Dr Pepper Ice Cream Floats

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Now that football season is fully underway, I think it’s important to talk about something. Tailgating desserts. You see, tailgating, as we all know, basically focuses on food. It’s what you eat while preparing for the big game. It’s what you eat while your team is winning. It’s what you stress eat if things are intense. It’s snack foods or grilled meats or barbecue. No matter what it is, it’s all delicious.

But what about the desserts? What about that sweet craving you get when all the salty and saucy things wear off?

What kind of desserts do you typically see at tailgates? Cookies? Brownies? Dessert “finger foods”? As the person who is always in charge of sweets, I think that you, and by extension, your team, deserve better.

Another thing I think people forget about? Floats. They are completely underrated! Floats are sweet, creamy, and fizzy all wrapped up in one. They’re usually two ingredients and beyond easy to make. That’s why I think they’re the perfect tailgating dessert. Just keep some ice cream and Dr Pepper on ice in a cooler!

Floats are also perfect for football weather. It may be November, but we’ll still probably have a few warm days here in the South. After spending all day outside, walking around campus, or playing a riveting game of corn hole, something sweet and frosty is exactly what you need.

These floats combine the sweet flavor of Dr Pepper and creamy, homemade ice cream. The recipe below is a no-churn ice cream, which I absolutely love. I can’t get enough of no-churn ice creams this year! The base is made of sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. The best way to add that Dr Pepper flavor without pouring a bunch of liquid into the base (which would really alter the texture) is to reduce it. We went to Target and picked up a 12-pack of 12-oz Dr Pepper cans. I used two cans and reduced the liquid to ½ cup. This turns the soda into an almost syrupy consistency, which has all the flavor and won’t thin out the base. I also decided to use a vanilla bean I had in my pantry.

After the ice cream freezes overnight, all you have to do is add a few scoops to a glass and then top it off with Dr Pepper. The fizz creates this really awesome “dome,” like it’s going to bubble up and overflow. Top it off with a cherry and you’re ready to cheer your team onto victory!

Being in charge of creative tailgating desserts? Well, I think that makes me a one of a kind fan. How do you celebrate football and what makes YOU a one of a kind fan?

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Dr Pepper Ice Cream Floats
  • 2 (12-oz) cans Dr Pepper
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Cherries (for garnish)
  • Football decorations
  1. Pour two cans of Dr Pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until Dr Pepper has been reduced to ½ cup. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. (This step can be done a day or two in advance if you would like. Just keep the reduction covered in the fridge. Let it come to room temp before using.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla bean seeds, and the reduced Dr Pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Whip heavy cream on medium-high speed with an electric mixture until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into the Dr Pepper mixture until completely incorporated.
  4. Pour ice cream base into a 9x5 loaf pan and smooth out the top. Freeze for 6 hours, or overnight.
  5. To make Dr Pepper floats, fill a glass with a few scoops of Dr Pepper ice cream, and pour enough Dr Pepper to cover. Pour slowly because the fizz will overflow easily.
  6. Garnish with a cherry and football decorations. (I used a cookie cut into a football shape and piped the laces with white chocolate.)
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