I should preface this by saying that I’ve never really been a fan of root beer. Then Wednesday happened.

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I was walking through Target and happened to spy a 6-pack of bottled root beer. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I love drinking out of a bottle, or the fact that I can’t ever leave Target without spending my entire life’s savings, but I giddily grabbed the 6-pack and started walking down the aisle.
Then the handle broke. That sure was fun!

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It was there, as I was standing in a sea of carbonation up to my ankles that I decided I could not leave without picking up some ice cream. Because at this point, I knew exactly what I was doing with that root beer. The 6-pack that wasn’t shattered into a million pieces, that is.
What is up with me and glass this week?

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After getting home, I realized the chocolate cravings were in full force and I could either whip up a batch of homemade hot fudge, or eat 16 handfuls of chocolate chips.
Hot fudge sounded so much better. And it’s so simple! Can’t pass on that.

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Plus, it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It can serve multiple purposes.
I scooped some ice cream, dumped in some warm hot fudge, poured in some root beer, then died and went to heaven.

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Just so happens I’m sort of obsessed with root beer now.

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Oh! I almost forgot to mention. If you want to make this float a little more adult-friendly for Valentine’s Day, you can add a little something extra.

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But you didn’t hear that from me.

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To all my fellow root beer haters: you must try this. If I were you, I wouldn’t even be able to wait until Valentine’s Day. You shouldn’t. I accidentally ate this for lunch. I was only going to take a taste, but then one spoonful turned into two, and two turned into twenty. This isn’t even my kind of dessert. And I don’t like carbonated beverages because they hurt my throat and ears. Don’t worry… the ice cream makes it all better. And the hot fudge?
Well… the hot fudge completes me.

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Root Beer Floats

serves 2

2 cups vanilla ice cream

2 bottles of root beer

Scoop equal amounts of ice cream into two glasses. Top with a bit of hot fudge, then pour in root beer. Drizzle a little more hot fudge over top. Devour. Die. Go to heaven.
Homemade Hot Fudge

1 cup sugar

1 cup cocoa

2 tablespoons flour

pinch of salt

1 cup boiling water or scalding milk

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and flour in a bowl or pot over a double boiler. Bring water or milk to a boil. Gradually add hot liquid to sugar mixture. Stir constantly until mixture thickens.

Once it has reached the desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Serve immediately if you would like a thinner sauce, or let it sit at room temperature for an hour to thicken. Store in the refrigerator.

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Yeah. Wednesday was the best day ever.

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152 Responses to “Root Beer Floats with Homemade Hot Fudge.”

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    Dana @ my little celebration — February 11, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    YUM! I HEART root beer floats. They are one of my favorite summer-time treats. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful pictures.

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    Gaby — February 11, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    for realz?!? omg. I think I just died and went to heaven – totally obsessed with this!

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    Noelle — February 11, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Dang! I want some of that Root Beer flavored vodka!!!

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    Sheri @ Sugar Coated Chef — February 11, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    Looks amazing and this is something I would never think to make. I will for sure be making that hot fudge at some point!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 11, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    I already do love root beer so this is just totally and wonderfully over the top :)

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    rebecca lustig — February 11, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    I feel like every time I walk into Target I inhale some sort of gas/crack that makes me spend hours in the store & major dollar bills…. It’s crazy!

    Root beer floats are such an American classic/staple.. But with homemade fudge and vodka, it’s brought to a whole.new.level. Mmm

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    Cara — February 11, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    I’m a fellow root beer hater who also finds that the key to liking anything is drowning it in chocolate!

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    Amanda (Eating Up) — February 11, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    That vodka is amazing! I’ve always loved root beer, but strangely, I rarely make a root beer float. I make no sense.

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    Camille — February 11, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Root beer flavored vodka!? I didn’t know such a think existed!
    I think that might get me to drink a few of these ;)

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    Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana — February 11, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Jessica = genius!

    Adding hot fudge AND vodka? Well just rock my world right now!

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    Becky — February 11, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    mmmmm….root beer and chocolate and ice cream…what could go wrong?? BTW,
    I have always looked for an ice cream scoop like yours and can’t find one. Where did you get yours?? The only ones I can find either have no flippy thing, or the flippy thing is the flimsy half moon slide and I don’t like that one. *whine*

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

      Oh man, mine is from Target and is pretty cheap. Gets the job done though!

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    Stephanie — February 11, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Okay I am not a root beer float girl either – but holy crap this looks good and you had me at “make it an adult beverage” – genius! When are you going to write a cookbook, please say it’s soon?!?!?! It would be amazinggggg :)

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    Abby — February 11, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    hahahaha I haven’t had a root beer float in a long time!

    But carbonation hurts your ears? That’s weird.

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

      I know! Yes, it hurts my ears and throat and chest. I’m weird.

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    Amy — February 11, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    Thought of you this morning when I saw Bacon flavored toothpaste on foodiggity.com. Here’s the link to the store: http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Bacon-Toothpaste.html

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

      Oh my.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 11, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    i trust you on a lot of things girl, but i’m just not sure i can get past my dislike for root beer. BUT my old boss used to make us brown cows which are just the same except with coke so perhaps i’ll give that a try ;)

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

      Or try it with ginger ale – cream soda!

