I've had root beer floats before and am a big fan, but I can't remember having an ice cream soda. To make a good post for Ice Cream Soda Day, the boys and I have been hard at work to experience just what the difference is.
|The boys eating their root beer floats|
|Root Beer Float|
A few days later, we ventured out to find an ice cream soda. There are a few old fashioned ice cream and candy parlors within a 20 minute drive from our house, so we picked one and went. We got there right after they opened, so we beat the crowd and got to sit at the counter. It was super cute inside. They had a tiled floor, a candy/chocolate counter, and the ice cream counter. We agreed to the chocolate ice cream soda and sat on the bar stools and watched as it was made. First she grabbed an ice cream soda glass, added in chocolate syrup, then a couple scoops of ice cream, then soda water and stirred it together. The boys downed theirs in what seemed like seconds and then tried to make a move on mine. (Don't worry, I kept it safe.) It was delicious!
|Chocolate Ice Cream Soda|
The ice cream soda is attributed to Robert Green. Mr. Green owned or operated a soda fountain. The legend goes that Mr. Green ran out of cream for his drink and instead used ice cream. Viola, the ice cream soda was born! (Mr. Green later stated in a magazine post that he decided to combine soda water and ice cream to compete with another store.)
In different parts of the world, ice cream sodas are called different names. Some of the names are Black Cow, Spider and Float.
As a side note, the legend of the ice cream sundae was born from ice cream sodas. Supposedly, ice cream sodas became so popular that some some places banned the sale on Sundays. (Since soda was also sold as a "cure", it was sometimes thought to be a controlled substance and thus not sold on Sundays.) And so the soda-less ice cream Sundaes were born.
Wiki, History of Ice Cream Soda
What's your favorite, an ice cream soda or an ice cream float? What's your favorite flavor? Post in the Comments and let me know!