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All the things you need to throw a block party worth attending to celebrate school being out! Set up an ice cream float bar for kids to enjoy while playing night games, and hanging out! The parents will enjoy it too, and the kids will love the variety, flavor and fun!
This school year flew by and in equal parts dragged on forever. Not even sure how that is possible, but I am so glad summer is here, and we can relax a little and have some fun without the demanding schedule that the school year demands.
In order to celebrate the excitement we all feel about the possibility of sleeping in, and the potential for a fun summer of sunshine and fun, we thought it would be fun to throw a block party! And have a classic float bar at the party! I love a good ice cream float.
Cherry Chocolate Coke Float
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We wanted the party to be extra special, so we knew we wanted to go beyond the traditional rootbeer and vanilla ice cream (though we had that too), and move into some new territory. We experimented with flavors, and came up with a few that are so amazing I am not sure I will ever go for a plain jane rootbeer float again.
I knew the kids would want to have fun with it, so we went to Walmart and got all the different colors and flavors they offered in bottled sodas.
Then we came home and experimented to find the best combinations. Our favorites are a Chocolate Cherry Coke Float, a Southern Gentleman, which is cream soda based with a butter pecan ice cream, and the classic rootbeer float with a vanilla bean twist!
Because I did not want the kids attending the party to try too crazy of combinations and end up wasting tons of delicious ice cream and soda, I printed up a few recipe options, and posted them around so they would have some inspiration.
You can print one out here, it is totally FREE, and makes for a really fun float party!
We knew the Blue Bunny® ice cream would be perfect. I love the new clear packaging that allows you to see exactly what is inside and those gorgeous flavor swirls. My mind was turning with all the ideas for how we could use the various flavors to make floats.
To make our floats even more fun we added in Smucker’s toppings. They are a quick and easy way to have fun extra flavor without too much work.
We just drizzled the sauces and syrups down the sides of the cups to add an extra fun look. And of course added some toppings to garnish with as well. The cherries were a big hit.
Then we set everything up. We kept it really simple. I wanted the kids to focus on each other and playing night games like glow in the dark capture the flag, not on decorations.I wanted to keep it simple so we could enjoy the laid back and fun nature of summer and not being on a tight school schedule. A few fun banners, and cute napkins was all we needed. It was fast, simple, and everyone had a great time!
My personal favorite flavor combo is the one I called the “Southern Gentleman” it has Smucker’s Sundae Syrup Caramel Flavored Syrup, Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan ice cream, and cream soda! Yum.
Southern Gentleman Float Chocolate Cherry Coke Float
- Smucker's Sundae Syrup Caramel
- Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan
- Cream Soda
- Smucker's Chocolate Spoonable Chocolate
- Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate™ ice cream
- Cherries maraschino
- Drizzle Smucker's Sundae Syrup Caramel down insides of the glass
- Add 2-3 scoops Blue Bunny® Butter Pecan
- Pour Cream Soda into glass until full
- Drizzle Smucker's Chocolate Spoonable Chocolate onto inside of glass
- Add 2-3 Scoops Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate™ ice cream
- Pour Cola over the top
- Add a cherry for garnish
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