How to Make a Klondike Float Recipe

Robyn Lee

It all started with a tweet. Friend of Serious Eats Matt Jacobs shared this genius concept last week:

We just created an awesome drink in the office: Klondike Float. Put 1/2 Klondike Bar in ice cube–size chunks in a glass of Coca-Cola. Enjoy.

  1. We retrieved the supplies and made one for ourselves. There are few recipes that can be explained so comprehensively in 140 characters, and this is one. There's really not that much beyond what he said. And he's right about the awesome part. So right.

  2. What the Klondike Float Has that Normal Floats Don't: (Besides Coke instead of root beer..) Those little chocolate shards. You take a sip and ahh, a cold chocolate fragment to chew on a bit, then it just melts in your mouth. And at the end, there's a pile of them, coated in cola juices, waiting for you at the bottom. Spoon them up. Smile.

  3. What the Klondike Float Has that Normal Floats Do Have: That creamy froth layer up top from the Klondike ice cream guts. It gets all smooth and foamy faster than normal floats do because you don't have to wait for that big hunkin' scoop to melt.

  4. Can You Make It With Root Beer? Sure, why not.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins

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  • 1 klondike bar
  • 1 can cola (We used Coke, but obviously Pepsi or another cola brand will do the trick.)


  1. Unwrap Klondike bar. Cut into nine pieces (three by three) so they're about ice-cube-sized. The chocolate shell will inevitably shatter into pieces. Making clean, neat cuts is tough, and really when it comes down to it, unnecessary.

  2. Drop about half of the Klondike nuggets into glass. Well, Matt says half, but we embraced our inner fat kids, and went with seven.

  3. Wait a few minutes for the flavors to meld, and super scientific floatification properties to form. Alright, that's long enough. Drink it!