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root beer floats for 100
Shauna
07/17/12
Serving approx 75 to 100 people root beer floats in an 8 oz cup. How many 2 liter bottles of root beer would I need, and how many gallons of ice cream?
ellen
07/18/12
About 5 gallons of ice cream, 1 2 liter per 10-12.
Olivia
09/27/12
I need to make this for 150 people
can you give me the items needed and quantiy.
ellen
09/28/12
8 gallons of ice cream, soda does not change, still 1 2-liter per 10 to 12, depending on size of cups. Get some sugar free soda.
Anton
01/27/13
Hello!
I am going to be doing a demonstration speech for my class on how to make root beer floats. Because
I have a limited amount of time, I am planning to make them in a pitcher. Any tips for how to mix the ice cream for even consistency?
Thank you!
ellen
01/27/13
Anton, I have no idea how to do these by the pitcher- what I would do is pre-scoop 1 scoop in each cup, freeze in the cups, and fill with root beer at serving time.

The BEST way is to fill the individual cup with 2/3 root beer. put in the scoop and then add just enough root beer to get the tasty foam.

ellen
01/28/13
Here are somre sites that will help you develop your talk:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream_soda

www.yumsugar.com/National-Root-Beer-Float-Day-First-Black-Cow-485689

www.science20.com/science_20/science_root_beer_float

Anton Relin
01/30/13
Thank you so much! I took your recommendation for scooping into each cup and storing in the freezer. You have made my life a lot easier!
veronika
04/17/13
root beer floats for 30
hi ellen i was wondering HOW MUCH WOULD IT BE FOR ME TO MAKE ROOTBEER FLOATS for 30 people
ellen
04/17/13
6 liters root beer, a bit less than 2 gallons ice cream.
holly
05/13/13
root beer floats for 300
how much for 300 floats?
ellen
05/13/13
Holly, just read the thread-
Kiona
10/21/13
root beer floats for 2,00 people
hello!
I know this a huge body of people. I will be saleing these a church dance coference. Also wondering what would be the best way to store these at a dance?
thank you
kiona
10/21/13
root beer floats for 2,00
I meant 2,000.
Kiona
10/21/13
sorry it changed to 1,000 ignore the first one that says 2,000
ellen
10/21/13
As advised above, pre-scoop and freeze the ice cream. Assemble on site, per order. Many people prefer coke floats- you might offer a choice.
Hannah
11/05/13
root beer floats for 80
How much for 80 people?!
ellen
11/05/13
Same as shauna, first on this thread.
Aryana Galvan
02/03/14
Who much money would it cost to make 20 root beer floats?
ellen
02/03/14
Each one takes about 10 ounces of root beer (about 6 per 2 liter bottle, so you would get 4) and a long half cup of ice cream (12-15 per half gallon, so you would get 2). Costs depend on local sales and whether you are using brand name soda and ice cream.

I am sure you can calculate this.

joan
02/20/14
how much whip cream needed to top ice cream soda?
ellen
02/21/14
Using canned, about 1 can per 20.
alexa
07/21/14
Hello!

How much pop and ice cream for 60 people in 16 oz. cups?

Thank you

ellen
07/21/14
Alexa, see 02/03/14 above, you need 3 times as much for 60 as she does for 20.
carlene.vasquez
08/22/14
root beer floats for 200
I have 200-250 employees I need to provide Ice cream floats for . How much Ice cream and How much root beer do I need?
Thanks
Carlene
ellen
08/27/14
8 gallons of ice cream per 150, soda 1 2-liter per 10 to 12, depending on size of cups. Get some sugar free soda.
Bridget
08/30/14
How much for 150?!

Haha. Just kidding. I can read! Lol

ellen
08/30/14
Good. Sometimes I wonder if anyone teachers fractions or ratio and proportion any more...
Bridget
08/30/14
Probably not. Or they do and it's easier to ask you! But I am glad you did have this thread. I was about to buy not enough ice cream!
Lillie
09/01/14
How many for 150 in 16 oz cups
ellen
09/02/14
Same amount of ice cream, 8 gallons, but allow 1 2 liter bottle of soda per 8.
Rick
10/03/14
I'm making 233 floats on a train that leaves Chicago at 60 mph and will serve them at about 2:30 p.m. How many times should I wave at people as they arrive?

