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Black Cow Ice Cream Float

My parents grew up in the ’50s, a time when their social lives seemed to revolve around the local soda shop. They have always loved ice cream floats and the one that we’ve always loved in our house is the Black Cow, a mixture of hot fudge sauce, root beer, and vanilla ice cream.


(image and recipe from Leite’s Culinaria)

1 1/2 tablespoons Hot Chocolate Sauce, at room temperature
About 1 1/4 cups root beer
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

1. Drizzle the chocolate sauce or syrup into the bottom of a large ice cream soda or pint glass. Add half of the root beer and mix well with a long spoon.
2. Add 1 scoop of ice cream, then top off the glass with the remaining root beer. Traditionally, the remaining scoop of ice cream is balanced on the rim of the glass—press it down firmly so it doesn’t plop into the table or swan dive into the float—although you could just plunk it in the root beer.

Substitute cola for the root beer.

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