They may not seem like much, but in the early 1900’s, flavored sodas (and ice cream sodas) became quite popular. So popular in fact, uptight teetotalers declared them “immoral” and banned them on Sundays. Sheesh. Nowadays, us Americans sure love a good ice cream soda, or “float” as it’s also referred to. I definitely do, but for some reason tend to forget about them. Until a few days ago when I saw a delicious looking chocolate soda on Amy Bakes Everything– it was so tempting, I just had to make my own! Of course I couldn’t resist adding a healthy scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream to mine. 😉

The possibilities with sodas are endless! All you need is a flavored syrup (chocolate, caramel, strawberry, etc…) and a little soda water and you’re just about set! You simply MUST have whipped cream and a cherry on top, though! And it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to throw a little ice cream in there too. 😉 We had SO much fun making and drinking these- they’re perfect for parties or even a little something for a late night sweet tooth!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Sodas
-inspiration from Amy Bakes Everything

You’ll need:
chocolate syrup, such as Hershey’s
whipped cream (yes, I used Redi-Whip. It was awesome.)
maraschino cherries
vanilla ice cream
club soda or seltzer water
colored straws (these aren’t required, but it sure tastes better through a pretty pink straw) 🙂

Place a little chocolate syrup in the bottom of your glass (I ended up using around 1/4 cup per glass- we like ’em chocolaty!), top with one scoop of ice cream. Pour the soda water over slowly and stir (you may want to add a little more soda water after stirring if the foam deflates a little). Top with whipped cream and a cherry. Enjoy with a pretty pink straw.

Mmm, fizzy chocolate…..



  1. Those look OUT of this world good!


    Comment by Nicole, RD — January 17, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

  2. One of your daddy’s favorite drinks (desserts?). He’ll want to make some after seeing yours!


    Comment by Mother — January 17, 2011 @ 2:08 PM

  3. Yum! Great pbotos. Looks like you’re getting the hang of the macro lens.


    Comment by kokomama — January 17, 2011 @ 6:32 PM

  4. I love ice cream sodas. And these look great. Oh and the colored straw? An absolute must!


    Comment by Jennifer — January 17, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

  5. This is such a fun idea Amy! They look delicious, makes me wish I had stuff on hand to make my own tonight 🙂


    Comment by Tracey — January 17, 2011 @ 7:57 PM

  6. What a lovely drink, nothing old fashion about it:D Great shots!


    Comment by Quay Po Cooks — January 18, 2011 @ 1:15 AM

  7. I wasn’t familiar with that, but they knew back then how to drink a soda, hehe. Sounds tasty.


    Comment by Ben — January 18, 2011 @ 8:38 AM

  8. I’m so glad you were inspired! Yours are much better than mine – ice cream makes everything better! Thank you so much!


    Comment by Amy Bakes Everything — January 22, 2011 @ 6:01 PM

  9. Amy- are you kidding?! Yours looked SO good! Mine are no where near better than yours! Thanks for the inspiration- we loved these! 🙂


    Comment by amy — January 22, 2011 @ 6:44 PM

  10. Ohmigosh, that’s so funny that you would post an ice cream soda recipe! I remember when we were little and Daddy would take us to Braum’s, he’d ALWAYS get a vanilla soda. Every. Single. Time. I’m sure after this post he’ll want one now!


    amy Reply:

    Lindsay- yep, I remember! I thought of him the whole time I was writing this post! 🙂


    Comment by Lindsay — January 23, 2011 @ 10:08 PM

  11. this looks amazing!


    Comment by Gina — January 24, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

  12. Last week I made my boyfriend Root Beer Float for dessert. My weakness are maraschino cherries! Have you heard of
    flavored straws its a fun way to drink milk.


    Comment by Karen — January 25, 2011 @ 1:01 PM

  13. Lindsay- Yep! You’re right! GOTTA have one now! Especially since it seems that Braums doesn’t have sodas on their menu anymore. Amy- Great post and it immediately took me back to our trips to Braums with you girls! THOSE were the days!


    Comment by Daddy — January 26, 2011 @ 8:51 PM

  14. Daddy, you should have mother fix you one ASAP! 🙂 So glad you liked the post – I definitely thought of you! 🙂


    Comment by amy — January 26, 2011 @ 9:11 PM

  15. This just brought a huge smile to my face!


    Comment by Eliana — January 30, 2011 @ 2:31 PM

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