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Aug 28

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream

This Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot day! Made without an ice cream machine, it’s infused with coffee and swirled with Nutella!

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream | | Made with NO ice cream machine! #icecream #coffee #nutella

Seriously, why is it so hard for kids to take a shower or bath? Is being under hot water really torture? Is being dirty and smelly enjoyable?

Here is an episode we had last night:

Me: Time for a shower!

Jordan: Can I do a wash up?

Me: Nope! Take a shower. And wash, okay?

Jordan (pouting): Fiiiiiiine.

[Shower runs. Less than 5 minutes later she’s downstairs in PJs.]

Me: Did you even wash? That wasn’t long enough.

Jordan: Yes

[I go up and check the soap, the telltale sign she’s lying.]

Me: The soap is dry. You didn’t wash. Go back and take another shower.

Jordan: Can I take a wash up?

[My head explodes.]

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream | | Made with NO ice cream machine! #icecream #coffee #nutella

I mean really. It’s not like bathing isn’t fun. I look forward to my shower every day and my bath every night.

{Yes, I am that person. I take a bath at night and read and unplug, except for when I don’t and check Facebook on my Kindle. FYI: Gallon sized bags make your Kindle splashproof.}

I look forward to bathing as much as I look forward to coffee. And we all know how much I love my coffee!

Awhile back I got a request on Facebook for coffee ice cream. Well, of course, I said to myself. Then I can have ice cream for breakfast.

This ice cream is “easy” meaning there is no machine needed. I have an ice cream machine. It’s been in the freezer for 2.5 years, since I first discovered the easy method.

Sweetened condensed milk + Cool Whip = ice cream. Even better, I use fat-free versions of both. {You can use whipped cream in place of Cool Whip, I’m just too lazy to actually whip cream and clean the bowls.}

This version adds very strong coffee to the mixture. I brewed some instant in a small amount of water. I always have those Via packs on hand for coffee emergencies. Or, you know, when I travel. Because everyone travels with coffee, splenda, and creamer packets, right?

Then, well. Nutella. I swirled it through before freezing. It creates a thick fudgy ribbon of amazingness throughout the ice cream.

I love this flavor of easy ice cream! You’ll love it too.

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream | | Made with NO ice cream machine! #icecream #coffee #nutella

More than Jordan loves showering, but less than she loves lying to me, I’ll bet. πŸ˜‰

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream

Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream - easy ice cream made without an ice cream machine!


  • 1 packet instant coffee (I use Starbucks Via) or about 1/2 tablespoon from a jar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)
  • 12 ounces (about 1 1/2 tubs) Cool Whip (I use fat-free)*
  • 1/2 cup Nutella


  1. Mix instant coffee into 1/4 cup hot water. Stir and let sit to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir coffee mixture and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. (I like using a large Tupperware bowl, so it can be frozen in the same bowl.) Fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Place Nutella in a small bowl and microwave for 20 seconds to thin it out. Pour slowly into ice cream mixture while folding. You don’t want to completely mix it in, you just want rivers of it flowing through the ice cream.
  4. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight until it becomes ice cream consistency.


You can substitute freshly whipped cream for the Cool Whip. Whip 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form, and use all of it in place of the Cool Whip.

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75 comments on “Coffee Nutella Swirl Ice Cream

  1. Looks great…YUM! Try letting Jordan go without a shower or washing up for about 3 days and see if she wants a shower. NOTE: be sure to do this just before laundry day when you plan to wash her sheets!

  2. I am so going to make this over the weekend! Looks great! Oh and my 11 yr old doesn’t care much about hygiene. I tried letting her go without a shower and finally I intervened at day 4!!!

  3. MMM i want this ice cream now! I am not going to lie more times than not I am the person who cannot be bothered to shower, I hate it! LOL… oh and fyi I do shower everyday.. I just hate it! πŸ˜‰

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  5. It is so true. Kids look at showering as a chore and we look at it as a moment of piece and quiet to ourselves. I am so sold on this after seeing you used fat-free condensed milk and cool whip – I gotta try it.

  6. Could have used a bowl of this at 3pm today!

  7. My mom tells me that I was like that about bathing too. I’d argue that swimming totally counted as a means of cleansing myself. She didn’t buy it :)

    I love easy ice cream recipes (I’ve posted two this month!), and this one sound totally delicious! You had me at Nutella :)

  8. I just want to make sure I am “reading between the lines” correctly with the coffee…..I make a cup of coffee as per package directions? Or if not, how much hot water do I use?
    Thanks, really anxious to try this recipe….sounds so delicious!

    • Thank you for catching that Ty! Somewhere I lost the water amount *slaps head in frustration of self*. It’s 1/4 cup hot water for the coffee. That way it’s really concentrated, and not too much liquid to affect the ice cream. The recipe has been edited now!

  9. This sounds amazing! I love the combination of Nutella and coffee… it’s almost like a Nutella latte ice cream!

  10. Yeah, SO happy you don’t consider ice cream season over! Especially when it means I can call this my cup of coffee in the morning:)

  11. I have always loved showers!! I never had to be told to take one, but my brothers? Different story! Jordan sounds just like them! LOL!

    Ok, this ice cream is amazing!! Nutella swirl?!?! I want!! Ice cream is an all season thing! It is too good to not have all year round!

