Does Texas recognize the Root Beer Float?
On a cross-country trip in 1977 I stopped at a Dairy Queen. When I asked for a root beer float, the woman behind the counter didn't know what I was talking about. They had root beer. They had ice cream. She'd never heard of combining them. "Where you from?", she asked.
I haven't been in Texas (or a Dairy Queen) since, so could someone who has tell me; is this a real cultural quirk, or was she an isolated case?
Heh heh. If you'd asked for a Dr. Pepper float the gal might have embraced you and said, "Yew betcha, hun!"
But seriously, I don't think root beer is a big deal down here. Dr. Pepper is the most popular Coke. And I have fond recollections of my grandma making me Coke floats back in the seventies.
I was just intrigued by the title/ question of your thread. Obviously, things have changed since you had that memorable experience in 1977. 1977??? After checking out your post and the replies, I did a Google search for Texas and Root beer float. No shortage of hits- pages of them, with Texas locations mentioned from east to west. One Google hit caught my eye, especially. "How to make a Root Beer Float, and other Texas Delights." The website itself, texascooking.com, actually uses the heading, "Traditional Texas Food: articles about Texas' most famous foods." and finally gets into the specific piece, "Keeping it Cool." A picture of a classic Root beer float is off to the side of the article.
Check it out at your leisure: http://www.texascooking.com/features/...
hmmm I was in Texas in 1977 but I don't think I ever asked for a root beer float. We generally make them at home. Not sure how long they have been in the state but there is A&W down here, so I'm going to say yes.