glass or mug.
Vietnam was a French colony in the 19th century and became a thriving force in the coffee industry. Therefore Vietnamese coffee is traditionally made with a dark bold French roast. The mysterious white substance at the bottom of the glasses, sweetened condensed milk, became popular in Vietnamese during times of war because milk was scarce.
These two ingredients are the backbone of Vietnamese coffee as we know it today.
Can you imagine what a generous dollop of sweetened condensed milk would do to a strong rich cup of coffee? Earthy, acidic, creamy and ultra sweet. It’s a magical thing, turning even those most opposed to coffee, to the dark side.
I’ll take sweetened condensed milk over cream and sugar any day.
Even though I don’t own a metal drip filter, I secretly like to keep a can of sweetened condensed milk around the house for the moment when Vietnamese coffee calls. I use my French press and simply pour the coffee over the condensed milk. Sometimes I even skip the ice, naughty.
The general proportions for a Vietnamese coffee are 4 parts coffee to 1 part sweetened condensed milk. Today we’re taking our iced Vietnamese coffee one step further. We are turning it into a popsicle recipe.
Why? …Because it’s fun.
And I’m fun.
And YOU’RE fun.
So let’s do this!
In testing this Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles I discovered something interesting. Sweetened condensed milk does not freeze, at least not well. So I had to change the proportions of the recipe to ensure proper freezing.
First I prepared the Vietnamese coffee, poured it into the popsicle molds and froze halfway.
Then I made a creamy layer for the tops (bottoms) with heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. I added the sticks when I added the second layer and froze again until firm.
The layers represent the look of a traditional Vietnamese coffee before it’s stirred.
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles is definitely a “grownup” popsicle recipe, but make them along with these Mango Lassi Popsicles and you’ll have frozen treats for both the young, and less young. *wink*
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Vietnamese Coffee Popsicle Recipe
- 2 cups French roast coffee hot, very strong
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk divided
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk in a bowl or measuring pitcher. Pour the hot coffee over the top and stir until blended. Allow the coffee to cool for a few minutes.
- Carefully pour the Vietnamese coffee into 12 popsicle molds, 2/3-3/4 full. Place in the freezer and freeze until slushy, about 1-2 hours.
- Mix the heavy cream with 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pull the Popsicle out of the freezer.
- Pour 1-2 tablespoons of cream over the top of each pop and add a popsicle stick to the middle. Return to the freezer and freeze until hard.
- To remove from the molds: Fill the sink with warm water and dip the bottoms of the molds in the warm water for 30+ seconds. Pull the sticks straight up, don't turn or twist them. *Although I love the look of wooden popsicle sticks, the molds that come with plastic sticks (with holes throughout the sticks) are easiest to un-mold. Eat immediately, or place in freezer bags and return to the freezer.
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I didn’t know that sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze!! I like that idea of using condesnsed milk in the recipe. Looks delicious!! Going to search my moulds now:-)
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These look amazing! Where did you get your popsicle tray, it looks like it works well…THANKS!
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instead of a cup of coffee this morning, I pulled out the Popsicles I froze over night. they were delicious!! thanks for sharing
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I have a question: the consistency of the pops once they were frozen, was it very crystallized or was it fairly smooth? I have had issues with my more ‘watery based’ pops being more like the texture of compacted snow instead of creamy and rich. I know adding the natural emulsifier Guar Gum will help make pops more smooth and creamy, but it isn’t always necessary for ingredients that can achieve that consistency alone. Thoughts?
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These popsicles look so good! I am loving the recipe.
I’m a coffee addict, and there’s no wakin’ up before I get that first cup of joe in my system. Now, I’m thinking about trading up and eating my coffee in the form of these Popsicles. They look amazing, and I love the spot of cream on the bottom of the pop.
I would love a decaf version of this!!
I love Vietnamese iced coffee. It’s on the top of my list of favorite splurge purchases, and a phin filter is high up on my Christmas list this year. I’ve gone through cans of condensed milk this summer just for coffee.
Coffee popsicles, I need these right away! Your story is so captivating, I love it.
I love your writing, Sommer. Beautiful! Just like the photos.
I adore coffee deserts!
I really need to try making my own popsicles…these look delicious! :)
These look so summery fun and delicious!
This is a Popsicle I can get behind! Love it.
This sounds wonderful, Sommer! And the colors are simply gorgeous :)
Sommer! Yummy! I love Vietnamese Coffee and what a great idea to put it into a pop. I lived in Singapore for awhile and grew to love the strong local coffee with sweetened condensed milk. Something so charming about it. I also love your pics; especially the aerial view with the couple of plates. Perfection!
FUN! (sshhhhhh…I keep sweetened condensed milk in my fridge for coffee!)
These sound and look fantastic Sommer!
Such fabulous looking pops!! I am a great fan of anything flavored with coffee :)
Wow! These look delicious! I love coffee, especially frozen coffee! Great recipe!!
Total brilliance. I love Vietnamese coffee & sweetened condensed milk in general. Totally making these.
I have never had Vietnamese coffee before..it sounds fascinating!!
I love cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee). Your popsicles look wonderful!
SO fun, Sommer! I love coffee-inspired desserts!
I literally JUST watched a No Reservations on Vietnam, and nearly the first thing shown was Vietnamese coffee as you described. It looked SO GOOD I vowed to try it. Then here comes this! Fabulous!!!! Thanks!!!!!!
Frozen coffee sounds just perfect to me!
I love, love, love Vietnamese coffee! It reminds me when I traveled there, I had it everyday! I still make it from time to time using Cafe du Monde and I am excited to give this a try.
Girl! Good thing my desk is away from everyone else at work because I just hooted for joy! Love this idea for popsicles.
Yeah, let’s do this! I’ve never tried Vietnamese coffee and I’m excited to do so. Anything coffee related is welcome by me and if it comes cold or frozen this time of year, even better! Cute story and great looking pops!
How cool. I love the process of making the coffee, I’ve never heard about it before. Now I must make some!! :) I love the popsicle concept too!! Perfect for a hot summery day!
I love Vietnamese coffee and this Popsicle looks so much fun and delicious! Can’t wait to try it!
I’ve been wanting to make Thai Iced Tea Popsicles all summer–perhaps I’ll give up on figuring that one out and do Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles instead? These are gorgeous!
No way, you MUST make them, that sounds phenomenal!
Oh, my goodness! Best idea ever!
Hi Sommer!! You amaze me… I am actually stunned! One, the popsicles are just too pretty, and two, vietnamese coffee?! Genius! I need your creativity gene, stat!
Kate, I’m blushing, and plan on walking around with a BIG head all day long. ;)
mmm yes please! I love anything with coffee in it!
Well, now I need a Vietnamese coffee! My mom used to rave about them!
Ok… I have to admit that, despite hearing so much about Vietnamese ice coffee, I still haven’t tried it. But damn if anything is going to inspire me, it’ll be these popsicles. They look incredible (and so refreshing)!!!!
I’m not a coffee drinker but do love frozen coffee! This sounds lovely and the colors are perfect.
What a creative idea Sommer – love how you translated Vietnamese coffee into a cool treat! Interesting how sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze.
Ohhh I’m so down for one of these! These pops are pretty darn genius!
These look fantastic! It’s the perfect grown-up popsicle :)
There’s nothing like condensed milk – I can just eat that with a spoon! This is a great way to get caffeine!
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