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.

Raspberry Charlotte Recipe For Two

Recently, I was in a bookstore and saw a picture of a Raspberry Charlotte and I was intrigued. However, the version of this recipe that I saw was quite large and far more than two people would need. So, I thought it would be nice to have a smaller version, which would feed two people a nice great looking dessert. Hopefully, you will find this recipe as appealing and tasty as I do.

Raspberry Charlotte Ingredients

For cake  

United States                           Metrics:

2/3 cup cake flour                                        85 gr cake flour

6 tablespoons sugar                                     72 gr sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking powder                        3 gr baking powder                           

1/4 cup canola oil                                        60 ml vegetable oil

1 large egg                                                  1 large egg

2 tablespoons water                                     30 ml. water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract                             5 ml vanilla extract

3 large egg whites                                       3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar                         1 gr cream of tartar

Raspberries for garnish                                Raspberry for garnish

Pinch of salt                                                pinch of salt

For raspberry mousse

3/4 tsp unflavored gelatin                             3 gr unflavored gelatin

1 large egg yolks                                         1 large egg yolk

1 tsp cornstarch                                           4 gr cornstarch

0.5 lb. frozen raspberries                             225 gr frozen raspberries

1/3 cup sugar                                              43 gr sugar

1 tbsp unsalted butter                                   14 gr unsalted butter

Pinch of salt                                                Pinch of salt

3/4 cup heavy cream                                    177 ml heavy cream

2 tbsp water                                                30 ml. water

For jam

1/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin                    1 gr unflavored gelatin

1 tsp fresh lemon juice                                 5 ml fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam                     57 gr seedless raspberry jam

1 tbsp sugar                                                 14 gr sugar

Raspberry Charlotte Directions

For Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 6″ square and 8″ round cake pan.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl stir until well-combined. Add oil, egg, water and vanilla extract, continue mixing until smooth.
  • Using a stand mixer, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks
  • Add egg whites to batter, fold gently until there are no white streaks anymore.
  • Pour 3/4 cup of the batter into the round cake pan, gently tap the pan to the counter to release air bubbles. Pour remaining batter into the square pan and do the same. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Once the cake cooled, place around the cake on a serving dish. Add 1 tbsp of jam on top. Spread it evenly with an offset spatula. Place a 7-inch ring pan around the cake, leaving equal space on all sides.
  • Cut the cake in the square pan into 3 equal-sized long strips. Place each strip vertically around the round cake. Put the ends together neatly inside the ring.

For raspberry mousse

  • Combine water and gelatin in a small bowl and let it bloom.
  • Whisk together egg yolks and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Cook raspberries, sugar, butter and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk about 6 minutes until they turn to liquid
  • Slowly add 1/4 cup of the hot raspberry mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Whisk really good so the egg won’t be cooked. Return the tempered mixture back into the saucepan and cook until the mixture thickens
  • Pour the raspberry mixture through a strainer over the bowl with gelatin. Press until all that remains are the seeds. Discard the seeds. Fold raspberry + gelatin mixture until well-combined and set aside to cool.
  • When the raspberry is cooled, whisk heavy cream in a stand mixer until soft peaks form. Add whipped cream to raspberry curd, fold really gently until the mixture is lightened.

For Jam

  • Mix gelatin and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the raspberry jam in another bowl in the microwave until the jam is nice fluid.
  • Add the softened gelatin to the warm jam and whisk until well-combined. Set aside.

To assemble the cake

  • Pour raspberry mousse into the center of the cake ring, fill it until ½ inch taller than the cake. Spread out evenly with a spatula
  • Decorate the cake with the jam in any way you like it. Place fresh raspberries around the edge. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours
  • When unmolding, run a paring knife around the edge of the ring

Servings

  • Makes two or three serving

Peach Panna Cotta Recipe

Peach Panna Cotta Decorated With Peaches
Peach Panna Cotta Decorated With Peach Slices

This recipe has been in our family a long time it was given to us by an aunt when we lived in Panama on 81 and who knows how long she’d had it before she passed it on to us. It has been a family favorite and it’s easy to make. Originally described as a cheese putting in the recipe in Spanish, we have been making it before we understood it to be Panna Cotta. But I’ll be honest most times we don’t bother with putting it Panna Cotta Form. Usually, we just put it in a big dish and scoop it out with the big spoon to serve to serve or put it in individual serving size drinking glasses.

While the common way to serve Panna Cotta is to make the base and pour a syrup or a fruit topping on it, this recipe incorporates the peaches into the body of the Panna Cotta and therefore no sauce is required.

This is an interesting approach to a panna cotta in that it uses both milk and cream cheese, so, if you wanted to, I suppose, you could put this on the crust and turn it into an icebox cheesecake.

Peach Panna Cotta Ingredients

  • two packets of unflavored gelatin (Knox) (5 teaspoons/ 15g)
  • one can of evaporated milk (12 fl. oz. / 354 mL)
  • One 8 package of cream cheese (8 oz/ 226.80g)
  • 1 cup of sugar (8 oz. / 600g)
  • 1 can of sliced peaches in syrup (15.25 oz. / 432g)

Peach Panna Cotta Preparation Directions

  • Remove peach slices from syrup and ser syrup aside for later use
  • Cut peach slices into smaller chunks
  • Blend milk and cream cheese
  • Add sugar to milk mixture and blend again
  • Sprinkling the gelatin evenly over ½ cup of cool water and let set until the gelatin swells and softens
  • Heat up the syrup (do not boil)
  • Stir Gelatin slowly into the hot syrup
  • Pour syrup and Gelatin mix to milk mix in blender and blend again.
  • Pour mix in to the dish, ramakins, or glasses of choice
  • Add Peaches distributed even across the milk mixer
  • Place in refrigerator for at least two hours

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