Soda fountains are not as popular today as they were in the 1950s or '60s, but who doesn't love a good old ice cream float? Creamy and sweet ice cream dunked into a fizzy and bubbly soda satisfies any sugary craving.
Tomorrow, June 30, is National Ice Cream Soda Day, so here are five unique ice cream sodas you can easily make at home in celebration of this glorious food holiday.
5. Cake Batter Ice Cream with Vanilla Creme Soda
I love cake batter ice cream. I have since I was a little girl. Not only is it pretty to look at -- bright, colorful sprinkles -- but it is amazingly sweet. I decided to use Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough because it takes the cake batter ice cream flavor but adds chunks of sugar cookie dough to it. I have a sweet tooth, okay? The vanilla creme soda brings out the wonderful rich flavor of the cake batter ice cream. You might need a spoon with this float because the chunks of cookie dough will clog up the straw, but that's a good problem.
4. Vanilla Ice Cream with Big Red
I have to give credit to my boyfriend for this combination because I would not have thought to use Big Red in an ice cream float, but let me tell you, it's amazing. Big Red is one of those drinks that a lot of people overlook, but it's perfect for ice cream sodas. The bright-red soda becomes a beautiful bright-pink shade once it mixes with the vanilla ice cream. It's a combination that will just make you smile. Add a cherry and whipped cream on top, and you'll have a soda shop-worthy float.
3. Vanilla Ice Cream with Orange Soda
Going along with the colorful soda and vanilla ice cream, an orange Dreamsicle flavor is a wonderful ice cream soda. It tastes exactly like the creamy orange Dreamsicles you had as a kid. Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in the cup, then pour in orange soda and top with another big scoop of ice cream -- don't be skimpy. The layers of ice cream and soda resemble the classic orange Dreamsicle.
2. Coffee Ice Cream with Coca-Cola
For everyone who is a coffee addict or who loves a mocha, this ice cream soda is for you. I decided to use the crème de la crème when it comes to coffee ice cream...Starbucks coffee ice cream. The prominent coffee flavor works perfectly with the Coca-Cola. Cover the bottom of the cup with chocolate syrup to give the ice cream float a mocha flavor. Coca-Cola complements the dark flavors of chocolate and coffee, so whether you're a coffee addict, a chocolate addict or a Coca-Cola addict, you're bound to love this combination.
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1. Lime Sherbet with Ginger Ale
This is my favorite ice cream soda combination, even though lime sherbet isn't technically ice cream. The first time I had this ice cream float was after I got my wisdom teeth taken out. My mom made this ginger-lime concoction as a treat to make me feel better, and it definitely did. It's a simple combination and not something I'd think to pair together. The creamy, sweet and tart lime sherbet pairs perfectly with the ginger ale. You don't have to be sick or get your wisdom teeth removed to enjoy this ice cream soda.