Black Cow Float

This Black Cow Float only uses three ingredients to deliver that classic ice cream float flavor we all love. It’s simple, easy, and full of delicious flavor along with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Two glasses of black cow floats with paper straws

If you love floats, then get ready for a new favorite recipe. Our black cow float is a simple float recipe that delivers classic flavor with a beautiful presentation. We love it because it looks fancy, but it’s crazy simple.

Two glasses of black cow floats with paper straws

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s the classic coke float we’ve all loved since we were kids.
  • It only uses 3 simple ingredients.
  • It looks as good as it tastes and is a great way to celebrate National Black Cow Day on June 1oth every year.


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  • Chocolate syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Coca Cola

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make This Black Cow Float

Making this recipe couldn’t be easier. It only takes 3 steps and 5 minutes to make!

chocolate syrup poured into a tall glass

Step 1: Drizzle Chocolate Syrup

Drizzle the chocolate syrup around the inside of the glasses to make a drizzle pattern.

Step 2: Add the Ice Cream

Add 3 to 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream to each glass.

Coca Cola being poured over a glass filled with ice cream and chocolate syrup

Step 3: Add the Coca Cola

Pour half the Coca Cola over the ice cream in each glass. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Your Favorite Soda – Use your favorite soda to make this float.
  • Your Favorite Ice Cream – Use your favorite ice cream for this float. For example, you could use strawberry ice cream and strawberry soda to make a strawberry float. We like to use chocolate ice cream from time to time to make a chocolate cow or brown cow float.

Check out this other delicious Coca Cola recipe if this float is making you hungry.

🥄 Equipment

You won’t need much of anything to make this easy float.

  • Tall glasses
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Straws
  • Long soda spoon – optional
birds eye image of Two glasses of black cow floats with paper straws

🥫 Storage

Normally, this is where we would tell you how long you can store this recipe, but you don’t want to store this one. Enjoy these floats as soon as they’re made.

💭 Tips

  • The biggest thing to remember about this float is that it should be served immediately. There’s really no way to mess this one up!
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
  • You can also use this recipe to make a root beer float or orange floats just like they serve at old-fashioned soda fountains.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Who invented ice cream floats?

Floats are said to have been invented in 1874 by Rober McCay Green in Philadelphia. The story goes that he ran out of sweet cream to serve in his sodas and decided to add ice cream, instead.

Are ice cream floats the same as root beer floats?

Yes. An ice cream float is a chilled drink made with soda and ice cream. Root beer is the most commonly used soda, so both names are used interchangeably.

How long will ice cream floats last?

As long as it takes you to drink them. Seriously, this is not a recipe that you can store. The ice cream melts completely, the soda gets flat, and it’s just yucky.

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Two glasses of black cow floats with paper straws

Black Cow Float

This black cow float only uses three ingredients to create a classic ice cream float that looks as good as it tastes!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Floats
Calories: 441kcal


  • Tall glasses
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Straws
  • Long soda spoon – optional


  • Chocolate syrup
  • 6 to 8 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 12 ounces Coca Cola


  • Drizzle the chocolate syrup around the sides of the glass.
  • Scoop the ice cream into the glass.
  • Pour half the soda over the top of the ice cream in each glass.


This float should be served right away. 


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 556IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg

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