What could be more fitting for the first day of summer? I decided I wanted to celebrate with something a little extra special, so I set out in search of something more than just your basic root beer float.
Glacé Artisan Ice Cream on the Plaza had exactly what I was looking for: a Salted Pretzel Root Beer Float. It’s a Lost Trail Root Beer poured over two scoops of their popular Salted Pretzel Ice Cream, and it’s exactly what the first day of summer calls for.
I have to admit I was a little leery of how the Salted Pretzel would mix with the sweetness of the root beer at first, but clearly the people at Glacé know exactly what they’re doing. The Salted Pretzel flavor wasn’t overpowering, but was the perfect amount of ‘salty’ to balance out the sweet. In fact, I’m now a convert, I prefer it over the traditional vanilla variety. (Side note, my boyfriend got the Coffee Bourbon Malt and it’s essentially a trifecta of three of our favorite things. 5/5 would recommend.)
Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Waldo is also well-known for their floats. With a few signature concoctions of the coffee variety on the menu, you also have the option to create your own by pairing a scoop of your favorite flavor with your choice of soda. Bonus: they also offer Boozey Floats at $7 each, which incorporate local beer and liquor.
While Root Beer Floats will always have a special place in my heart (and stomach) I’ve never really ventured very far down the road of ice cream soda mixtures. Let me know your favorite flavor combinations, I’d love to give some more a try this summer!