When I was a kid, fast food was a special treat. And so was soda, usually only occurring when my grandparents would come for a visit. They would bring cases of it. I remember, waiting until they completely unloaded the car before I excitedly went to check out what flavors there were.
Because we rarely had it in the house, soda (or pop, as my parents called it) was practically a dessert all on its own. But then my Dad would make ice cream floats and the earth sort of stood still. We would watch the foam rise and sizzle, wide eyed-with wonder. Why…how…does it do that???? Then the scoops of ice cream would bob up to the top!
My sister, cousins, and I would sit outside with our frosty mugs and spoons in 100 degree California heat, letting the contents drip down the sides of the glass, getting our fingers all sticky. Drawing letters in the dirt with rocks, telling dumb jokes, and laughing hysterically. Not a care in the world.
Summer. Is. The. Best.
It’s still my favorite season. So carefree. Where popsicles and ice cream for breakfast are perfectly acceptable.
When I told them I was making floats, you’d think I said we were going to Disneyland. They sat outside, happy as clams. And then asked for another one, even though their bellies were about to burst!
These limited edition flavors are available at select Safeway and Albertsons stores, and I grabbed a bunch to get me through the next few months.
When is the last time you had an ice cream float? This Dr. Pepper Cherry® version is awe.some. Take a sip of nostalgia with me, won’t you?
Cherry Ice Cream Float
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup whipped cream
- 6 frozen cherries
- 1 1/2 cups (12 fluid ounces) Dr. Pepper Cherry soda
- Scoop half of the ice cream, whipped cream, and cherries into a large serving glass. Repeat layers.
- Slowly poor the soda into the glass, allowing the foam to rise and settle before adding more. Serve immediately and enjoy!