Root Beer Floats
From Cook's Country
For an interesting twist on traditional gelatin, we decided to make root beer gelatin and create a recipe for a "root beer float" without ice cream. Simmering a portion of the root beer with the gelatin, then mixing it with the remaining root beer and chilling the result easily created root beer gelatin. To mimic ice cream in this Root Beer Float recipe, we whipped heavy cream and sugar, then layered it between scoops of the root beer gelatin.
Layers of bubbly root beer-flavored gelatin and soft whipped cream make up this malt-shop classic. To preserve as many bubbles as possible, use two 12-ounce bottles of root beer, opening the second bottle just before stirring it into the gelatin mixture. For a special effect, save the bubbly top of the root beer gelatin to crown the float.
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