Before there were freak frappes or smoothies, there were good ole ice cream floats! Take a step back in time and enjoy the type of old fashioned ice cream soda fountain drink that was served in your neighborhood soda fountain shops.
One of the most popular ice cream parlors was Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlor of Boston, known for their soda fountain drinks and hot fudge sundaes. Every summer my mom and sisters would take the train into Boston and spend the day riding the swan boats, shopping at Jordan Marsh for back-to-school clothes, and stopping by Bailey’s for an ice cream.
Bailey’s was located on the street that led down from the Park Street Station to what used to be Jordan Marsh and Filene’s department stores, where today’s Macy’s and Primark stores are located. Bailey’s sundaes were served in silver bowls with silver plates. They would drench the ice cream in hot fudge. I remember that the hot fudge would drip down off the ice cream and on to the plate. Heaven.
In 1975, the Best of Boston recognized Bailey’s for their Ice Cream Float, writing, “A lot of the ladies who lunch consider this rich concoction the next best thing to sex; and they might be right.”
Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlor closed 1988; however, you can still make your own award-winning old fashioned ice cream float at home with this recipe. All you need is three ingredients: ice cream, seltzer water, and chocolate syrup. Our chocolate syrup is made with American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink. Your family and friends will enjoy a delicious summertime ice cream treat reminiscent of Bailey’s of Boston.
Chocolate Ice Cream Float
Preparation time: less than 5 minutes
Equipment needed: microwave and blender
2 cups chocolate ice cream
1 1/3 cups seltzer water
1/4 cup American Heritage Chocolate Drink
Prepare chocolate syrup by putting American Heritage Chocolate Drink Powder in a microwave safe bowl and placing it into the microwave for 90 seconds stir until smooth. Scoop your chocolate ice cream into a glass; do not pack the ice cream. Add seltzer water, drizzle chocolate syrup over the top. Serve with a spoon
For a Smoothie
Combine ice cream, American Heritage chocolate syrup, and seltzer water into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a straw.