National root beer float day
August 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

A childhood favorite so special, it needs a spoon and a straw for consumption - August 6 is National Root Beer Float Day!

The float itself has a couple of potential beginnings. Some say it started in 1874 in Philadelphia when Robert McCay Green used ice cream in his sodas because he’d ran out of cream. Others say he was trying to one up a soda vendor next to him. And still others claim a different person altogether invented the foamy beverage.

While its origin may be a little frothy, its popularity isn’t. Ice cream sodas, or floats, became so beloved with kids that adults decided they needed oversight. In more conservative parts of the country, floats were banned on Sundays and other religious holidays. Some historians believe that this led to soda fountain owners serving ice cream on Sundays, thus giving birth to the sundae.

Most people credit Frank. J. Wisner with inventing the root beer float. Staring out his window one night at Cow Mountain in Colorado, he noticed that the snowy peaks on the dark mountains looked like ice cream in a dark soda. The next day he combined root beer and vanilla ice cream, and the brown cow - as the root beer float is also affectionately known as - was born.

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  1. Amir Ali

    I got root beer in kul malaysia in twin tower excelent environment with average mainatined restaurant A&W but turkey burger is marvellous taste n beer also...

    August 8, 2012 at 6:00 am |
  2. bartender

    Tastes even better if you add 2 shots of Captain Morgan Black spiced rum before the root beer.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  3. WalkingDownMemoryLane

    Ah, yes! The true Root-Beer Float :). Brings back long ago memories of sitting at the local soda fountian, dropping a coin in the counter-top "jukebox", moving and groving to the "rock and roll" sounds, and gourging myself on several floats with friends. The Iconic Root-Beer Float. A summer treat, oh! so sweet, that, in my humble opinion – Can't Be Beat. Every "kid", young or old, need to expierence the pure pleasure of a Root-Beer Float. One or two scoops of ice cream in the bottom of a glass, fill with root-beer, stick in a straw, an ice tea spoon (longer handle to reach the bottom of a tall glass, smaller spade to make the ice cream last longer) and indulge yourself in a sweet treat that will last a life time. Don't over-indulge, you might end up making a dentist happy (lol).

    August 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • VladT

      I was taught you have to put the Root Beer in first, so that the ice cream will "Float." That being said, I am considered weird because I like to make them with chocolate ice cream, rather then the standard vanilla

      August 7, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • BuddyL

      LOLOLOL!!!!! Dude. . . . your name. HAHAHA
      Jdizzle McHammerpants
      HAHAHA!! Nice ;)

      August 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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