How to make a coke float

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How to make a coke float

Coke Floats are an old-fashioned summertime treat made with Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream. Serve with a straw and a long handled spoon.

Wow. What a full-of-fun, fast-paced two weeks we’ve had. Our two precious grandchildren are packing up to go home today after two weeks with us. And, wow, did those two weeks fly by!

How to make a coke float

Most of the past two weeks were spent exploring the northern part of the state of Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. It was a tremendous experience for all of us and I’ll be sharing a post on that trip soon. But after flying back and forth, and walking miles each day, this Nana is worn out. Even so, I’d do it all over again in a minute. Nothing like grandkids.

One of the things that I think the kids truly find entertaining, other than sightseeing around huge canyons and meteor craters, of course, is when BeeBop and I talk about the “old days.” You know – when we were kids – before cell phones and computers.

And since we both grew up in very small southern towns, our old days talk can be somewhat quaint. One day I was talking about things my sisters and I did during summer vacation when we were children.

Our vacations involved some work in the garden and preserving vegetables, etc., but we had loads of fun, too. And almost every day in the late afternoon we had a little snack. A real southern treat. Coke with salted peanuts.

I realize that many of you have never heard of this peculiar southern treat. But those folks around my age who grew up anywhere in rural south Georgia will know exactly how to do this.

Take an 8 ounce Coca-Cola in the bottle. It has to be a bottle. No cans. Drink a few swallows so that there’s some room in the bottle.

Now pour in a small package of salted peanuts. No more than an ounce. Drink the Coke and munch the peanuts. It’s a sweet and salty treat that I still enjoy, being the country girl that I am and all.

So while talking about Coke and peanuts, I found out that my grandchildren have never had Coke in the 8 ounce bottles. What! I knew I had to remedy that right away so I went straight to the store and picked up a six-pack.

Of course, it was more of a novelty than anything else, but they so enjoyed those little bottles of Coca-Cola. And at the end of the week there was one little bottle left. Hard to split that between two, so I came up with another childhood favorite for them to try – Coke Floats! According to them, they’d never enjoyed this particular treat either but were willing since it involved ice cream.

How to Make Coke Floats

How to make a coke float

As simple as pie – just scoop some vanilla ice cream into a glass, pour over the Coke and enjoy! I added a little whipped cream and a cherry just for good measure.

After these last two weeks talking about our childhoods, BeeBop and I are now officially dinosaurs 🙂

Coke Floats just scream RETRO at me! Even more so when I make them in mason jars and drink them with paper straws! Don’t forget a spoon to eat the ice-cream too! A Coke float is just Coca-Cola and ice-cream in a glass – a cross between a dessert and a drink and perfect for sunny summer days!

How to make a coke float

How To Make Coke Floats

Coke Floats are a delicious retro treat and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 500ml Coca-Cola
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream

Instructions

  1. Fill two glasses about two thirds full with Coca-Cola.
  2. Add a scoop of ice-cream to each.
  3. Add a straw and spoon.
  4. Enjoy!
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6 Comments

Beautyqueenuk
October 2, 2015 @ 9:41 pm

I absolutely love coke floats, takes me right back to my childhood x

Bex Smith
June 13, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

Coke floats were my absolute favourite drink as a child and I always begged my Dad to let me have one if we were in a place that sold them. Also, sign of a fiance that listens: I told him 5 years ago when we got together about my love for them and every now and again he will surprise me with one NewMumOnline
June 12, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I was a huge fan of coke floats in the 80s. This post is actually making me want to go to the shops right now to buy vanilla ice cream and coca cola. Has to be real and regular cola. Only THAT will do. Where oh where my darling do you get Mason jars??
It was WIMPY in the 80s that got me into Coke Floats. How did you write that in the Cola font by the way.
Liska xxx

Kara
June 12, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

I haven’t had a coke float for years……heads to the shop!

I think I remember having one of these as a child! x

savvywendy
June 12, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

Oh I used to love coke floats as a child. I will have to introduce this to the children x

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I have to say, I am completely a daddy’s girl. I think it’s because my father took extra care to make every day special for me.

How to make a coke float

There’s a beautiful memory that keeps replaying in my head, and I think it’s now time to share that memory.One rainy day, my brother and I were watching movies while my father had left to run some errands. About an hour later, he returned home carrying a grocery bag filled with goodies, and told us he had something special in store for us. A few minutes later, he came out with two Coca-Cola floats for us. We were both surprised because it was raining outside. However, as he took a sip of his float, he said, “Floats make any day even better,” and just laughed. My dad always had a special way of making a great day even better.

Fast forward about 25 years, and I am blessed to have two teenagers of my own, and a toddler running the household. My youngest son, Sean, is an honors student, and I am so proud of all his hard work. He likes to text me during the day to give me an update on his grades. Much like my dad, I just love doing special things for my kids to make them smile.

How to make a coke float
Sometimes when he least expects it, I like to surprise him with a classic Coca-Cola float while he is doing his homework.

