There are a few recipes that bring me back to my childhood with fond memories like a root beer float. During the summer I would spend 2 weeks with my grandparents on their farm in Jasper, Alabama. They had cows and a pond where we would fish. We would pick blackberries and muscadines. Paw Paw, as we called him, would make us ice cream floats in the evenings and we would sit out in rocking chairs on the front porch with them, listening to the frogs and crickets sing.
I still love an ice cream float but to lose some weight and create a healthier life style for me and the hubby I have been remaking some old favorites. Recently I found Four TEN beverages; 7UP, Sunkist, A&W and Canada Dry.
For years I was a full sugar soda drinker and swore I would NEVER drink a low cal version because there was NO WAY it could taste as good. Well let me tell you it's not often I admit I am wrong, I am Miss Information after all! No seriously, these 10 calorie versions are just as good as the original. I was so excited to finally enjoy a low cal version of my favorite childhood treat, a root beer float!
My goal with this recipe was to make sure I got the full flavor of a root beer float without missing out on any of the taste. Let's face it low-calorie desserts are not what got me here and a bowl of fruit is just not my idea of dessert! I wanted to make it a little more up to date.
I headed to Wal-Mart to get my 10 calorie rootbeer and decided to try it with one of my favorite ice creams, salted caramel. I'll eat anything that has salted caramel in it. How can you go wrong!
Now first I must educate you on the beauty of a root beer float. When you pour a cold A&W TEN root beer over the creamy goodness of ice cream it creates 2 things.
First, it makes this frothy foamy goodness at the top that is light and pops on your tongue.
Second, it creates these slightly crunchy ice crystals on the outside of the ice cream so when you take a scoop you get an icy crunch between your teeth immediately followed by this rich and creamy feeling that slides over your tongue. IT'S THE BEST!
Now that you have your salted caramel root beer float go sit on your back porch, like I did, and relax listening to the sounds of spring!
- 1 can A&W TEN Root Beer that has been refrigerated
- 1/2 cup Breyers No Sugar Added 90 calorie Salted Caramel Ice Cream
- Put 1/2 cup ice cream in a jar, bowl or glass
- Pour the A&W Core Ten Root Beer over the ice cream - how much you use it up to your preference