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Thursday, June 27 2013 00:12

Summer Fun: Dad, Daughter, First Root Beer Float... with EDY's and A&W #IceCreamFloat #shop

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One of the best things about being a Dad is experiencing "firsts" with my daughters. Beyond the usual milestones that everyone seems to think of, it's the little things that always seem to matter most... the first time listening to music on vinyl... the first time we planted seeds together in our garden. Little things that make for BIG memories. With my oldest almost four and my youngest just-turned one, I recently realized that there's certain "firsts" that I'll be able to experience twice. It really hit me as Baby Finley started hitting firsts that I experienced with Addie just a few years ago. This past weekend, Addie and I shared something that I can look forward to sharing with Finn in a few years: A first Root Beer Float made with Edy's Ice Cream and A&W Root Beer.

The Rock Father's tools of the trade for a classic A&W Root Beer Float

On a recent trip to Walmart, we gathered supplies to craft our perfect root beer floats. Yes, that's plural because I bought the ingredients to make two different spins on the classic A&W Root Beer Float Recipe that's become a time-honored summer classic. For Addie, A&W Root Beer and Edy's Grand Vanilla Ice Cream. For Daddy, A&W TEN Root Beer and Edy's Slow Churned Vanilla Bean Ice Cream - for a float with half the fat. I was really torn on what kind of glass to get... the old-timey "shake" glass... a frosty mug... or a mason jar. We ended up finding some super-cute mason jars with handles that come complete with lids, straws, and are made of plastic - so no worries about the little one breaking glass.

When the time to make those floats finally came, Addie couldn't resist digging in for a little sample...

Addie takes an early sample of her Edy's Grand Ice Cream...

 And she quickly got the hang of things...

Addie carefully places ice cream in the mug...

Meanwhile, I prepared for my own version of the Root Beer Float...

The Rock Father's tools of the trade for a Half the Fat Root Beer Float with A&W TEN and Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream

Using just as much care as little Addie, I gently mixed mine... (and yes, that is an old GUNS 'N ROSES "Appetite For Destruction" shirt)...

The Rock Father makes his Root Beer Float...

While Addie wasn't too thrilled initially with the "icky" foam she saw forming on the float (keep in mind, she's never had any kind of pop/soda before - and this, too, will be a "sometimes treat."), the end result was pretty well-received. I mean, just look at that face. That smile speaks a million words...

Look at that face! Addie enjoys her Root Beer Float...

As for me, I might've enjoyed my float a little bit too much. In fact, I may have snuck another one into my office to enjoy while posting this entry...

The Office at Rock Father HQ... with a midnight Root Beer Float.

What's your favorite summer treat to enjoy with your little one(s)? Are there any non-standard "firsts" that you find to be incredibly memorable? Feel free to share some thoughts below!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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