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Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice Cubes for Iced Coffee & Other Summer Drinks
There are a few things you need to know about this Vanilla Ice recipe:

  • It won’t rock a mic like a vandal.
  • It won’t wax a chump like a candle.
  • It won’t cook MC’s like a pound of bacon.

But if you have a problem (with drinks getting watery and tasteless after your ice melts), yo, this recipe will solve it.

Okay, I’m done, I promise. This post isn’t just a gimmick and itย doesย solve a problem. I’m not a fan of ice cubes because of the way they water down everything you add them to. But flavored ice cubes, well, those are different! As they melt, they add flavor to your drinks instead of taking it away.

Vanilla Ice in Iced Tea
These Vanilla Ice cubes are made with almond milk, sugar, and vanilla. So not only do they add the flavor of vanilla to your drink, they also add some creaminess and a touch of sweetness. They’re perfect for iced coffee, tea, chai, or even lemonade. Alternately, you can add less sugar to the recipe (or omit it altogether) and use these cubes to chill root beer, cola, and other sodas. And if you’re too impatient to wait for them to melt in your drink, you can eat them like popsicles too. (I know this because I’m very impatient and I’ve had a few of these ice cubes straight from the freezer.)

Vanilla Ice Cubes
So here are some additional things you should know about Vanilla Ice cubes. First, they don’t always melt all pretty, particularly if your drink is a little bit warm. The vanilla almond milk mixture has a tendency to settle at the bottom of the glass, so give it a little stir. And let the ice melt a little (or a lot!) before you drink–I mean, that’s the whole point of these, right?

Edited to Add: I’ve heard from a few people saying that their vanilla ice cubes curdled in their coffee. I couldn’t figure out why since that never happened to me or for the majority of people who made these. After doing some research, I found that occasionally curdling will occur in especially acidic coffees or teas, in drinks made with hard water, or drinks that are very hot. Some brands of non-dairy milk are more prone to curdling than others; I use Silk. Please also note that if you alter the recipe, you may have different results.

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Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice in Drink

This Vanilla Ice won’t wax a chump like a candle, but it will keep your iced coffee cold (and delicious).

  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: About 12 ice cubes

Ingredients

  • 2 c. almond or refrigerated coconut milk
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (optional–add for more intense vanilla flavor)

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk and sugar in a large saucepan. Slice open vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape insides into saucepan, then place empty vanilla bean into mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking to break up clumps of vanilla. Once mixture has come to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes more, whisking occasionally.
  2. Allow vanilla mixture to come to room temperature. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl with a spout, then pour mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze until completely solid, 3-4 hours (depending on the temperature of your freezer and size of the cubes). Serve with iced coffee, tea, or other beverages.

Notes

I’ve tested this recipe with almond milk and refrigerated Silk coconut milk with good results. Other people have reported using dairy milk and cream and have said that the cubes turn out well. Be aware that if you use soy milk, it’s more likely to curdle when added to tea or coffee.

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194 Comments

  • Reply
    Alison
    June 21, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I was thinking this would be perfect to make iced coffee! What an awesome idea!

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      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      They totally are. I wanted to take more photos of the first batch I made and by the time I got around to it, my husband had used them all in his coffee!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    June 21, 2012 at 7:58 am

    What a cool pop of flavor it would give!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      It does! And a little bit of creaminess too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Those are awesome! I”m thinking in chai tea!

    Word to your mutha.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      You’ll want to drink that tea daily and nightly. Will it ever stop? I don’t know.

  • Reply
    Ammie
    June 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The opening of your post has me cracking up! I love the idea of vanilla ice, which would be perfect in my iced tea!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      I had it in iced green tea–perfection!

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Giveaways
    June 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Now I’m going to have this song in my head all day ๐Ÿ™‚ What a neat idea!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      I’ve had it in my head all week now–ever since I wrote the post!

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    Sarah @ OneStarryNight
    June 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    First off, FABULOUS idea! Second? HAHA omg the whole post, ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. I can recite Ice, Ice Baby by memory in full.

    Pinned, shared on FB, tweeted, stumbled, AND +1.

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      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Me too. I’ve always had a thing for Vanilla Ice. Like, I even watched that house flipping show he had last year and if my husband tried to talk to me while it was on, I’d be all, “SHHHH!!!” And I’ve seen Cool As Ice more times than I’d like to admit. I deleted about 10 other references from this post because I didn’t want to frighten my readers with my vast knowledge of all things Vanilla Ice.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    June 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What a great idea! Have to try this.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      They are good! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Mandi
    June 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This is awesome! I’m so making these to pop into my iced coffee. Thanks! And your Vanilla Ice reference totally had me cracking up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ You will love them–my husband doesn’t even like flavored coffee and he used about 8 of these cubes in a day.

