In the realm of ice cream floats, root beer tends to get all the attention. But, c’maaan, plenty of other sodas go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream—you’ve got your Coke float, your orange soda float, and I’m sure, somewhere out there, soda perverts and gamers are making Mtn Dew floats. But if Dr Pepper is your ice cream float soda of choice, we have good news. Beloved ice cream brand Blue Bell just said, “Sit down, root beer” (it didn’t really say that), and released Dr Pepper Float flavored ice cream. Do you realize what this means? You can now have a Dr Pepper float in your Dr Pepper float. TBH, the future isn’t what we all thought it would be, but it isn’t always bad either.
Besides the obvious reasons, why is a Dr Pepper/ Blue Bell collab such a big deal?
Well, it’s a big deal to people who like things that taste good, but it’s an especially big deal if you attend or have attended Baylor University. Since 1953, the school has been hosting weekly Dr Pepper Hour, during which students and faculty gather to make Dr Pepper floats from Dr Pepper and—you guessed it—Blue Bell ice cream. If my university did this, I’d have actually paid attention in class. But this isn’t the only thing that makes the collaboration between the two companies so special. Like Blue Bell Creamery, Dr Pepper is a Texas-based company. “Our Texas heritage is so important to us at Dr Pepper, and we are excited to team up with fellow Texas-born brand, Blue Bell, to create this new delicious treat,” John Alvarado, Dr Pepper’s senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement. While Blue Bell Creamery was initially cryptic about who they’d be working with on their newest flavor, many fans were quick to guess Dr Pepper. Previously, Dr Pepper teamed up with Whataburger to release a Dr Pepper milkshake. (You’re probably aware, but Whataburger is also Texas-based.)
So how, exactly, is Blue Bell planning to achieve that floaty taste in their ice cream? According to an Instagram post, the new flavor features their “creamy vanilla ice cream swirled together with a Dr Pepper sherbet.” It’s already in stores in pint and half-gallon form, and is expected to be sold through 2024. While this all sounds fine and dandy, there’s a caveat: Dr Pepper float ice cream will only be available in the 23 states where Blue Bell ice cream is sold (i.e. not California). Wait a minute—aren’t there 23 flavors in Dr Pepper? Now, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I have seen the movie The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey, so I’ll just leave it at that. Anyway, if you live in one of those lucky 23 states—Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming—it’s time to make the ultimate ice cream float with ice cream float ice cream!
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