frozen thai iced coffee
I leave for summer camp tomorrow and I could not be more excited about it.
More specifically, I’m leaving on a jet plane early early early (like, pre-dawn early) to fly out to California for an adventure known as Camp Blogaway. And that’s just what it is — camp. Like, sleeping bags and cabin bunks camp. Like, mountains and bonfires camp. Like, I’m re-living my high school youth group retreats camp. I can’t wait.
(There’s also no Wi-Fi, evidently, which I’m less excited about but I’m going to do my best to embrace it. Gulp).
Some of my favorite memories from youth were made on those retreats. There were a lot of angst-filled teen cry sessions (oy, were there ever) but there were also some amazing moments of bonding with friends, doing things that pushed us way out of our comfort zones, enjoying (read: surviving) camp food and subsequently returning to our cabins to sugar up on candy and ice cream bars and overall, creating memories that seemed insignificant at the time but now, years later, I realize were formative.
This frozen Thai iced coffee kind of feels like a grown-up ice cream bar to me. It’s perfectly sweet and decadent, and the addition of coffee is a serious plus for me — especially for times when I need to be at the airport by 5 a.m. My favorite part of this whole drink, though? The toasted coconut on top. I don’t know about you, but I get weak in the knees over its flavor and I love the crunch it adds to this otherwise creamy drink. Omnomnom INDEED (I may or may not have had two glasses already).
I’m hoping I can create new formative memories and friendships on this trip that I’ll carry with me for years to come. Maybe without the gross camp food, though — but something tells me that at a food blogger camp? I needn’t really worry about it too much.
Until then, enjoy this beverage and your holiday weekends, friends — I’ll see you next week!
Frozen Thai Iced Coffee
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Yields: 4 servings
2 cups strong hot coffee
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup 2 percent or whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
In a large bowl or heatproof pitcher, stir hot coffee, condensed milk, milk and vanilla. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.
Pour chilled mixture into a shallow pan (I used a 13-by-9-inch baking pan). Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.*
Meanwhile, make the whipped cream: Beat heavy cream and sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Chill until ready to use.
Toast the coconut: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut flakes on a baking sheet; toast in oven, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 7 to 10 minutes.
Scoop frozen coffee mixture into serving glasses; top with whipped cream and toasted coconut.
*Alternatively, you can freeze the coffee mixture in an ice cream maker. Here’s how to do it.
What a great mid-day pick me up! Have a fabulous time at Camp Blogaway! I can’t wait to hear about it! Have fun being off the grid! Enjoy! 🙂
Have fun this weekend! Camp sounds awesome!!
Love this drink and I dont even drink coffee. I think I need to start though! This just looks so good!
Have an amazing trip! And cheers to this grown up ice cream drink. It looks DIVINE and toasted coconut just makes me happy.
When we go out for Thai food, I like to get Thai iced tea and I’m thinking your Thai frozen coffee looks like one step up. I’m a big coffee drinker myself and now that we’re entering hot season, this drink looks so refreshing! Have fun at Blog Camp….I’m going to check the site out now, cause I live in Cali and hadn’t heard of this event!!
I’m usually a hot coffee drinker, but I think I could change it up for this! Especially now that the sun is starting to really shine down and heat things up
This looks so good, would be perfect for morning coffee in the summer 🙂
I loooove all iced coffee and Thai style is a fave…I mean, sweetened condensed milk is basically magic. Also, major props for adding toasted coconut — I love it! That camp sounds so fun. I always loved summer camp, ground sleeping and all! Have the best time!
I am so jealous of you guys in USA, because it is holiday time. I have never been camping, so I am exciting when you come back and tell us all about it. I love Thai coffee, the smokey depth of coffee against the creamy sweetness of condense milk is heavenly.
Have a blast at camp this weekend!! It sounds like so much fun! Once you’re there you’ll totally forget about the lack of wifi 🙂
Sounds like such a great time! Definitely looking forward to hearing about it!
And this coffee sounds divine, I could use a huge glass of it RIGHT now, haha.
Lisa — Thank you! I’ll definitely let you know how it goes! 😉
Tieghan — No coffee?? I’m so impressed. If you decide to ever start drinking it, though, this is a great way to start! 🙂
Erin — I loooove toasted coconut — makes me happy, too 🙂 Thanks, dear!
Julia — Yes, if you like Thai iced tea you’ll probably love this! And you live in Cali?? I wish I had more time so I could pop over for a visit! Next time 🙂
That’d be awesome! I’d love to meet ya. 🙂 Have fun this weekend!
Steph — I’m totally with you on the hot coffee thing, but this drink seems to be an exception for me! Probably because it’s more like ice cream 😉 Thanks!
Angie — I can say from experience that it is a great way to start the day! 🙂 Thank you!
Cindy — Seriously, sweetened condensed milk is one of my favorite things about life. So good. 🙂 Thanks, doll!
Belinda — Aw, I wish you could come visit and going camping with me (though honestly, I would LOVE to visit Australia, too)! At least we can both enjoy this drink anytime, no matter where we are. 🙂 Thanks, love!
Kelli — Haha, I hope so! 🙂 Thanks, dear!
Laura — I wish I could pass you a huge glass through the screen! 🙂 Thanks, friend!
