Rootbeer Freeze Made With
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk!

When I was growing up in Long Beach, California…one of our favorite places to go for a treat as a family was the Tastee Freez!

For those of you from there….remember the one next to the car wash on Stearns?  They were FAMOUS for their vanilla cones dipped in chocolate! But for ME…they were famous for their Rootbeer Freezes!

While everyone else was getting their dipped cones or Rootbeer FLOATS…I had to make SURE they got my order right…

Rootbeer FREEZE please. :-)

I haven’t had one of those for YEARS….DECADES even!  Until (by happy accident) last night!

It all started with wanting to try a neat idea I saw on The Farmer’s Nest for making Soda Pop Ice Cream. Because you know how much I ADORE pretty much any frozen treat!

I’ve seen a couple versions of this “recipe”…one using Orange Soda and one using Big Red Strawberry Soda. Last night I tried the Orange Soda. Let’s just say it was a big sticky FAILURE!   Note to self: TWO LITERS of soda do not fit in a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker!

Here are the “before” pictures. I didn’t have the heart to take pictures of the “after”(math)/disaster. :-)

About the only SUCCESSFUL part of this attempt was the Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk I made for it.  SUPER DUPER easy and tasty!

Just combine . . .

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/8 cups powdered milk

. . . in a saucepan, and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cook until thick about 15 to 20 minutes.  Looked and tasted just like the stuff I buy in the can!

I’m not sure if this is a huge MONEY saver…but it sure is nice to know you can make in a pinch without having to run to the store.

Now, most NORMAL people would just chalk the whole Soda Pop ice cream experiment up to experience and move on. Not yours truly! I, of course, couldn’t let it go. I had to try again!

Thankfully…this time my relentlessness paid off! In a flash of brilliance I decided to try Rootbeer…not even thinking about the Rootbeer Freezes of my youth.

This time, however, I did things a little differently. I cut the original “recipe” in half. I used 1 liter of soda and 14 oz. (equivalent to one can of Sweetened Condensed Milk you would buy at the store). I also mixed the soda and the SCM in a bowl FIRST before pouring into the ice cream maker. This got rid of most of the bubbles that contributed to the huge sticky mess I had ended up with the night before.

FYI….if you don’t have an ice cream maker…try this “Refrigerator – Freezer method”:

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl; Turn into 13×9 inch baking pan; Freeze to a firm mush, about 1 hour; Break into pieces and turn into a large mixing bowl; Beat until smooth, then return to the pan, and cover; Freeze until firm.

It worked beautifully!  And in about 25 minutes I had this frozen concoction that was every bit as good as I remember the  Tastee Freez treat of my youth being.



Not only did I get to enjoy a sweet TREAT….but a sweet MEMORY as well. :-)

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  1. Mary Malone says

    I don’t have an ice cream maker but I wish I did. But I bet the diet AW rootbeer would be just as good as it is in a diet root beer float making this a lower cal treat. I learn something every day here!

  2. Nancy says

    I remember the chocolate dipped cones. We would eat them in the park across the street. At one time I lived right across the street from that park.

  3. says

    My new mission is to find a way to make this dairy-free…if I’m ever successful, I’ll let you know. The final product looks DELICIOUS!!

  4. kris says

    I wonder if it would work with yogurt? Do you like your Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker? It looks good I think I want one of those… Kris

  5. Lindsy says

    No way! This sounds so good coming from a root beer and burch beer household! I also love the recipe for scm since it is one thing that we either run out of (used in ice coffes daily) or its expired when I do need it and I dont want to mess with exp dairy even if it is in a can. We will def be trying this out! Thank you!

  6. says

    The original recipe was 2 liters of soda and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. When you cut the recipe in half, you still used a whole can of sweetened condensed milk? Was it too sweet? Just trying to figure out the ratios here for the best result.

  7. says

    Mary…..I found this “Refrigerator – Freezer method”. Might be worth a try? :-)

    Combine the ingredients in a large bowl.
    Turn into 13×9 inch baking pan.
    Freeze to a firm mush, about 1 hour.
    Break into pieces and turn into a large mixing bowl.
    Beat until smooth, then return to the pan, and cover.
    Freeze until firm.

  8. says

    ahhh…good question Amber. I looked at several other similar recipes after my first FAIL with this recipe….and most of them called for TWO 14 oz cans with a 2-liter bottle of soda. So I went with that when I was cutting the recipe in half. Does that make sense?
    Anyway…to answer your question…it was sweet….but not TOO sweet. :-) Loved it!!!


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