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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Not Your Mama's Root Beer Float: Two mason jars laced with chocolate and sea salt and filled with ice cream and gourmet root beer

How to Make a “Not Your Mama’s Root Beer Float”

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? Well, You use a gourmet root beer and lace your glass with rich dark chocolate and a ‘bite’ of sea salt…

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

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! There are several gourmet brands out there these days with notes of sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, even ginger! Experiment and see what you like best!

Not Your Mama's Root Beer Float



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 a Salted Caramel Pecan No Churn 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.


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!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
A new twist on an old tradition! Be sure to get creative by using different flavor combinations!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, kid-friendly recipes, summer recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Linda Spiker
  • Desired amount of ice 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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