Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

Vietnamese Coffee Popsicle Recipe

Yield: 12

Prep Time:10 minutes active time + 4 hours freezer time

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  • 2 cups very strong French roast coffee, hot
  • 1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix the heavy cream with 3 Tb. sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Pull the Popsicle out of the freezer.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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87 comments on “Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles

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  2. Belinda @zomppaposted August 20, 2012 at 2:32 am Reply

    There’s nothing like condensed milk – I can just eat that with a spoon! This is a great way to get caffeine!

  3. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 20, 2012 at 6:07 am Reply

    These look fantastic! It’s the perfect grown-up popsicle :)

  4. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted August 20, 2012 at 6:10 am Reply

    Ohhh I’m so down for one of these! These pops are pretty darn genius!

  5. Jeanetteposted August 20, 2012 at 6:15 am Reply

    What a creative idea Sommer – love how you translated Vietnamese coffee into a cool treat! Interesting how sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze.

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted August 20, 2012 at 6:26 am Reply

    I’m not a coffee drinker but do love frozen coffee! This sounds lovely and the colors are perfect.

  7. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted August 20, 2012 at 6:45 am Reply

    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)!!!!

  8. shelly (cookies and cups)posted August 20, 2012 at 6:51 am Reply

    Well, now I need a Vietnamese coffee! My mom used to rave about them!

  9. katieposted August 20, 2012 at 7:02 am Reply

    mmm yes please! I love anything with coffee in it!

  10. [email protected]posted August 20, 2012 at 7:03 am Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted August 20, 2012 at 10:45 am Reply

      Kate, I’m blushing, and plan on walking around with a BIG head all day long. ;)

  11. Jillposted August 20, 2012 at 7:17 am Reply

    Oh, my goodness! Best idea ever!

  12. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted August 20, 2012 at 7:42 am Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted August 20, 2012 at 10:44 am Reply

      No way, you MUST make them, that sounds phenomenal!

  13. Amy Tongposted August 20, 2012 at 10:08 am Reply

    I love Vietnamese coffee and this Popsicle looks so much fun and delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted August 20, 2012 at 10:42 am Reply

    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!


  15. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted August 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm Reply

    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!

  16. Tickled Redposted August 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Girl! Good thing my desk is away from everyone else at work because I just hooted for joy! Love this idea for popsicles.

  17. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted August 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply

    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.

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Frozen coffee sounds just perfect to me!

  19. Lynnposted August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    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!!!!!!

  20. Cassieposted August 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm Reply

    SO fun, Sommer! I love coffee-inspired desserts!

  21. JulieDposted August 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm Reply

    I love cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee). Your popsicles look wonderful!

  22. leslieposted August 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I have never had Vietnamese coffee sounds fascinating!!

  23. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted August 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Total brilliance. I love Vietnamese coffee & sweetened condensed milk in general. Totally making these.

  24. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted August 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Wow! These look delicious! I love coffee, especially frozen coffee! Great recipe!!

  25. marlaposted August 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Such fabulous looking pops!! I am a great fan of anything flavored with coffee :)

  26. TidyMomposted August 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm Reply

    These sound and look fantastic Sommer!

  27. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

    FUN! (sshhhhhh…I keep sweetened condensed milk in my fridge for coffee!)

  28. Toni @ Boulder Locavoreposted August 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    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!

  29. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted August 21, 2012 at 3:05 am Reply

    This sounds wonderful, Sommer! And the colors are simply gorgeous :)


  30. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 21, 2012 at 8:07 am Reply

    This is a Popsicle I can get behind! Love it.

  31. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted August 21, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    These look so summery fun and delicious!

  32. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted August 21, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply

    I really need to try making my own popsicles…these look delicious! :)

  33. Angieposted August 21, 2012 at 10:43 am Reply

    I adore coffee deserts!

  34. Rachel Cooksposted August 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm Reply

    I love your writing, Sommer. Beautiful! Just like the photos.

  35. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Coffee popsicles, I need these right away! Your story is so captivating, I love it.

  36. Katieposted August 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply

    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.

  37. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted August 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I would love a decaf version of this!!

  38. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 23, 2012 at 7:55 am Reply

    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.

  39. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 27, 2012 at 9:53 am Reply

    These popsicles look so good! I am loving the recipe.

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    thanks, greeting from méxico

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  47. Gigiposted May 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm Reply

    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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  49. Kristinaposted June 8, 2013 at 8:57 am Reply

    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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  68. Rachel Bruursemaposted October 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm Reply

    These look amazing! Where did you get your popsicle tray, it looks like it works well…THANKS!

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