Today is a special day: my darling husband’s birthday! I wanted to share a few recipes over the next few posts that are his favorites and remind me of him. This recipe for Huckleberry Ice Cream Soda Floats is one that Ashton and I made together last summer right after our trip to his hometown in Montana and before he left for his deployment. This trip was my first to Montana and (gasp!) my first time trying huckleberries. I may have gone huckleberry crazy and I seriously think I ordered huckleberry something-or-other with every meal out. These tiny, sweet-tart berries are perfect in drinks, desserts, sauces, pretty much everything! After our huckleberry filled trip, I made sure to bring home a bag full of huckleberry goodies including honey, jam, syrup, coffee, soda, and taffy!
*I have found huckleberry soda (above) at my local World Market store and huckleberry jam in some specialty food stores (yes, even in Louisiana)!
- First visit to the Northwest (we stayed in Idaho too!)
- Eating huckleberries
- Walking a swinging bridge
- First rodeo
- Ava’s first boat ride
- Ava’s first fair
Here are a few pictures from our trip and the easy (and tasty) recipe for
Huckleberry Ice Cream Soda Floats.
Hope you enjoy it as much as my birthday boy did! We miss you and love you Ashton!
Welcome to Montana! The most beautiful place in the country (well…maybe tied with Florida!).
Family portrait on the swinging bridge.
My little Ava wasn’t even 10 months yet! So cute and tiny!
Ava loves the outdoors just as much as her Daddy!
|Huckleberry Lemonade at the state park and Huckleberry Pie for dessert.|
Dinner in Kalispell. How cool is this moose?
My first (of many) Huckleberry Ice Cream Floats. Ah-Mazing!
Ava and I enjoying our first rodeo called The Bull Thing in Eureka, MT.
Ava enjoying the Fair and her first boat ride with her Dad.
Picturesque Montana. Can you believe this is where we stayed?
Ashton, Ava, and his sweet foster family, who welcomed
us into their home and made us feel so welcome.
What a fantastic trip. We made so many wonderful memories!
Since I can’t make this recipe with fresh huckleberries, I use huckleberry jam.
Can’t find huckleberries where you live?
Try raspberries or blackberries instead!
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 2 tbsp huckleberry jam
- 8-12 oz huckleberry soda
- Place ice cream on a cutting board and mix in huckleberry jam. I did this Coldstone Creamery style, with two cold spoons, and gently folding the jam into the ice cream.
- Scoop ice cream into a tall chilled glass or mug.
- Add huckleberry soda and fill to the top of the glass.
- Add a straw or two and drink away! It’s so good you may have a few!
Start with creamy vanilla ice cream. Place two scoops on a cutting board.
Add huckleberry jam to the ice cream and using two cold spoons (think Coldstone Creamery) gently fold the jam into the ice cream.
If you are lucky enough to live where huckleberries are popular, you can use fresh huckleberries instead or just buy huckleberry ice cream!
but now Huckleberry Floats are my #1!
That face! Maybe she’s pouting because she wants some of our Huckleberry Floats?