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I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Ice Cream Sodas and Floats – Go Vintage

Hot summer weather seems made for ice cream sodas and root beer floats.

ice cream soda vintage chinaA scoop of vanilla ice cream, some good root beer (favorites are Stewart's and IBC at this house) and you are in business. Just be sure to make them right before you're going to enjoy them.

In Michigan we also have a Boston cooler, which is similar, but uses Vernor's ginger ale instead of root beer.

The floats are easier to make at home, because you don't need the soda water.

Of course, if you really must have a soda, there are ways to have the fizzy water at home, and you can get the flavored syrups, too.

Any way you like them, ice cream sodas and floats will hit the spot on a warm summer afternoon, or anytime you're looking to enjoy a vintage treat.

About the photo: China soda cups by Shafford, Sweet Temptations. Iced tea spoon by SRI, Love Leaf.

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5 comments to Ice Cream Sodas and Floats – Go Vintage

  • Rob Metras

    I do love your comments about Vernor’s. I remember visiting my relatives in Detroit and having one of those massive fountain glasses with an ice cream float with that distinctive Vernor’s taste. Those were the days when Hudson’s was the big thing in downtown Detroit.

  • Kimbesa

    Vernor’s is distinctive. I believe it was aged in wooden barrels, like some more powerful drinks are.

    I’m a die hard root beer fan myself, even though a Boston cooler is a local specialty.

    Those were the days!

  • Nancy

    There is nothing that beats Vernor’s… What would a Christmas ham be, with out Vernors and Brown Sugar glaze?

  • Connie

    I have 4 of these cups but can find no info on them anywhere. Would you be kind enough to help me? Are they microwave safe? Are there more in this pattern/design? I have found the footed ice cream bowls.but nothing else. Thank you.

    • kimbesa

      Hello Connie!

      I apologize for the delay. I have not found any other piece types than what you found, just soda cups and ice cream bowls, and that may well be all they made, due to the theme.

      I don’t know about the microwave, so I would avoid it.

      If you’re looking to build up a set to use with these pieces, I’d go for some small salad or dessert plates, in coordinating colors, such as white with blue or pink rims, or solid color pieces in similar colors.

      Another avenue would be wares with ice cream as the theme. There are a few out there by other makers.

      In my experience, wares like this were not made for a long time, which means there won’t be a lot in the vintage marketplaces.

      I hope this helps, and that you enjoy your china!

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