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Ice Cream Float

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By Allison Robicelli

A recipe for an ice cream float is a formality — its measurements meant as a safety net so that even the most nervous may let their imaginations run wild. It’s nearly impossible to get this wrong; you can make it with any soda you care to, and any scoopable frozen dessert in any flavor.

From food writer Allison Robicelli.

Ingredients

measuring cup

Servings: 1 (makes 1 ice cream float)

  • 1 1/2 cups soda of choice, such as cola, root beer, cream soda, ginger ale, orange or lemon-lime
  • 1 large scoop (about 1/2 cup) vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Gently pour the soda into a pint glass. Carefully slide the ice cream to “float” on top; add a straw and serve immediately.

Substitutions

Dairy-free? >> Try your favorite sorbet or nondairy ice cream.

Variations

To make an apple pie à la mode float: Gently pour 1 cup ginger ale and 1/2 cup apple juice into a pint glass. Carefully slide 1 large scoop of caramel or caramel-swirl vanilla ice cream to “float” on top; add a straw and serve immediately.

To make a fruity float: Gently pour 1 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite, into a pint glass. Carefully slide 1 large scoop of strawberry ice cream to “float” on top; add a straw and serve immediately.

To make a coffee float: Gently pour 1 1/2 cups cola into a pint glass. Carefully slide 1 large scoop of coffee ice cream to “float” on top; add a straw and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Per float

  • Calories

    304

  • Fat

    9 g

  • Saturated Fat

    5 g

  • Carbohydrates

    55 g

  • Sodium

    69 mg

  • Cholesterol

    32 mg

  • Protein

    3 g

  • Fiber

    1 g

  • Sugar

    52 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From food writer Allison Robicelli.

Tested by Allison Robicelli.

Published July 10, 2024

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