Not Your Mama’s Root Beer Float

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! 

Root Beer Float in Mason Jar with Chocolate and Sea Salt Rim

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 rich dark chocolate and a ‘bite’ of sea salt… 


Start with a Great Root Beer!

Root beer floats are usually pretty straight forward, two ingredients; root beer and ice cream. I highly recommend using a gourmet root beer made without corn syrup. It truly makes a big difference!

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!  

Root Beer Float in Mason Jar with Chocolate and Sea Salt Rim


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.

Root Beer Float in Mason Jar with Chocolate and Sea Salt Rim


Have I mentioned how much I love my job?

Root Beer Float in Mason Jar with Chocolate and Sea Salt Rim


I promise these will be the best root beer floats you have ever tasted! 

Root Beer Float in Mason Jar with Chocolate and Sea Salt Rim


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Not Your Mama's Root Beer Float!



A new twist on an old tradition! Be sure to get creative by using different flavor combinations!


  • Desired amount of cold, quality gourmet root beer
  • 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


  1. Melt chocolate according to package instructions.
  2. When melted stir and tilt bowl so chocolate goes to one side.
  3. Swirl the top of the mason jar in chocolate, use your finger to smooth chocolate around the rim.
  4. Before chocolate begins to firm up, sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Allow to sit for a few minutes, so the chocolate just begins to harden.
  6. 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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41 thoughts on “Not Your Mama’s Root Beer Float

  1. We love Virgils! I am totally making this! I have found I just can’t tolerate going out for desserts or getting treats at the store anymore – I really do need to make them. I am definitely doing this! Thank you!

  2. Wow – These root beer floats look fabulous! They’re definitely the prettiest ones I’ve ever seen. I had never heard of the brand Virgil’s before. I’ll need to check that out here in California. Thank you for sharing this inspiration. Earlier this morning I pinned one of your gorgeous images to Pinterest so I’ll have your yummy recipe for later! 🙂

  3. I just tried this beer the other day because it came up on my Untapped app and this was exactly what I wanted to do with it. I absolutely love what you did with the melted chocolate – it’s brilliant. I can’t wait to try this at my next girls night in party!

  4. HI !
    Wow! Is this not a delicious recipe.. Love the pics.
    I have not been able to find some of the ingredients..
    Will keep in mind for next time I am in the US of A!!
    xo C

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