This is a simple twist on an all-time favorite - Root Beer Floats! You only need a few ingredients and a popsicle mold. If you're wondering why I named these Epsicles - there is a reason! I'm nerdy and decided to research the history of popsicles and discovered that they were invented by an 11-year old boy in 1905! His name was Frank Epperson and he was mixing a little soda water powder one night - which was popular back then - and left it out on his porch. By morning he discovered his frozen treat - he eventually named them Epsicles, however his kids convinced him years later to change it to popsicles! So these are a tribute to Frank Epperson and his amazing invention! You can see an image of him here. He passed away in 1983.

  • Root Beer (we have Sprecher's Root Beer which is the best - made in Wisconsin)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Popsicle Mold (anything will work - I linked to Amazon where I purchased mine)
This is very simple. Just pour a little root beer in the bottom of the popsicle molds. Then, use a spoon to scoop out a small amount of ice cream and put it in each of the molds. If it fizzes too much, you can skim that off and discard it. Then add a little more root beer and a little more ice cream and repeat. Then, put in your freezer and take it out a while later to enjoy it!

The best part of these are when you hit the ice cream spots! Yum! A great way to savor a Root Beer Float as a Root Beer Float-sicle!

We also used a mini-mold I had on hand to make smaller versions of it!

*Sadly we are now lactose intolerant but loved these so much when we could enjoy them!

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emeraldrox2 years ago
I think this is AWESOME! Love it
HollyMann (author)  emeraldrox2 years ago
Thanks so much! :)
Congratulations Holly for making to the Finals :)
HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thanks Tarun :) The contests are always fun to be a part of!
antoniraj2 years ago
nice... how do you take them out from the molds...? are the molds in two parts or you just twist them out..?
HollyMann (author)  antoniraj2 years ago
Hi Antoniraj - you can pull the mold off by sort of peeling it back.
thanks.. I think the molds are made of food-grade silicon rubber or some such material
lazemaple2 years ago
I really like the ice pop moulds - where do you get them?
HollyMann (author)  lazemaple2 years ago
Sorry I just updated the ingredients list with a link to the amazon page where I bought it!
desertrat2 years ago
Be darned if i am going to discard the part when it fizzes too much, that is the second best part, scoop it off and eat it then. Thanks, great Instructable
HollyMann (author)  desertrat2 years ago
Yum I know!
slcleek2 years ago
I love your molds. Where did you get them or who makes them?
HollyMann (author)  slcleek2 years ago
Hi there - I just updated the ingredients with a link to amazon where I bought the molds. Sorry for the late reply!
nanaverm2 years ago
And I was wondering just how you put the impressive twists in them! ;)

This would be great made with orange soda, too. Orangecicles!
HollyMann (author)  nanaverm2 years ago
Hi Nanaverm - I bought the molds on amazon and just updated the ingredients list to include the link to that! :) Orangecicles or creamsicles would be great!
kdoug3792 years ago
I love root beer floats!! Thanks so much!
HollyMann (author)  kdoug3792 years ago
You're welcome!!!
(In voice of Homer Simpson) Mmmmmmm.... Sprecher......
shazni2 years ago
Lovely!... It's pretty hot here 75% of the year ;-)
Epsicle. Awesome.
Mann-sicle? Another home run. You are the greatest- my favorite Instructabl-eer. The next Scoochmaroo. V'd, F'd.
HollyMann (author)  donedirtcheap2 years ago
Thank you so much for the kind comment - you're doing pretty good for yourself on here too you know!!! I love your creations! No more zombie ones though - can't handle it!
mkitty2 years ago
Yum I love the idea it's so smart
HollyMann (author)  mkitty2 years ago
Oh love those floats just they don't love me. :( But they look so tasty none the less.
HollyMann (author)  Treasure Tabby2 years ago
Thanks Treasure Tabby - sorry they don't love ya back. But thanks for the comment and your profile pic is SO cute!!!
LexyConroy2 years ago
Wow! great presentation! I'm definitely doing to make one... or two... or three :)
HollyMann (author)  LexyConroy2 years ago
or four or five! :)
Mrballeng2 years ago
Well done. Loved the history behind it. (I'm the guy who has to read every little historical placque I come across) Thanks for posting such a great idea. 
HollyMann (author)  Mrballeng2 years ago
Thanks Mrballeng I appreciate it! :) Yes, I am fascinated by all the little things in life! :) Glad I'm not the only one!
Wow they look amazing!
HollyMann (author)  hotstuff57212 years ago
Honeylam2 years ago
What a great treat. Will have to share with my daughter-in-law so she can make for our grandaughter Hailee, who says root beer floats are "D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S"!
HollyMann (author)  Honeylam2 years ago
Thanks Honeylam! :) Hope they like them!
M.C. Langer2 years ago

Looks so delicious!
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Thanks Mario!!!
mibad2 years ago
HollyMann (author)  mibad2 years ago
Thank you!!!
Barb372 years ago
From one nerd to another, thank you for the origin of root beer info! Your finished Epsicles are beautiful - you rocked those molds!
HollyMann (author)  Barb372 years ago
No problem Barb :) Thanks for the great comment!!! :)
Gorezillar2 years ago
Lucky his name wasn't Testerson.
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