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Ice cream sodas aren’t just for malt shops and old-time diners. They’re also a really fun dessert to offer at barbecues and dinner parties.
When it comes to making ice cream sodas, you have to start with cold soda. Ice cold, really. So make sure it’s been well-refrigerated before you start to make your ice cream soda. Also, the ice cream should be soft enough to scoop. Hard ice cream just doesn’t work here.
As for flavors, that’s where the fun begins. The classics are awesome. But you can also have a lot of fun with flavor by mixing ‘em up with different combinations of ice cream and soda. Offer guests a slew of mix-and-match options for their floats.
Here are a few delicious ideas:
Classic Root Beer Float – Add a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream to a half-full glass of root beer
Strawberry-Almond Delight – Add a heaping scoop of almond ice cream to a half-full glass of strawberry soda
Creamy Cookies and Cream – Add a heaping scoop of cookies and cream ice cream to a half-full glass of cream soda
Orange Creamsicle Soda – Add a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream to a half-full glass of orange soda
Fudgesicle Soda - Add a heaping scoop of chocolate ice cream to a half-full glass of cream soda
And don’t forget the straws. Retro striped straws, which can be found on Etsy, are a really cute touch for ice cream sodas.
Looking for more dreamy, creamy inspiration? Here are some other ideas to keep you cool:
Dreamy Tropical Cream Fizz
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.