How Now Brown Cow?

By • May 30, 2011 • 16 Comments

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Author Notes: When we were kids, there was the occasional trip downtown to the soda fountain at the Wasson's Department Store. But for a kid growing up in the suburbs, the real summer treats were the trips to the root beer stands.

Everyone had their favorite--the original A & W, the Mug & Bun, and there was Dog and Suds. The root beer floats (brown cows) were so much better than the black cows (cola floats) but the allure of the soda fountain was all of the extras...whipped cream, jimmies (the chocolate sprinkles) and syrups.

So I've tried to combine the joys of those 2 experiences into one nostalgic treat. If you have the time to make your own ice cream, please do so. Preferably on the patio while playing horseshoes or badmitton.
lorigoldsby

Serves 6

  • 1.5 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • 3 pints root beer
  • 1 cup Pappy's Saffafras tea concentrate, divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • real whipped cream
  • chocolate jimmies
  1. To make root beer syrup: Melt1/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 c. of sassafras tea concentrate over medium high heat. Boil until liquid is reduced by half. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
  2. Rinse soda glasses or mugs and place in freezer to frost.
  3. Mix 2 scoops of softened vanilla ice cream with 2 T. of sassafras tea concentrate, form an ice cream ball that is no bigger than the circumference of your glass. Place 2 balls into a ziploc bag, return to freezer. Repeat so that you have 2 balls for each person.
  4. When ready to serve, remove mugs and ice cream from freezer, pour root beer over ice cream (allow a lot of room for foam). Top with whipped cream, drizzle with root beer syrup and sprinkle on some chocolate jimmies.
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over 3 years ago Panfusine

this title reminds me of that kids cartoon show Martha speaks!! delightful!... Lorigoldsby.. could you please enlighten me on Sassafras?

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Sassafras is a type of tree which is native to North America, especially in the Hoosier National Forest. The root and bark is boiled to make a tea or syrup and the leaves are used by some to make a file powder for gumbos. It was used as one of the original sodas--sasparilla and sassafrass combined make the old fashioned rootbeer.

there is a variety that is found in Eastern Asia--not sure if it would have a different name? and the Sassparilla can be found in the SE Pacific...similar flavors but sassafrass has a "bite".

Alas, my kiddie tv show days are long gone...but I used that saying when I taught elementary school to illustrate the vowel dipthong. Maybe you can enjoy a root beer float (or one of Bite This's root beer popsicles) while watching the next episode....whatever you do, enjoy those little ones!

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over 3 years ago EmilyC

Sounds good! Love the regional names for ice cream floats.

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I'm working on a "concrete" ala Ted Drewes from my childhood in St. Louis.

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over 3 years ago EmilyC

I went to college in St. Louis and LOVE Ted Drewes, so I can't wait for your recipe!

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I just posted the concrete recipe!

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over 3 years ago wssmom

LOL this brings back so many memories!!!

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Did you ride there in the back of a truck like we did? Best seat in the house...LOL

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Yes, the root beer float I remember from childhood...

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Those memories are so sweet, aren't they?

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over 3 years ago KarenOCook

Yummm. I tried this old fashioned treat and it brought back the childhood memories all right. The custom-flavored ice cream adds to the "root beery-ness" of the Brown Cow and the chocolate jimmies give it the pizzazz to make it special. My favorite part is eating the crystallized part of the ice cream as it melts from the root beer. Moo! Moo!

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

this is the one time crystals in the ice cream is a good thing!

Lorigoldsby

over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Pappy's sassafrass is available in most groceries (in the tea aisle). It is safrole free (a carcinogen they found in the sassafrass root, which caused it to be off the market for most of the 90's). I really like mixing the concentrate into the ice cream because it gives it the "bite" that I remember.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Haven't had a root beer float in ages gotta try it with pappy's will have to see if they have in NYC.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh wow, talk about a trip down memory lane. I remember those frosty mugs of A&W with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. They were just so good. I love this but have naver heard of Pappys sassafras, is it indiginous to a particular part of the US?

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

www.sassafrasstea.com

Sasparilla sodas and many root beers were variations of sassafrass extract or syrup.

The sassafrass trees grow here in the midwest. In girl scouts we used to dig up the root and make tea on every camping trip.