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Rootbeer and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Float

Updated on July 26, 2020

My granddaughter came walking up to me with a bottle of root beer and claimed that she needed help opening the bottle, as she is eight years old and the cover was on just a little bit too tight.

Then, as I walked towards her, she started explaining that she needed a little bit of ice cream, maybe to go with her root beer. My husband brightened up with the words and said, "Oh, you're looking to make a root beer float? Good idea!"

So, then, I started walking to the house to create the ultimate root beer float, because, that's what grandma's do.



  • rootbeer
  • vanilla ice cream

The Basics of a Root Beer Float

It's not difficult. Even a grandma can do this:

You'll need some root beer, and you'll need some vanilla ice cream. I used a blue solo cup an a plastic spoon. Of course, my granddaughter was coaching me as I started to build the float.

It took three scoops of ice cream per cup and half of the bottle of root beer.

I started to scoop the ice cream, and she stopped me. "You should put some of the pop in the bottom." Okay.. I put a little root beer on the bottom of the cup. Enough so that I could see pop in the bottom. Then, I started to scoop ice cream into the cup. One. Two. Three. Then, I started to pour the root beer in. "It's foaming, due to chemical reaction, grandma," she says.

I smile.

pop in the bottom
pop in the bottom
scoop of ice cream
scoop of ice cream
two scoops, three scoops
two scoops, three scoops
start adding root beer
start adding root beer
this is good ice cream, although any vanilla ice cream will do.
this is good ice cream, although any vanilla ice cream will do.
This is good root beer. Dad's is good as well.
This is good root beer. Dad's is good as well.
it will foam.
it will foam.
then, eat with spoon and drink the root beer when you run out of ice cream chunks.
then, eat with spoon and drink the root beer when you run out of ice cream chunks.


We have tried strawberry pop. Grape pop. Orange crush. My hubby claims that Fanta orange has good flavor as well. The orange pop makes the ice cream taste like the old fashioned push ups I ate as a kid.

Well. it probably goes to say that any flavor of pop would be good with ice cream, any flavor, but, you'll just have to experiment.

I have heard you can use grape juice. Upon looking it up, some people have used frozen grape juice.


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