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!
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. :-)
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. :-)