How is your summer so far? With kids home from school, I’m looking forward to the next holiday on the calendar. Can you believe that the 4th of July is less than two weeks away? I know right?! It seems like May was just yesterday, but I must say I am looking forward to the 4th of July. With parades and fireworks, it’s going to be a busy day.
Treats are not only necessary, but my family really looks forward to them. Since it’s highly likely that my family and I will be out in the park for most of the day, I wanted to make a quick, cool treat that we could take with us. Root beer floats are always a fun treat, but I decided on creating a new twist by making red, white, and blue Soda Floats.
These soda floats are fun, festive, and seriously yummy. If you have a cooler, you make these right at your 4th of July picnic.
To treat your family to these 4th of July soda floats you will need:
- Cream Soda
- Red Soda like strawberry, cherry, or any other red fruit soda
- Blue Soda like blueberry or mix berry soda (as long as it is blue it will work)
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Strawberry Ice Cream (or other red ice cream or sorbet but I do fruit flavors)
- Blue Ice Cream (if you can find it)
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Festive Candy (optional)
Basically you just need soda and ice cream in appropriate colors and flavors that will go well together.
For the white soda float, start out with vanilla ice cream.
Carefully place about three scoops of vanilla ice cream into a cup. I used a mason jar because it is super cute, and you can put a lid on it to prevent spilling.
Pour in cream soda. You will only use about half the bottle, which is great for big parties or seconds. 🙂
Add some spray whipped cream on top with sprinkles and festive candy garnish. Add enjoy with a cute straw and/or a spoon.
Yummy! This soda float doesn’t have the bite of a root beer flavor. I really like that; it’s nicely mellow and still a delicious summer treat.
The red float is made the same way. This is really fun because you can really play with flavors. You can have a strawberry soda and ice cream concoction or make any red berry combination.
If you or your kiddos are not quite so adventurous, you can also just add red soda to vanilla ice cream. It will be mellow, but delicious none the less.
Now the blue soda float is a bit trickier. Because it is really hard to find blue ice cream. It’s kinda hard to find blue soda but not quite as difficult.
Luckily I was able to find some blue ice cream. But the flavors also need to go together to. So keep that in mind when choosing sodas and ice creams. Berry flavored soda might not be the best flavor to pair with cake flavored ice cream.
When in doubt cream soda or vanilla ice cream pairs well with pretty much any flavor.
For an extra 4th of July touch, add a piece of patriotic ribbon. First hot glue one end of the ribbon to the glass jar, wrap the ribbon around the jar, fold over the other end and hot glue that overlapping the end of the other ribbon.
Didn’t they turn out so pretty and festive! Delicious soda floats in adorable patriotic glasses.
I am really happy with these 4th of July soda floats. I was thinking these would be awesome for a gigantic party like a youth group event or even a wedding. You could scoop the ice cream into mason jars ahead of time and freeze them until you need them. Then you could use either individual sodas or a soda dispenser so that your guests could make their own in whatever flavor combination they want. Maybe it’s a crazy idea…what do you think?
If you really want to go above and beyond with soda floats, you could make your own ice cream. Just in time for summer, Heartland America has a variety of ice cream makers.
Homemade ice cream is a delicious and perfect way to create summer memories. You and your family can create favorite flavors or experiment to create new favorites. Heartland America’s inventory is constantly changing so check them out last they last.
Next week we will be continuing the 4th of July fun. Stay tuned, enjoy a soda float, and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.