If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a fun collage on my feed last Friday. We often have fun treats at our monthly team meetings, and this time my coworker Erika had a great idea – beer floats! She brought in some chocolate stout and we poured it over vanilla ice cream. Easy peasy and SO good. I actually don’t really like beer, but I loved this! (Go figure, add chocolate to beer and pour it over vanilla ice cream and it agrees with me ;))
It was great timing – I had a container of Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla in my freezer just waiting to be used. I was originally going to just make root beer float popsicles, but I had to give beer float popsicles a try. I tried plain stout and ice cream, like we did with the floats, but found the beer to be too strong and tasted slightly bitter. Instead, I cooked it for a few minutes with a little bit of sugar to take the edge off – much better.
These are most definitely grown-up popsicles. They have an incredible rich, deep flavor, with hints of chocolate and almost a coffee flavor. Plus, the vanilla ice cream adds a creamy richness to the pops – similar to a creamsicle, but with a chocolate stout flavor instead of orange of course.
Tillamook wants you to treat yourself this summer, and I think you definitely need to try these incredible popsicles, so use this $1 off Tillamook Ice Cream coupon* to pick up some vanilla. (I also have to recommend the Fireside S’mores flavor – it’s delish.)
Here’s how to assemble stout float popsicles:
Slowly pour in a tablespoon or 2 of beer on top (you may need to take breaks if it foams up a lot). Insert a knife or the handle of a spoon inside each mold and gently stir to mix everything up a bit. Add more beer if you have space.
- 1/2 cup chocolate stout
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
- In a small saucepan, stir together beer and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, fill your popsicle mold with 2 tablespoons of beer.
- Add vanilla ice cream, pushing it down the mold gently, until it’s almost full, leaving an inch of space at the top.
- Slowly pour in a tablespoon or 2 of beer on top (you may need to take breaks if it foams up a lot).
- Insert a knife or the handle of a spoon inside each mold and gently stir to mix everything up a bit. Add more beer if you have space.
- Repeat until all popsicles molds are full, insert sticks and lid. Freeze for a few hours, until fully frozen, then enjoy.
*Info about the coupon: The coupon will be available until July 31, 2013. It will expire within 30 days of printing, so don’t forget to use it soon! Please reach out to Tillamook directly with any questions, comments, or concerns about the coupon.
Disclaimer: Tillamook provided me with ice cream to sample. The opinions and text as mine as always.