Sunday, July 15, 2012

Root beer float ice cream

You might think I'm a crazy person when I tell you that I don't drink a lot of soda (or "pop," as my husband refers to it). I don't have any soda in my house, and I very rarely have it when I'm out and about. If and when I do have soda, it's usually root beer. My brother and I would always try to find reasons to ask my mom to buy us Barq's root beer when we were little, and it's definitely my favorite flavor of soda whenever I do have it.

Occasionally, I love to indulge in a classic root beer float. I didn't get a chance to have any this summer so I'm making up for it now. I saw this recipe pop up on Joelen's website a while ago and hadn't gotten around to making it yet. I had a good excuse though--I couldn't find root beer extract. Now that I've got it, I finally was able to make this root beer float ice cream. Plus, what better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month?

The root beer flavors in this ice cream are not too strong yet still give me the nostalgia of sipping on a root beer float. The vanilla hues remind me of the generous scoops of ice cream that I prefer in my floats. The overall taste is creamy and fantastic, and I almost want to find a straw to slurp up the last bits of ice cream that are left in the bottom of my bowl. The method of making this ice cream is different than the custard base that I'm used to making, but it still turned out really well!  It is a Ben & Jerry's recipe, after all!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon root beer extract

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.

Pour in the cream, milk, and extracts and whisk to blend.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions.


  1. Eva, this ice cream looks amazing! I love root beer floats. What a fun twist! This is the perfect, refreshing treat in this terrible summer heat. Yum :D

  2. Replies
    1. Wow - I totally didn't expect that! Thanks for being the first person to tell me about it, Kim!

    2. Ha! I'm always up late grading or working on my blog. When I saw your ice cream, I was so excited. I couldn't wait to tell you :D

  3. I've never been a big soda drinker either, but I'll have to pick up some root beer to try this recipe out. Congrats on top 9! Your ice cream looks phenomenal!

  4. This ice cream sounds delicious:) My kids love root beer. I will be making this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I got an ice cream maker this weekend and this was the first thing we made in it. This ice cream is fantastic! Won't last in our fridge long.

    1. That's awesome, Jenna! I can't wait to see what ice cream recipes you try out next!

  6. Where did you finally find the root beer extract? I was going to make this the other day, but I couldn't find it at the store. They had like everything but :( Did you buy this at a store or did you have to order it online? I can't wait to make this for my kids. They're going to love it!

    1. I looked in what seemed like a thousand different stores to find root beer extract and eventually found it at (hold your breath)... Wal-Mart! Shocking, I know! It was in their baking aisle next to the other extracts.

  7. No kidding. I would have never thought to check there. I am now on a mission :D Must make this ice cream...



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