Senior Care Fun: Indulging in a Nostalgic Treat on Ice Cream Soda Day


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Senior Care Fun: Indulging in a Nostalgic Treat on Ice Cream Soda Day

Senior Care in Champions, TX

Senior Care in Champions XIf you are like many family caregivers of elderly adults, you have heard stories of them when they were younger going on dates or joining up with friends at the local soda fountain to enjoy special treats. A favorite treat at this time was the ice cream soda. While not as widespread today, the ice cream soda is a wonderful sweet and nostalgic treat to enjoy with your aging loved ones.

There are many different stories behind the origins of the ice cream soda and several people who take credit for the innovation. The most commonly accepted story, however, is that a soda vendor by the name of Robert McCay Green was selling drinks at a sesquicentennial celebration in Pittsburgh when he ran out of ice. In order to keep the beverages cold on the hot summer day, he used ice cream from a nearby vendor and put it in the soda. The resulting treat was so delightful, it became a staple on menus at all of the ice cream fountains in town, and then spread across the country.

Whatever the actual origin of the frothy treat, take some time to celebrate the sweet indulgence with your aging parents on June 20, Ice Cream Soda Day.

There is some debate over what technically constitutes an ice cream soda. Some say that it is ice cream in soda water with flavored syrup, while others say that so-called "floats", or ice cream floating in soda, should also be called ice cream soda. Whichever definition you want to use, have fun creating these vintage beverages with your parents by putting together a make-your-own ice cream soda bar. Put several bottles of different flavors of soda on the table along with different flavors of ice cream so you can make a variety of different styles. When serving the ice cream sodas, put the ice cream in the glass first and then pour the soda over it to prevent spilling. Remember that the ice cream will fizz up considerably so pour the soda slowly.

You can create your ice cream sodas with whatever flavor combinations you like, but try some of these traditional combinations for a classic treat:

  • Brown Cow. One of the most beloved flavor combinations, the brown cow, or black cow depending on where you are, is root beer and vanilla ice cream. In some regions the beverage is only referred to as a brown cow when the ice cream is mixed into the root beer
  • Purple Cow. Vanilla ice cream and purple grape soda
  • Boston Cooler. Ginger ale and vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate ice cream soda. Chocolate ice cream in soda water with chocolate syrup
  • Cherry Chocolate Soda. Chocolate ice cream in soda water with cherry syrup
  • Snow White. Sprite or vanilla ice cream
  • Orange Whip. Vanilla ice cream and orange soda
  • Nectar soda. Almond and vanilla syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and red food coloring. Though not an ice cream soda in the traditional sense, this pink, shimmery beverage is popular in New Orleans and has a similar creamy, frothy, sparkling flavor environment.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care in Champions, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

Chad Jolley
Chad Jolley

As the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston and as a son trying disparately to find help for his parents, Mr. Jolley has worked within the senior healthcare field for over a decade. Beginning his work overseeing the care of his father who became critically ill following a stroke in 2004, he has continued to develop his expertise by aiding seniors, adult disabled and veterans in their search for truly compassionate and dependable care through SYNERGY HomeCare. Mr. Jolley received his designation as a Certified Senior AdviserĀ in 2007 and continues to use his years of knowledge and experience to help other families find the care and peace of mind they need.

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