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Vegan Ice Cream Floats

When I pitched this idea of recreating this childhood favorite earlier this summer, everyone’s eyes seemed to light up! The next 10 minutes was filled with a hilarious discussion, complete with horror stories of slumber party soda experiments gone wrong and a seriously (unserious) debate on the best and worst soda brands to use (which is still being discussed on Luvo lunch breaks to this day). Regardless of how you make ‘em, dessert floats have been a classic after-dinner indulgence for many years and hold a special place in almost everyone’s hearts.

Try one (or all) of these homemade vegan floats for a refreshing (and nostalgic) end-of-summer treat:

Vegan Ice Cream Floats c/o Luvo

Double Chocolate Float

For the classic chocolate  syrup:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (all natural, non-sweetened. Avoid using “hot chocolate” mixes as they may contain lots of sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raw cane sugar OR 3 tablespoons agave syrup

Vegan Double Chocolate Float c/o Luvo

For the float:

  • Vegan chocolate ice cream
  • ¼ cup classic chocolate syrup
  • Club soda
  • Almonds and cocoa powder to garnish (optional)

* you can use gelato, which shouldn’t contain dairy, or any coconut or soy based ice cream available at your grocery store

Vegan Double Chocolate Ice Cream Float recipes from @Luvo

Method

Start with the syrup:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot over medium heat and whisk until cocoa and sugar dissolve completely
  2. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until liquid has reduced and thickened. Make sure to stir in between so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Remove from heat and cool completely
  3. As it cools down whisk the mix to break off the skin that forms on the top, once completely cool, place in a jar with a lid and refrigerate. It’ll last about a week.

Vegan Double Chocolate Float c/o Luvo

It’s float time:

  1. Grab a tall glass (or milkshake glass if you have one) and place a scoop of ice cream and the chocolate syrup.
  2. Pour club soda to fill ¾ of the glass, then add an extra small scoop of chocolate ice cream, a drizzle of the chocolate syrup, and sprinkle with almonds and cocoa. Top any space left with more club soda (if needed)

Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, and Lemon Sorbet Float

For the sweet cherry raspberry  syrup:

  • 1 cup ripe sweet cherries, pitted, cut in half
  • 1 cup ripe raspberries
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ vanilla bean, split in half
  • 4 tablespoons raw cane sugar or 2 spoons agave syrup

Vegan Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, and Lemon Sorbet Ice Cream Float recipes from Luvo

For the float:

  • Lemon sorbet
  • ¼ cup sweet cherry raspberry syrup
  • Club soda
  • Fresh sweet cherries (if available) and raspberries to garnish

Vegan Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, and Lemon Sorbet Ice Cream Float recipes from Luvo

Method

Start with the syrup:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot over medium heat and bring to a simmer, make sure to scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean and add them to the mix (scrape them running your knife along the split bean).
  2. Lower heat and simmer for another 10 minutes or until mix get “jammy” (thick and deep red). Don’t forget the bottom of the pot and sides every few minutes so it won’t stick and burn.
  3. Remove from heat, let cool completely. When cold, place in a jar with a tight lid and refrigerate. It will last about 5 days.

It’s float time:

  1. Using a tall glass or a Mason jar, place 1 scoop of lemon sorbet, then add ¼ cup of sweet cherry syrup.
  2. Add club soda so that if fills ¾ of the glass, then add an extra scoop of sorbet and a drizzle of the cherry raspberry syrup. Top any space left with club soda and garnish with a bunch of fresh cherries and raspberries.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Float 

For the sweet cherry raspberry syrup:

  • 3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (not from a carton!)
  • ½ cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • ½ vanilla bean, split in half
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons raw cane sugar or 2 tablespoons agave syrup

Vegan Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Float recipes from Luvo

For the float:

* you can use gelato, which shouldn’t contain dairy, or any coconut or soy based ice cream available at your grocery store

Vegan Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Float recipes from Luvo

 Method

Start with the syrup:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot over medium heat (scrape the vanilla seeds from the bean and add them to the mix) and bring to a simmer.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes until mix thickens. Scrape the bottom and sides to avoid burning
  3. Remove from heat and cool down. Once cold place in a jar with a tight lid and refrigerate. It’ll keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

It’s float time:

  1. In a tall glass place 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and the orange creamsicle syrup.
  2. Add club soda up to ¾ of the glass, then scoop a small amount of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of creamsicle syrup. Top with club soda and garnish with orange slices.

Pro Tip: You can also make adult versions of these floats by adding booze of your choice – rum, bourbon, and amaretto are all good pairings with these flavours.

We chose our favourite seasonal fruits and flavours, but don’t be afraid to experiment with fresh picks from your local market.Share your substitutions with us in the comments section, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, Plated, to unlock a coupon to use on your next Luvo purchase.

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