If you’ve been to Hawaii, you’ve had the famous shave ice (yes, shave not shaved). The ice is powdery soft and absorbs flavors like crazy. This is a ‘mainland’ version of the famous shave ice. The condensed milk topping thickens up a bit when it hits the ice and is almost like vanilla caramel. Yum!
It is a little bit of work to make the syrup and if you want a shortcut, try out A&W’s Root Beer Topping. It’s a thick buttery, caramel that is root beer flavored and would work great with this!
Root Beer Hawaiian Ice Float
***Even though this recipe is from Cooking Light, I don’t recommend diet root beer. It’s refreshing and the condensed milk addition is amazing!
3 bottles root beer (12 oz. each)
4-5 cups crushed ice cubes
Sweetened condensed milk to taste
Heat root beer in a sauté pan over medium-high until slightly thick and reduced to 3/4 cup, about 30 minutes. Remove syrup from pan; chill just until cool. Shave crushed ice in a food processor until fine. Divide shaved ice evenly among 4 glasses, pour chilled syrup over each, and top with sweetened condensed milk. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings; 170 calories per serving, 2 g. fat.
Tips and Stuff:
I put about 2 tbsp. of condensed milk on top. It should thicken just a titch when it hits the ice.
Use your imagination – use orange soda, grape soda, or your favorite flavor. Mmmm, maybe I’ll try Dr. Pepper next time!