Vietnamese Coffee Pops

with condensed milk

I just woke up from sleeping for a solid eight hours. I can’t even tell you how good it felt to wake up, see my alarm go off telling me it was time to do some quick yoga before work, shut that alarm off, and go back to bed. Ah, yes. I feel well rested and ready to start the weekend. Maybe I’ll do some yoga after work…maybe. It’s been a fairly quiet week. We went out for drinks on Wednesday night (while I jealously sent Kramer off to see the Yankees/Angels game with his company), but other than that, we’ve been home, making dinner and watching TV. The weather has been absolutely wonderful, so hopefully that lasts through this weekend. We’re having a barbecue again on our friend’s rooftop in Williamsburg and I have big plans! We are going to attempt a pork shoulder on the grill, along with some chicken, for tacos. I’m very excited. I just have to remember to go out and grab some wood chips to soak overnight. I think that this may be our last summer BBQ so we have to do it well. I also got a big shipment of lovely hatch chiles from my aunt in Texas, so maybe I will do some kind of roasted hatch chile salsa to go with the tacos, as well as use them for the marinade. I opened the box up yesterday when it arrived and they smelled absolutely amazing. That is one thing I do miss about the Southwest – an abundance of fiery peppers. I enjoyed being able to choose from an array of peppers with which to scorch my tastebuds. Thankfully I’ll be able to do just that this time around.

Vietnamese Coffee Pops

Canon fire.
Last weekend was, however, incredible. I had been looking forward to Governors Island Civil War Weekend for a whole year, right after I found out that I had missed it last year. I convinced some friends to all get on the East River Ferry at an early-ish hour and come out to the event with me, and to my surprise, everyone made it to the boat, on time and ready to see some live history. Kramer and I stopped by The Meat Hook before our trip to pick up baguettes, cheese and pate, along with some white wine, so we were picnic-ready. The Civil War re-enactors were all really friendly and eager to show us their wares, the canon was pretty cool, and best of all, there was a bar on Governors Island itself along with a bizarre French-themed carnival that was going on while we were there. There were rides, games and music, and everything was in French and seemed way out of place. I had a freaking blast. The weather was perfect and everything worked out far better than expected. We ended the night with drinks, pizza and Cards Against Humanity at our friend’s apartment, as you do. A+ for weekend.

Vietnamese Coffee Pops

Kramer and I have gotten a little into Vietnamese-style iced coffee lately. There’s something so tempted about sweetened condensed milk. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it basically tastes like caramel. We’ll never really know. Either way, we’ve been mixing it into our coffee on the weekends for a treat, so I figured I’d go with this theme for Wit and Vinegar’s Popsicle Week. All of the popsicles so far look incredibly delicious, and I’m glad that I get to contribute to the list! If you’ve never had Vietnamese iced coffee before, do yourself a favor and find some or make some. It’s a blend of rich, dark coffee, a tiny pinch of cinnamon, and creamy sweetened condensed milk. You may feel a little guilty for indulging in it, but just think of this drink as dessert for breakfast. It has less calories than a doughnut, and it will give you way more energy! This popsicles are just a frozen form of this tasty morning pick-me-up. I think they are an excellent mid-afternoon snack, packed with both delicious coffee and enough caffeine to get you going again. Check out Popsicle Week, make my popsicles, make your own popsicles and enjoy the rest of the summer! It’s almost over, folks.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsA real Civil War era fire. Or at least that’s what they told me.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsMorgan.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsJessie and Alex.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsKramer.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsTom and Val.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsStrong man.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsThis dude was showing us his tooth powder.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsMatt, Jessie, Ryan and Morgan waiting for the canons.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsApproval.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsWe stumbled on this odd French carnival.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsTaking the ferry back.

Vietnamese Coffee PopsVietnamese Coffee PopsSo, popsicles – just brew, stir and freeze!

Vietnamese Coffee PopsGreat for a hot summer day…or breakfast, right?

Vietnamese Coffee Pops
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Serves: 6 popsicles
A popsicle to wake you up!
  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • a small pinch ground cinnamon (about ⅛ teaspoon)
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk (plus an additional 6 tablespoons)
  1. Brew your coffee (I prefer to use a Chemex to brew my coffee). Mix the condensed milk into the coffee until fully dissolved. Put about a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of the popsicle molds, then divide the coffee among the popsicle molds. Allow the popsicles to freeze for at least 6-8 hours.


21 Responses

  1. This is such a fun flavour!!!

  2. Gorgeous pops! I have been addicted to these post and I am dying to make all of them. I am glad you are goof and rested, you deserve more breaks Sydney
    The civil re-enactment looks so interesting! Too bad Australia does not have many of these.

  3. These sound delicious!
    Thanks for sharing your weekend with us. I’m so bad at snapping photos of us while we’re having fun. Do you have any tips? Are you taking your big girl camera with you, or are these iPhone photos? They’re such great quality :)

    • Sydney says:

      Thank you! Yes, I take my DSLR, but I got a pancake lens so it’s most purse-sized than my other lenses. It’s changed my life! I used to be terrible at taking photos, but now that my camera is more portable, I feel comfortable taking it with me everywhere and putting it in people’s faces, hah.

  4. Diana says:

    Love this so much! If there’s one thing better than Vietnamese coffee…

  5. I looooove Vietnamese coffee! I actually tried to make my own sweetened condensed milk for this very reason but got distracted and it curdled. Made the apartment smell fantastic though! I think these would be perfect for a fun summer brunch.

  6. Tieghan says:

    Your weekend looks amazing!! Seriously, can we become best friends so I can have weekends like yours? WOW! So fun!

    Ok and these pops? YES!! I love the cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk. Heck yes!

  7. This whole post, I was like, please say it’s cool for breakfast, please say it’s cool for breakfast. And then BAM, you did. So now, if you’ll please excuse me, I must go and make my breakfast for the week.

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  10. Christy says:

    Mmm, I’m sipping my coffee with cinnamon and maple syrup as I type. Need to get my hands on some sweetened condensed milk!

  11. Love all the photos, and I remember those boys on the ferry sleeping pics from Instagram. Lucky things being able to sleep wherever! Easy popsicle recipes are always worth a go!

  12. Amy says:

    Ha, I totally eat popsicles for breakfast too..

  13. Lynna says:

    I grew up with Vietnamese coffee, so these sound very tempting to make right now! It`s crazy hot where I am right now. I`m loving your photos!

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