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Caramel Chocolate Cold Brew + Turtle Pie

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How to make cold brew coffee without a cold brew coffee maker.

Want to look like the hostess with the mostest…with very little effort? I’ll share my secret. All it takes is yummy cold brew coffee and a decadent dessert. (I’ll even tell you how to make cold brew at home without a fancy French press or coffee maker.) Thanks to EDWARDS® Desserts for sponsoring this post and making me look good.

Caramel Chocolate Cold Brew + Turtle Pie

You know it’s summer when you walk outside and catch the whiff of grilled steak and burgers from around the neighborhood.

Over the past weekend I decided I should add to that tantalizing aroma. After a quick evening conversation with my next-door neighbors, we decided to invite everyone on our block to my house for a grill-out the next day.

Sounded like fun and at that point, I was optimistic. I’d have plenty of time to get everything ready. All I was going to do was provide the meat, beverages, and dessert. My nice neighbors would bring side dishes.

But remember…I have three sons who often morph my best-laid plans into something that looks entirely different from what is in my rose-colored imagination.

An extra ball practice for #1, extra hugs and attention for #2, and a little monkey who wouldn’t go to bed meant my prep time evaporated with the evening.

How to Make Cold Brew

All I had time for was to start making cold brew coffee before bed. Even those rare birds who don’t like coffee (Gasp! Can you imagine?!) often like iced coffee in the summer. My favorite recipe is easy and you don’t need a special cold brew coffee maker.

This is how to make cold brew coffee: You start with coffee grounds and water. The best coffee for cold brew is simply your favorite roasted coffee.

And this might sound silly, but good water makes a difference in the final taste. If your tap water is kinda funky, buy a gallon of reverse osmosis water at your grocery store and use that.

How to Make Cold Brew at Home

Stir 16 tablespoons of ground coffee and six cups of water together in a large container. There’s no special coffee press necessary because there’s no actual brewing with this method!

Cover it so the cats don’t get curious. Let it set overnight, 8-12 hours.

Go to bed because you’re too tired and reassure yourself there’s lots of time to finish things tomorrow.

But if you have the time, you can also make coffee ice cubes. Just fill ice cube trays with a cooled pot of coffee. Of course, this will make your cold brewed coffee flavor stronger. I count that as a positive.

In the morning, get out a big bowl. Put a filter over a sieve and position it over the bowl and strain the coffee through the sieve to catch the grounds.

Pour this delicious-smelling elixir into a pitcher and add four to six cups of water. Stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to finish things up.

Chocolate Cold Brew

When it’s close to serving time, you’ll whip the cream with caramel coffee syrup. Pour the coffee into ice-filled mugs or glasses and plop a dollop of cream on top. Drizzle with chocolate.

But back to my story.

After pulling out the grill—and cleaning it—and positioning the lawn chairs and tables—and cleaning them—I needed to make a run to the store for the meat, etc., and I needed to make the dessert before my neighbors came.

Turtle Pie Slice

With the clock ticking, I decided to forget making a dessert. I’d buy something. But it would have to look fancy and taste wonderful. Since dessert is always the exclamation point of a meal, my neighbors would expect something great.

Edward's Turtle Pie

I settled on EDWARDS Turtle Dessert. With velvety layers of creamy goodness on a crushed cookie crust and all I had to do was thaw and slice, it was a no-brainer.

Turtle Dessert and caramel chocolate cold brew? The perfect pairing! I impressed my neighbors with my good taste. And they ate all the dessert.

Frozen Turtle Pie Dessert

I was a little sad about that…I was hoping for leftovers. But hey—it was a small price to pay for earning bragging rights.

And I can always go back and buy more. Maybe next time I’ll try the EDWARDS® S’mores or EDWARDS® Hershey’s* Chocolate Crème Pie. And then there’s the EDWARDS® Key Lime and EDWARDS® Lemon Meringue.

But EDWARDS® Turtle Pie and caramel chocolate cold brew: That’s how a busy mom morphs into the hostess with the mostest…with very little effort!

You can find EDWARDS® Desserts in a freezer aisle near you. Check out the product locator for exact store locations.

Chocolate Cold Brew


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  • 6 cups water (plus another 4-6 cups)
  • 16 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon salted caramel coffee syrup
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream
  • chocolate syrup


  1. Add 16 tablespoons of ground coffee to a larger bowl or container with 6 cups of water and stir. Cover and let set overnight for 8-12 hours.
  2. Place a filter over sieve and place over a bowl. Using the brewed overnight coffee, strain the coffee through the sieve. Pour into a pitcher and add another 4-6 cups of water, depending on how strong you like your coffee.
  3. Whip the cream with caramel coffee syrup until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fill a glass with ice and fill with coffee, leaving about 1 inch of head room. Place a large dollop of caramel whipped cream on top and drizzle with chocolate.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she’s in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.