Thursday, February 19, 2009

The buzz about The Fizz

Who doesn’t love a root beer float?! Now an ingenious way to enjoy this childhood specialty on the go from "The Fizz." Let’s see where to start....first off these samples came to me at my office so 10 corporate marketing professionals all test ran this fun product. Well I doubt we are the true target market and an executive conference room is not the norm for enjoying The Fizz but nonetheless we had fun and became kids again. As you can see from my photo diary you start with a bottle of root beer and vanilla ice cream, then The Fizz cup, fill it with vanilla ice cream, and insert straw in the center. This then screws onto the top of a plastic rootbeer bottle. Place the lid atop and squeeze the plastic soda bottle. Volcano starts to erupt, cup starts to fill with rootbeer, ice cream starts to blend in and shazaaamm . . . instant rootbeer float that combines the soda and ice cream to yummy perfection.

According to the website this product was developed "as a way to put a fun new spin on an all-American classic: the root beer float. He sought a way to simplify the process of making a soda float, at the same time making it more fun to drink. His concept was to devise a “mixing chamber” that would separate the ingredients and allow the float drinker to mix them as desired, and also make it fun visually as the soda mixes with the ice cream to create an eruption of foam. "

It's simple but not. It's on the go but not. You must have all your ingredients...soda, ice cream, and Fizz cups ready...and a place to assemble your concoction then "go" and its simple to put together but not as simple as throwing a scoop in a glass but then you can't just go which is the point of this all! Overall we had a blast with it and it was quite entertaining to see us all in suits sipping our Fizz. I bet my daughter would get a kick out of this as would anyone wanting to relive their childhood days of sipping root beer floats.
6 Pack$12.99 (includes shipping...does not include ice cream or soda)
Oh and the cup is reusable, but not dishwasher safe.

The buzz from our taste testers....

"Love it but there is something about wanting to take the cover off and scoop the ice cream like you do with a true root beer float. Regardless it brought me back childhood memories at the soda fountain."

"I expected this to be messy and the concoction mixed and flowed under my control of a squeeze."

"This was fun and certainly a novel idea! Root beer float was good, but as my true passion is the ice cream, I too had frustrations with not being able to get the ice cream with a spoon. I am actually excited to try it with the other "recipes" on the cup..."
  • [The Float: Ice Cream, Soda, Whipped Cream (oooh, we forgot the whipped cream!)
  • The Smoothie: Yogurt, Juice, Milk (ooh, healthy!)
  • The Milkshake: Ice Cream, Milk, Syrup (this sounds right up my alley!)
  • The Snow Cone: Crushed Ice, Flavored Syrup (I think I'll pass on this one, as I am not one for snow cones...)]
"Also loving it for it's "green" aspects. The "apparatus" is certainly strong enough to hold up to handwashing and reuse! Oh. One other thing...this does not work with glass bottles, so your Stewart's float is out of the question..."

"This would be really useful at a hockey game. At the Minnesota Wild game, Jeff and I had to go down two floors to get root beer floats and then come back through a crowd. I'm still not sure how we did it."

"I didn't actually try it, but i did think the idea was pretty cool."

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SpiceDish Saturday {February}: Cocoa-Sour Cream-Blackberry Ice Cream

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's time for another SpiceDish Saturday. Without further ado...

This is one of those staring into the depths of your fridge "I have ½ tub of sour cream left over from tacos and the blackberries from the corner market were 99 cents but I have to eat them today or freeze them, man I am craving chocolate... agggghhh" type of recipes. It was born out of that exact conversation in my head. The sour cream adds a nice tang to the super sweet choco-sugar mixture and the berries are a nice (aha! Healthy!) surprise. A bit unexpected.

There's no custard base so it's really very easy and all the richness comes from the sour cream. Enjoy!

Cocoa-Sour Cream-Blackberry Ice Cream

1 ½ cups sour cream
1 cup sugar
4 tbs dutch cocoa
1 ½ cup frozen blackberries

Heat the sour cream, cocoa and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisking until it comes to a low simmer. Pour mixture into bowl and add blackberries. Cover and place in refrigerator until cooled completely. Once cooled, use a handheld immersion blender to blitz the mixture (if you don't have one a blender works just as well).

Pour into mixer and chill following directions.

Thanks, SpiceDish!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Treat Your Sweatheart to Something Sweet

The countdown is on for V-day....two more days! If you are like me, someone who dreads Valentine's day and moreso becasue its so forced, you are probably still out there trying to figure out those last minute gifts....something thoughtful or just sweet. Funny thing is this year I am going the opposite ....husband is getting Rockband! Not so thoughtful or sweet and can't even believe I am admitting this but he wants it so Valentine's day is a good excuse...I already have the cheesy line on my card ready...will you be my rockstar?!

Anyways, besides that fun stuff there is always room for ice cream and what a better excuse. Ditch the chocolate and be down with ice cream for your loved one. Take him/her to DQ for a Love Blizzard, stop in Coldstone for a Hunka Chunka Burnin Fudge Sundae, or check out any of these creamy delights to enjoy at home with your loved ones.

Dairy Queen
Choco Cherry Love Blizzard® - it's the Blizzard® of the Month!
Sweet cherries lovingly blended with rich chocolate chunks and creamy vanilla soft serve.
Text Color

Coldstone Creamery
Love Duets
Hunka Chunka Burnin Fudge
Sweet Strawberry Romance Cake
Sweet Treat Cupcakes

Maggie Moos
Hip Cupckaes a la mode

JP Licks
Chocolate Covered Oreo Heart Cake– Two layers of incredible Oreo ice cream with a layer of homemade fudge in between and covered in rich, smooth chocolate ganache.
Elegant Vanilla Heart Cake– For the purest of hearts, celebrate the day witha simply elegant vanilla ice cream cake, hand-packed with love, and tastefully decorated.

Baskin Robbins
Sweetheart Cake
"Be Mine" Mini Valentine Cake
Chocolate Indulgence Cake
White Chocolate Strawberry 31° Below™

Turkey Hill - Gertrude Hawk Box of Chocolate
Limited EditionPremium Ice CreamMilk chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate raspberry cups, chocolate almonds and white chocolate chunks swirled with chocolate chips.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Video Starring Ice Cream!

So here at Scoopalicious, we try to find ice cream exposed in all types of media. My sister, Arianna, sent me this video: J Dilla's Nothing Like it through or skip ahead to 1:44 in the video, and you'll see why , on Arianna's suggestion, I posted it.

I have to say, I am not familiar with the late J Dilla, but anyone who puts oversized walking ice cream cones in his videos is OK in my book. Oh, and he has an album called Donuts...sweet fans unite!


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