Do you adjust your beverage favorites as the seasons change? With summer on the way, I am ready to put some ice cream in my drinks–starting with an old-fashioned chocolate ice cream soda.
I had my first chocolate ice cream soda ages ago at a small town ice cream parlor in Wilton, Iowa. We’d make an annual trip there to visit my grandparents, and one of my first requests was always a visit to the Candy Kitchen. Here you could get parlor drinks like a Green River, Dipsy Doodle, or Cherry Fizz, but we always went for the ice cream, made right on site.
The picture below is from one of these trips. Not sure exactly when it was taken but you can see in the mirror that sandwiches were around 50 cents and you could get a “Rich Creamy Malt” for 60 – 65 cents! Established in 1860, it has been with the current owners family since 1910!
In addition to serving their own ice cream, the chocolate syrup was also homemade. As a child/teen I found this amazing though now I make my own homemade chocolate syrup (Hershey’s works great too.) If you are ever driving across I-80 west of Davenport, it is worth a quick detour for a visit!
To make an ice cream soda, you put about 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in the bottom of a large glass. Then you add a scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 c) and mix the two together until chunkily blended.
It is best eaten with both a spoon and a straw (see giveaway here) for two different, but equally wonderful taste sensations! The straw gives you a creamy, fizzy, chocolate soda and the spoon gives you some uniquely flavored ice cream!
Chocolate Ice Cream Soda
- 2 T chocolate syrup
- 2/3 c vanilla ice cream
- 1 c club soda
1. Put about 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in the bottom of a large glass. Add a scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 c) and mix the two together until chunkily blended.
2. Pour in about 8 ounces of club soda. Add it slowly so it doesn’t fizz up over the top of the glass.
3. Top it off with another scoop of ice cream. Serve with both a spoon and a straw.