This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ACME Markets for Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine.

A summertime staple, Root Beer Floats are a frosty treat that’s so simple to make in just a few minutes. Made with creamy ice cream and chilled root beer, a nostalgic dessert that’s a must have all season long.

Root Beer Float in a soda fountain glass with pints of ice cream in the background.

Root Beer Float

Lingering in a “soda shop” may seem like a long way off but since the heat is cranked with summer in full swing, we are all craving one of our favorite summertime treats. Root Beer Floats are a warm weather staple around here and they’re super easy to make in minutes making them perfect for summer parties, big or small.

And this Root Beer Float recipe is something special because it’s made with Open Nature® Scandal-less Ice Cream.

Overhead shot of root beer float with red and white straws.

Open Nature Scandal-less light ice cream contains no artificial colors or flavors and is made with clean ingredients. A guilt-free indulgence, it’s low in calories and fat yet high in protein. It contains 60-80% less calories than regular ice cream and a whole pint is only between 240 -370 calories. So, if you accidentally polish off the whole pine yourself….it’s totally OK.

Using Open Nature Scandal-less ice cream for your Homemade Root Beer Float just makes sense because you’re creating a lighter dessert you can feel good about treating yourself too. And the wide range of flavors just makes it that much more fun to experiment with….like my favorite Salted Caramel Root Beer Float. It’s its own kind of masterpiece.

Open Nature Scandal-less ice cream pints stacked on a blue background.

Signature SELECT™ and Open Nature® provide high quality ice cream and non-dairy frozen dessert option for the whole family, available at a value in the Philadelphia area exclusively at ACME Markets.

I love that ACME Markets also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! It’s so easy to get just what I need, when I need it and I save valuable time by not having to go into the store.

iPhone with Acme market app and a pint of Open Nature ice cream.

What is a Root Beer Float?

If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying a Root Beer Float, you’re going to LOVE it! 

Also known as a “black cow” or “brown cow”, a root beer float is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but you can make it with other ice cream flavors!

If you’re having a party, it’s so fun to create a DIY Root Beer Float bar with other flavors like chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup or Cookies and Cream. Add a variety of toppings like caramel sauce, chocolate fudge sauce and sprinkles to add some extra flair to your over the top concoction.

How to Make Ice Cream Floats

This recipe couldn’t be simpler to follow and is ready in about as long as it takes to scoop your ice cream.

ice cream being put into a soda fountain glass with cherries in a bowl in the background.

Scoop your ice cream into a tall float glass.

root beer being poured into a soda fountain glass.

Pour the root beer over the ice cream.

Top with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.



Close up of root beer float on a white background.


  • Use a tall glass such as a float glass or tall drinking glass.
  • Freeze your glasses for 30 minutes prior to making your float.
  • Chill your root beer to ensure it doesn’t melt the ice cream too quickly.
  • Pour the root beer along the side of the glass to reduce fizz and prevent overflow.

If you do as I did and start with the Open Nature Scandal-less Salted Caramel Ice Cream, you can also drizzle caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt for a gourmet twist on the diner classic.

root beer float on a white background.

I shopped at ACME Market, but you can also find Open Nature Scandal-less Light Ice Cream at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons. OR ONLINE.

Open Nature® offers minimally processed, high quality products, including “better for you” ice creams and non-dairy frozen desserts. Open Nature’s non-dairy desserts are a great alternative to traditional ice cream with sorbet, almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, and coconut milk options. Scandal-less light ice cream is a low calorie, low fat, high-protein, “better for you” ice cream option.

More Easy Ice Cream Treats

If you like this ice cream float recipe, you may also love these EASY ice cream sandwiches, I made them last summer and they’re still something I keep stocked in the freezer at all times. Or try this easy Banana Split that’s just perfect for hot, steamy days.

Feeling lucky? Try this easy Shamrock Shake!



A frosty treat you can make in minutes, Root Beer Floats are so easy to make with just ice cream and root beer.
5 from 3 votes


  • 2 scoops Open Nature Scandal-Less vanilla ice cream
  • 8 ounces Root Beer
  • whipped cream, garnish
  • maraschino cherry, garnish


  • Use a tall glass, such as a float glass or an iced tea glass. Chill your glasses beforehand to prevent melting upon contact.
  • Add the ice cream to the glass and pour the root beer in slowly at an angle to reduce the risk of overflow.
  • Top with whipped cream and a cherry.
Calories: 48kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 15mg, Sugar: 12g, Calcium: 6mg