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

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a nice and decorative way to add color and flavor to any table.  Not only are they tasty and relatively easy to prepare, but I find them a handy way to use up the mini jam and jelly jars, which tend to arrive in the holiday food gift packages.  Using the mini jars of jams and jellies as filling in these cookies will create a variety of colors in each batch and put the mini jars of jams and jellies to immediate use. 

Of course, if you just want to make a batch of the cookies, there is nothing wrong with just using your favorite jam, which is likely setting in your refrigerator.

Thumbprint CookieIngredients      

Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unshifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Cookie Filling

  • 1/2 cup fruit jam, divided

Thumbprint CookieDirections

  • Preheat the oven to 325o F (165 o C).
  • Combine butter and powdered sugar together with a spatula until creamy.
  • Add and combine with a spatula, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and egg yolk.
  • Add flour and combine with a spatula until just combined.
  • Using a small scoop, portion dough into 1/2-ounce (I-tablespoon size) balls.
  • Roll balls in a plate of white sugar to coat; roll again between your palms.
  • Place cookie dough balls several inches apart on a silicone-lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten balls slightly with a small plate or smooth spatula.

To Make Jam Promament Cookies

  • For more jam-faced cookies, press your thumb into each cookie to make a wider, shallow, indentation in each cookie.
  • Fill the indentation with jam.
  • Gently Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle the let jam.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven (about 15 minutes ) until the cookie tops are barely blonde and bottoms are slightly golden.
  • Let the cookies rest on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Bread Pudding For Two

Bread pudding has been around a very long time.  I have cooks books going back to 1901 with some variation of the recipe.  And no wonder, this is a really simple and tasty dessert for the cooler months of the year and makes a nice holiday side dish or dessert, as well.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups day-old or toasted white bread cubes (2 slices)
  • 2 eggs (Large or Jumbo)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter (cut in small cubes)

Directions

  • Divide bread, raisins, and butter between two greased 8 or 10 oz. Ramekins and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whip together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour in equal amounts over filling in both ramekins.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350o F for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow bread puddings to cool and serve warm or room temperature.

Baked Chocolate Soufflé

These hot soufflés make an excellent dessert if you get the time right and can serve them hot.  Especially in the fall and winter when the weather is cooler or around the holidays when you may be entertaining friends and family.

Time Note

  • You will want to begin this recipe about an hour before your desired serving time.

Chocolate Souffle Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 11/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  •  5 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream, whipped
  • ½ cup chocolate syrup

Chocolate Souffle Directions

  • Grease six 10-ounce soufflé dishes or custard cups with butter or margarine and then lightly sprinkle them with sugar
  • In 2-quart saucepan, combine flour and cup sugar: gradually add milk, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened: remove from the heat
  • Stir chocolate into the mixture until melted. Rapidly beat in egg yolks all at once, until well mixed; set aside and allow to cool to lukewarm.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites, salt, and vanilla until soft peaks form; while beating at high speed, gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time. The egg whites should stand in stiff peaks. With a rubber spatula gently fold chocolate mixture into beaten egg whites until blended; spoon into the prepared soufflé dishes or custard cups
  • Place filled cups in 15 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ jelly-roll pan for easier handling. Bake soufflés 30 to 35 minutes until puffy and brown.
  • Serve soufflés immediately.
  • Garnish with powder sugar or pass whipped cream and chocolate syrup to spoon over the top of the soufflés.

 Chocolate Tips

  • Melting the chocolate: Use any of these ways: Place in top of a double boiler and melt over hot, not boiling water. Or place in a custard cup and set in a pan of hot water. Or place in heavy, 1-quart saucepan; melt over low heat- if the pan is too thin, it will transfer heat too fast and burn the chocolate.
  • To speed melting: Break up the chocolate into smaller pieces; stir frequently. If you are melting the chocolate in a double boiler or in a custard cup set in a pan of water, do not boil the water to speed melting as this will only thicken or curdle the chocolate
  • If chocolate thickens or curdles, add vegetable shortening (not butter or margarine) a little at a time and stir until of the desired consistency.
  • In an emergency, you can substitute cocoa for unsweetened chocolate in recipes. The proportions to use are 3 tablespoons cocoa plus I tablespoon shortening or cooking oil (not butter or margarine) for each square of chocolate called for in the recipe.
  • Do not substitute semisweet or milk chocolate in recipes calling for unsweetened.

Related Recipes

No-Bake Orange Soufflé

Who doesn’t like oranges?  This cool, refreshing dish brings together the familiarity of a soufflé with the cool comfort of a homemade icebox dessert.

Ingredients                                 metrics:

  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin                  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water                                                60 ml water
  • 3 eggs                                                          3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar                                                170 gr sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream                        235 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 thumb-size orange peel                              2 thumb size orange peel
  • 1/2 cup naval orange juice (from 2 oranges) 118 ml orange juice
  • 1-2 drops orange food color                         1-2 drops orange food color

Directions

  • Add gelatin and water in a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a slight boil. Stir and eye it to make sure the is no lumps. When the liquid turns clear, turn off the heat, add lemon peel, and set aside to let it cool.
  • Combine eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix it with a hand mixer until thick, light and the color become pale. Set aside
  • Whisk heavy whipping cream until soft peaks, set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to the cooled gelatin mixture, stir until everything is well-blended, then add to egg mixture through a strainer to catch seeds and peels. Mix with a hand mixer just until everything is well-combined.
  • Fold in whipped cream and 1-2 drops of food color, fold with a spatula until there are no white and orange streaks. Put it in the fridge until the mixture is half-set.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the foil collar:
  • -Measure 2 pieces of foil, each long enough to encircle the ramekin. And fold it twice so it is 2 inches higher than the rim of the dish. Secure it tight with tape. Set aside.
  • Add mixture to prepared ramekins, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish with orange slices and powdered sugar.

Servings

  • Serve 2 (4” ramekin)

Tips/notes:

  • It is best to eat the soufflé on the same day as you make it.
  • For this recipe, it is recommended to use pasteurized eggs
  • Food color is optional.

No-Bake Key Lime Soufflé

Key lime is always a southern favorite flavor and this Cool citrus dessert soufflé is will also be much appreciated by your family.  

Ingredients                                 metrics:

  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin                  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water                                                60 ml water
  • 3 eggs                                                          3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar                                                170 gr sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream                        235 ml whipping cream
  • 1 thumb-size lime peel                                 1 thumb-size lime peel
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice (from 7 limes)           80 ml key lime juice
  • 1-2 drops light green food color                   1-2 drops light green food color

Directions

  • Add gelatin and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a slight boil. Stir and eye it to make sure the is no lumps. When the liquid turns clear, turn off heat, add lemon peel, and set aside to let it cool.
  • Combine eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix it with a hand mixer until thick, light and the color become pale. Set aside
  • Whisk heavy whipping cream until soft peaks, set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to the cooled gelatin mixture, stir until everything is well-blended, then add to egg mixture through a strainer to catch seeds and peels. Mix with a hand mixer just until everything is well-combined.
  • Fold in whipped cream and 1-2 drops of food color, fold with a spatula until there are no white and green streaks. Put it in the fridge until the mixture is half-set.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the foil collar:
  • -Measure 2 pieces of foil, each long enough to encircle the ramekin. And fold it twice so it is 2 inches higher than the rim of the dish. Secure it tight with tape. Set aside.
  • Add mixture to prepared ramekins, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish with lime slices or fruit of your choice.

Servings

  • Serve 2 (4” ramekin)

Tips/notes:

  • It is best to eat the soufflé on the same day as you make it.
  • For this recipe, it is recommended to use pasteurized eggs
  • Food color is optional.