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness
    June 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I just LOL’d for real. Because you know I like a high hat with a souped up tempo.
    These look so much better than regular coffee cubes.
    Word to your mother.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I ended the post with “word to your mother” in my first draft, but I figured it was too much, so I deleted it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    June 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! We drink iced coffee every day this time of year and love a flavoring. This is so much healthier than using cream. Thank You!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Yup, it’s healthier than cream and much lighter too–perfect for summer!

  • Reply
    Emily
    June 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I bet these would be good with Kahlua!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      They would be! Or you could even add a little Kahlua to the cubes themselves too…

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I agree with the comment above, but I was thinking it would be great for Bailey’s on ice! All the suggestions you gave are great too .. this is a fantastic idea!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Yes, it would totally go with Bailey’s too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    fatpiginthemarket
    June 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Ice ice baby! Perfect for coffee.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      It’s definitely the perfect pair. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Candace
    June 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    After the overnight mango oatmeal that you turned me onto and that I’m still eating, by the way, I was pretty sure you were a genius. Now I’m convinced. What a fantastic idea!!

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      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Ha! Well, I try. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I’ve been having peach overnight oatmeal lately since they’re in season here. So, so good! I may try nectarines next…

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    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds
    June 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Oh those are just brilliant! I’m definitely going to make some to pair up with a vanilla iced coffee.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you! Let me know what you think if you make them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Viper
    June 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Just made these with granulated splenda and stuck a chai tea bag in while it simmered. UNF! So good!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! Love the idea of adding the flavor of chai too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    June 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I usually just drink my coffee black, but you have me thinking I need to expand my horizons and try these awesome cubes! Love the photos too.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      My husband doesn’t like flavored coffee and he absolutely cannot get enough of these ice cubes! And I’ve been using them in my iced tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura
    June 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    What a fantastic idea (and even better Vanilla Ice references)! Trying this immediately in honor of my 90s crush Robert matthew Van Winkle. For real!

    Loving your blog and wholesome, gorgeous recipes by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Ha! You know his middle name? Okay, I officially cede the biggest Vanilla Ice fan crown to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for the kind words about my blog!

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    anda
    June 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I’m glad I found this post because yesterday I was having a watered-down-iced-coffee crisis and I decided that I really should find a way to make ice cubed that won’t ruin my iced coffee experience. Will give this recipe a try later today!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I hope you like it! Watered down iced coffee is a sad, sad thing.

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    Rikki
    June 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Ok, I died laughing when I read this haha. All the Vanilla Ice memories of my past just came back to me. I can only imagine how much better these make iced coffee taste. This is an excellent solution to that problem and they will come very much in handy over here[:

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      Kiersten
      June 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      It tastes SO much better this way–kind of like adding creamer, but much lighter. And colder.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    June 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Oooh, delicious! I love this idea – all I can think of is iced chai tea or something similar now. Yum! And I love the straws ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you! I have a huge package of these straws, so they will probably pop up again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Henrietta
    June 23, 2012 at 12:43 am

    This is such a fun idea! Who knew ice cubes could be so pretty!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      I was really happy the vanilla bean specks showed up in the photos!

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    heather
    June 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Wow. You are totally killin’ my brain like a poisonous mushroom – deadly.

    I’m in love with your vanilla ice.

    xo
    H

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      My style’s like a chemical spill, feasible recipes you can vision and feel.

      PS – Your book is my favorite thing ever. (Yes, ever.)

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    Kristi Powell
    June 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Seriously, this is so good…if this ice were a drug, I’d sell it by the gram…LOL! It’s so refreshing to read peoples’ blogs and know that it’s not just my sisters and I that have the same sense of humor and also know all those old ’80’s lyrics!! And, you SO should’ve ended with Word to your Mother!! Id’ve simutaniously spit my coffee, died laughing and peed myself!! Oh well, maybe another time.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I don’t know if I can think of another recipe that could so conveniently incorporate Vanilla Ice lyrics! I might have to move onto Snow…

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    All Natural Katie
    June 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I kind of like the idea of eating them as popsicles…LOL!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      They’re really good like that. Although I suggest adding sticks to them. I didn’t and my fingers froze and it was kind of a mess. A delicious mess, but a mess just the same!

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