Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

12/15/2015 - 11:17:50 AM
Disclosure: In honor of this "heat wave" we have been experiencing we are posting a flashback to these delicious Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats that Amusing Foodie posted in October. [This blogger has partnered with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm to review and post about products that they receive for free]

October’s box from Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market was pretty amazing. In addition to more apples (yay!), I also got some fun things like Downey’s Cinnamon Honey Butter (OH.MY.GOSH), apple butter, Homemade Sweet Apple Schnitz, PA Dutch Birch Beer and Kutztown Root Beer Soda. So fun!

I was particularly excited about the birch and root beers.

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

There was a Jerry’s Sub & Pizza shop about 10 minutes from my house growing up in Rockville (Maryland), and as teens we’d often end up there to eat, hang out, study, whatever — it was inexpensive, and we liked the pizza. If I were to try it these days, who knows what I’d think? But my young adult memories are fond. I wonder if it even still exists…

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

Anyway, Jerry’s had a variety of fountain sodas from which to pick, including the usuals, like Coke and Sprite, of course. They also had BIRCH BEER, which I ended up getting every single time we ate there, poured into a mustard yellow opaque plastic pint glass with crushed ice. Birch beer and a cheese pizza with mushrooms. Every. Single. Time.

(Even writing this right now, my mouth is starting to salivate, and it’s been over 20 years!)

Mental note: make mushroom and cheese pizza, and serve the birch beer…

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

Root beer has its own place in the land of nostalgia, too. In my head it’s tied distinctly to root beer floats I used to get while we spent a few weeks on the New England coast each august, at my grandparents’ shore house.

There was a little soda shop on Groton Long Point that served your typical short order food (burgers, fries, mozzarella sticks, etc.), and also had a case full of classic candy (dots and wax soda bottles were my faves), ice cream, and freshly made doughnuts daily. I still remember my grandmother talking about walking down to “the Casino” (the soda shop’s nickname) each morning to meet her friends, drink coffee, and enjoy a fresh cruller.

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

Those floats though…perfect after a day at the beach, or for dessert after a big lobster dinner.

As a grown-up, I still love a good root beer float! This one’s a little more adult since I’m using butter pecan ice cream instead of a traditional vanilla, and the flavors together are amazing! Are there any kids who like butter pecan? I’ve yet to meet one…

Butter Pecan Root Beer Floats

A fun kid dessert tweaked for grown-up tastes!

Prep time: 2 mins
Total time: 2 mins
Serves: 1


3 scoops butter pecan ice cream
1 cup root beer


Drop the scoops of ice cream into a pint glass. Add the root beer slowly (you don't want it to foam over — or maybe you do!), let it settle for a minute, and then top it off with a little more root beer as needed. Serve with a straw and a spoon!

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