  12. You come up with the best flavors! I need to try this one soon!

  13. I think my favorite thing about this ice cream is, how easy the recipe it!!! This is so easy and quick!!! Keeper for sure!! Pinning!

  14. Dorothy,
    Wow, we are definitely making this our Labor day special dessert! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I can totally relate to the bathtime battle…ugh. And, I do the same check to see if the toothbrush is wet! I’ve caught one too many cheaters with that one…. ha ha.

  15. Ice cream is my favorite, nightly dessert. Does this combination really taste like ice cream? The consistency looks good in the pics but it just seems, well, too easy!? :)

    • It’s a little thicker than ice cream (but if you use heavy cream it’s a more regular texture). I love the thick and creaminess of this ice cream, because it tastes like full-fat indulgence when it’s not!

  16. Ok so I’m totally sold on this ice cream! I want it by the gallon! :)

    I don’t have a bath tub…. I haven’t had one in almost 10 years.. so I miss the idea of baths and reading and music and relaxing! It’s always a shower for me at night, quickly finish up anything I have to do and then straight to bed to read.

  17. just like, why do kids fight sleep? one of the most wonderful things in the world!
    please do not post anymore easy and tasty recipes okay? I”m just going to make them all…and not share!

  18. Hi. Recipe sounds delicious! Any idea what I can substitute for the sweetened condensed milk?Thanks

    • Hmmmm, that I’m not sure. I’ve never made this method without it. You may have to go with a more traditional ice cream making method if you want to skip the SCM. Let me know if you figure something out!

  19. Wow, Dorothy, this is such a cool combination of ingredients! Coffee and Nutella swirled together in this delicious summer very creamy ice cream! Yum!

  20. Coffee and nutella? Two staple parts of my diet that I can’t go without! Love this and even better that I don’t need an ice cream maker :)

  21. I can’t imagine not liking to shower!! haha I like showering each day … it’s the blow drying hair that I could live without : ) This ice cream sounds great – I love coffee ice cream and a nutella swirl is always a good thing!

  22. This ice cream. Whoa, totally me. I could get lost in it. You come up with the best flavors Dorothy!

  23. Ah yes, the shower. No one wants to take one here either. I don’t get it. I’m in there for a good 20 minutes, I love it! My kids get in there after much fighting but then they stand in there and not wash at all. At least Jordan is conserving water?? Coffee and Nutella in ice cream, might be the best idea ever!

  24. I will never understand wanting to skip a shower … it wakes me up in the morning … after the coffee, LOL. The ice cream flavors sound wonderful … I need a trip to store to buy Cool Whip πŸ˜‰

  25. Oh yea, I’m in love. Coffee and nutella? Count me in!

  26. I would like to replace my morning coffee with this coffee nutella ice cream.

  27. Absolutely loving this!! And I’m so glad no ice cream maker is required as I stilllllll don’t have one!! It’s been on my Amazon wishlist for so long, yet I still haven’t got round to it. Although I recently made my first ice cream with whipped cream and condensed milk and it was blissful, so maybe I don’t need it so much…

  28. You sound like you love coffee as much as I do! :) This ice cream looks heavenly and I LOVE that it doesn’t require an ice cream maker!

  29. I totally travel with instant coffee packs. It’s why we’re friends. This looks awesome, Dorothy! I love your ice cream creations!!

  30. You are speaking my language with this ice cream.

    Also, I have to admit that I am secretly glad to hear this story about Jordan. We’ve been having trouble at bath time, too, and it’s about to So I’m at least glad to know my kiddo is (semi?) normal. Except we find him in the shower scrubbing down the walls with his loofah, but absolutely no soap anywhere on his entire body. Sigh.

  31. I’m pretty sure this is my ticket to heaven. Oh. My. Goodness! I cannot wait to make this!

  32. Nutella, coffee and ice cream! What an awesome combo!

  33. You had me at Nutella. And then with the condensed milk + cool whip trick? I’m seriously contemplating running — no, sprinting — to the store so I can do this myself! (Unless you still have some lying around in your freezer?… πŸ˜‰ )

  34. Lol. I’m an adult and I’m that way about brushing my teeth. I’ve always hated doing it. Usually because I’m so tired and lazy at the end of the night that I can’t bare spending five minutes on my feet taking care of my dental hygiene. I’ve been holding off on buying an ice cream machine cause I have zero storage space in my apartment so I was ecstatic to discovery this easy two-ingredient version. Coffee and nutella is a fab combo, Dorothy! Your ice cream looks amazing (I may or may not be licking my screen right now).

  35. It’s like you knew my coffee-loving mom needed a sweet treat this weekend–this will be the perfect surprise. I may have to sub hot fudge swirls and I’m thinking of adding some nuts, but this is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  36. Ice cream perfection! Love it Dorothy!

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  38. Haha, I completely understand the shower ordeal, and I just DON’T GET IT EITHER! I love my hot shower. Kids are just strange little creatures sometimes πŸ˜‰ And this ice cream-swoon worthy!!

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  41. Hi,
    I tried it , the result was perfect , thanks for easiest recipe. My family loved it so much.

  42. I tried this last week, and it was so good that my family requested me to make it again. I am going to do just that and will try another ice cream recipe from your list. Thanks Dorothy!

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  45. Do you thaw the cool whip in your ice cream recipes?? thanks

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