Ice cream float recipe

Ice cream float recipe

Ice cream float recipe
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nutritional information
Servings: 2
amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 32g159%
164 mg55%
143 mg6%
dietary fiber 1g3%
Total sugar 127g
Vitamin C 1 mg6%
Calcium 193 mg15%
iron 0 mg3%
Potassium 253 mg5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.

(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ice cream trucks are an iconic American treat that will take you straight back to your childhood. You may have enjoyed it at your favorite restaurant or fast food restaurant before, but you can always enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.

We've spiced up the traditional root beer float with a quick and easy homemade cinnamon syrup. It's sweet and tangy and pairs perfectly with the flavor of the root beer. Top it off with homemade whipped cream and a maraschino cherry for a nostalgic dessert.

“The simple cinnamon syrup and whipped cream make these floats more decadent and special than the usual two-ingredient versions. And it doesn't require much more effort. The cinnamon syrup really enhanced the flavor of the root beer. Be sure to use it.” Use the largest glass you can find, or use a little less lemonade. — Danielle Centoni

  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles root beeror any other lemonade of your choice

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinammon

  • 1/4 Cup Water

  • 1 Cup whipped cream

  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 pint Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Maraschino cherriesfor garnish, optional

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the root beer into 2 tall tall glasses. Place the jars in the fridge while you prepare the remaining ingredients. This will allow some of the carbonation to escape so it doesn't fizz too much when you add the ice.

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  3. Place the sugar, cinnamon, and water in a small saucepan. Cook, tossing the pan occasionally, until the mixture is thick and syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.

    Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool while you prepare the whipped cream.

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  4. Place the cream and powdered sugar in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Don't mix too much or you'll end up with butter instead of whipped cream.

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  5. Place two to three scoops of ice in each glass.

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  6. Top with the whipped cream and drizzle over the cinnamon syrup. Add the cherry if using. Serve immediately with a straw and a long spoon.

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    recipe variations

    • There are many different variations of ice cream truck! Traditionally, a dark soda like root beer or cola is used, but you can also make it with lemon soda, orange soda, or even ginger ale.
    • Traditionally, vanilla ice cream is used, but you can try other flavors as well. Chocolate ice cream goes well with dark soda, and strawberry or other fruit ice creams go well with lemon-lime soda.
    • You can mix it with different syrups. We love the cinnamon syrup with root beer because of the root beer's spiciness. But you can also combine it with chocolate syrup (sometimes called black cow). Add vanilla syrup or strawberry syrup if using lemon-lime soda.

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