Last updated on April 8th, 2019
There was a time when “suicide” was my fountain soda of choice. Because who doesn’t love Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta, Dr. Pepper and A&W Root Beer swirled into one? Heck, while you’re at it, toss in some over-sweetened pink lemonade and iced tea to really mix things up. At some point, though, your taste buds mature. Either that or it becomes less socially acceptable to walk up to the self-serve and fill your cup with 1/10th of each option. And on that day, you are forced to choose one over all the rest. For me, root beer was the clear leader of the pack. Rich and creamy with a hint of vanilla.
Drop in a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and I’m swooning. I have vivid childhood memories of spooning down giant foamy root beer floats with our neighbors down the street whose parents owned the ice cream shop when I was ages 3 to 6. How lucky were those kids? A freezer full of frozen treats all year round. The peak of childhood jealousy. This root beer float ice cream is an ode to my childhood.
Nowadays, I only drink root beer on special occasions. Usually if I’m going to give in and drink a super sugary soda, it’s because I want the caffeine jolt that most American root beers can’t give me. Slurping down a root beer these days is pure indulgence; I have to come to terms with the fact that I’m not getting anything but flavor kickbacks from this sweet soda pop. Feel free to send all root beer flavored candies my way, though.
Here’s a recipe that’ll evoke memories of overflowing root beer floats on a hot summer day. Perfectly sweet and not overwhelmingly creamy – just the way I like my ice cream. A dollop of vanilla combined with the nostalgic suds of chilled root beer. This one didn’t last very long in our freezer.