You’re going to have so much fun! And no wifi sounds like a great vacay to me – embrace it!!!
So jealous you’re going to camp blogaway!! Have the BEST time! Also, this looks fabulous!
Have fun at Camp Blogaway!
Heather — I know, I’m totally going to look at it that way (instead of feeling like I’m missing a limb :)). Thanks, dear!
Katrina — Thank you! Wish you were there so I could meet you! 🙂
Meagan — Thanks, dear!
Oh gosh this looks so incredible! I seriously want this now!
Yum! Stephanie, this looks fantastic! And perfect for the hot summer weather. Have fun at the camp!! (:
Anyone else see the irony in no wi-fi at a blogger event?
Have sososo much fun! Take lots of pictures and tell us alllllllll about it! (And sleep on the plane. Obviously.)
No wifi… and a bunch of bloggers? hmm. They’re really pushing you guys to your limits! This coffee sounds amazing, love the toasted coconut
Jocelyn — Thank you, darlin’!
Monica — Thank you, my dear!
Stephie — THANK YOU. Any time I mention it to the husband he thinks I’m insane, but FO’ REAL… no wi-fi for a bunch of folks who live on it? So ironic. And now I have that Alanis Morissette song stuck in my head. Oy.
Kelly — NO. KIDDING. I hear there might not even be cell reception, but I try not to think about it lest I start hyperventilating. 🙂 Thanks!
Love that toasted coconut topping. Have a fab weekend! 🙂
Have fun at camp! I wish I was going!
I want this so bad right now! It’s HOT in Texas and it’s making me sleepy, so I need this as a little pick me up! Have fun this weekend at camp 🙂
Laura — Me too! 🙂 And thank you!
Stefanie — Thanks! I wish you were going, too!
Marie — I can confirm this is the perfect drink for those sleepy, hot days 😉 Thanks, dear!
I totally need this…it’s gorgeous and looks perfect for this summer!!
This Frozen Iced Coffee was just the recipe I needed to break in my new ice cream maker!!
I hope you have a fantastic time in sunny Southern California – I cannot wait to see your lovely pictures and hear about blogging camp!
Aww, I wanna go! Sounds like the camp will be super fun! Have a great time and thanks for leaving us with an awesome coffee recipe. You’re probably gonna need a bit of caffeine to get through those early mornings!
Awwww that sounds like so much fun! You are going to have an amazing time 🙂 I recently went to my first blogger event and it was such a blast, I feel like I need to start going to more of them. And this beverage sounds just wonderful! I love frozen creamy coffee drinks, I need my coffee a little watered down with milk to be enjoyable 🙂 This sounds wonderful!
So fun! I can’t wait to hear how you love it and whether or not you survive no wi-fi 🙂 I’m sure you will though.
I am such a huge fan of thai iced tea…but really I’m more of a coffee girl in general. So this is, like…pretty perfect.
It was so awesome meeting you this weekend. You are the absolute sweetest!
And this iced coffee – yes please! Jason loves thai iced tea stuff so I’m sure he’ll absolutely love this.
Julie — Thank you! I have a feeling I’ll be drinking a lot of these all summer 🙂
Pam — Oooh, yes, definitely put that ice cream maker to good use! 🙂 Thank you!
Georgia — Um, YEAH. Totally needed at least 3 cups of coffee every morning just to be functionable. 😉 Thank you, dear!
Eva — Thanks, dear! It was so much fun; made me wish I had gone to one sooner. It’s so nice to meet other people who share the same passions 🙂 Hopefully we’ll get to meet at one in the future!
Joanne — I barely survived it — and that’s because there was actually a little bit of (very, very spotty) wifi 😉 But it was kind of nice to feel mostly unplugged. And I’ve actually never had Thai iced tea, but everyone says it’s amazing so I need to give that a try, too (though I do love my coffee :))!
Chung-Ah — Oh my goodness, SO nice to meet you in person, my dear! You’re great 🙂 Hope you’ve been able to spend good quality time with Jason this weekend!
Yum! The Thai really know how to do summer beverages right! Thai iced tea, now this!?
Erica — FOR REAL. 🙂 I think between this and the iced tea I’m set for the summer! Thanks!
How did I miss this coffee post?! I love thai iced tea, but I’ve never had thai iced coffee. You know I love me some coffee, like looooooooove, so this is a must!
Ashley — You and me both, lady! Can’t live without the stuff. That and bourbon, naturally 😉
OK, seriously? Camp Blogaway? I want to GOOOOO! Looks amazing. I’m putting it on my wish list for next year.
Heather — You definitely should! It was so much fun. 🙂
That looks absolutely divine…
Rakhee — Thank you!
I’ll take a gallon.
Hayley — Coming right up. 😉
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This looks amazing! Sharing today on my summer drink roundup 🙂
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ooh, coffee+sweetened condensed milk, all wrapped up in a frozen drink! Yum! Kinda reminds me of Vietnamese coffee, no? I guess Vietnam and Thailand are pretty close by, so makes sense 😉
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I just finished making this and it’s delicious. The sweetened condensed milk combined with the coffee gives it almost a chocolatey flavor. Thank you for posting!
April — Yes! I love that chocolatey flavor the most. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it!
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