The Speckled Palate
March 9, 2017

Mint Chip Guinness Floats

Combine two springtime favorites: mint chocolate chip ice cream and Guinness Draught into decadent Mint Chip Guinness Floats! These adult ice cream floats are the perfect dessert beverages to sip while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Drizzle your favorite hot fudge sauce into the glasses, and then scoop in the ice cream. Pour in the Guinness, and finish with more hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. Enjoy these sweet, stout boozy floats immediately!

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

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Two years ago on March 9, our lives changed forever.

After keeping us waiting on pins and needles, our daughter was born. (She was due on March 1, and I was convinced she’d either be early or late. Turns out, she wanted to be fashionably late.)

And in celebration of her birthday… I’ve made something she can’t enjoy.

I know, I know.

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Look, kiddo, I adore you. And in 19 years, I will happily make one of these beauties for you. But for the meantime, I’ll just scoop you up a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and I’ll drown my matching scoop in Guinness.

Because while today is YOUR day, it was a really big one for me and your dad, too.

So indulge me today, and I’ll share the special ice cream that I made for you next week, mmmkay?

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Like most new mamas who faced down labor and delivery, I was suitably exhausted and starving once Lady A arrived.

When we finally got up to the recovery wing, my first meal was chicken parm. God bless the young nurse who tracked down that plate for me because I desperately needed it.

While that first meal was glorious, the day after Lady A was born, I had a request: A root beer float.

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

It just sounded so decadent and wonderful. Since I was (clearly?) running on a calorie deficit, my family jumped at the request and grabbed me a to-go float from the local pizza place where they ate dinner.

When they brought it to me, I legit consumed it in 5 minutes and made them take a photo of me, grinning like a loon. I was just SO HAPPY.

What I didn’t realize was I terribly swollen from labor and delivery, and when I smiled, my cheeks basically caused my eyes to close.

Here’s photographic proof. You’re welcome/I’m sorry:

Erin in the hospital enjoying a root beer float on Mar. 10, 2015, a day after her daughter was born.

So these floats right here? They’re a boozy twist on that fateful float I enjoyed a day after my child arrived. And they’re just in time for this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Minty ice cream combined with the stout flavors of Guinness make a perfectly harmonious dessert. It’s not too sweet, nor is it too bitter. They’re easy to make for yourself OR a crowd, and they just require 3-4 ingredients, depending on what you want to garnish them with.

So if you’re a stout skeptic like I once was, give these floats a try and see if the combination works for you… because it totally works for me.

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Essentials for Mint Chip Guinness Floats

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Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Minty, chocolatey ice cream combined with the dense deliciousness of Guinness… your St. Patrick’s Day party totally calls for these floats.

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Delicious, right?

Scroll down to learn how you can make them…

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.

Mint chip ice cream and Guinness combine to make decadent, boozy floats! Mint Chip Guinness Floats are the perfect dessert beverages for St. Patrick's Day.
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Mint Chip Guinness Float

Combine two springtime favorites: mint chocolate chip ice cream and Guinness Draught into decadent Mint Chip Guinness Floats! These adult ice cream floats are the perfect dessert beverages to sip while celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Drizzle your favorite hot fudge sauce into the glasses, and then scoop in the ice cream. Pour in the Guinness, and finish with more hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. Enjoy these sweet, stout boozy floats immediately!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 float
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon hot fudge sauce , warmed
  • 2-3 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • ½ bottle of Guinness
  • Whipped cream and additional hot fudge sauce , optional, for finishing

Instructions

  1. Drizzle the warmed hot fudge sauce inside the parfait glasses, creating patterns on the glass.
  2. Scoop in the mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  3. Pour the Guinness over the ice cream, pouring in slowly so the float does not overflow. Fill to the top.
  4. Finish with fresh whipped cream and additional hot fudge, and enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

To make several floats all together, drizzle in the hot fudge of all the glasses, then scoop the ice cream into each of them. Finish with the Guinness, then the optional finishing options, and enjoy immediately.

How do YOU celebrate your children’s birthdays? (Or how do you think you will?)

How do you feel about boozy floats?

11 Comments

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    Ok so is it wrong that I am craving this at 8:15am in the morning…….? It just looks so supremely delicious and decadent and SO much better than my healthy granola bar… And I love that you requested a root beer float LOL you are so my twin!

  2. Matthew Cetta

    I have chocolate caramel fudge sauce. Do you think that would be a good substitute for hot fudge?

    • Erin

      If you’re into caramel with the mint chocolate chip ice cream, I say go for it! I don’t think that would make it NOT delicious. 😉

  3. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    This is amazing! Guinness sounds delightful!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Dorothy! Guinness and ice cream is ALWAYS a good idea. 😉

  4. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    What an amazing looking float! Love the idea of using Guinness!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Amanda! This float is suuuuuper tasty. You can’t go wrong with Guinness this time of year, either!

  5. Paula - bell'alimento

    So perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers.

  6. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Oh man I’d love to dive into one of these!!!

  7. Katerina @ diethood .com

    This is fantastic!! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!!

  8. Michelle Goth

    This gets me excited because it makes it feel like summer is that much closer. Yay for delicious desserts for warm weather!

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