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My mother worked at the same middle school I went to when I was in 6-8th grade. My mom is the coolest and I loved getting to hang out with her at school. Sometimes she would substitute for a class when a teacher called out last-minute, and I would get surprised with my mom as a teacher in 4th period, I was a lucky kid. The best part of her working for the middle school was that she also had the entire summer off to spend with my brother and me.
While the majority of our days were spent playing around the neighborhood, jumping on the trampoline in our backyard, and fishing in the pond behind our house, my mom planned really awesome “Family Fun Days” at least once a week for us to spend quality time together. Sometimes she would take us all the way out to the beach for the whole day playing in the water and making things out of sand, while other days she planned awesome crafts & recipes for us to make and enjoy at home. We had the best summers and since I have been blessed with the opportunity to stay at home with my family, I want to recreate that magical summertime feeling for my boys.
One of the most important things to me is that my guys know how to enjoy the simple pleasures life brings us in the summertime, like catching fireflies at night, fireworks on the Fourth and a delicious ice-cold ice cream float after a day spent in the hot summer sun. To instill this love of simple pleasures early on, I invited the whole family (cousins and all) over for a spur of the moment summer play party where we all enjoyed ice cream floats together. I set out a few different sauces, toppings, and soft drinks so grownups and kids alike could use their imaginations and create a delicious float all their own.
A&W®’s refreshing variety of flavors has always been one of my favorites, so when I set out to create my float I knew I wanted a modern-day twist on an old classic, and there’s nothing quite as good to me as a salty & sweet combination. After ogling and drooling at images of milkshakes online all month, my creation was born…
The Salted Caramel Root Beer Float
- A&W® Root Beer
- Crushed Pretzels
- Sea Salt
- Caramel Sauce
- Archer Farms 48 oz Salted Caramel Ice Cream
- Pretzel Rod
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Sprinkles
- Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies
The secret to a good float is all about the layering so:
- Drizzle chilled mug with caramel sauce (I even dipped the edges in some sauce then dipped them in pretzel crumbs just to be extra jazzy, things taste better when they look amazing)
- Add 2 scoops Archer Farms Ice Cream to mug, then add another small drizzle of caramel sauce
- SLOWLY pour A&W® Root Beer into mug until mug is full
- Top with whipped cream, then crushed pretzels, another small drizzle of caramel, some chocolate caramel candies and chocolate sprinkles.
- Finish off with a giant pretzel rod which can also double as a dipping stick when you want to have a bite of ice cream 😉
Target is running a fabulous deal right now so you can also turn up the excitement on a summer weeknight by having fun with floats. When you buy any two Archer Farms 48 oz Ice-Creams, you get a FREE 2L or 6-pack Mini Cans A&W®, Sunkist®, 7UP®, Canada Dry® and More. This deal just gets better because you can also combine it with Cartwheel to save 5% OFF 2L or Mini Cans of A&W®, Sunkist®, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, Dr Pepper®, and more from 6/26- 7/30/16.
We had such a great time creating different floats with A&W®, Sunkist®, and Dr Pepper®, everyone in the entire family was happy, refreshed, and full of fun ideas. My niece, Summer made her float a Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper® float while James and my stepdad got a little competitive in who could create the most impressive float and really knocked theirs out of the park, proving you don’t need much to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary and make great family memories. Find more ways to excite your family and celebrate the summer of floats here.
What kind of creative float are you going to create?