Godiva Chocolatier Coffee Granita

Black, sweet, and never cream I am a devoted, long-time coffee drinker. However, iced coffee always gave me heartburn. Given that fact, a bit of ingenuity was required to answer a call from Godiva and the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program for a special summer iced coffee or blended drink recipe.

Godiva offers three flavors of gourmet coffee - Chocolate Truffle, Hazelnut Crème, and French Vanilla. I received two 12 oz bags of Godiva Coffee, one chocolate, and the other vanilla. Yeah no cream, but how did they know? Must be good karma :)

Inspired by this Italian Ice recipe I found on Google+ the very same day, combined with a bit of research and several trials, two perfected Gourmet Coffee Granita recipes evolved. Not a true “coffee drink,” but nonetheless delicious and refreshing summer coffee treats. Warning - Photographing these was very difficult for me as you can see. The picture of the Strawberry Chocolate Granita hinders the amazingly rich, yet light and refreshing quality. You will just have to trust me on this.

Fresh Strawberry Chocolate Coffee Granita

3 cups Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, strong brewed
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh strawberry puree
1/4 cup strawberry syrup
Whipped cream

Brew coffee and allow cooling to room temperature or longer. I doubled the recommended amount of coffee given on the package resulting in strong brewed.
Combine coffee and sugar in a mixing bowl, blend until sugar is completely dissolved. Add the syrup and stir until fully incorporated. Add the strawberry puree and stir. Pour coffee mixture into a metal or glass 9 x 13 pan. Freeze for about an hour. Remove and scrape all ice away from the sides, mix well, smooth over the top with a spoon if necessary, and return to the freezer. Repeat this scraping method twice over the next few hours.

Remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving. Repeat the scraping method except from the top rather than the sides. Spoon crystals into serving glasses or tall dessert dishes, layering iced coffee crystals ad whipped cream. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of strawberry or chocolate syrup.

French Vanilla Coffee Granita

3 cups Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, strong brewed
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon natural vanilla
Whipped cream

Use same preparation method as stated above.

The Granita was served with and without whipped cream. Beating a few sprinkles of cinnamon into the whipped cream topping added a new dimension to the flavor and with a drizzle of syrup, fabulous! My father liked this whipped cream version the best.

As for my favorite, this French Vanilla with no whipped cream simply black and sweet. I enjoyed a cup of granita every night for over a week. Thanks Godiva and Foodbuzz!

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