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Main ingredientsGelato or ice cream (vanilla), espresso

An affogato (Italian for "drowned") is an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto, Bicerin, or other liqueur.

Though restaurants and cafes in Italy categorize the affogato as a dessert, some restaurants and cafes outside Italy categorise it as a beverage.[1] Occasionally, coconut, berries, honeycomb and multiple flavours of ice cream are added.[2]

While the recipe of the affogato is more or less standard in Italy, consisting of a scoop of vanilla gelato topped with a shot of espresso, variations exist in European and American restaurants.[3]

The “McAffogato” was made popular by police satire group UK Cop Humour in September 2018 after a number of officers sent images of their own affogato, a McDonald's vanilla milkshake with an added double espresso shot.

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  1. ^ "Recipe of the day - Affogato". The Huffington Post. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. ^ Tripadvisor Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Davies, Emiko. "Italian Table Talk: Gelato, affogato & some history". Emiko Davies. Retrieved 7 February 2017.