Where I come from it’s called Pop. Not Soda. Soda is used for baking, pop is used for drinking. Pop is a regional dialect or expression heard in the upper mid west and northeast to the best of my understanding. Honestly, it kind of grinds my gears to hear people out here call pop a soda. It’s not a soda, not a soda pop. Just plain old pop!

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  1. To confuse matters even more, a soda can also mean something entirely different — like the soda counter at the old five-and-dime’s. Customers who asked for a soda might get a concoction of carbonated water, flavoring (cherry and root beer were popular), and a scoop of ice cream … thus, an ice cream soda. For what it’s worth, I made the best.

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      • But, then, some of my customers would call that a “float” … as in “ice cream float” because the carbonation would cause the scoop of ice cream to float on top.

        Now, you could take the same recipe — carbonated water, flavoring, and ice cream — mix it in the milk shake blender and, voila, you’d have an ice cream freeze. My best sellers were a root beer freeze, or orange freeze (made with orange juice).

        And there were always debates about malts and shakes. Mostly, it depended on where you were from, but a malted is thicker and flavored with malt powder. A milkshake was made with refrigerated milk whereas the malt was made with ice milk that we kept in the freezer. The ice is what thickened the shake, and the powder added the malty flavor.

        You know, Baskin-Robbins has an ice cream university that teaches all this stuff … even how to make your ice cream scoop look really big, but it’s mostly air. Sorry, I can’t share that trick — it’s a trade secret!


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