i should be mopping the floor: Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats

These Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats are the perfect summertime treat...a little fancier than your average float, but totally worth the extra effort (and time on the treadmill!). #IDelightinChai
Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
I'm pretty sure I invented the cola float. Well, I'd like to think I did. (Cue flashback harp music). As a little girl, the neighbors who lived directly across the street were known to me as Grandma and Grandpa (as a later-in-life-child, all of my biological grandparents passed away before I was born). Once a week, they'd take me to the local soda drive-in and we'd order root beer floats. When I was six, I felt it was time to tell them the truth of the matter: "I don't like root beer. At all.". I waited in anticipation of their complete and utter disappointment that I faked my way through many years of Root Beer Float Fridays as they turned to me from their front seats in their car. 
"Well, let's see if they can make yours with regular cola," Grandma Hyde said. "No use ordering something you don't actually like, right?"

And the first non-root-beer-float was born (I'm *pretty* sure that's historically accurate, y'all...I mean I haven't checked Wiki to make sure they have my name spelled correctly, but I trust them on this). Nobody was upset that I didn't like root beer (I still don't...I mean, who wants to drink liquified anise root...amIright?). We just invented our own version right then and there. Check out my glorified version of the original cola float below.
Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
Since most cream sodas are based off of a root beer (again...I just can't root beer, y'all. Can't. Root. Beer.), I made up a cola cream soda to take this totally over the top. And it's super easy.


Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
I'm not doing a printable, formal recipe here...because, really, this is one of those, "a lil' of this, a lil' of that" kind of concoctions (which also means I'm turning into my mom. Whenever I ask her for a recipe that's the exact verbage I get! Oy.)
Depending on the number of floats you're making, this is a 1:1 ratio of your favorite cola mixed with International Delight's Caramel Chai Tea Latte. (See...you probably thought you'd have to swing by the coffee house for something this fancy, right? This goodness is right in the dairy case, y'all). I use a fun glass bottle to mix mine with a funnel. I tilt the bottle around to incorporate both liquids...but not too much, so the soda doesn't lose its fizzy quality.

Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
Fill up your cups with vanilla ice cream (vanilla bean flavored is even yummier, if you have access to that). I like a lot of ice cream in my float...it melts off so much, I figure the calories must as well, (wink).


Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
Then top with the cream cola mixture. 


Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
I also like to add whipped cream on top along with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce. I just get store-bought for this, but you could make this crazy, over-the-top by using your favorite homemade caramel sauce recipe and real sweetened whipped cream, too. My heart is beating faster just thinking about that.


Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
My family absolutely loved these. Such a fun flavor combination. These are the perfect treat to take back ten minutes in your day. Just sip and enjoy. And no root beer in sight. ;)


Caramel Chai Tea Latte Cream Cola Floats |  Easy recipe with cola and chai tea latte! | The perfect, indulgent, summertime treat.
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10 comments:

  1. This looks like one tasty treat! Perfect for enjoying on a hot evening.I'll be giving this Chai Tea Latte a try!

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  2. It's going to be almost 90 here today, this looks like a great solution for cooling off!

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  3. Caramel is my very favorite! Sounds amazing!

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  4. Oh my goodness. This sounds perfect. I'm going to my chai tea latte-loving sister's house tomorrow and I absolutely need to make this for her.

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  5. wow it looks delicious i want to try this now ! im craving for this haha the food was killing I absolutely need to make this

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  6. I really love chai tea -- almost as much as I love coffee! These look great, and a little different from the drinks I usually go to.

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  7. Oh my! Now you're just mean. These look INCREDIBLE and it's only 7am!

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  8. I can't WAIT to try this out! Ooo this looks so delicious! Perfect for movie night at home or hanging out on a Friday night! Definitely keeping this one for the recipe books! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. My son is a big fan of chai tea, I will be showing him this! :)

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  10. I just can't resist caramel.Thanks for posting. Hello from Whimsy Wednesdays.

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