How to Make an Iced Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream Float

There are moments, as a grown-up, when it’s 8 am and you just want an ice cream float.

It might be that it’s a super hot summer day, or it’s the first day you’ve had off in two weeks (bosses, am I right?!).

Maybe your kid decides to have a conversation with Alexa and ends up ordering a thousand bucks worth of crayons from or perhaps it’s just a regular day - but the thing that would make it better is a delicious iced coffee ice cream float… with chocolate.

And have one, you should!

Iced Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream Float

There are moments, as a grown-up, when you just want an ice cream float. This is the grown-up version of a (really) fun drink! And it has coffee in it!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Iced Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream Float recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 856 kcal


  • 2 cup strong cold brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 4 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • dark chocolate shaving
  • 2 tall glasses
  • 2 long spoons


  1. Put two scoops of ice cream into each glass

  2. Divide the coffee into the two glasses, and then pour ¼ of the milk into each glass

  3. Add the chocolate sauce

  4. Shave the dark chocolate bar and sprinkle on top

How to Make Iced Coffee Ice Cream Float Recipe

So here’s the deal. You don’t actually need a lot of stuff for an incredibly delicious iced coffee chocolate float.

Cold brew is the recommendation for this drink. It is less acidic, with a deeper, richer taste.

If you haven’t made cold brew at home yet, don’t let its hipster reputation intimidate you. You can do it!

Learning how to make cold brew at home isn’t as difficult as you might think. And keep in mind that there are some coffee beans that are better for cold brew.

Having said that, there are alternatives you can substitute for cold brew.

You can use just about any other kind of coffee – drip, pour over, espresso (make an Americano if you use espresso – you need the volume!) that have been put into the refrigerator.

Or you can purchase pre-made cold brew – sometimes even at your local grocery store.

And if you are really into this, you can make your own ice cream (without a machine!). Or for the less manual labor-inclined among us – you can use an ice cream maker (this one comes highly recommended).

Making a delicious, rich and brain-freezing drink is much easier than it looks. And it truly is a long, tall glass of joy.

This recipe is for two, so if there isn’t anyone around and you don’t want to drink a double order of iced chocolate ice cream float, cut this recipe in half.

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Step #1. Drop in the Ice Cream

Like everything, there can be controversy over which goes into the glass first – the coffee or the milk.

Through an in-depth, hands-on research study (hello an extra 5 lbs!), it has been proven that putting the ice cream in first works best.

Try it for yourself! It’s all in the name of science!

Put two scoops of ice cream into each glass.

Step #2: Pour in the Cold Brew Coffee and the Milk

Divide the coffee into the two glasses, and then pour ¼ of the milk into each glass.

You can use any kind of milk that works for you – full fat seems to have the right texture.

Coconut, almond, cashew and soy milk have more distinctive tastes – but if you like them, they can also be used.

PRO TIP - If you put in THREE - FOUR scoops of ice cream instead of the milk, you get a richer, thicker texture. Yep. That many. It is delicious!

Step #3. Add the Chocolate Sauce

Another controversy embroils this step.

Does the chocolate sauce go in before or after the coffee and the milk?

It is up to your personal taste, but dozens of experiments (seriously, dozens!! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) show that adding chocolate after the ice cream, coffee, and milk is a good approach.

Step #4. Shave the Dark Chocolate Bar and Sprinkle on Top

This step makes the drink feel really fancy, and adds an extra layer of texture and deliciousness.

It is worth the effort!

You can use a knife and shave off chocolate dust, a potato peeler works and of course there are fancy baker’s tools out there  you can use.

You can also purchase the chocolate pre-shaved. There are ways to up your game in this area – perhaps by creating chocolate curls?

Step #5. Drink! (Not too fast - brain freeze!)

Sit back and enjoy.

Just know that if there are any kids in the house, they will want some too. And kids and caffeine (much like kids and sugar) are just a bad combination.

Not that we would know from experience...

The Final Scoop of Iced Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream Float

Well, what do you think? Ready to give iced coffee chocolate ice cream float a try?

Experiment a bit, and have fun with it.

After all, this is the grown up version of a (really) fun drink! And it has coffee in it! Wahoo!

In the mood for more iced coffee recipes? Check this complete article here.

Let us know if you make this and how it turns out. And if you have any friends who might like to try – please share!

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