Isn't it funny how sometimes things from your childhood which loom so large as the best thing ever don't live up to your expectations as an adult? Take creamsicles for example -- orange popsicles filled with ice cream (or perhaps an ice cream-like substance?!) just aren't the same as they used to be.
So when REAL® Seal asked me to participate in a recipe challenge using REAL® Seal ingredients, and offered me a gift card to pay for them, and then Lucas suggested ice cream floats, I wondered if I could recreate -- and perhaps even improve on -- my fond memories of creamsicles.
And oh my goodness, I sure did!
These creamsicle floats have been the begged-for dessert in our house over the past week. They are delicious and the perfect treat for the oppressive heat wave we've been experiencing in Maryland.
I bought a six-pack of those adorable mini cans of soda, in orange flavor, of course. Then I scoured the ice cream section for a brand with the REAL® Seal.
Here's the quick and easy recipe:
Smiling Mama's Creamsicle Floats
Scoop one scoop of ice cream into a glass.
Add a few ounces of orange soda.
Top with another small scoop of ice cream.
Add straw and spoon and enjoy!
We eat a lot of dairy in our house. Our milk is delivered fresh from a local farm in throw-back glass bottles. But we buy our yogurt, cheese and ice cream from the grocery store. I know my kids are getting delicious, healthy milk and I want to make sure that the rest of their dairy is high quality as well. When Lucas was a toddler, I used to think that he subsided on cheese and yogurt alone. Now Nathaniel is the picky one who eats yogurt daily -- and often multiple times a day.
I never knew that the REAL® Seal is a really easy way for me to know that products we buy are from 100% US cow milk. Products bearing the seal must must meet specific guidelines and be certified by their dairy processing or food manufacturing companies.
And I'll be honest, as a full-time work-outside-the-home mama to two crazy boys, uber-involved community member and blogger, I don't have a lot of time to put together fancy, complicated desserts. I mean, we're lucky to get a well-rounded dinner on the table every night. And because dairy is such a huge part of our diet, I'm grateful to know that the REAL® Seal gives me assurance at a quick glance in the grocery store.
So, here are a few things I love about these creamsicle floats:
- I can feel good about the quality of the REAL® Seal ice cream.
- Even though I just used a few ounces of orange soda, the boys feel like it's the most exciting thing ever because they are getting soda.
- They can be put together in just a few minutes.
- They're amazingly refreshing and, of course, delicious.
- Any excuse to use jelly jars and paper straws to make them feel extra-special is a WIN for me!
- And, finally, it's such a treat to see my kids enjoy something similar to such a strong childhood memory for me.
|This is one satisfied customer!|
Thanks, REAL® Seal for helping this busy mama feel good about our family's dairy choices and for funding this recipe challenge which was a fun trip down memory lane for me and hopefully is helping to build some fun childhood memories for my kiddos, too.
Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!