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Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream)

I know cherries are on their way out…

Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipe…But let’s squeeze just one more recipe in before we have to declare their season officially over, please? This is a really good one.

I feel like floats are an under appreciated dessert. You never really see them on menus, unless its the occasional root beer float (i.e. root beer + soft serve, or real ice cream if you’re lucky). But, you (or at least I) never see any unique floats.

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This was actually my first foray into the uncommon variety of float making, but after doing so, I think they are a dessert of massive untapped potential. This is truly one of the most delicious desserts I’ve tried.

Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipe Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipeWhiiiich is kinda silly because it takes next to no effort or time. You spend a few minutes making the cherry-vanilla bean syrup, and a couple more if you feel like fresh whipped cream, but that’s not even necessary.

I actually made these floats twice in one week because they are so good. Also, I wanted to try out a few variations. The first time I made these, I kept it simple with vanilla ice cream, the cherry-vanilla bean syrup, all-natural cola, and freshly whipped cream. The second time, I made one vanilla float, and one chocolate float. I added chopped fresh cherries to both, the cherry syrup, and good ol’ Coca Cola (no whipped cream this time). The conclusion I came to was that no matter how you make these, they’re gonna be insanely tasty.

Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipe Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipeAnd feel free to experiment yourself with different ice cream and soda flavors!

Sorry for the massive photo overload, but these were just too fun to photograph, and I have a really hard time narrowing down which photos to use. I love the dark purpley-red color of the cherry syrup—totally gorgeous.

Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipe Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipeThis is yet another recipe that I created for my friends over at Food Fanatic, so please check out my post over there as well!

Now, I’m going to go cry about the fact that this is my last fresh cherry recipe of the year :'(

Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream) } spachethespatula.com #recipe

   

12 Responses to “Fresh Cherry Cola Floats (with Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream)”

  1. Giselle @ The Busy Spatula — August 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I love that you used fresh cherries and your own cherry syrup! It really makes me rethink the ice cream float.  And I agree about the cherry season, let’s consume as much of them as possible.  They definitely don’t taste as good off season :(

    • Rachael replied: — August 14th, 2014 @ 12:54 am

      Thank you, Giselle!
      I think cherries are kinda like tomatoes…beyond excellent in season, and almost not worth it at all otherwise

  2. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — August 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I LOVE floats and like you said, I think they are WAY underappreciated too.

    This version is too too fun! Love all the fresh cherries!

    • Rachael replied: — August 14th, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      Thanks, Sarah! :)

  3. Kelley — August 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Those floats are absolutely gorgeous. And totally genius.

    • Rachael replied: — August 14th, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelley!

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — August 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    wow cola floats take me back to my childhood! can’t remember the last time i had one.. definitely need to make them again, thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachael replied: — August 14th, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

      I know, right? I think we could all use a few more ice cream floats in our lives :P

  5. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen — August 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    GIRL! These are amazing! I’m not even going to show my husband until I have time to make them or he’s going to beg for them every minute of every day. 

    • Rachael replied: — August 14th, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

      Haha! Good thing they're so easy to make ;)

  6. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong — August 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    OMG! that chocolate float!! big yumm!! I have never tried floats before.. but I will tomorrow.. thanks to you… have a fabulous weekend!! :D

    • Rachael replied: — August 15th, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

      You're totally going to fall in love and want to make like 47 different kinds of floats, haha!

      And you too!!

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