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Root Beer Float Popsicles Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups root beer
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

Special equipment needed:
- Popsicle molds
- Popsicle sticks

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a blender, combine root beer, vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top.
3. Insert popsicle sticks into each mold.
4. Freeze for at least 6 hours or until completely frozen.
5. To remove popsicles from molds, run under warm water for a few seconds and gently pull on the sticks.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 6 hours (freezing time)
Freeze at 0°F (-18°C)
Serving size:
Makes 6 popsicles

Nutritional information:
Per serving (1 popsicle):
- Calories: 150
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 22g
- Protein: 1g
- Sodium: 120mg
- Sugar: 19g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Use any brand of root beer you prefer.
- Substitute vanilla ice cream with any other flavor you like.
- Substitute heavy cream with half-and-half or whole milk.
- Use a sugar substitute for a lower calorie option.

- Add a splash of rum or bourbon for an adult version.
- Use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla for a different flavor.
- Add a tablespoon of chocolate syrup for a chocolate twist.

Tips and tricks:
- To prevent air bubbles from forming in the popsicles, tap the molds on the counter a few times after pouring in the mixture.
- If the popsicles are difficult to remove from the molds, run them under warm water for a few seconds longer.
- For a creamier texture, use more ice cream and less root beer.

Storage instructions:
Store popsicles in the freezer in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 2 weeks.

Reheating instructions:
Not applicable.

Presentation ideas:
Serve popsicles on a bed of crushed ice or in a tall glass filled with more root beer.

- Crushed graham crackers
- Whipped cream
- Maraschino cherries

- Grilled burgers or hot dogs
- French fries or onion rings
- Coleslaw or potato salad

Suggested side dishes:
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Baked beans
- Macaroni and cheese

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the popsicles are too icy, increase the amount of ice cream and decrease the amount of root beer.
- If the popsicles are too soft, increase the amount of root beer and decrease the amount of ice cream.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all utensils before preparing the recipe.
- Use pasteurized dairy products to prevent foodborne illness.
- Store popsicles at a safe temperature of 0°F (-18°C) or below.

Food history:
Root beer floats have been a popular American treat since the late 1800s. The combination of root beer and ice cream is said to have originated in Colorado, where a local soda fountain owner began serving the drink to his customers.

Flavor profiles:
Sweet, creamy, and fizzy.

Serving suggestions:
Serve popsicles as a refreshing dessert or snack on a hot day.

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Taste: Sweet, Creamy, Root Beer, Icy, Root Beer-Flavored