No matter what your age, we think there is something really satisfying, watching creamy rich vanilla ice cream being scooped into a tall chilled glass and then the anticipation of ice cold root beer being poured over the scoops, to create a old fashioned soda fountain float. It’s what comes next, that is one of the best parts of this old school treat, there is the foam, the spill over and if that wasn’t enough, the top off of root beer, plus the nifty straw you get to stir, swirl, slurp and sip your icy glass of goodness. Does it get any better?
We think not! We replaced the traditional vanilla flavor of the ice cream and churned out our own milk chocolate stout ice cream. To build the float, we added some stout to our chilled glass giving us better control when we added the scoops of ice cream and the splash of beer, making a thick head of foam and overflow but not making a huge mess. The result was a extremely rich, thick, malty (with hints of hoppy bitterness), that really complimented the intensely flavored ice cream, creating a truly decadent dessert. Who says the kids have to have all the fun this summer…?!?
- 7 ounces milk chocolate, grated
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup chocolate stout
- pretzel pieces, to taste, as garnish
- Place chocolate pieces in a large bowl and set aside.
- Warm the milk, sugar, vanilla bean and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks, then slowly pour some of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the yolks.
- Then add the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
- Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat, scraping the bottom as you stir, once the mixture thickens and coats the spatula, pour it through a sieve on to the milk chocolate, stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Whisk in the cream and stout.
- Stir until cool, over an ice bath or chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator
- Freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Pour about half the stout in your chilled glass, (this will allow the ice cream to set up and you will have better control) followed by a large scoop of ice cream, then add a second scoop on top of that, add a splash of the stout to cover all of the ice cream to get a thick head of foam, add your favorite straw and serve immediately.