Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream is a utterly decadent, rich, and delicious dessert. Perfect for the colder times of the year!

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Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Hello everyone. Happy Monday! I hope this week has been treating you well so far. And I certainly hope you are ready for autumn which officially arrives just less than two days! I think this is perfect opportunity to enjoy another cold dessert.

Fake Ice Cream

But before we talk about this ice cream, let me share something with you. Did you know that so many ice cream photos on Instagram are indeed fake ice cream? Yes, exactly! Definitely, I am aware that food photographers, particularly commercial ones, often have few tricks in their sleeve. Obviously, it’s essential for them to make the food they photograph look stunning and fresh. That’s especially important when it comes to food loosing their freshness fast (Such as salads or burgers) or melting in no time (Like Ice cream and ice cubes.)

So, I knew when it comes to commercial food photography, fake ice cream is often a solution. Yet I never would have paid attention nor thought that Instagram is inundated with fake ice cream pictures. Often, taken not even by a professional food photographer. (Why, I am wondering.) Just check the hashtag #fakeicecream But basically, if you see perfectly looking ice cream (Too perfect to eat!), that can be indeed fake one. And by fake I mean totally inedible. Depending on the “recipe”, that can include frosting, powdered sugar, glycerin, corn starch, flour, shortening, acrylic paint, etc. Delicious, right?

It’s much more complicate for us, food bloggers. We need to be sure our recipes are reliable and delicious. And that our photos are also appetizing which can be hard to achieve especially when it’s super hot. But to me, even though real ice cream might not look perfect all the timesa, at least you can enjoy it once you are done taking the photos (Bonus: you can also lick too fast melting ice cream to avoid a mess on your backdrop, too lol.)

Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Now, let me quickly introduce this Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream. It doesn’t look too impeccable, but it’s utterly delicious. I made it around two months ago, but I think this is a perfect time to share the recipe. In terms of flavour, it’s almost too decadent for hot weather, when you crave for something light and refreshing. And the best part? No custard making is involved, and you don’t need an ice cream maker, either. However, I used it anyway, just for even more smooth texture.

You are probably aware of my love for some dulce de leche ice cream. I have plenty of recipes including some cool combinations.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Recipes

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Oreo Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Bailey’s Ice Cream

Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Ice Cream

My favourite pairings are dulce de leche with Irish cream and peanut butter, and now it’s also this one. Dulce de leche and coffee are a heavenly marriage! Have you tried?

I hope you like this ice cream idea, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream
Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream is a utterly decadent, rich, and delicious dessert. Perfect for the colder times of the year!


  • 2 cups cold heavy (whipping) cream (35%)

  • 2/3 cup 18% cream

  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cup thick dulce de leche

  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 tbsp. instant coffee

  • pinch of salt


  • In a bowl combine the 18% cream with dulce de leche, coffee, and salt, using a spoon or a mixer – just until well-incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, using a mixer, whip the heavy (whipping) cream on medium-high speed until firm peaks form, about 3 minutes.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the dulce de leche mixture with a rubber spatula until combined.
  • If you have am ice cream maker, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker’s container and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. It usually takes around 25 minutes.
  • If you don’t have it, that’s totally fine as this recipe is suitable for a no-churn version. Just pour the mixture into a plastic, glass, or metal container and freeze, covered, until thick and creamy. It will take about 2-3 hours until soft-serve and 4-6 hours until firm. If desired, you can drizzle the ice cream with extra dulce de leche and make swirls.
  • Enjoy!


  • You can adjust the flavour by adding more of dulce de leche or instant coffee. Just try, adjust, and mix again!

28 thoughts on “Dulce De Leche Coffee Ice Cream

  1. Laura says:

    Ben – love love love this! These photos look perfect, I love the beginning-to-melt creaminess of the dulce de leche! Yum! And, I agree about the “fake food” – I read somewhere that sometimes “ice cream” in photos is actually mashed potatoes. Hmmmm,, a head-scratcher for sure. but it does fool us.

  2. Valentina says:

    I think your ice cream looks incredibly delicious! It’s really beautiful — and even more so because it’s real. The texture looks so smooth. Is it wrong to say I’d be licking every last bowl, spoon, etc? Such a scrumptious blend of coffee and caramel, and so cool there are no eggs. I’m looking forward to giving this a go. :-) ~Valentina

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh, I hear you about taking pictures of ice cream – it’s one of my least favorite things to photograph! That and lasagna. Forget the pictures – I just want to eat all of this ice cream! Coffee ice cream is what got me liking coffee (true story), and the addition of dulce de leche? Yum! I need a bowl of this right now…for breakfast.
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  4. Kelly | Foodtasia says:

    Ben, I’m totally swooning over this ice cream! Dulce de leche and coffee make a fantastic combination! Ice cream is definitely a hard one to photograph. I’d love to make it in the winter and keep the windows open, but I usually just end up freezing it over again several times before I get the right shot!

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