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Summer Root Beer Floats

Waiting for Summer – Root Beer Floats

We’re still waiting for summer to arrive here in Seattle, but we’ve been promised by our news channel meteorologists that it’ll be here this week. To be ready in case the sun makes an appearance, I stocked up with summertime treats – veggie burgers and ice cream float ingredients!

Shopping for summer!

Shopping for summer!

My husband and I both scooped ice cream as our first job over 35 years ago – he at his family’s drugstore with a soda counter and I at a deli and ice creamery. Both are gone now, but we still think we’re experts at the art of ice cream float making. The first rule is to ice the mugs. It really needs to be a nice thick mug to keep the soda icy cold and the ice cream frozen, otherwise you end up with a really runny milkshake – not good!

How to Ice Root Beer Mugs

To properly ice your ice cream float mugs, first make sure they’re clean and room temperature (not hot from the dishwasher). Next run them under the cold water tap, one at a time, wetting both the inside and outside of the glass. Pour out any excess water and put the glass immediately in the freezer (yes, you’ll wet, walk, put it in the freezer, and repeat).

When you put your mugs in the freezer, give them plenty of room – no crowding or touching! Your glasses need room to breathe and form a great icy frost. But what if you don’t have time to wait for them to freeze? Speed up the process by adding ice into the wet glass, swirl it a bit so the ice touches all of the inside of the glass to help build a layer of frost, dump the ice in the next glass, and put the now empty mug in the freezer. You should have a frosty glass in a few minutes instead of in an hour. Now remember, you won’t be able to tell they’re ready until you take them from the freezer and subject them to the warm room – then the magic happens!

Root Beer Floats

Making Root Beer Floats

So now that you have the perfect frosty mug, what will you put in it? My hubby and I both love root beer floats so that was an easy choice for us. I did have some choices to make though. My Walmart carries three versions of Dryer’s Grand Ice Cream vanilla flavors and A&W has three choices as well – regular, TEN, and diet.

I choose Dryer’s Grand Ice Cream Vanilla Bean flavor and A&W regular soda. Root beer is the only soda I enjoy with sugar. But I did discover that there’s a new lower calorie version called A&W TEN. Pair that with Dreyer’s Slow Churned Vanilla Ice Cream and you’ll save half the fat! If the Dreyer’s brand isn’t familiar to you, it could be Edy’s in your area. Did you notice that the ice cream I purchased isn’t the flavor I used? That’s because the hubby discovered the vanilla bean and not realizing I had plans for it, scarfed it down over several days. The replacement carton was French Vanilla. Any of the vanillas work just fine! You can see my whole shop here.

Put two to three large scoops of ice cream into the root beer float mug, add chilled root beer (never warm!), let it foam up for fun, add a straw or two (if you’re going to share) and a soda spoon and serve and enjoy!

How to Make a Root Beer Float

Edy’s and Dreyer’s Coupon

Print out ansave $1.00 on any TWO (2) DREYER’S branded products, 48 oz. or larger here – http://see.walmart.com/nestle/savingscenter.aspx

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The Perfect Root Beer Float