Root Beer Float Parfaits

Pouring a couple of cans of root beer into my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker renders a smooth, chilly treat. The root beer becomes slushy-frozen and can be enjoyed straight from the bowl or layered in cups with soft vanilla ice cream for a Root Beer Float Parfait then topped of with a bit of whipped cream and tossed in the freezer for an hour to set up a bit.

So refreshing on a these long, hot Dog Days of Summer…

Zuzu seems to think so!


Long ago after returning home from an exhausting trip to the grocery store, my little son, when lifted from his car seat, accidentally let go of the balloon he had received. As the wind took it up and away, he cried out for his balloon. While I raced after it, his cries still echoing, and feeling as if I may have to soon forfeit, a neighbor, witnessing our potential tragedy, called out to me, “be his hero Robin, be his hero!”

I was his hero that day and I pray I still remain.

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  1. avatar Tammy
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    Sweet post! I never thought of using my ice cream maker for frozen root beer. Brilliant! Another one of your recipes on my menu…. :)

  2. avatar EAT!
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

    Oh the possibilities!!! root beer, Coke, Mountain Dew ….

  3. avatar Liesl
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    Man I need to get an ice cream maker! I love root beer!! I bet this was so refreshing and delicious!!

  4. avatar Rindy R
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    We will all be our kids hero if we serve them this!!!!

  5. avatar Jeff
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    Man I love root beer floats and the idea of using the KA ice cream maker for it never crossed my mind! Love slushy texture and definitely trying this!

  6. avatar noble pig
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

    Oh genius…we are doing this today!

  7. avatar Grace
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    root beer floats are tasty (especially like this–nicely done!), but i prefer a ginger ale float. have you tried that? heavenly. :)

  8. avatar oneordinaryday
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    Can I just say that I wish we were neighbors??
    You're a genius. Though I'm usually not a root beer girl, when it comes to a float, it's my all-time favorite. I never dreamt of freezing it into a slushy for this perfect parfait. I love it. My daughter would love it too. "Pirate grog," as she calls root beer, is her favorite treat.
    Thanks for sharing. We'll definitely be trying it.

  9. avatar KJ
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

    cool neighbor comment….what a cool thing to say at such a moment. :o)

  10. avatar Karen
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  11. avatar That Girl
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    Root beer is always too strong a flavor for me, but coke works just as well – right?

  12. avatar Robin Sue
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 6:50 PM | Permalink

    That Girl- any soda will work just fine. Enjoy!

  13. avatar Karen
    Posted 07/31/2009 at 9:03 PM | Permalink

    I'm sure you'll always be his hero(ine), and for more than retrieving his lost balloon :) Only a mother could relate!

  14. avatar Lucy
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

    Just the way I'd like it!

    Mom to the rescue…. YEA!

  15. avatar katie
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    OMG you're a genius! Can't wait to try this with my KA icecream maker. Thanks!

  16. avatar unconfidentialcook
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

    My husband is on his way over to your house….

  17. avatar Jackie at
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    Sweet! It looks perfect.
    quick question: did you add more sugar to the root beer as the flavors are kinda less intense once frozen?

    Check my version of parfaits at

  18. avatar Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

    I didn't know that there was a Kitchen-aid ice cream maker attachment!!

    Now, I know what to ask for for Christmas!!!

    My kids would devour this in a moment!

  19. avatar Robin Sue
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    Jackie- I did not add more sugar to the RB, I imagine you could but I thought they were sweet enough! Thanks!

  20. avatar Maria
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

    I don't drink soda, but I know kids will love this treat!

  21. avatar biz319
    Posted 08/01/2009 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    You will always be their hero!

  22. avatar pigpigscorner
    Posted 08/02/2009 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Ah I haven't had RB in ages! Would love some frozen RB and some vanilla ice-cream =)

  23. avatar Ingrid
    Posted 08/02/2009 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    My oldest are 13 and you know what? I'm still their hero so I know you have many more years left and even after we stop being it, it's only until they have their own kids and then we're back on top. :)

    RobinSue you're on a roll here, pure brillance! While I don't like rootbeer my one twin does.

  24. avatar Debbie
    Posted 08/03/2009 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Looks delicious…can u send one my way!

  25. avatar gfe--gluten free easily
    Posted 08/03/2009 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    Good Lord … I've been away for days due to vacation and re-entry into the real world and I come back to this. Awesome. If I'd come here earlier in the evening I would have had to run out to get some ice cream to make a root beer float. No ice cream maker yet here, but certainly a good reason to get one!

    I am going to go tweet on this immediately! Great face painting on the kiddos, too, hero. 😉


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