Root beer floats on a stick!
I don't know about you, but I am not made for hot weather. We don't have air conditioning at home, and humidity makes me feel soooooo sluggish. However, I'm still a mom and I also work from home, so I have to find ways to get through the hot weather in spectacular fashion, usually through the consumption of summertime treats like ice pops and root beer floats. And when I can have those two things together, well, now we're talkin'!!
(My daughter, who loves root beer floats, was keen to help me make this recipe, as you'll see the pictures that follow!)
Here's what you're going to need:
Popsicle molds (I got these at the dollar store)
Root beer (the recipe says you can use "gourmet" root beer for a stronger taste, but I just went with what we had on hand.)
Vanilla (not pictured)
That's it! You'll combined the ingredients, pour into the mold (leaving about 3/4 of an inch to allow for expansion). Then, put the filled molds into the freezer (don't add the sticks yet!) and freeze until slushy. At that point, you'll insert the sticks and continue to freeze until solid. The recipe says that'll take about about 4 hours, but it was exceptionally hot outside when we made these at the cottage, so it seemed to take a little longer for our pops to be completely frozen.
Were they worth the wait?
YES! These tasted just like a root beer float! They had that creamy vanilla ice cream taste that you want from a float, and the perfect amount of root beer flavour. So good! Perfect on a VERY hot Canadian summer day in cottage country.
The next day, we made another batch, this time using orange pop instead of root beer for a "creamsicle" effect. That version was equally as yummy.
The full recipe can be found in the book, 200 Best Ice Pop Recipes, by Andrew Chase . This book, published by Robert Rose, features ice pop recipes for every occasion and taste, whether you are looking for something fruit, creamy, nostalgic, or something with a little international flair, you'll find what you're looking for here. There are even several recipes for adults-only ice pop treats in this book! It's the only book you'll ever need for making ice-pops at home.
Take a look at some of the recipes you'll find in this book
Fruit Rum Punch Ice Pops
Mexican Chocolate Ice Pops
Strawberry Banana Ice Pops
Creamy Mint Chocolate Swirl Ice Pops
Key Lime Pie Ice Pops
... and so many more!
The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the results are undeniably delicious! The perfect activity to do with kids and a great way to cool off on these hot summer days!
I can't wait to make more of the recipes in this book!