Root Beer Ice Cream

Root Beer Ice Cream

I know, right? Another ice cream recipe, sheesh! I can’t help it, I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and came up with this as soon as I remembered I had some root beer extract in the pantry. We love root beer floats so this was a given. Usually made with vanilla ice cream and root beer soda, root beer floats have been a favorite for many years. Well, now you can have it in ice cream form.

Root Beer Ice Cream

All four of my kids are huge root beer fans. I am too, and I really don’t drink soda. I will make an exception for root beer though. This is really easy to make and if you start early enough, you can be enjoying it that same evening.

Root Beer Ice Cream
Author: Amanda Formaro
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 45 mins
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 4 teaspoons root beer extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Whisk all ingredients together then place in ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Turn churned ice cream into a freezer container and freeze overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours.


Root Beer Ice Cream

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36 Responses to Root Beer Ice Cream

  1. 1
    leslie says:

    Dont worry…I cant get enough ice cream right now. I have a new one going up on Monday! I am loving your Black cow flavor!!!

  2. 2
    Ann says:

    You know, I’ve heard of black cows before, but I had no idea what was in it. Sounds delicious and I think it’s always a good time for ice-cream!

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    Pattypro says:

    Where I’m from, a Black Cow is made with chocolate ice cream. Regardless, this looks and sounds delicious.

  4. 4
    Calogero says:

    Really congrats for your photos.

  5. 5
    MaryBeth says:

    Wonderful Picture…even better product, looks amazing!

  6. 6

    I am going to have to try this soon. I love root beer floats and root beer ice cream sounds delicious.

  7. 7
    Katrina says:

    We love root beer floats here, too. I’ve been meaning to get some root beer extract and I need more sweetened cond. milk!

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    Sue says:

    This ice cream looks amazing! We call a root beer float made with chocolate ice cream a black cow:)

    • 8.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      Hi Sue! Since you are the second person to say that, and I was not aware of that (though it totally makes sense!) I have changed the name of this to Root Beer Ice Cream and WILL be trying a chocolate version, yum!

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    Dzoli says:

    I am in proces collecting summary recepies to make..especially new ones to me.Spring just started and we will be full into those.So thsi icecream is very welcome;)

  10. 10

    Root beer floats were my favorite growing up and this ice cream brings me right back. Yum.

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    Pattypro says:

    Amanda, I never would have thought you would change the name, based on what a couple of us wrote. I have friends from NJ, and there, they call a root beer float a black cow. Clearly, it’s a regional thing. (I’m from RI.) Still, you must certainly try a (real) “black cow!” : )

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    Curt says:

    Sounds great. I’m a huge root beer fan too. Plus a huge ice cream fan!

  13. 13
    Jey says:

    Amanda, this looks amazing! How did I never know that root beer extract even existed?! Can’t wait to try it.

  14. 14

    Oh, my nephew is staying with us next week and he loves root beer floats. I’ll have to make this for him.

  15. 15

    My mom loves Root Beer Floats! I need to make this for her :)

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    This looks totally heaven. We just made vanilla (my first time EVER) but I was thinking root beer sounded so much better. Totally making this tomorrow. Thanks!

  19. 19
    Ford says:

    How much ice cream does this make? I’m planning on using a 4-quart ice cream maker, and I need to know whether to double or triple.

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    Adica says:

    I made this for my boyfriend’s birthday party, and it was a big hit. He loved it. It tasted just like a root beer float. I could only find root beer candy flavoring by LorAnn, so I just added the flavoring by taste. I used 2 drams (about 2 tsp). Thank you for sharing!

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  22. 22
    Jennifer says:

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it.

  23. 23
    Pat says:

    Amanda, It’s Christmas so I made eggnog root beer ice cream. Used soda stream root beer with cream, egg nog and vanilla. Easy and delicious.

  24. 24

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