Rootbeer Ice Cream [Recipe]

Root Beer Float Ice Cream

Have you ever ordered a Brown Cow? Well, its one of my favorite things ever. A brown cow is really just a rootbeer float, but with the rootbeer and icecream mixed together like a shake. Its creamy, and sassparilla flavored -ugh! Just to die for!

Its only natural then, since my mother gave me an amazing ice cream maker for Christmas that I wanted to see if I could skip a step. Why add rootbeer to ice cream when I can make rootbeer ice cream! I’ve been sneaking bites of this from the freezer every 3 hours since I made it. Yeah, its that good. Oh, and did I mention you don’t need an ice cream maker? Yeah! Lets get to it!


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk (omit if doing without an ice cream maker)
  • about 1 dram root beer candy flavoring (The kind used for hard candy. I got mine from Hobby Lobby- you can get it at Amazon here: Rootbeer Flavoring Oil)


How To Make It:

With Ice Cream Maker:

  1. Prepare your ice maker per manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
  3. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze per manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Place in air tight container and keep in freezer!

Without Ice Cream Maker:

  1. Place a metal cake pan in the freezer.
  2. Whip the cream.
  3. While whipping, combine root beer flavor and condensed milk.
  4. Fold condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream
  5. Freeze in the pre-chilled metal pan, stirring every hour for 2-4 hours. That’s it!


I was so excited with how amazing this was I had to call my mom to brag. Too bad I can’t send her ice cream in the mail. This is perfect for a comfort food, and has a refreshing side that is great for a hot day. I wish there was a way to bring ice cream to a pot luck- I’d bring this! ♥ Hopefully some day soon we get some hot weather!

16 thoughts on “Rootbeer Ice Cream [Recipe]

    1. Katie, I’m so glad you like it!! Remember, there ARE ways to make ice cream without a maker. Give it a shot!

    1. Heidi- I totally understand your confusion!! Its supposed to be dram. Its not a unit I typically use in my kitchen, but those little bottles of candy flavoring you buy? Those are measured in drams. So, using dram actually makes it easier. I hope that helps!

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