I'm kidding of course. Thanks for the info and for your patience with everyone asking you to do their math. :)

ellen
10/03/14
Karma, not trains... you are welcome
Dana
12/10/14
I just wanted to include a trick that I use for serving large groups. Throw the ice cream scoop away and just open up the ice cream containers completely and put on a cutting board and cut into single serving wedges. Its much faster.
ellen
12/10/14
Great for serving, not so easy for floats.
Dana
12/10/14
It really was easy for floats too. I cut the wedge to fit perfectly in the cup and we poured the root beer over the top. We had to serve 100 kids in a short period of time and did not have freezer space to pre-scoop and store.
ellen
12/10/14
Interesting, thanks.
Lindsey
12/12/14
Hi! I have been reading your thread and got some good answers. BUT from what I can tell, unless I missed one, these are for adult portions. I will be serving about 50 K-5th graders. I was wondering if you could recommend a good size and around how much Root Beer & Ice Cream you feel appropriate in this case. Sorry if you've covered this.
ellen
12/12/14
I would use an 8-10 ounce cup with 1/4 cup ice cream and allow for seconds. Clear cups are more fun. Straws are essential.
Megan B
06/02/15
root beer floats for 120
I'm making about 120-130 8 oz rootbeer floats for an event. Could you tell me how many gallons of ice cream I'll need?
ellen
06/02/15
Usual is 1/2 cup per serving=60 cups, 15 quarts, or about 4 gallons.
Kim
08/06/15
This was so useful for me! I run a college and we are serving 400 students for National Root Beer Float today! My assistant probably thanks you the most...she had to shop for the supplies!
ellen
08/06/15
You're welcome! Donations always appreciated!
Becki
08/17/15
I absolutely loved Rick's comment. Seriously though, this was very helpful for me as we are going to make root beer floats at a 50s themed party and this will give us a good guide. I'll do the math. Thanks!
Candice
08/18/15
I am planning on making 100 12oz floats How much ice cream and root beer should I order?
ellen
08/19/15
See the very first post on this thread.
Danette
08/22/15
Ellen thank you! I'm having a root beer float party and it doesn't matter the number who will attend because you gave me the information I need to INPUT into a simple math problem to use whether I'm have 10 people or 100,000 people! THANK YOU!

I can't believe you continue to answer the STUPID questions about how much ice cream or root beer to order. FIGURE it our PEOPLE! It is SIMPLE MATH!

Thank you again!

ellen
08/22/15
Hi, Danette,
Many people are very scared of any math that has fractions or ratios, so I see this on many of my threads. Fear does make you weak. Someday I will have an app for that and I will make a fortune.
Michelle
10/18/15
root beer floats for 30 kids
Hello
I would like to make root beer floats for 30 kids using 12oz styrofoam cups. How much ice cream and root beer do I need?
ellen
10/18/15
a gallon of ice cream for careful half cup scoops (I would do a couple quarts extra, with maybe one sugar free?), and 4 2iter bottles, (maybe plus 1 sugar free)? But if you did not count the grownups/ servers, add some more.
Heidi
10/19/15
I was wondering how much root beer and ice cream for 20 Kindergarteners? Thanks!
ellen
10/19/15
8-10 ounce cup, 1/4 cup ice cream, 3/4 cup (6 ounces) soda per kid. If there is any kid who can't do dairy, use a chuck of popsicle.
ellen
10/19/15
8-10 ounce cup, 1/4 cup ice cream, 3/4 cup (6 ounces) soda per kid. If there is any kid who can't do dairy, use a chuck of popsicle.
Terry
12/07/15
How much ice cream for 100 servings ( root beer floats)in 14 oz cups
ellen
12/07/15
long 1/2 cup per person=60 cups. Buy 5 gallons to allow for staff and seconds. Use a measured scoop. If you are very careful, you could get by with 4 but nobody ever is...
Jenna
02/18/16
Hi how much ice cream do I need to serve 300 people? Our school cook said 8 but that doesn't seem like enough...
ellen
02/18/16
Depends on the size of the scoop. One 1/2 cup scoop per person, just about 30 people per gallon. The note just above applies.
winnie
04/11/16
hello how much ice cream and root beer do we need for 200 people with 16oz cups
ellen
04/12/16
One 1/2 cup scoop per person, just about 30 people per gallon. The note just above, 02/18/16, applies. 6-8 gallons, depending on scoop generosity and whether there will be seconds.

For the soda with these large cups, 6 per each 2 liter bottle, about 36 2 liter bottles. You might get a few sugar free for anyone who wants just a cup of sugar free soda- there will be some diabetics in a crowd this size.

If there is any one who can't do dairy, use a chuck of popsicle.

