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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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…
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!
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!
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 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
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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OMG these look amazing! I’m a huge Virgil’s fan too! Now I am craving a Root Beer Float WITH a chocolate mason jar. 🙂
Lol. I see we are not the only Virgil’s fans!
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!
You are welcome! Fun idea huh!
Love this idea! Brings back the magic of childhood with that added rim surprise!
Thanks Megan. This was such a fun post to do!
Amazing recipes Linda. Love all of them. Pomegranate salad sounds so good. Great take in root beer.
Thanks Ilona! I hope you are all doing well!
I love root beer. The chocolate rim seals the deal.
Ummmm HELLO come to mamma! I’ve never seen anything like this but I am TOTALLY sold!
This actually is my mama’s root beer float. Wink wink.
Can’t wait to make theses!
haha! Yes it is lol.
This actually is my mama’s root beer float. Wink wink.
Can’t wait to make these!
They are yummy and the kids will love helping with the chocolate!
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! 🙂
Thank you Denay!
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!
Oh, what a great idea! These look so yummy!
Yum! This looks so awesome! I can’t wait to make this. Your photos are beautiful too. I love Rooter floats but this one looks really special. Thanks for sharing this!
putting the chocolate around the rim is a great idea! so yummy
Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering! I’m not even a fan of root beer, but this looks absolutely incredible!
Gosh, I haven’t had a root beer float since I was a kid! This looks really good, thank you for sharing this great recipe! I look forward tot trying it!
I LOVE root beer floats and the addition of the chocolate rim is brilliant!
This month’s dessert really does look super special! I love, love the presentation — it only takes a few extra touches to make thing that much more special! Very nice!
Oh gosh! If I did not give up sugar for the new year, I’d be all over these. They look amazing.
haha! Well maybe for a special occasion further down the line!
I can’t remember the last time I had a root beer float… I need to change that. Time to bring out the ice cream maker and change that!
Such pretty presentation! I love the idea to add the chocolate to the jar! Yum!!
This looks absolutely delicious! Agreed – treats are even more special when you don’t have them all the time.
xx katie // a touch of teal
looks delicious! I don’t think we have that kind of soda around my hometown, but may be something I need to try if we go out of town. Thanks for sharing!
I hope you can find it. It is the best!
Such a great idea to dip the rims in chocolate!
I love a good root beer float and haven’t had one in such a long time! I love those chocolate rims.
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!!
Oh that’s right! You are Canadian!
This is definitely NOT my mamas root beer. It looks so delicious and creative.
Love this root beer recipe! May I ask what kind of root beer did you use (brand)? Thank you so much!
I used Virgil’s.