You may have noticed that I only post dessert recipes about once a month. There is a reason for that. I believe a treat should be just that- something rare and truly special and when you decide to treat yourself, you should do it right! Take the Root Beer Float for instance; it’s a very simple dessert, but with superb ingredients and a little twist on presentation you can make it truly extraordinary!
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So how does one make a truly extraordinary root beer float? A float so delicious and unique that you have never tasted anything quite like it? A gourmet root beer float laced with a hint cinnamon, rich dark chocolate and a ‘bite’ of sea salt…
It All Starts with a Great Root Beer!
Root beer floats are usually pretty straight forward, two ingredients; root beer and ice cream. But I just have to say there is root beer… and then there is amazing root beer. To make a stellar root beer float you need to make sure your root beer choice is top notch! When I make root beer floats I always use Virgil’s Root Beer. Virgil’s is a gourmet, micro-brewed root beer made with a superb blend of spices and herbs gathered from the world over; anise, licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, and unbleached pure cane sugar (no corn syrup!) Gluten Free. No Preservatives, no caffeine, no GMO’s, no artificial anything. And if you are having a party, you will be happy to know this root beer comes in a keg! Click to find Virgil’s Root Beer near you.
The Ice Cream: Think Outside the Carton!
I freely admit I am an ice cream snob. I am a big fan of creamy, rich, full fat ice cream. I love homemade and have an easy no cook vanilla ice cream or vanilla bean with chocolate covered almonds, mini peanut butter cups, or chocolate chips that I think you will love! Of course you can use your favorite store bought as well. May I suggest getting creative with flavor combinations? How about Haagan-dazs Butter Pecan, Caramel Cone, or Cookies and Cream! Or Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, Peanut Buttah, Cake My Day or Salted Caramel Brownie. As I said, these aren’t your mama’s root beer floats!
Bump Up The Presentation:
If you really want a mind blowingly awesome float, take it to the next level by serving your float in a mason jar with a chocolate rim sprinkled with sea salt!
Just swirl the rim of a mason jar in melted chocolate, use your finger to evenly coat the rim and then sprinkle with sea salt! Every time you take a sip of your float you get some rich dark chocolate with a little ‘bite’ of sea salt! I told you this float would be extraordinary.
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I promise these will be the best root beer floats you have ever tasted!
- Desired amount of cold, quality root beer (I recommend Virgil's)
- Desired amount and flavors of ice cream (see suggestions in post above)
- Desired amount of mason jars
- Good quality dark chocolate chips (12oz covers about 8-10 mason jars)
- sea salt
- Melt chocolate according to package instructions.
- When melted stir and tilt bowl so chocolate goes to one side.
- Swirl the top of the mason jar in chocolate, use your finger to smooth chocolate around the rim.
- Before chocolate begins to firm up, sprinkle with sea salt.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes, so the chocolate just begins to harden.
- Scoop ice cream into jar, pour root beer over and serve!
There you have it. The most amazing gourmet root beer float ever. Enjoy! ~ Linda Spiker
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