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Now that the weather in Southern California is on the rise (It’s supposed to be in the 100’s by the weekend! Ahh!) it’s time to think about some fun and delicious treats to help keep us cool. My ultimate favorite frosty treat is the Root Beer Float! Something about the icy soda with the creamy ice cream makes such an ultimate, irresistible treat.
When I was pregnant with Abbey I probably ate at least one a day in the summer. The calories in these treats can get pretty crazy high, so I am always looking for healthier options to feed my need, and not make me feel so guilty. I tried diet soda, but the taste is seriously lacking. Enter the TEN sodas, A&W Root Beer, Sunkist Orange Soda, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, and 7UP Lemon Lime, all just 10 calories a serving! Clearly they were thinking of me when they made these.
I decided that I wanted to create a new twist on the classic soda float, by turning it into a granita, and elevating it into something fun and elegant that you could serve as dessert to a dinner party, or just enjoy by yourself.
Root Beer and Creamsicle Granita Floats
- 2 cups A&W TEN Soda
- 2 cups Sunkist TEN Soda
- 2 cups low fat ice cream
Take 2 shallow dishes (like a bread or casserole pan) pour your sodas into them, and place in the freezer. Set a timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, using a fork, scrape down the ice crystals formed in the pans, and stir well to incorporate. Set your timer for another 30 minutes. Each time the timer goes off, scrape down the ice crystals and mix well to incorporate. You’re basically creating a slushy consistency, so make sure you break up any big chunks of ice and try to keep it as smooth as possible. The entire freezing time should be around 2 hours. As it gets closer to being finished, check your granitas every 15 minutes or so.
In a decorative glass, like a martini glass, add 1/2 of cup of ice cream. Spoon desired granita flavor over the ice cream and serve.
Depending on the brand of low fat ice cream you choose, each of these will run you 120 calories or under! Enjoy!
Head to your nearest Safeway family of stores to pick up a couple 2 liters of TEN sodas and make your own guilt free granitas tonight! I shop at Vons. Don’t forget to use your Just 4 U card and download some money saving coupons, while supplies last!
What’s your favorite summer frosty treat?