This classic ice float is pure nostalgia for the true ice cream parlor lover. Root beer makes the cow black, cola makes her brown.
Classic Black Cow
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
Drizzle the chocolate sauce or syrup into the bottom of a large ice cream soda or pint glass. Add half of the root beer and mix well with a long spoon.
Add 1 scoop of ice cream, then top off the glass with the remaining root beer. Traditionally, the remaining scoop of ice cream is balanced on the rim of the glass—press it down firmly so it doesn’t plop into the table or swan dive into the float—although you could just plunk it in the root beer.
Substitute cola for the root beer.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I adore root beer floats, especially on hot nights when fruit popsicles aren’t enough. Somehow I’d never heard of a Black Cow, nor tried one. So when I asked my sweetheart if he knew the name of a drink that combined root beer, chocolate sauce, and ice cream, he quickly responded, “Oh, you mean the Black Cow?” I was excited to see if this recipe lived up to my sweetheart’s memories. The Black Cow 2010 wasn’t what he remembered—instead, it was more of an adult drink with a less sweet chocolate sauce that worked better for both of us. I still love a classic root beer float, but this is a close second.
I did make the Hot Chocolate Sauce, and am pleased that it can be used in multiple recipes and desserts. TIPS: Chill the glasses in advance and use large ones, since stirring and adding the ice cream will result in a lot of foam. A milder root beer might not have enough flavor to stand up to the ice cream and chocolate, so choose wisely. I myself wish the root beer flavor was a bit stronger. Next time, I might scoop the ice cream in advance and pop the scoops in the freezer to harden up so they won’t melt so quickly into the float.