For Chocolate Lovers only  

Mocha Frappe

Tips: How about an indulgent little something that combines dessert and after-dinner coffee? This is a quick-to-make blender dessert, definitely on the sweet side, that is really a thick, adult milkshake. Use the best coffee ice cream you can find. And be sure to use brown crème de cacao, as the white variety yields a drink with a far less pleasing color.

There are a great many ways to vary this, as you might expect. For instance, if you like things less sweet, omit the chocolate syrup entirely and add another 2 Tbsp. of milk. You can mix liqueurs here, too, using, perhaps, hazelnut or orange for part of the crème de cacao. Work quickly while making this, and serve it immediately once it’s done.

Yield: About 2-1/3 cups; 4 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. good-quality chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. cold milk
  • 1/2 cup brown crème de cacao
  • 1 pint good-quality coffee ice cream, slightly softened

  • For serving:
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • Shaved or grated semisweet OR bittersweet chocolate

In small cup, combine chocolate syrup and milk. Stir well to blend thoroughly. Add to crème de cacao.

Place slightly softened ice cream by large spoonfuls into blender container. Add crème de cacao mixture. Cover blender; blend at highest speed until mixture is completely smooth (if you have trouble getting this to blend at first, “pulse” the blender on-and-off several times).

Quickly pour into 4 mugs or punch cups. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings; serve immediately!


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...Published: July 2005