I love our popsicle molds because there are so many yummy homemade popsicle recipes to try. A Root Beer Float popsicle is one of the easiest, and calls for just 2 ingredients. I’ll be you can already guess what those 2 ingredients are…yes, vanilla ice cream and root beer. The same things you use for a regular root beer float.
If you don’t have (affiliate) popsicle molds, you can use small cups and wooden popsicles sticks.
I made Root Beer Float popsicles two different ways with the same ingredients. The end result is ALMOST the same, but not quite. One set of Root Beer Float pops went like this:
I filled the popsicle molds with a little bit of root beer, then added a few small spoonfuls of ice cream. Then, I slowly filled the mold to the top with root beer. Sounds easy, right? Well, fizzy root beer loves to foam over and make a mess. I didn’t like that part very much.
Although since then, I have read tips that say to open your root beer and chill it in the fridge for about 30 minutes before using it to make popsicles. That should help flatten the fizz in the root beer.
The “Fill and Scoop” method is sort of a hassle. So I tried making them again, another way. I call it the “Blender Method.”
This time, I put about 2-3 scoops of ice cream into my blender and added about 4 cups of root beer. Then I blended it just like I would do with a smoothie. Once everything was mixed, I filled my popsicle molds. No fizzy messes this time.
I let my popsicles freeze overnight in the freezer – but I’m sure they were probably frozen solid after a few hours.
The next day, I tasted both sets of popsicles and found that the Fill and Scoop method lets you taste the frozen root beer separately from the ice cream. And of course, you can clearly see 2 colors on the popsicles: the root beer and ice cream. The Blender method mixes both ingredients up so that you taste the root beer and ice cream at the same time. These popsicles are all one color.
You can see the color differences between the two methods in the above photo. The bottom two pops are the Fill and Scoop method. The top two pops are the Blender method.
My personal preference is for the Blender method. It’s faster and less messy. And I kind of like having a creamy root beer taste all the way through.
Have you made Root Beer Float popsicles? Which method do you use? What is your favorite frozen treat?
I used these popsicle molds to make the pops you see in the photos (Amazon affiliate links):
and I also have these:
and now I want these, too, because I think they are the perfect size for toddlers: