Salted caramel ice cream and buttery caramel sauce make this Salted Caramel Root Beer Float a tasty twist on the classic icy treat.
Today, August 6, is one of my favorite days! Why? Because today is National Root Beer Float Day! Who doesn’t love a delicious root beer float? Especially one made with A&W® Root Beer? This Salted Caramel Root Beer Float takes a classic and fun drink recipe and makes it even better! Here’s how to make the absolute BEST-ever root beer float!
This post is sponsored by A&W Root Beer. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.
Root beer floats always bring back the best childhood memories. I remember sitting around the pool on a hot summer’s eve with my dad and sister, sipping on those classic icy beverages.
My dad would put glass mugs in the freezer for about half an hour before adding two scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream, then pouring A&W® Root Beer root beer over it and topping it off with whipped cream and a cherry. I loved watching the soda bubble up and over the sides of the glass. Yummy!
Now I get to enjoy recreating some of that great old nostalgia for my own family! The only difference? This time I decided to mix things up and making my own version of that icy treat – Salted Caramel Root Beer Floats! And boy were they good!
How to Make Salted Caramel Root Beer Floats
Making Salted Caramel Root Beer Floats is so easy that everyone in the family can help. All you need are a few ingredients and some ice cold mugs.
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Ingredients You Will Need to Make Salted Caramel Root Beer Float
- A&W® Root Beer
- salted caramel ice cream
- caramel sauce
- whipped topping in a can
- caramel candies
Salted Caramel Root Beer Float Instructions
It is easy as pie to make these delightfully delicious salted caramel root beer floats. Plus, it takes just a few minutes from start to finish.
What takes the longest is preparing the mugs. And that’s because the best root beer floats always start with ice cold mugs.
Step One: Prepare the Mugs
Place your mugs in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Trust me, it’s well worth the wait!
Step Two: Add the Ice Cream
Place two large scoops of scrumptious salted caramel in the bottom of each mug.
Step Three: Pour In the Root Beer
Next, pour some mouth-wateringly delicious A&W® Root Beer over the top of the ice cream. Keep in mind, the root beer will foam up quickly and overflow the rim if you pour too fast. And while I love a little bit of overflow, too much makes a huge mess!
Pro Tip: If you pour the root beer in slowly and at an angle (just as though you were filling a mug with beer from the tap), it will help reduce fizz, and lessen the chance of overflow.
Step Four: Top with Whipped Cream
Once the mugs are full, add some fluffy whipped cream on top.
Step Five: Drizzle the Caramel Sauce
Next, drizzle some caramel sauce over the whipped cream.
Step Six: Garnish with Caramel Chews
Add the crowning glory of this delectable treat by placing a soft caramel candy on the side of the mug. A little extra caramel indulgence never hurt anybody, right?
Pro Tip: use a knife to carefully cut a small slit in the candy first so the candy will easily slip onto the side of the rim.
Now all that’s left is to add a straw – or a spoon if you prefer – and enjoy! Doesn’t it look amazingly yummy?! It tastes even better, I promise!
Fun Root Beer Float Recipe Variations
Looking for some more fun variations on this classic summer treat? Try these!
Very Vanilla Root Beer Float Recipe
This scrumptious float celebrates the deliciously mellow flavor of the vanilla bean. All ingredients are the same as the classic root beer float recipe, except you either add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the root beer, or you can swap out the original flavored root beer with A&W’s Aged Vanilla Root Beer. Soooo sweet!
‘The Chocoholic’ Root Beer Float Recipe
This chocolatey concoction starts with a chocolate syrup-rimmed glass that’s rolled in chocolate sprinkles. The vanilla ice cream is swapped out for — you guessed it — chocolate! Top off this frozen-wonder with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. YUM!
Root Beer Float Slushie Recipe
Perfect for those extra hot summer days, a root beer float slushie is sure to cool you off. Simply combine root beer, vanilla ice cream, and ice in a blender, and blend until icy. Top with whipped cream and a cherry and enjoy
You can find even more delicious root beer float recipes on the A&W website!
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- A&W® Root Beer
- 2 scoops salted caramel ice cream
- 1-2 tbsps. caramel sauce
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
- chewy caramel candies
- Place your mugs in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Once they are icy cold, add two scoops of salted caramel in the bottom of each mug.
- Slowly pour A&W® Root Beer over the top of the ice cream.
- Add whipped cream on top/
- Drizzle with a tablespoon of caramel sauce.
- Garnish with a caramel chew candy.
Serving Size:1 float
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1408Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 960mgCarbohydrates: 242gFiber: 3gSugar: 229gProtein: 16g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.
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Which flavor root beer float are you going to try first?