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.


  1. Tammy
    Posted July 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. EAT!
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

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

  3. Liesl
    Posted July 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. Rindy R
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

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

  5. Jeff
    Posted July 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. noble pig
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

    Oh genius…we are doing this today!

  7. Grace
    Posted July 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. oneordinaryday
    Posted July 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. KJ
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

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

  10. Karen
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  11. That Girl
    Posted July 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. Robin Sue
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 6:50 PM | Permalink

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

  13. Karen
    Posted July 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. Lucy
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

    Just the way I'd like it!

    Mom to the rescue…. YEA!

  15. katie
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

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

  16. unconfidentialcook
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

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

  17. Jackie at
    Posted August 1, 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. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted August 1, 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. Robin Sue
    Posted August 1, 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. Maria
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

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

  21. biz319
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    You will always be their hero!

  22. pigpigscorner
    Posted August 2, 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. Ingrid
    Posted August 2, 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. Debbie
    Posted August 3, 2009 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Looks delicious…can u send one my way!

  25. gfe--gluten free easily
    Posted August 3, 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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