Kids Kitchen: No-Churn Root Beer Float Ice Cream
This fun twist on a classic Root Beer Float takes less than 10 minutes to whip up! A creamy and flavorful Root Beer Float Ice Cream that doesn’t involve any cooking or churning and only requires 4 ingredients!
Root Beer Ice Cream Recipe
Ella loves sneaking tastes of her grandparents’ root beer and we had so much fun around this time last year making root beer cupcakes that I thought we should try a new root beer-flavoured dessert recipe for my mom’s birthday.
Even though I have an ice cream maker that I love, I still usually end up making no churn ice creams way more than I make “conventional” ice creams. They always turn out wonderfully – never gritty or overly egg-y (an issue with a lot of homemade ice creams) and they take less than 10 minutes to whip up.
While you could make a straight-up root beer ice cream using this method, I thought a root beer float ice cream would be less overpowering and more easily pair with any birthday cake that might be served. To skip the “float,” double the root beer extract called for in the recipe and skip the vanilla extract.
This recipe relies on root beer extract for it’s flavour – we’ve tried both McCormick’s and Watkin’s and had great success with both brands of extract. Alternatively, you can boil down root beer to make a thick syrup (I’ve done this in other recipes and it works great – I’ve included a note of how to do it in the recipe card below).
You can keep this ice cream in the freezer for up to three months, in a sealed freezer container (this set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain), but I find that the texture can change after a month. (I also find this with store-bought ice creams – I may be too picky.)
The sweetened condensed cream adds sweetness to this recipe as well as making the ice cream harder and adding creaminess. If you don’t enjoy the taste of sweetened condensed cream, you can swap it out for honey or maple syrup – but the ice cream will have a more “icy” texture and be a bit less creamy. I usually only use half a can, but a lot of readers have said that they prefer using a whole can in my no-churn ice cream recipes. You may want to experiment to find your perfect amount.
More No Churn Ice Cream Recipes
- Pistachio Ice Cream
- London Fog Ice Cream
- Peach Pie Ice Cream
- Strawberry Ice Cream from RecipeTin Eats
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Coffee Ice Cream from Marsha’s Baking Addiction
- Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Root Beer Ice Cream Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: the sweetened condensed milks adds sweetness and creaminess to the ice cream. To keep the ice cream less sweet and airy, skip the condensed milk.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Loaf pan or freezer container
- Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- Wooden spoon or spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
- Ice Cream Scoop
How to Make Root Beer Float Ice Cream
In a large bowl, whip the whipped cream on medium-low speed for 4-7 minutes until soft peaks form.
Place the sweetened condensed milk into a second bowl and add the flavor extracts. Mix thoroughly.
Slowly stir the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream, being careful not to over mix.
Transfer the entire contents into a standard sized loaf pan or ice cream container, cover tightly with plastic wrap (or a lid), and freeze 5 hours or overnight.
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Grab your free printable recipe card four our easy No-Churn Root Beer Float Ice Cream recipe:
Kids Kitchen: No-Churn Root Beer Float Ice Cream
A creamy and delicious Root Beer Float Ice Cream you can make without an ice cream machine! No cooking, churning or fancy skills required - just 4 ingredients and a mixer.
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1-10oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon root beer flavor extract
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whip the whipped cream on medium-low speed for up to 10 minutes until frothy peaks form.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a second bowl and add the flavor extracts. Mix thoroughly.
- Slowly stir the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream, being careful not to over mix.
- Transfer the entire contents into a standard sized loaf pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap (or a lid), and freeze 5 hours or overnight.
If you don't have access to root beer extract, place 2 cups of root beer in a saucepan and set over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium to simmer until the root beer is reduced to approximately 1/2 cup. Pour into a mason jar and place in the fridge to cool before using in this recipe. (Don't use the full 1/2 cup, just a few tablespoons as needed.)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 721Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 0gSugar: 56gProtein: 11g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope the root beer fan in your life loves this recipe as much as my daughter and her papa did!
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This looks very delish! Visiting from Tuesday Talk link up. We use to make root beer floats as a kid and my daughters use to enjoy them on hot summer nights. We cheated though, vanilla ice cream and A & W Root Beer, still yummy! Thanks for sharing with us this week.
Ohh, this would definitely hit the spot! I featured it on my fb page and thank you so much for stopping by the Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mothers Shadow
Oh my daugthers favorite thing to drink is root beer and a root beer float is even better in her opinion. I have never seen root beer extract before, but I’ve got to find if for her and make this.
This looks like the perfect treat for a summer cookout! I’m crazy about root beer floats, and love your take on them! Never anything wrong with no churn ice cream either for those of use who don’t have ice cream makers! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Mmm! What a wonderful sweet treat to enjoy! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Have a great weekend! Greetings from Sweden!
Looks like a keeper!! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday blog Hop!
Love it! The perfect summer time treat! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Brag About It Link Party!