Old Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream Soda


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.

Chocolate Ice Cream Soda

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!

WIlton, IA Candy Kitchen

WIlton, IA Candy Kitchen

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.soda-prep

Next you pour in about 8 ounces of club soda–added slowly so it doesn’t fizz up over the top of the glass.  chocolate-soda-add-soda 

Top it off with a final scoop of ice cream and you are good to go.  chocolate-soda-add-scoop

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, Closeup

Chocolate Ice Cream Soda, Closeup

Happy summer!

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.

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  1. There is nothing like good old fashion drinks.

  2. My dad grew up on these ice cream sodas, so he was so excited to see this post 😀
    Bookmarked and pinned!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. i’ve had exactly one of these and remember it fondly! you certainly don’t see this on a menu very often anymore.

    • There is a place where we vacation that does these too. Though when I am there I usually go for their malts since they are amazing. Ah so much ice cream, so little time…

  4. It’s too bad these type of places aren’t as common anymore. The only one in Wisconsin I’m familiar with is Schubert’s Diner in Mount Horeb. I had to ask my dad what a phosphate drink was the last time I was there 🙂

    • I am pretty sure that Wilson’s in Door County has them too. Too bad they weren’t open yet when we were up…

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  6. Love the memories! and the soda looks pretty awesome too.

  7. Look amazing Inger!!

  8. i think that old picture of yours is priceless especially with that menu and price board at the back. Didnt know that it’s that easy to make ice cream soda..thanks for posting!

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