Wow. What a full-of-fun, fast paced two weeks we’ve had. Our two precious grandchildren are packing up to go home today after two weeks with us. And, wow, did those two weeks fly by! Most of the past two weeks were spent exploring the northern part of the state of Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. It was a tremendous experience for all of us and I’ll be sharing a post on that trip soon. But after flying back and forth, and walking miles each day, this Nana is worn out. Even so, I’d do it all over again in a minute. Nothing like grandkids.
One of the things that I think the kids find truly entertaining, other than sightseeing around huge canyons and meteor craters, of course, is when BeeBop and I talk about the “old days.” You know – when we were kids – before cell phones and computers. And since we both grew up in very small southern towns, our old days talk can be somewhat quaint. One day I was talking about things my sisters and I did during summer vacation when we were children. Our vacations involved some work in the garden and preserving vegetables, etc., but we had loads of fun, too. And almost every day in the late afternoon we had a little snack. A real southern treat. Coke with salted peanuts.
I realize that many of you have never heard of this peculiar southern treat. But those folks around my age who grew up anywhere in rural south Georgia will know exactly how to do this. Take an 8 ounce Coca-Cola in the bottle. It has to be a bottle. No cans. Drink a few swallows so that there’s some room in the bottle. Now pour in a small package of salted peanuts. No more than an ounce. Drink the Coke and munch the peanuts. It’s a sweet and salty treat that I still enjoy, being the country girl that I am and all.
So while talking about Coke and peanuts, I found out that my grandchildren have never had Coke in the 8 ounce bottles. What! I knew I had to remedy that right away so I went straight to the store and picked up a six-pack. Of course it was more of a novelty than anything else, but they so enjoyed those little bottles of Coca-Cola. And at the end of the week there was one little bottle left. Hard to split that between two, so I came up with another childhood favorite for them to try – Coke Floats! According to them, they’d never enjoyed this particular treat either but were willing since it involved ice cream.
As simple as pie – just scoop some vanilla ice cream into a glass, pour over the Coke and enjoy! I added a little whipped cream and a cherry just for good measure.
After these last two weeks talking about our childhoods, BeeBop and I are now officially dinosaurs :-)
This post originally published June 18, 2012.
More recipes for floats you might enjoy:
- 9 Ice-Cold Summer Floats from Bon Appetit
- Ice Cream Float Recipes from Taste of Home
- Shakes and Floats Recipes from AllRecipes