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Marisa
04/28/16
Thank you for this thread! SOOOO helpful!!
Shannon
06/13/16
Hello, We are doing root beer floats at work for approx. 350 employees. So correct me if I am wrong but what I get from above threads is....I need 1 2 liter bottle per 10-12 people totaling 30 2liter bottles of soda?(I will add a few diet Cokes/Cokes for choices) I will need 8 gallons per 150 people so I will get 20 gallons of ice cream. We are using 18 oz Red Solo cups. We would rather have too much than not enough. :(
Any help is appreciated.
ellen
06/13/16
Use the one right above, 16 ounce cups, to increase your soda. Probably a bit over on ice cream, but people always seem willing to eat it up...
Shannon
06/13/16
Thanks! :)
Angela
09/08/16
How much ice cream do most people use -
a cup, 1/2 cups, 3/4 cup -- Thanks
ellen
09/09/16
one 1/2 cup scoop
Liz
09/21/16
root beer floats for 400 youth
I have to make floats for 400 teenagers tonight for a church function. We aren't making huge servings. Just a light refreshment after activities. How many liters of soda/gallons of icecream do you think I need to buy?
phersey
09/29/16
how many 2 liter bottles of root beer will I need for 100 root beer floats???
ellen
10/01/16
Liz, for small ones use this formula,

10/19/15 8-10 ounce cup, 1/4 cup ice cream, 3/4 cup (6 ounces) soda per kid. If there is any kid who can't do dairy, use a chuck of popsicle.

Phersey, for large adult/teen size, 1 2-liter per 10-12.

Kevin
10/10/16
How much root beer and ice cream would you expect if you bought one for two dollars.
ellen
10/11/16
50-0 cents worth actual cost. Usually on food, the food itself is just 1/3 to1/4 of the cost.
Owen
11/21/16
How many liters of root beer do I need for 24 people
ellen
11/21/16
Owen, is this for root beer floats? If so, it matters what size cups you are using- write back. If it is just for drinking, see the beverage planning page.
Zach
02/21/17
For speech class I'm going to make a root beer float and I would appreciate it if you could tell me how to make it in 3 minutes. I'm planning on making it in a pitcher, and then pouring it in cups to my classmates, would that be the right way? Also how much root beer and ice cream do I get for 18 people?

Thanks

ellen
02/24/17
Zach, a food theme for a talk is excellent, but floats don't pour.

You can do this: get a gallon of vanilla ice cream in the brick form, 20 12-16 ounce cups, 3 2 liter root beers and 1 sugar free. Straws or plastic ice tea spoons or both. Can of spray whip cream if you want to get really fancy.

Set out the cups on a tray.

Starting your talk, whack the ice cream into 24 long strips by cutting 4 strips (3 cuts) down the length and 6 strips (5 cuts) across. This will give you 24 "logs". Point out that these fit in the cups, set aside- don't put in cups yet. Point out that if you put the ice cream in first the cups overflow with foam. Fill each cup over 1/2 w rootbeer, slip the sticks in, foaming starts, add the rest of the root beer to each to get a head of foam. Insert spoon/straw, top with whip cream if you use it, and take a bow.

The sugar free is for anyone who can't have a float.

Becky
04/11/17
Ellen,
You are AMAZING!! Thank you so much for this information. With a little math was able to take the amounts given, and figure out exactly what I needed for my event. You are awesome!
ellen
04/11/17
I LOVE readers who use my info and their brains to get where they need to go! Thanks!
michelle
06/06/17
root beer floats for 70
how many gallons and liters of root beer for 70 people?
ellen
06/06/17
About 4 gallons of ice cream, 1 2 liter per 10-12.

For the soda with very large cups, 6 per each 2 liter bottle. You might get a few sugar free for anyone who wants just a cup of sugar free soda- there may be some diabetics in a crowd this size.

If there is any one who can't do dairy, use a chuck of popsicle.

Dan
06/14/17
I am looking for 8 - 10 oz cups that have 2 oz of ice cream in them already. So I can just pull them out of the freezer and add root beer. Does anyone know where I can get these?
ellen
06/16/17
No such, as ice cream in first makes it just about impossible to add the root beer. What you can do is buy brick ice cream, cut into sticks and keep frozen, then put in the root beer and drop in the ice cream (it's fast).
Tera
06/27/17
root beer floats for 25
How much ice cream and root beer for 25 people?
ellen
06/27/17
For 30, root beer floats for 30:
6 2-liters root beer, a bit less than 2 gallons ice cream.
So for 25, 5 2-liters and 6-7 quarts. Allows for seconds.
vira
08/29/17
root beer floats for 150
I need to make 150 floats with 8.5 oz cups how many 5 quarts of ice cream and 2 liter drinks will I need.
ellen
08/29/17
This is a small float. You might use 1/3 cup scoops of ice cream- make them ahead and freeze. Then put 6 ounces of cold root beer in the cup and flip the scoop on top. 10 servings per 2 liter jug, 10 scoops per quart or 40 scoops per gallon. Don't put he ice cream in first, it will overflow.
Kevin
09/20/17
How much ice cream to root beer for a 16 oz cup
ellen
09/20/17
A generous half cup scoop is plenty of ice cream, about 28 per gallon of ice cream. each 2 liter will pour 6 servings for this size.
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