Root Beer Float Nutrition Facts

Calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate values for Root Beer Float.


There are 238 calories in Root Beer Float.


Nutrition Facts
Root Beer Float
Serving Size:


float (312 grams)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 65
Calories 238

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7.3 grams

Saturated Fat 4.5 grams

Trans Fat 0 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 grams
Monounsaturated Fat 2 grams

Cholesterol 29 milligrams

Sodium 85 milligrams

Potassium 134 milligrams

Total Carbohydrates 42 grams

Dietary Fiber 0.5 grams

Sugars 40 grams
Protein 2.3 grams

Vitamin A


Vitamin C





Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How long would it take to burn off 240 KCal?
Walking (3mph) 64 minutes
Running (6mph) 23 minutes
Bicycling (10mph) 33 minutes
Values estimated based on person weighing 140 lbs.

What is a root beer float made of?

Also known as a “black cow” or “brown cow”, a root beer float is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but you can make it with other ice cream flavors!

Is root beer float an alcohol?

Adult Root Beer Floats use vodka. It has a light and subtle flavor, and vodka goes with nearly everything. I’m particularly fond of the combination of root beer with a vanilla-flavored vodka! This sweet and tasty combination of vanilla and root beer will take you right back to your childhood.

Why is it called a root beer float?

The once-in-a-lifetime idea was born when Wisner noticed that the snowy peaks on Colorado’s Cow Mountain looked like ice cream floating in soda. The very next day (Aug. 19, 1893) he combined root beer and vanilla ice cream, creating what he called the “Black Cow.” Of course, nowadays it’s known as the root beer float.

What happens in a root beer float?

How the foam happens: When the carbonated root beer comes into contact with the ice cream, carbon dioxide bubbles release. Likewise, the soda frees air bubbles trapped in the ice cream. What’s more, the fat in the ice cream coats these bubbles.

Is root beer alcoholic?

Root beer cannot make you drunk. Root beer made by the traditional process contains 2% alcohol, but sometimes, more alcohol may be added to make it a stronger alcoholic drink. It was classically made from the root bark of the sassafras tree or vine of Smilax ornata (sarsaparilla), which imparts it actual flavor.

How do you eat a root beer float?

Root beer floats are actually quite drinkable with or without a straw once the ice cream and root beer melt together. But drinks really do taste better when sipped through a straw! If your root beer float turns out like more of a shake than a drink, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat it with a spoon.

What is the difference between a black cow and a Rootbeer float?

The definition of a black cow varies by region. For instance, in some localities, a “root beer float” has strictly vanilla ice cream; a float made with root beer and chocolate ice cream is a “chocolate cow” or a “brown cow”. In some places a “black cow” or a “brown cow” was made with cola instead of root beer.

Is a brown cow a root beer float?

In fact, there’s a whole family of “cow” drinks including White Cows, Brown Cows and Black Cows, which are all slightly modified versions of root beer floats, depending on the region.

Why are root beer floats good?

Why Are Root Beer Floats So Good? A carbon dioxide bubble is released when carbonated root beer is mixed with ice cream. On root beer floats, the fat in the ice cream protects the bubbles and allows them to expand, resulting in such huge heads of foam as you see.

Is a root beer float a black cow?

Wisner, owner of Colorado’s Cripple Creek Brewing, created the drink after realizing that the snowy peaks on Colorado’s Cow Mountain reminded him of ice cream floating in soda. He combined root beer and vanilla ice cream, and called it the “Black Cow”, or more popularly known today as a root beer float.

Why does root beer foam so much?

Root beer was originally made partially with sassafras root bark (and sarsaparilla, etc) which naturally foamed. Carbonated beverages form bubbles – in seltzer water the bubbles dissipate quickly. When flavoring ingredients are added, the bubbles frequently form a longer lasting foam.

Is a brown cow a root beer float?

Also known as a “black cow” or “brown cow”, the root beer float is traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer, but it can also be made with other ice cream flavors. Frank J. Wisner, owner of Colorado’s Cripple Creek Brewing, is credited with creating the first root beer float on August 19, 1893.