Root Beer Ice Cream

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If you’re a fan of root beer floats -and who isn’t?- you’re going to go wild for this Root Beer Ice Cream. This is a summer treat that could fast become a family favorite!

root beer ice cream scooped into a bowl with a 2 liter bottle of root beer nearby

Root Beer Float Ice Cream

Creamy, dreamy, cold, and refreshing, this root beer ice cream has all the chill-out power of a frosty root beer float; but scoopable. If you want to get very meta, you could make your root beer float with root beer ice cream!

I recently learned that root beer is not as popular anywhere else in the world than it is here in North America. It makes sense that it started here, since the sassafras it was originally made from was native to North America and East Asia.

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It can be hard to describe the flavor of root beer to someone who hasn’t grown up drinking it because there are so many components to the flavors.

Root beer is commonly made with vanilla, caramel, wintergreen, black cherry bark, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, nutmeg, acacia, anise, molasses, cinnamon, sweet birch, and honey. No wonder it’s tough to describe!

But those of us who love it, love it dearly. And I’m willing to bet that if you’re Team Root Beer, you’re going to love this ice cream.

root beer ice cream scooped into a bowl with a 2 liter bottle of root beer nearby

Psst; if you’re a true aficionado, you may want to try making your own root beer syrup. Endless root beer sounds amazing!

And if root beer ice cream sounds like your thing, you may also want to try our Dr. Pepper Ice Cream. Dr Pepper ice cream blends the nostalgia of a soda fountain drink with the indulgence of freshly churned ice cream.

Good luck resisting Snickers Ice Cream: peanut butter ice cream swirled with luscious caramel sauce, and bursting with pieces of snickers bars. Sometimes you just need to indulge yourself!

A scoop of root beer ice cream over a cup of root beer

Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe

To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

root beer ice cream scooped into a bowl with a 2 liter bottle of root beer nearby

Root Beer Ice Cream

Combine the cream, milk, root beer syrup, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

a root beer float made with root beer ice cream

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With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

Don’t miss our Ice Cream Maker Review for all the information you need to find the BEST Ice Cream Maker for your needs. Spoiler alert – our top-rated machine under $50 just might surprise you. It sure surprised me!

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root beer ice cream scooped into a bowl with a 2 liter bottle of root beer nearby

Root Beer Ice Cream

If you're a fan of root beer floats -and who isn't?- you're going to go wild for this Root Beer Ice Cream. This is a summer treat that could fast become a family favorite!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • cups heavy cream divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup root beer syrup drink mix (I use the Soda Stream brand.)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Combine the cream, milk, root beer syrup, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal · Carbohydrates: 30g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 30g · Saturated Fat: 19g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Cholesterol: 95mg · Sodium: 134mg · Potassium: 138mg · Sugar: 30g · Vitamin A: 1232IU · Vitamin C: 0.5mg · Calcium: 103mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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