If you like frozen coffee drinks, you will absolutely LOVE this recipe! It’s got coffee, and it’s got ice cream – what’s not to love? However, I refuse to be held responsible for any addictions and/or weight gain that may ensue because you WILL want to make this frequently ;-) On the bright side, though, look at all the money you’ll save by making it yourself!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup of double-strength coffee (or ½ cup TODDY coffee concentrate + ½ cup of water)
1 cup of milk or half-n-half (or ½ milk + ½ half-n-half)
1/3 to ½ cup of sugar (depending upon how sweet you like your coffee)
chocolate ice cream (1 ½ to 2 ½ cups)
ice cubes
light whipped cream (the real deal, in the pressurized can)
cinnamon

Instructions:

1.  Heat the coffee just enough to dissolve the sugar; add to blender. If you accidentally heat the coffee too much, you’ll need to let it cool a little before the next step.
2.  Add the milk or half-n-half to the blender.
3.  Add 1 ½ cups of ice cream.
4.  Add about 1 to 1 ½ cups of ice, then blend. If it’s still not thick enough, add more ice cream and/or ice (if you like your drink more creamy, then add more ice cream; if you like your drink more icy, then add more ice).
5.  If desired, add a little sprinkle of cinnamon; blend again until smooth.
6.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

When I make this, I double the recipe and use my big blender because the kids love it, too.

Also, if you’re not a fan of chocolate (a concept completely alien to me, but to each her – or his – own), you can use vanilla ice cream instead. Or, if you’re really gaga over coffee, you can use coffee ice cream. Same goes for caramel. Use combinations of ice cream, even – we don’t call this the “CREATIVE Eating Blog” for nuthin’.

Or how about this: Substitute half of the milk or more for Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee Creamer (the actual Bailey’s brand).

And if you really want to be a rebel…use flavored coffee (Barnie’s “Santa’s White Christmas” coffee makes a mean frappe). This is definitely one of those recipes where you can let your imagination run wild…enjoy!

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