Chocolate Sodas

Chocolate Sodas

It’s time for another of those unhealthy treats that I cannot resist from time to time. Chocolate sodas. Here’s my rationale for making them: they’re delicious, especially when you use thick chocolate milk, cold-pressed coffee, and dark chocolate and Turkish coffee ice cream to amp up the flavor. To make them less unhealthy, I made them half the size of a standard ice cream soda. They satisfy the craving, but not in a way that fills you with self-loathing afterward.

A soda is a particularly perfect summer dessert, even for Sunday dinner. They’re old-fashioned fun revved up with contemporary ingredients and take no effort beyond shopping for the ingredients and pouring them into a glass. I used a melon baller to make the scoops smaller, and you certainly don’t need special glasses (the ones I used were a mother’s day gift,) you can use small glasses or cups just as easily.  Making cold-pressed coffee is my new favorite summer drink, and so easy! The coffee is sweeter and richer than making a pot of coffee and pouring it over ice, which dilutes the flavor. See the method below.

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Chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream

Dark chocolate ice cream, Turkish coffee ice cream and cold pressed coffee

Serves: 4 (makes 2 sodas of each flavor)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 quart chocolate milk
  • ½ pint dark chocolate ice cream
  • ½ pint Turkish coffee ice cream
  • 2 cups cold-pressed coffee
  • Fruit for garnish


To make cold-pressed coffee: 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coarsely-ground coffee
  • 2 cups cold water


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Directions

  1. Put coarsely-ground coffee into a pitcher and cover with two cups of cold water.
  2. Allow to sit, covered for at least 5 hours (overnight is better.) Using a coffee filter, strain the coffee mixture until any bits of coffee are removed, and set aside.
  3. Scoop dark chocolate and coffee ice cream into a glass or cup and add cold pressed coffee.
  4. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a glass and pour chocolate milk over it.
  5. Serve immediately.CHOCOLATE SODAS on Americas-Table.com
  6. If you want to add an alcoholic element, add a shot of Kahlua to the coffee soda. Yum.CHOCOLATE SODAS on Americas-Table.com

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2 Comments

  1. Pamela Michell

    Sounds wonderful! I would like to make it! Never have seen dark chocolate or Turkish ice cream before.

    Can I order a cookbook? If so where?

    • America's Table

      Whole Foods had the ice cream flavors – and thank you for asking about a cookbook. Right now I’m writing a book called “Treating People Well” with my friend Jeremy Bernard, about how we can all make our lives a little easier by simply treating others with respect and kindness. Then maybe an America’s Table cookbook!
      -Lea

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