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How to make Coke floats

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Classic Coke floats

A traditional Coke float is served in a tall, frosted glass or mug. The original recipe is easy -- just pour Coke over one or two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream and serve -- but there are a lot of ways to dress it up, too.

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Jazz up your next float by trying one of the flavored sodas, such as cherry, vanilla or lime -- or make your own flavor with classic soda fountain syrups, which you can buy at your supermarket or online.

Try it with the standard vanilla ice cream, or use chocolate, strawberry or Neapolitan. With all the flavors available in the grocery store, the flavor combinations are endless.

Don't forget the toppings

Toppings aren't just for sundaes. Everything's better with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Or, skip the cherry and go for fresh berries, nuts or small candies. Here are some more ideas:

  • Mandarin oranges
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dried apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Red-hot candies
  • Crushed peppermint candy
  • Chocolate chips or shavings

Fun Coke float ideas

Make a Coke float based on your favorite dessert, or just choose flavor profiles that go together (for example, orange and chocolate, berries and nuts, banana and strawberry).

Don't keep the fun to yourself. For your next party, set up a Coke float bar by providing a variety of ice cream flavors, toppers and Coke flavors so your friends can mix and match.

Need some inspiration? Try these fun ideas:

  • Coke with pistachio ice cream, topped with whipped cream and chopped pistachios
  • Vanilla Coke with cherry or strawberry ice cream, topped with whipped cream and a cherry
  • Cherry Coke with chocolate ice cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips or shavings, and a cherry
  • Diet Coke with raspberry sorbet, and a shot of mint syrup garnished with light whipped cream and fresh mint

Your imagination's the limit!

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