Vaca Preta

Last night I made the best Cream Soda Float and was thinking

“Gee what a great post that would make The history of Ice Cream Soda Float!”

😀 😀 😀


The ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874during the sesquicentennial celebration. The traditional story is that, on a particularly hot day, Mr. Green ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a neighbor and invented a new drink.

His own account, published in Soda Fountain magazine in 1910, states that while operating a soda fountain at the Franklin Institute‘s semicentennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1874, he wanted to create a new treat to attract customers away from another vendor who had a fancier, bigger soda fountain. After some experimenting, he decided to combine ice cream and soda water. During the celebration, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. The new treat was a sensation, and soon other soda fountains began selling ice cream sodas. Mr. Green’s will instructed that “Originator of the Ice Cream Soda” was to be engraved on his tombstone.

Some more Ice Cream Soda Trivia 😀


Universal Studios park serves a concoction aptly named “Butterbeer” from the famous Harry Potter series which is a root beer and butter scotch version of the ice cream soda. Recipes for it can be found at many places online.

Snow White

A Snow White is made with 7 Up or Sprite and vanilla ice cream.

The origin of this variation is unknown, but it is found in some Asian eateries.

Purple cow

In the context of ice cream soda, a purple cow is vanilla ice cream in purple grape soda. The Purple Cow, a restaurant chain in the southern United States, features this and similar beverages. In a more general context, a purple cow may refer to a non-carbonated grape juice and vanilla ice cream combination.

Sherbet cooler

The Friendly’s chain also had a variation known as a “sherbet cooler,” which was a combination of orange or watermelon sherbet, vanilla syrup and seltzer water. (Presently, it is billed as a “slammer”.)

 Vaca Preta

At least in Brazil and Portugal, a non-alcoholic ice cream soda made by combining vanilla ice cream and coca-cola is known as vaca preta (“black cow”). Also, a better translation for this “lusophone black cow” is ice-cream-and-cola-float.

Vaca Dourada

In Brazil, a vaca dourada or golden cow is an ice cream soda combination of vanilla ice cream and guaraná soda. It can be enriched with coconut or bananas.

Orange Float (or Orange Whip)

An orange float consist of vanilla ice cream and orange soda.

Beer Float aka Shakin’ Jesse

Guinness Stout, Chocolate ice cream and espresso.  Although the Shakin’Jesse version is blended into more of a milkshake consistency, most restaurant bars can make the beer float version.  When making at home the beer and espresso should be very cold so as to not melt the ice cream.

YUK . ecchhh the last one does not appeal to me at all Stout beer mixed with coffee and icecream? 

Good night nurse