What is a Soda float?

What is an ice cream soda float?

Soda float or Ice cream soda float is a dessert-type or recreational-type drink made using ice cream and soda, carbonated water or soft drink such as root beer (hence the alternative name; root beer float). The drink may contain other ingredients such as candy, syrup, milk, and whipped cream.

Ice cream soda originates from the US. It was first created by Robert McCay Green, a flavored drink seller back in 1874 in Philadelphia, PA. The idea came to him on a hot day after he ran out of the ice he was using to make flavored drinks and decided to use vanilla ice cream instead. It’s worth noting there are other people who claim to have invented the ice cream float, including Green’s own employee, George Guy, Fred Sanders, and Philip Mohr.

Besides having a great taste, ice cream soda works because the carbon dioxide inside the soda is displaced from the resulting solution to form a small fountain of foam and bubbles that isn’t messy.

What are the most common flavors of ice cream soda floats?

There are many flavors based mainly on the ingredients. The most common include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coke, root beer;

1. Vanilla ice cream soda float

This drink is made using several scoops of vanilla ice cream and unflavored carbonated water. The ice cream is put first in a glass before pouring in carbonated water until the resulting foam rises to the top. Some whipped cream is added and a cherry.

When Sprite soda or 7 Up is used instead of unflavored carbonated water, the resulting drink is known as snow white. 

2. Chocolate ice cream soda float

This drink is made like the vanilla ice cream soda float. The only difference is the ingredients used, i.e., chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.

3. Strawberry ice cream soda float

This drink is made in a similar manner to vanilla float ice cream soda float but using strawberry flavored ingredients like strawberry soda, strawberry syrup, and strawberry or vanilla ice cream.

4. Coke ice cream float

As the name suggests, this ice cream float is made with any cola/coke drink and vanilla ice cream.

5. Root beer float

Root beer float or brown cow or black cow is made using root beer and vanilla ice cream. However, some variations use other ice cream flavors. Beer may also be substituted, making variations like black cow different in some region in the US. While root beer float contains only root beer and vanilla ice cream in some places, some areas use chocolate ice cream to make a brown cow or chocolate cow. Some areas also substitute beer with cola and call it a black cow such as Northern Illinois and Northeastern Wisconsin.