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A Green Ice Cream Float For St. Patrick's Day!
See How to make a Child Friendly St. Patrick's Day Drink:
Where is the Lime Sherbet when you need it? Well, on March 17th (Saint Patrick's Day in the USA) you will most definitely NOT find it in the freezer at your grocery store! At least, I didn't.
So, what do you do when you and your grandchild want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a fancy beverage and you wanted to use Lime Sherbet? You improvise (while remembering not to cuss) and purchase the last container of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to make your green beverage.
Cooking with children can be challenging. Now don't be picky here and say that making a float is not really "cooking". My grand-daughter and I made up a recipe and we made it, so we were really "cooking" creatively that day.
FYI: All images were taken by me, Mickie_G, unless stated otherwise. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, please.
What is a "float"?
Simply put, an ice cream float is a scoop of ice cream or sherbet floating in a cold glass of soda (soft drink, to some). Popular carbonated soft drinks to use to make a float are root beer and other colas.
Soda Fountain Glasses for your float:
In order to make an ice cream float special, the glass should fit the purpose. Both of these glasses are retro in style (as in Baby Boomers will remember having a float in a glass something like these) and well suited to creating a float that a child will remember for ever and ever!
A glass for the ages!
The design of this soda-fountain glass is timeless. It can be used for a St. Patrick's Day float or a classic hot fudge sundae.
A Mid-century modern glass for all ages!
I have two of these classic shaped glasses. I remember going to the corner drug store with my grandfather and getting a float in glasses just like this one shown below. Mid-century modern memories.
Don't be afraid to experiment with flavors!
To be perfectly honest, the float we made for St. Patrick's Day with mint chocolate chip ice cream was just "OK". It would have been a lot better with the lime sherbet or just plain vanilla. However, I am glad we experimented with the mint chocolate chip ice cream. I personally feel that one should not be afraid to try alternatives. Who knows, you might find a brand new recipe that could become a family tradition--or even make you famous! My grand-daughter said that the green sprinkles made the drink a hit. Yep, those green sprinkles was all the recipe needed to make this float "Irish". All children, young and old, can be made happy with sugar sprinkles.
Ingredients for An Irish Ice Cream Float:
- Ice Cream or Sherbet (I used mint chocolate chip)
- Lemon/Lime flavored carbonated Soft Drink (I used Sierra Mist)
- Sugar Sprinkles (I used green)
- Tall Glass
- Iced Tea Spoon
- Straw or Spoon Straw
Instructions for making an ice cream float:
- Find the perfect glass. Scoop ice cream or sherbet into the glass. You decide how much you want. Pour the lemon/lime soft drink over the frozen scoops. Sprinkle the sugar on top. Now enjoy this drink with a straw and a spoon.
How would you rate this recipe for St. Patrick's Day?
Love the colors of these straws. If your children are like mine, they will be fighting over which color spoon straw they should have.
You MUST have a Spoon Straw for drinking the perfect float: - A spoon is great for eating the ice cream, too.
Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a "spoon straw". In fact, it is the best straw to have if you want to get every last bite or slurp of a float or milkshake. The spoon straw you see featured here is the one I liked best. It is durable and has colored bands so you will not be caught using anyone else's glass. These color coded spoons are kind of like wine charms, aren't they?
This "RSVP International Spoon Straw" set is dishwasher safe, too. Kill all those little germs!
This set comes with a cleaning tool!
Pictures of An Ice Cream Float For St. Patrick's Day - Children Cooking--making it easy (and fun) is the key!Click thumbnail to view full-size
History and even more recipes for ice cream floats: - Beverage Ideas for a St. Patrick's Day Party
If I have whetted your appetite, then here are more resources for your cravings. Some of these ice cream recipes contain alcohol.
Bistro Ice Cream Long Handled Spoons, anyone? - Ice Cream Spoons are optional, but would be so much fun!
Always wished your flatware came with some iced tea spoons? Well, now is your chance to go wild and buy some to use to enjoy an ice cream float!
Not crazy about iced tea spoons? Then how about a "spoon straw"? Yep, hooked you there! You have a choice, now. These straw spoons are wonderful for children!
Not a float person? Then Make a Shamrock Shake
Just like McDonald's
Every year in early March, McDonald's starts to advertize their Mint Milk Shake aka the Shamrock Shake. I love this shake. So, when I found the recipe, I just had to put it here to share with you. Just click the following: Shamrock Shake Recipe for St. Patrick's Day.
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Have you ever had to substitute an ingredient just to make a child happy? Was it a success or did it flop big time?
St. Patrick's Day is not an important holiday to a child, so why did I go to the trouble of making a fun green float drink for St. Patrick's day just to please a kid? Well, I wanted to do just that, please her. From the smile on her face when I took the photos, I know I did. However, I do not think it was the green mint float that made her grin -- it was the time we spent together creating this minty beverage. And just maybe the "special" glass made it memorable, too.
Duel: Sherbet or Ice Cream in the Saint Patrick's Day Float?
Did I do the right thing using the mint chocolate chip ice cream?