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Wednesday's Unscientific Survey [20150603|15:31]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[Keiki and me in our hotel room after a visit to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. Please note awesome new hoodie (grey, zip-up, with "Blackbird SR-71" embroidered on it).]

Keiki and I returned yesterday from a four-day trip to the States, during which I ate and drank All The [American] Things. It occurred to me, during my third root beer* float, that I have a very specific way of consuming a float. First, I use the long spoon (there must always be a long spoon) to eat the foam created by the initial contact between the ice cream and the root beer. Then I use the long spoon to poke the scoop of ice cream around, scraping off the bits that are melting into the root beer. When I'm finally bored of that, I stir the remaining ice cream into the root beer until it's well blended. Only then do I drink it through the straw (there must always be a straw).

So now I want to know, how do YOU consume your ice cream soda?

* Root beer, for UK persons who have not had the pleasure, is a bit like dandelion & burdock. Except sweeter, of course.

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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2015-06-03 15:19 (UTC)
As frequently as the diet allows.

Method:
Check no one is looking.
Lean in, lick off the foam, slurping if necessary.
Spoon off the thick layer at the top.
Prod the ice cream to create, more thick layer, spoon, and repeat.

Desperately try and get that half a cubic centimetre of stuff out from the bottom of the glass. Its always there, teasing you that it is THE tastiest bit of the drink and YOU_CANT_GET_IT even with a straw.

BTW, root beer is vile and should never be permitted in the UK. :P Tastes like cough mixture.
I like to use ice cream soda in an ice cream float. :) Extra vanilla

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 18:56 (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your method. It looks like fun.

Root beer doesn't taste like cough mixture to me, but most cough mixture for children in the States is cherry-flavoured (result: I loathe cherry-flavoured sodas).
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2015-06-03 17:04 (UTC)
That is EXACTLY how I do a root beer float. I like it when the root beer freezes into delicious little root beer icicles on the side of the ice cream.

Root beer floats were my grandmother's specialty. They remind me of her.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 18:56 (UTC)
Root beer icicles! Yes!

My uncle used to brew his own root beer (and beer beer as well, but I didn't get to taste that :P). It was soooo good, and it made the best floats.
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[User Picture]From: imyril
2015-06-03 20:51 (UTC)
See, I thought it tasted like dandelion and burdock until I had a sip of someone else's this trip.

Definitely TCP toothpaste.

It is the Marmite of the US :)
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2015-06-04 06:51 (UTC)
:)

Clive recently made an inebriated mistake whilst at a festival...apparently Germolene does not make a good toothpaste.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 18:58 (UTC)
Heh! It seems to be medicinal to lots of UK and European folk. I don't get that at all, as most of the medicines I remember from my youth were cherry-flavoured (and hence I don't much care for cherry-flavoured sweet things).
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2015-06-04 03:29 (UTC)
First of all, no root beer, ever. Cream soda or cola only.

Secondly, whenever I think a float is a good idea, I soon discover that I pretty much just wanted ice cream, and then I either pour the liquid out (if possible) or drink it as fast as I can, and then eat the ice cream with the long spoon while asking myself why I didn't just have ice cream on its own in the first place, then I could have had something more exciting than nondescript plain white flavour (not to be confused with vanilla, which I love).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 18:59 (UTC)
See, I often find that I wanted something to go with my ice cream, even if it's just an edible cone.

Most of the time, though, it's coffee. I looooove an affogato for afters.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2015-06-10 05:40 (UTC)
Oh well yeah, obviously ice cream comes in a cone. Always. That's a given. But I think of that as the container you can eat rather than the ice cream coming with something.

The only time I don't insist on ice cream in a cone is when it's one of those big complicated ice creams with all the fudge and strawberry and fruit and all that. Then I can deal with a dish, unless they just happen to have mammoth cones that'll handle it.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-06-04 09:35 (UTC)
Yep, that sounds about right.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 18:59 (UTC)
:D *fist-bump of float solidarity*
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2015-06-04 11:24 (UTC)
Yay you made it to a&s, what else did you see, or am i behind in my LJ reading lol. Nice purchase, will have to look next time there

And the answer is.. You drink AND use a sstraw, as suits the current liquitemp (TM)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 19:00 (UTC)
Let's see, I went to the American Art Museum, the botanic gardens and the Hirschhorn as well. I haven't posted about the trip at all yet (argh) as have had no time to go through the photos.
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2015-06-04 13:09 (UTC)
I go straight for the last step. Immediate mixing to make a thick root beer / ice cream paste that you can (or have to) eat with a spoon. Yum. I also rather enjoy it with chocolate ice cream or mint chip ice cream instead of vanilla.

My current theory on root beer is that anyone who moved to the states after the age of 8 will perpetually hate root beer. Before age 8 seems to be the magic time when the introduction of root beer will cause someone to actually like it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 19:01 (UTC)
You make a floatshake! I like it!

I don't believe I've ever had a float with mint chip ice cream. I'm going to have to rectify this on my next trip.

You may be on to something with that hypothesis. I think it may also have something to do with the flavouring of children's medicines in different countries.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2015-06-06 01:37 (UTC)
exactly how i consume a root beer float.
which i am now craving. desperately.

(i wonder if inhaling some good old 'murican air and imbibing its drinks helped you finally conquer/acquire your UK driver's license. a few, good, root beer floats and you're invincible...)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-06-09 19:03 (UTC)
*fist-bump of solidarity*

(I think you're right. Certainly the break from driving didn't seem to do me any harm. In fact it may have been just what my brain needed to absorb my lessons and turn them into instinct.)
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