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    Leslie — February 11, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Hey Jessica,
    This looks divine! Quick question…what do I use to dip cookies in chocolate? Chocolate chips? I just need a basic lesson on how to do this. (I’m dipping heart shaped sugar cookies for a Valentine party.)
    Thanks!

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

      If you are just dipping cookies in you should be fine with melted chocolate chips!

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    Courtney — February 11, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    OMG, that looks AMAZING. You know how to take to die for pictures of food. I’m fairly sure I’d like the adult friendly version best! ;) How is that vodka anyway??

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      Thanks! The vodka is good… but dangerous. You literally can’t taste it when mixed with root beer and I don’t even like vodka.

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    carrian — February 11, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    Just found your blog, and I pretty much adore it!

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      Thanks!

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    Feast on the Cheap — February 11, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I literally have not had a float since I was maybe 9 years old. OK, so about 20 years! This might just inspire me to revisit it though… Looks wonderful.

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

      That was the same with me!

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    Nichole @ Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion — February 11, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    I love root beer floats and haven’t had one in years!!!!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — February 11, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    I hate the taste of soda, so don’t mind if I just skip right to the ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce… :)

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    Tracey — February 11, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    I just recently started drinking a lot of root beer and IBC is the best! However, I learned to not walk around my office drinking from the IBC bottle because people will assume you are drinking actual beer. Which is frowned upon in this establishment! … sorry had to borrow that line from the baby commercial ;)

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    • Jessica — February 11th, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

      LOL! Love those.

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    Kacy — February 11, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    Root beer flavored vodka? Wow, now I’ve seen it all. And I like it.

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    Lauren-HungryDancer — February 11, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Root Beer flavored vodka?!?!? I DIE!!!

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    Amy @ whatjewwannaeat — February 11, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    The photos in this post are stunning!

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    emily @ the happy home — February 11, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    ladyfriend, i hate rootbeer for reasons i will not discuss right now. but holy crow, you might be changing my mind with those photos.

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    Katie — February 11, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    MMm, I love root beer floats, I haven’t had one in so long! And I have never tried it with fudge…sounds kind of perfect.

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    Caitlin (EatFeats) — February 11, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Love rootbeer floats and, even more, rootbeer milkshakes! There was a point in my life when I was drinking two rootbeer floats some days. Ahhhh, to be young and training intensely.

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    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — February 11, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    You bring root beer floats to the next level!

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    Emily — February 11, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Okay, so I now I *really* want a rootbeer float…with hot fudge of course! And I can SOO relate to that whole spending your life savings at Target thing. Happens to me every. single. time. Happy Friday!

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    Elle — February 11, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    OMG, you’re killing me here! So want on one of these!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — February 11, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Why have I never added hot fudge to a rootbeer float? I have been missing out! I need one right now!

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    Jenny — February 11, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    oh no

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    Christina — February 11, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    I am all over the homemade chocolate fudge. Bring me some of that!

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    Moni'sMeals — February 11, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    Now we are talking! I had no idea there was Rootbeer Flavor Vodka. Too good to be true if you ask me. :)

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 11, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    That hot fudge is a single serving, right ;) Delish!

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    kim — February 12, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Oh my, I think I’m in love. Have you tried the whipped cream vodka, I think that would be divine with this!

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    • Jessica — February 12th, 2011 @ 12:36 am

      I have! I am absolutely obsessed with it. My favorite way to drink it right now is with ginger ale because it tastes like cream soda. But I totally agree – it would be fabulous with this.

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    Tracy — February 12, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    Yummm I love root beer floats!

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    Brooke @ bittersweetb — February 12, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    I think this may be the best dessert ever! I use to have them all the time as a kid but haven’t had one in years. This should change.

    ps. your photos are fantastic

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    Lora @cakeduchess — February 12, 2011 @ 12:54 am

    Spectacular photos Jessica…especially of the foam oozing over the side-yum! I just remembered how much I like root beer!:)

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    melissa — February 12, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    Root beer floats KICK ASS. My dad makes them a lot for us. Definitely trying th hot fudge recipe soon.

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    Miriam — February 12, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    I am a recent root beer convert too, and this is definitely how I love it best. Also with pizza. Yum. I find a bit of dark rum in the float doesn’t hurt matters at all either.

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    Kristen — February 12, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    I may or may not have jut come come from dinner, made this hot fudge, and had a full ladle of it in a glass of unsweetened almond milk (bc that makes it healthy). Will you be my Valentine?

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    • Jessica — February 12th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

      YUM!! Yes, most definitely. :)

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    jenny eats nutella from a spoon — February 12, 2011 @ 5:45 am

    this looks so mothereffing good.

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    Michelle — February 12, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Holy heck! I adore root beer floats, but you just kicked this one out of the ballpark. Wow.

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    Sherry Greek — February 12, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Your pictures are stellar! I definitely want a root beer float now. I’ve never tried hot fudge with it but it sounds like a perfect match.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — February 13, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    This looks too good :-)

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    Chantelle — February 13, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    YUM!! This shouldn’t be allowed…I haven’t ever noticed that flavor here in Nova Scotia!!

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    Jackie (SeeJacRun) — February 13, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    OMG! I haven’t had a root beer float since I was little! Need one asap now but I think I want to try the adult version :)

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    Katie — February 13, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Just wanted to let you know… I so enjoy reading your blog ;)
    XoXo

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