These easy-to-make Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles only contain 2 ingredients and are a refreshing way to cool off on a hot day. Bold and sweet coffee pair together in this delicious treat.
What is Vietnamese coffee?
Vietnamese Coffee (Ca phe sua da) is a rich and bold drip-style coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk.
Typically, it is served over ice.
We're taking the flavors from that coffee and turning them into homemade popsicles, also known as coffee pops.
Why you'll love this recipe
It's really super easy to make and is based off the idea of Vietnamese Coffee.
There's only 2 ingredients in these coffee popsicles.
The popsicles are not too sweet, yet deliver a kick of rich, strong coffee flavour.
You can easily make them vegan by substituting in coconut condensed milk.
Ingredients you'll need
- sweetened condensed milk: you can adjust the amount according to your taste
- hot boiled water
- ground coffee: I used Café du Monde which is a strong, dark roast chicory coffee; you can use any coffee beans you like -- freshly ground is best
How to make the popsicles
Measure out the condensed milk into a heat-resistant jar or glass.
Make the Vietnamese coffee by placing ground coffee (about 2 heaped tablespoons) into a metal phin and pour hot water over top (Step 1-2 below).
Note: the amount of water that a single-serve phin can hold is about 4 oz, or half a cup. Once the initial water has stopped dripping, you will pour in a second round of hot water through the phin to make 8 oz (1 cup) of coffee.
Stir the coffee with the condensed milk and let it cool (Step 3 below).
To make the popsicles, pour the cooled coffee into popsicle molds, insert a wooden popsicle stick and freeze overnight (Step 4 below).
Note: If you use a silicone mold, be sure to insert the popsicle stick first prior to pouring in the coffee.
To make the popsicles more creamy, add in a touch of heavy cream to the coffee prior to freezing.
For a vegan version, choose dairy-free condensed milk (coconut condensed milk).
Double the recipe to make a larger batch.
You can use instant coffee or espresso powder in place of brewing the coffee through the phin.
If you don't have popsicle molds, you can pour the coffee mixture into small paper cups and freeze them.
When the coffee mixture has been frozen for about 2 hours, insert a wooden popsicle stick and continue to freeze until solid.
Note: Depending on the size of your popsicle molds, your yield may be different.
Are these treats suitable for kids?
These iced coffee popsicles contain caffeine, so they are not suitable for young kids.
How can I make the popsicles not as icy?
There are a few things you can do:
- add more sweetened condensed milk (of course, this will make the overall popsicle sweeter)
- add a splash of pure alcohol-based vanilla extract: the alcohol will lower the freezing point
- try adding a little heavy whipping cream, similar to making No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream
How to store
Keep the Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles in the freezer until ready to serve.
They can keep for up to 1 month in the freezer, well wrapped.
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2-Ingredient Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles
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- 70 ml condensed milk
- 240 ml hot boiled water
- 15 g ground coffee
- Measure out the condensed milk into a heat-resistant jar or glass.
- Make the Vietnamese coffee by placing ground coffee (about 2 heaped tablespoons) into a metal phin and pour hot water over top.
- Note: the amount of water that a single-serve phin can hold is about 4 oz, or half a cup. Once the initial water has stopped dripping, you will pour in a second round of hot water through the phin to make 8 oz (1 cup) of coffee.
- Stir the coffee with the condensed milk and let it cool.
- Note: If you use a silicone popsicle mold, be sure to insert the popsicle stick first prior to pouring in the coffee.
- To make the popsicles, pour the cooled coffee into popsicle molds, stick in a wooden popsicle stick and freeze overnight.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.