Ode to Halva
Halva Iced Coffee is a delicious sweet treat which is 100% appropriate during warm September.
Yes, exactly, Halva Iced Coffee. I bet most of you would have never thought of incorporating halva in their iced coffee, right?
Well, as my recent post (Halva Ice Cream) demonstrated, most of you didn’t have any idea about the existence of halva – delicious sweet treat originated from the Middle East countries.
I hope you took your time and fulfilled the assignment – bought and tried some halva. What are you saying? You didn’t? Well, it’s really disappointing, kids.
Perhaps, this Halva Iced Coffee makes you willing to get this assignment done.
By the way, If you’d like to say how genius am I (or alternatively, what a food oddball am I) for having created such a luscious dulcet iced coffee (or alternatively, such a hideous drink), there’s some news. Unfortunately (for some people probably, fortunately), I didn’t develop this idea. A couple years back, when I wasn’t living in Canada yet, I found this recipe in one reputable Russian food magazine.
Halva Iced Coffee
Indeed, it suggested using peanut halva, but it’s impossible to find it in Canada (I believe it’s being sold in the Russian stores, though, but I avoid them). So I grabbed the traditional sesame halva and made some Halva Iced Coffee. It turned out really good, but I recall peanut halva worked a little better.
If you’re asking, it’s hard to describe this Halva Iced Coffee. It’s delicious, dulcet, creamy, thick, and nutty. But let’s talk about its drawbacks (Yes, you should know me for being honest…sometimes too much when it comes to recipes).
First of all, thanks to halva and ice cream, it’s a highly sweet treat. It’s definitely not that iced coffee you may enjoy during summer. I would recommend having a glass after your light dinner. I am wondering, would a splash of whiskey or bourbon make a good addition, what do you think?
Secondly, thanks to adding of halva (Yes, again this dangerous halva!) and ice cream, this coffee is high in calories. Unfortunately, halva happens to be high in fats, sugars, and carbs resulted in over 500 calories per 100 gr, and trust me, 100 gr. of halva isn’t that much. So this Halva Iced Coffee obviously isn’t your everyday drink, but enjoying it once or twice during the summer days is absolutely fine. Also, you can substitute the ice cream for milk which will actually nicely affect the consistency and taste – using ice cream introduces too rich coffee.
But even though there are few things that don’t positively affect the reputation of this dessert/drink, that shouldn’t stop you from trying some Halva Iced Coffee.
Or if this coffee isn’t your cup of tea (haha), you should promise to try at least halva!
How many times have I pronounced the world “Halva”?
- 2 cups strong brewed coffee, chilled
- 1/3 cup sesame halva
- 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
- 2-3 ice cubes
- In a cup of your blender, combine the coffee, halva, ice cubes, and ice cream. Whizz up for about 1 - 1,5 minutes until blended, smooth, and foamy.
- The drink will remain a little grainy so I recommend straining it and discarding the little pieces of halva - this makes the consistency of the coffee is silky and smooth. Whizz it up for another 20 minutes and serve.