During the summer months, my family spends tons of time outdoors. With two boys who love nothing more than exploring, it only makes sense that we treat every day (and every evening) as an adventure. Since moving to what we consider the country two years ago and finding ourselves nestled on two acres of wooded land, I’ve discovered that when it comes to creating the perfect summer evening, we really don’t need to look any further than our own backyard. With a tent, our beloved fire pit and tons of family time, it’s easy to turn our backyard into the ultimate camping experience that none of us can get enough of….especially when our evening includes S’mores Root Beer Floats!
While I fully admit that our summer days are filled with trips to the pool, the river and the hiking trails, at the end of those warm hours, we want nothing more than to spend a little time at home enjoying the balmy evenings and time spent as a family. Thankfully, our backyard provides everything we need for the ultimate camping experience. Honestly, being able to put up a tent, have the hubs build a fire and create fun summer S’mores Root Beer Floats brings me back to my childhood where every summer evening was spent outside. I can think back and remember sitting in my own childhood wooded back yard watching the fireflies and enjoying a classic A&W Root Beer float while thinking that nothing in the world could be better than these moments. Since these are favorite childhood memories for me, I’ve been on a mission to recreate them for my children, with a tasty twist of course! Knowing that my childhood memories centered around a classic summer treat, I recently headed to Walmart to pick up everything I needed for the perfect S’mores Root Beer Floats while enjoying the ability to do a little backyard camping, including 2 liter A&W Root Beer.
Once I had all my ingredients from Walmart, it was time to set up my backyard camping experience. Now, in my boys’ minds (and yes, that includes the hubby as well) nothing is more magical than a night spent under the stars. However, for me, the packing up and planning of taking a camping trip can at times be overwhelming. That’s why I’ve discovered that when it comes to creating memories with my family, nothing is more fun (or more convenient and affordable) than backyard camping! The best part is, it can be accomplished in a few simple steps while still having access to my own home for any amenities that we might need! To start our backyard camping evening, we of course had to set up a tent.
We always have a tent and blow up mattress on hand (comfort matters ya’ll) so that we can easily take our indoor sleeping arrangements outdoors. While all four of us in the tent can be a little tight, it’s also tons of fun that always ends in laughter! Once our tent is set up and the sun has begun to go down, for me, creating memories is all about good food, fabulous family time and of course S’mores Root Beer Floats!
With our beloved fire pit in our back yard and a spring nearby, it’s simple to close our eyes and imagine that we’re miles from civilization. But it’s also amazingly nice to be close enough to home that I can run to the kitchen and create unforgettable treats that makes our family time even more amazing. Yes, we still roast hot dogs over the open fire.
Yes, we sit around telling stores while we eat our food.
But what truly makes our backyard camping unforgettable is our signature summer treat of S’mores Root Beer Floats. Yes, you heard me right….I’ve taken the classic camping food of s’mores and combined it with a cool summer treat to create the ultimate dessert for our backyard camping nights.
What You Will Need
A&W Root Beer
Great Value I’ll Have S’mores Ice Cream
Graham Crackers (crushed)
How to Make It
These S’mores Root Beer Floats are so easy to make and they are just the perfect summer treat to bring my family together. Using our easy to find and affordable A&W Root Beer and Great Value products from Walmart makes it even better because I can put together this fun summer snack for a totally amazing price!
To start, I need to do a little prep work on my glasses. For us, this is as simple as dipping the top of our glasses into Marshmallow Cream and then rolling them in crushed graham crackers.
Once our glasses are ready, we add a generous portion of ice cream to each one.
Now, for the part that truly makes these root beer floats….the A&W Root Beer from Walmart. Pouring this delicious drink over the top of our ice cream just takes me back to my childhood and I can’t help but watch in delight as my kids’ faces light up each time I do it.
Our mouths instantly began to water at the pop and fizz sounds that the root beer float creates and within seconds, our summer treat is ready! After sprinkling some chocolate chips on the top of our S’mores Root Beer Floats and adding a straw and a spoon, we’re ready to enjoy this classic summer treat with a twist.
As the sun begins to slip behind the mountains and the fire crackles in front of us, our S’mores Root Beer Floats are what makes our backyard camping truly unforgettable. With that very first taste, we’re able to close our eyes and truly feel the essence of summer. But more than that, we’re able to create family memories that I know will be with my boys for years to come, just as my own backyard memories from my own childhood are still with me.
I know that in a few short months summer will draw to a close but until it does, you’ll find my family outdoors under the stars making memories with each and every backyard camping experience. We’ll sleep in tents. We’ll cook our food over the fire. And most importantly, we’ll capture the taste of summer and create unforgettable memories with our easy to make S’mores Root Beer Floats.
Now it’s your turn! Whatever your perfect summer evening with your family looks like, make it even sweeter by creating your own A&W Root Beer Floats from #Walmart! With the ability to make any summer family activity sweeter, an A&W Root Beer Float is the perfect pairing for all your fun summer memories. So grab the kids (and your hubby too) and head to Walmart today to pick up your 2 liter A&W Root Beer in time for National Root Beer Float Day on August 6th! Then create your own amazing memories with family to celebrate this special day and every other day of summer in a unique and delicious way!
Now tell me, what fun summer activity will you pair with A&W Root Beer Floats to create an unforgettable family memory?