Here are the ingredients for a Coca-Cola float:

  • 1 can of Coca-Cola
  • 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 cherry
  • A dab of whipped cream
  • And a special memory for him that will last a lifetime

Of course, I can make any type of float, but there’s something about making a Coca-Cola float that makes a good day even better. Maybe it’s because Coca-Cola adds a little fun and creativity to create lasting memories out of everyday family moments.

When you add refreshing Coca-Cola to any situation, things go from good to great. Because when you add a little delicious Coca-Cola, it all adds up to memories.

Coke Floats just scream RETRO at me! Even more so when I make them in mason jars and drink them with paper straws! Don’t forget a spoon to eat the ice-cream too! A Coke float is just Coca-Cola and ice-cream in a glass – a cross between a dessert and a drink and perfect for sunny summer days!

How to make a coke float

How To Make Coke Floats

Coke Floats are a delicious retro treat and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 500ml Coca-Cola
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream

Instructions

  1. Fill two glasses about two thirds full with Coca-Cola.
  2. Add a scoop of ice-cream to each.
  3. Add a straw and spoon.
  4. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:

This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.

Did you make this recipe? Share it!

Tag The Purple Pumpkin Blog on Instagram with the hashtag #TPPBRecipes!

How to make a coke float

Please share this post with your family and friends on social media – just use the buttons below! Your shares are how The Purple Pumpkin Blog grows and I am sincerely grateful every time you share something. ♥

Michelle Ordever

6 Comments

Beautyqueenuk
October 2, 2015 @ 9:41 pm

I absolutely love coke floats, takes me right back to my childhood x

Bex Smith
June 13, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

Coke floats were my absolute favourite drink as a child and I always begged my Dad to let me have one if we were in a place that sold them. Also, sign of a fiance that listens: I told him 5 years ago when we got together about my love for them and every now and again he will surprise me with one NewMumOnline
June 12, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I was a huge fan of coke floats in the 80s. This post is actually making me want to go to the shops right now to buy vanilla ice cream and coca cola. Has to be real and regular cola. Only THAT will do. Where oh where my darling do you get Mason jars??
It was WIMPY in the 80s that got me into Coke Floats. How did you write that in the Cola font by the way.
Liska xxx

Kara
June 12, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

I haven’t had a coke float for years……heads to the shop!

I think I remember having one of these as a child! x

savvywendy
June 12, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

Oh I used to love coke floats as a child. I will have to introduce this to the children x

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I know some of you might be looking at the title of the post and going really “How to Make A Root Beer Float” who on earth can’t? Well you left out one word the title reads “How to Make a Fantastic Root Beer Float”.

How to make a coke floatBy fantastic, I mean a root bear float that is icy cold, and has root beer ice cream crystals in it. If you don’t know what I mean then you probably haven’t experiences a fantastic root beer float.

Step By Step Instructions On How To Make A Fantastic Root Beer Float

1. It begins with good ingredients

Here is where this thrifty person is going to jump out of her usual “name brand” verse “store brand” makes no difference skin. When it comes to creating a fantastic root beer float brands matter.

I always use Breyer’s Vanilla Bean Ice- cream and A&W root beer,bought on sale of course and with coupons if I can find them.

2. You have to have the right glass

For a dollar you can get the big glass mugs in the above picture at Dollar Tree. We have a set of 8 for our family of five, because we tend to serve root beer floats when our children have friends over.

3. Everything must be chilled

I put the glass mugs in the freezer a few hours before I plan on serving the root beer floats. I think it is a given that the ice cream is stored in the freezer but you might not think of putting the root beer in the freezer and that is an important step.

I put our root beer in the freezer 1 to 2 hours before I serve the floats.

4. Fill the mug in the right order

Ice cream first and root beer second this will help give the ice cream those yummy root beer ice crystals. To avoid to much foam when pouring the root beer, tilt the glass on an angle and pour it slow.

5. Don’t forget a straw and a long spoon

I always keep a Dollar store pack of bendy straws on hand for root beer floats and our 4 other favorite icy cold summer drinks. We use our spoons from our tableware set as they are just long enough to reach the bottom.

looking for cool treats for warm weather days? Follow my Frozen Desserts and Slushy Drinks board on Pinterest.

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I have to say, I am completely a daddy’s girl. I think it’s because my father took extra care to make every day special for me.

How to make a coke float

There’s a beautiful memory that keeps replaying in my head, and I think it’s now time to share that memory.One rainy day, my brother and I were watching movies while my father had left to run some errands. About an hour later, he returned home carrying a grocery bag filled with goodies, and told us he had something special in store for us. A few minutes later, he came out with two Coca-Cola floats for us. We were both surprised because it was raining outside. However, as he took a sip of his float, he said, “Floats make any day even better,” and just laughed. My dad always had a special way of making a great day even better.

Fast forward about 25 years, and I am blessed to have two teenagers of my own, and a toddler running the household. My youngest son, Sean, is an honors student, and I am so proud of all his hard work. He likes to text me during the day to give me an update on his grades. Much like my dad, I just love doing special things for my kids to make them smile.

How to make a coke float
Sometimes when he least expects it, I like to surprise him with a classic Coca-Cola float while he is doing his homework.

