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If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic Root Beer Float, look no further than this Dr Pepper Float! It’s a delicious and fun drink that will knock your socks off!


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You know when you stumble upon delicious food by mistake? That’s how this Dr Pepper Float came about.

Eating a Frosty at Wendy’s one day, I sipped on my Dr Pepper Float and was totally blown away.

If you haven’t tried Dr Pepper with chocolate… let me tell you… you are missing out!

This chocolate Dr Pepper float recipe is quick and easy! Perfect for when I need to throw a dessert together in a hurry.

And a Dr. Pepper ice cream float is also the perfect summer dessert. It’s light and refreshing and we love to serve it while sitting by the pool.

A Dr. Pepper float is sure to be your new family favorite! Because who doesn’t love a bubbly soda and creamy ice cream mix?


bowl of chocolate ice cream with two cans of dr pepper


What Ingredients are in a Dr Pepper Float?

Dr. Pepper soda and chocolate ice cream only needs two ingredients! Yay!

  • Chocolate Ice Cream: Any brand of chocolate ice cream will work.
  • Dr. Pepper: You can buy Dr Pepper cans for small servings or 2 liter bottles for larger servings.

Pro Tip:

  • Don’t buy ice cream with nuts or other similar things in it. They don’t suck up the straw very well!

How to Make a Dr Pepper Float

It’s super easy to make a Dr Pepper Float! Are you ready for it?

Add the scoops of ice cream to your cup and then add the Dr Pepper! Phew! All done! Simplest dessert ever!

I’m a big fan of float desserts like Root Beer Float Cupcakes and Root Beer Float Whoopie Pies. So I’m excited for you to try this Dr Pepper Float twist!

Try some whipped cream for some extra delicious creaminess. Or a splash of lime juice is another fun twist!

Dr. Pepper summer is my favorite when served with scoops of vanilla ice cream of chocolate ice cream.


chocolate ice cream in a cup


What Flavors of Ice Cream Can I Use in a Dr Pepper Float?

Now while I love Dr. Pepper and chocolate, you may find yourself wanting to try other flavors.

Dr. Pepper Vanilla floats are very popular because of the similarity between Root Beer Vanilla Floats.

A good vanilla bean ice cream is all you would need to make a Dr pepper vanilla float.

But you’ve actually got other ice cream options as well.

It could be good to try Strawberry, Cherry, or other berry flavored ice creams.

The main thing I recommend is staying away from ice creams with added ingredients.

Marshmallows, nuts, cookies, etc. are hard to suck up and make the floats crunchy.

Though we have on occasion pulled out the blender and mixed it all in with some creamy peanut butter!

Chocolate, peanut butter, and ice cream! Oh my!


hand pouring dr pepper over chocolate ice cream


Are Dr Pepper Floats Good?

Dr Pepper Floats are super good! And while that’s a personal opinion, you’ve really got to try them for yourself.

They’re light and bubbly and yummy just like the classic soda floats you know and love.

And though I haven’t tried them all, I’ve heard you can use many different flavors of soda for ice cream floats. So trying your favorite soda is definitely in order!

Possible future opportunity to drink soda and ice cream? I mean someone has to try out all the sodas and flavor combinations right?

Ginger ale is another one of those soft drinks I’ve been eyeing! Let me know if you try it!


dr pepper poured over chocolate ice cream with a bowl of chocolate ice cream next to two cups.


Can You Use Dr Pepper For an Ice Cream Float?

You definitely can use Dr pepper for an ice cream float! And Dr. Pepper comes in many different flavors too. The flavors of the soda can add an instant change of ice cream float.

According to what I can find on from consumer comments, there are actually 23 flavors inside any original Dr Pepper! That’s a lot of flavor! Probably why it’s so good! And I find that when you mix chocolate ice cream with Dr Pepper it some how brings out a cherry flavor, which makes it SO good.  

However if chocolate ice cream isn’t your thing, give a Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float a try!



two floats ready to drink with cans of dr pepper next to them.


How Many Floats Can I Make with a 2 Liter Bottle of Dr Pepper?

The answer to this question will depend on how much ice cream you put in each cup and how big your cups are.

On average though, you’ll probably get 10-12 Dr Pepper floats out of a single 2 liter bottle.

You can scale up from there if you are having an Ice Cream Float party based on how many people you’re serving.

Ice cream float parties are perfect for having a Coke hour or Dr Pepper hour! Bring out all the flavors of ice cream and all the flavors of soda!

Root beer floats and Dr pepper soda vanilla float will be all the rage!


hand holding float


When to Serve Dr Pepper Floats

Dr Pepper floats can be served any time of day or night! Right? I mean ice cream and soda? Always a good thing right?

However, just so no one comes back to haunt me later for giving them bad advice, Dr Pepper Floats are a dessert!

So I recommend serving Dr Pepper ice cream floats whenever you would serve a regular dessert.

They’re great for serving as part of an ice cream bar at the following social events:

  • Birthday Parties
  • BBQs
  • Baby Showers
  • On a Hot Summer Day
  • Family Vacation
  • Road Trips


float in a glass - photo taken from the top looking down


Are Dr Pepper Floats Healthy?

Dr Pepper floats can be changed to fit your personal health goals. zWhile I don’t recommend eating ice cream floats on a strict diet, there are options!

Things like Diet Dr Pepper, Zero Sugar Dr Pepper, or Real Sugar Dr Pepper are great options depending on your personal health goals and needs.

However the real truth is, that chocolate ice cream and Dr. Pepper combined together just aren’t considered a healthy choice by most people.  We’ll just put this one in the dessert category!


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More Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love…

A Dr Pepper Float is a delicious and refreshing dessert that you’re absolutely going to love. They’re deliciously sweet and perfect for all your summer time needs!

So if you’re going to an ice cream shop without Dr. Pepper, be sure to bring your own and start a new trend!

Yield: 2 Floats

Chocolate Dr. Pepper Float

Can of Dr. Pepper being poured over chocolate ice cream

If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic Root Beer Float, look no further than this Dr Pepper Float! It’s a delicious and fun drink that will knock your socks off!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Dr. Pepper


  1. Fill cup with scoops of chocolate ice cream.
  2. Pour in Dr. Pepper slowly allowing it to fill the cup.
  3. Drink up!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 3g
Originally Posted: May 23, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: August 17, 2022

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Saturday 24th of May 2014

I'd love to try this! I might add a bit of rum! ;)


Saturday 31st of May 2014

I can't vouch for the rum, but I hope you like it!


Friday 23rd of May 2014

I love that you found this recipe by accident! So cool! I bet it tastes great!


Saturday 31st of May 2014

I kid you not, after discovering this, I now try to find a hunk of chocolate EVERY time I drink a Dr. Pepper!! Such a great flavor combination!


Friday 23rd of May 2014

Yum! I am definitely a fan of easy and delicious recipes like this one. Thanks for sharing!


Saturday 31st of May 2014

Thanks for stopping by Chelsea! Easy and simple are always my favorite kind of recipes!

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