How to: Root Beer Float or Ice Cream Sundae

How to: Root Beer Float or Ice Cream Sundae

How to: Root Beer Float or Ice Cream Sundae

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How-to’s for a Float and a Sundae ~ Cost:$-$$


Alright, so this activity is super easy, so much fun, and tasty too. To watch the girls in action, see our video below.


Things you’ll need:

  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  • Whip cream
  • Fancy glass (the ‘fancy’ is optional, but the glass is a must)
  • Straw (again, optional, but who doesn’t love straws)


On to the fun…

Grab your glasses and get started.


First, place two scoops of ice cream in the glass.


Slowly add Root beer to the glass until it is almost full.


You are going to want to do it in this order, because if you don’t, you might be in for a mess. However, if you love science and want to turn it into that baking-soda-and-vinegar-volcano experiment kind of thing we all did as kids, then have fun. It won’t actually explode quite like baking soda and vinegar, but the ice cream will slowly react with the Root beer and overflow if you start with too much Root beer. Either way, the float will be delicious and the idea is that you have lots of fun. 


Next you might want to top your float off with whip cream and a straw. We used can whipped cream but any kind will do.


Finally, add any garnish of your choice. The typical garnish is a cherry, but since we grew our own strawberries this year, we decided to use them instead.


Voila!  Serve and enjoy.


And now for an Ice Cream Sundae


There were so many recipes out there to look at we decided to play around and add our favorite ingredients. I’ve given you our method but my go-to recipe site is You’ll find a bunch of other ice cream sundae recipes there, too.


What you’ll need:

  • Chocolate sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whip Cream
  • Strawberries and/or bananas (whatever fruit)
  • Any other fancy thing you see fit to decorate your sundae


On to the fun… Putting your ice cream sundae together


First, grab a bowl and spoon.


Then, scoop in as much ice cream as your belly can handle — remember, it’s usually less than you think, so we start with two scoops at our house.


Next add a squeeze of chocolate sauce.


Add a squeeze of caramel sauce, too.


Then, toss on a couple of finger-fulls of sprinkles.


Top it off with a piece of fruit (we used a strawberry).


Finally, dig in!


Do you want to have a little fun with your ice-cream-sundae making skills? We decided to turn our ice cream sundae activity into a challenge. With two minutes on the clock, my girls had to put together the best looking sundae.


See our video below to find out the how-to’s of Root beer floats and to find out who won our ice cream challenge! (Starts at 6:33 in the video).



Beware, you will be left with a mess. But, that is all part of the fun, right?

Ice Cream Sundae Mess


Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite topping or what else you’d like to see us make.


Until next time… Remember, life is what you make it.  Take lots of pictures.

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