Here are the ingredients for a Coca-Cola float:

  • 1 can of Coca-Cola
  • 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 cherry
  • A dab of whipped cream
  • And a special memory for him that will last a lifetime

Of course, I can make any type of float, but there’s something about making a Coca-Cola float that makes a good day even better. Maybe it’s because Coca-Cola adds a little fun and creativity to create lasting memories out of everyday family moments.

When you add refreshing Coca-Cola to any situation, things go from good to great. Because when you add a little delicious Coca-Cola, it all adds up to memories.

traditional popsicles and dirty coke poptails

Of course, we always serve Coke at all of our parties and get-togethers, but I thought it would be fun to serve some frozen on a stick to celebrate Dad and his favorite drink. Let’s enjoy a traditional Coke Float Popsicle by way of ice cold Coke, vanilla ice cream….and don’t forget the cherry on top! and a Dirty Coke Poptail – Creamy coconut and lime popsicle served upside down in a glass of ice cold Coke.

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How to make a coke float

I have a whole lot of fun for you today!! First off, I’m excited to be partnering up with Coca-Cola once again and I have two Coke Float Popsicle Ideas for Father’s Day or any day! Keep reading for all the sweet details.

How to make a coke float

Did you know that you can c reate personalized Coke bottles with the names of your friends and family on them? In my husband’s opinion, the little glass bottles are the best! and he should know 😉 In the 29 years we’ve been married, Coke has always been his beverage of choice. We joke that he bleeds Coke.

Since Father’s Day and his birthday are just around the corner, I thought we could make them a little extra special by personalizing the iconic eight-ounce glass “Share a Coke” bottles with “Dad” and “Steve” from ShareaCoke.com.

Anything customized is is always more fun! right? What Dad wouldn’t love his name on a Coke bottle? 😉 From Father’s Day to graduations, birthdays to weddings, summer barbecues to Fourth of July , “Share a Coke” is perfect for celebrating life’s most shareable moments.

The key to using carbonated soda in a popsicle is to use flat soda. Just open the soda, pour it into a glass and let it sit an hour or more in the refrigerator, so it stays cold, but loses some of the fizz.

Traditional Coke Float Popsicles

  1. Fill popsicle mold a quarter of the way up with flat Coke. Place 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream into form, drop one maraschino cherry into the mold and pour a little more coke on top. Leave about 1/4″ on top for the popsicle to expand when it freezes.
  2. Freeze for about 1-2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing popsicles for at least 5 hours, or overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for 2-3 seconds.

TIP: if you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can use small (3-5 oz) paper cups.

How to make a coke float

Have you heard of a Dirty Coke? It’s a Coke served with coconut, lime, and cream. Well, we’ve made Dirty Coke Popsicles in the past, but this time I decided to make a Dirty Coke Poptail; a Creamy Coconut and Lime popsicle served upside down in a glass of ice cold Coke. The creamy coconut and lime popsicles are good all on their own, but once they’re dunked in a glass of ice-cold Coke the flavors start mixing and the party starts.

both Coke Float Popsicles were a big hit with the family, and make a great treat for entertaining.

How to make a coke float

Get your personalized iconic eight-ounce glass “Share a Coke” bottles from ShareaCoke.com.

Click the image below for more Coca-Cola Ideas: Recipes, crafts, and entertaining!

How to make a coke float

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I know some of you might be looking at the title of the post and going really “How to Make A Root Beer Float” who on earth can’t? Well you left out one word the title reads “How to Make a Fantastic Root Beer Float”.

How to make a coke floatBy fantastic, I mean a root bear float that is icy cold, and has root beer ice cream crystals in it. If you don’t know what I mean then you probably haven’t experiences a fantastic root beer float.

Step By Step Instructions On How To Make A Fantastic Root Beer Float

1. It begins with good ingredients

Here is where this thrifty person is going to jump out of her usual “name brand” verse “store brand” makes no difference skin. When it comes to creating a fantastic root beer float brands matter.

I always use Breyer’s Vanilla Bean Ice- cream and A&W root beer,bought on sale of course and with coupons if I can find them.

2. You have to have the right glass

For a dollar you can get the big glass mugs in the above picture at Dollar Tree. We have a set of 8 for our family of five, because we tend to serve root beer floats when our children have friends over.

3. Everything must be chilled

I put the glass mugs in the freezer a few hours before I plan on serving the root beer floats. I think it is a given that the ice cream is stored in the freezer but you might not think of putting the root beer in the freezer and that is an important step.

I put our root beer in the freezer 1 to 2 hours before I serve the floats.

4. Fill the mug in the right order

Ice cream first and root beer second this will help give the ice cream those yummy root beer ice crystals. To avoid to much foam when pouring the root beer, tilt the glass on an angle and pour it slow.

5. Don’t forget a straw and a long spoon

I always keep a Dollar store pack of bendy straws on hand for root beer floats and our 4 other favorite icy cold summer drinks. We use our spoons from our tableware set as they are just long enough to reach the bottom.

looking for cool treats for warm weather days? Follow my Frozen Desserts and Slushy Drinks board on Pinterest.

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