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The Perfect Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee #RedCupShowdown

This Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee makes the perfect treat for a hot day. Grab this easy recipe and try it out this summer!Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee

Seattle’s Best Coffee is is teaming up with celebrity chef Jeff Mauro to launch the Red Cup Showdown – a coast-to-coast search at state fairs and on Facebook to find the most imaginative new coffee drink. The grand prize winner will win $10,000 and the chance to have their coffee drink featured at Seattle’s Best Coffee locations across North America. How fun is that?

I’m a huge fan of State Fairs and have lived in three towns that host them {Sedalia, Missouri; Sacramento, California; Phoenix, Arizona}. I worked at the Missouri State Fair almost every summer during high school – cooking corn dogs, sweeping trash, and making cotton candy. I have fond memories of being paid for my 10 days worth of work in $1 bills. Such fun for a 14 year old! So when I was given the chance to help promote this contest with my own unique coffee recipe, I was pretty thrilled!

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeI started by researching iced coffees. I was surprised to learn that I shouldn’t be using my hot-brewed coffee for iced coffees! Who knew? Turns out a cold-brewed coffee is preferred for iced coffees because it takes some of the acidity out of coffee and you need less sugar to make it taste good! To make a cold-brew coffee, just soak your coffee grounds in water overnight. I used my French Press. Worked great!

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeOnce I figured out how to brew the perfect coffee, I had to think about how to flavor it. I looked around my kitchen and  the chocolate hazelnut wafer cookies on top of my fridge served as my inspiration.  At Walmart, I picked up Seattle’s Best coffee {I wanted their Fair-Trade Organic coffee but my Walmart didn’t have it},  sweetened condensed milk, Nutella and whipping cream.  My kids helped me with the recipe by  picking out their favorite chocolates {okay, maybe they were my favorite chocolates…you got me}. You can see pictures from my shopping trip here.

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeAnd then I put it together. First, I melted one TBS of Nutella with a small splash of oil. Then I drizzled the Nutella inside of a pint sized Mason jar with ice cubes I made out of leftover coffee {so my coffee won’t get watery…}.

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeI added filled the jar about 3/4 full of coffee so I’d have room for the other ingredients.

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeSweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient. I was skeptical, honestly. But, YUM! I added probably 2 TBS of the milk. Then I topped it with some whipped cream and shaved chocolate. I chose frozen Ghirardelli’s Baking Chocolate – it shaved very nicely.

ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut Iced CoffeeAs it turns out, this iced coffee was so good, there was no time for the ice cubes to melt ~ I could have skipped the coffee ice cubes, but they are a nice touch anyway. {And don’t tell anyone, but I stuck my mug back in the freezer so I can have seconds…} Hehe!

The Perfect Chocolate Hazelnut Iced Coffee #RedCupShowdown
4.7 from 3reviews
Recipe type: Coffee
Author: Michelle
  • Cold-pressed coffee
  • 1 TBS Nutella
  • Splash of oil
  • 1-2 TBS sweetened condensed milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate-hazelnut wafer cookie
  • Ice cubes made out of coffee
  1. If you don’t have any coffee ice cubes, freeze some in an ice cube tray using left over coffee {this is a great way to use left-over coffee}.
  2. Add a splash of oil to 1 TBS nutella and melt.
  3. Poor the melted nutella in your jar or glass.
  4. Fill 3/4 full with coffee.
  5. Add sweetened condensed milk to taste.
  6. Give everything a good stir.
  7. Cover with fresh whipped cream.
  8. Shave a little chocolate on top of the whipped cream.
  9. Add a chocolate hazelnut wafer cookie.
  10. And enjoy!


 If you live near one of these State Fairs and would like to win the $10,000 grand prize, you can meet Jeff Mauro and submit your recipe on these dates: {Of course, Iowa’s last because we ROCK and an Iowan will win this contest! All in fun, right?}

California State Fair, Sacramento
Seattle’s Best Coffee Exhibit and Free Iced Coffee: Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15
Red Cup Showdown with host Jeff Mauro: Saturday, July 14
Ohio State Fair, Columbus
Seattle’s Best Coffee Exhibit and Free Iced Coffee: Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29
Red Cup Showdown with host Jeff Mauro: Friday, July 27
Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee
Seattle’s Best Coffee Exhibit and Free Iced Coffee: Friday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 5
Red Cup Showdown with host Jeff Mauro: Sunday, Aug. 5
Illinois State Fair, Springfield
Seattle’s Best Coffee Exhibit and Free Iced Coffee: Thursday, Aug. 9-Saturday, Aug. 11
Red Cup Showdown with host Jeff Mauro: Friday, Aug. 10
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines
Seattle’s Best Coffee Exhibit and Free Iced Coffee: Monday, Aug. 13-Wed., Aug. 15
Red Cup Showdown with host Jeff Mauro: Wednesday, August 15

 If you don’t live near a State Fair, rest assured you can still enter via the contest’s Facebook competition. The Facebook competition call for entries will run through July 27. The contest is open to all US and Canadian residents 18 years or older. For more information on how to enter and official rules, visit their Facebook page and follow them ontwitter.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Seattle’s Best Coffee #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own.

Sarah E.

Sunday 11th of May 2014

I was hoping to make this recipe this week, but the actual recipe part seems to have disappeared from your post :(

Michelle Marine

Monday 12th of May 2014

Oh jeeze!! My blog crashed around Christmas and I lost of ton of information. I'll see if I can drag it back to life. Thanks for letting me know!

Trish - Mom On Timeout

Tuesday 10th of July 2012

Awesome! I live in Sacramento and will be heading to the State Fair to see Jeff Mauro and the Red Cup Showdown this coming Saturday - very exciting! This recipe looks delicious and I am pinning now! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


Tuesday 10th of July 2012

Lucky you, Trish! I've been to the CA State Fair and it was awesome! I hope CBias has the same deal for the Iowa State Fair - I'll be there!! :-) Have fun! Can't wait to see your blog posts.


Monday 9th of July 2012

This look so tasty! I love the idea of using the coffee ice cubes instead of watery ice cubes!


Thursday 5th of July 2012

I've only had Seattle's Best in a restaurant (and it was so good, I was surprised when I found out what brand it was), I've never tried it at home before - but I'm thinking I might pick some up....and of course try out this 'fancy' coffee house drink!


Friday 6th of July 2012

The Seattle's Best is pretty good. I was surprised to learn that it is a Starbucks brand. :-) Thanks for your comments!!

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Thursday 5th of July 2012

Wow! Now THAT looks like a delicious treat. I gotta try that. Just hopped over from Mom on Timeout!

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