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Today is DAY ONE of our Latin Inspired Ice Cream Floats series! Here is our first recipe! Please enjoy and let us know what you want to see next!
Piña Colada Ice Cream Float
Today we’re featuring our Piña Colada Ice Cream Float! This gorgeous piña colada ice cream float contains equal parts pineapple soda and pineapple coconut ice cream. Topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, fresh pineapple and cherries, this float is the perfect indulgent treat for Summer.
First, a little background on the piña colada. The cocktail is made with rum, pineapple juice and coconut milk / coconut cream. A popular drink in the Caribbean, it’s known to have originated in Puerto Rico.
Piña Colada is one of my husband’s favorite flavor profiles, so I wasn’t surprised at all when he texted me during a recent grocery trip, to ask if I could feature it in our ice cream floats series.
Creating the Perfect Piña Colada Ice Cream Float
Recently, I started working on developing several Mexican / Latin inspired ice cream float recipes. And of course, I sent hubby to the store to pick up a few things that I needed.
While shopping, he spotted a pint of Häagen-Dazs Pineapple Coconut ice cream thought it would be perfect for one of our ice cream float recipes. I told him to go ahead and grab a couple of Jarritos too, since I already knew they had a piña flavor, plus grab a few other items for toppings on the float.
The result was more than I could have imagined.
I’ve never been a huge fan of piña coladas. Mostly because it’s a little on the sweet side for me, but Häagen-Dazs’ Pineapple Coconut ice cream is really amazing. It’s well balanced and the perfect creamy start to this amazing piña colada ice cream float.
To boost the creaminess of this gorgeous ice cream float, I added a healthy dose of whipped cream. Fresh pineapple and sweet maraschino cherries gave this float a punch of vibrant flavor, while the pineapple Jarritos added a layer of crisp, fizzy goodness.
A final sprinkle of toasted coconut gives this drink the perfect crunch and richness for someone like me, who loves desserts that are more savory than sweet.
The best part about this piña colada ice cream float is that hubby absolutely loved it! We’ll be making this again soon and it will definitely make an appearance on his birthday…lol.
I’m even thinking about making a pineapple upside down cake to go with it! OMG…that would be amazing! 😍
TIP: Want to add a kick to your piña colada ice cream float? Add a shot of your favorite rum for a boozy delicious ice cream float cocktail!
Piña Colada Ice Cream Float Sundae
Now, for those of you who want to try this piña colada ice cream float recipe on a smaller scale, we’ve got something special for you. I created this pint sized piña colada ice cream float sundae, which the kids absolutely loved.
Basically, it’s everything you’ll find in the float, with the recipe cut in half. Serving it up in a bowl makes it less messy and way more fun since you can get creative and really customize your toppings.
Mija really loved this idea and added more pineapple soda to her bowl and less coconut. She also loaded up on the cherries and drizzled some of the extra cherry juice on top of her sundae.
This was the final result.
Soooo, so good! 😍😋
Are you ready to try this gorgeous piña colada ice cream float at home? Grab the recipe below.
Piña Colada Ice Cream Float
- 1/2 bottle Jarritos pineapple soda
- 2 scoops Haagen Dasz Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream
- 1/4 cup Coconut milk or coconut cream (optional) (add if you want a boost of coconut flavor)
- Whipped cream topping (we used Reddi-Wip)
- Fresh pineapple chunks
- Maraschino cherries
- Toasted coconut flakes
- Add 1/2 bottle of Jarritos pineapple (piña) soda to a large glass.
- Add two scoops of Haagen Dasz Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream.
- Top with your favorite toppings, like whipped cream, fresh pineapple chunks, cherries and toasted coconut.