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With Coconut Ice Cream.


I’m practicing for when I move to Hawaii.

My friends used to love hanging out at my house when we were younger, probably because my mom was the best hostess. She’d always be prepared for guests with freshly-baked cookies, brownies, or even English muffin pizzas. Come summertime, one of her favorite treats to serve (and one of my friends’ favorite things to be served) was a root beer float. I’ve never liked soda, and so she’d make me a special Orange Juice float.

Last night, when my friends came over for a girls’ night, the drinks I created for them reminded me of those oj floats my mom used to make. Except these were pineapple-flavored: Pineapple Floats!

pineapple drink

Pineapple Floats

  • 4 cups fresh or canned pineapple
  • stevia or sugar of choice to taste
  • optional: rum or rum extract
  • coconut ice cream (I used my favorite Ice Cream Recipe)

Freeze the pineapple in a container. Once frozen, thaw it until you can easily blend it. (You don’t need a Vita-Mix for this recipe!) Blend with the optional sweetener and rum or extract. Do not add water. Pour into glasses, and serve topped with coconut ice cream.

float with ice cream

 You could also make a float from my Watermelon Ice Cream.

Just thaw the frozen watermelon longer than the recipe calls for, and pour it into a glass instead of a bowl.


Oh, and with the floats I also served Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Anna says:

    That looks tasty! At some point in my childhood I began disliking root beer. Instead I would add grape juice!

    I often prefer being the host. I like making new dishes for my friends to try and by hosting I am always kept busy :)

  2. Allie says:

    That first picture of your post? Prettiest photo EVER!

    And now I want a pina colada float!

  3. I would rather host a party! I love having people come over to my place!

  4. I’ll rather be the host! I always want to be the host. People coming over to my home, eating my food, enjoying my TV… absolutely awesome. 😀

  5. Hmm I like both, it depends on my mood really. Sometimes it’s nice to be looked after by others but I love cooking for everyone too!

  6. Jen says:

    These are basically pina colada floats. You’re a genius. Growing up, I drank waaay too many sugar-laden pina coladas every summer in Mexico. And about the watermelon idea, another blogger recently made watermelon-mint floats, and they looked amazing. You should definitely try that variation if you haven’t already! By the way, your mom’s orange floats make me think of creamsicles. I loved those as a kid!

  7. I think I would rather Host! I love throwing parties and getting to make the menu!

  8. teabagginit says:

    i’d so rather be a guest – but i ALWAYS bring something i know i’ll eat. i’m so picky about my food & getting protein/good carbs at every meal that i won’t trust others to provide what i want. anal/control freak? perhaps. hungry? nope!

  9. This sounds delightful, especially with the rum! Oh yes! It looks as if all would feel right in the world if I was sipping this!
    I love to be a healthy mix of both, a hostess and a guest. Best of both worlds I guess!

  10. Rebecca says:

    This float looks like just the thing for a hot day!

    I’d rather be a guest most of the time, I like the freedom to come and go when I want.

  11. I LOVE FLOATS!!! such a cute and great idea – not surprised coming from YOU 😉

    I LOVEEE BEING the guest! no cleanup involved :)

  12. These look so refreshing Katie! I love pineapple.

    I’d rather help the hostess — you know, when someone tells the hostess “oh everything is so wonderful” and then the hostess can turn to me and say “I couldn’t have done it without Holly!” That way I’m not the center of attention but I feel somewhat important :)

  13. Leslie says:

    I’d say hostess, but if you were serving me one of those floats I would totally have to change my answer to guest!

    1. Lisa C. says:

      Oh me too. I would rather be in charge of the party and know where everything is and have control (control freak!). But I would make an exception for a CCK party! I can see why everyone’d want to come to your house! Your friends are smart people. :)

  14. Your posts leave me drooling! 😉

  15. Ragnhild says:

    Yum yum- looking fresh!

    I love to host, and I always make my friends come over for dinner. I also make them breakfast and brunch! I also always bring foods when Im not the host. I love to convince friends that vegan healthy foods are yummiiii 😀

  16. mmm this float looks amazing! I have been loving pineapple coconut everything lately and I am sure this will be just fine as well!

  17. Elise says:

    Freezing cold pineapple drink = winner!!! I loved coke floats when I was a kid. I wasn’t allowed them very often though because I used to get so hyper from drinking coke I wouldn’t sleep and drove everyone crazy! My mum actually told my friend’s parents not to give it to me :(

    Luckily I grew out of that one and I don’t really like coke now anyway!

    I’d like to be both please :) I actually always take food with me when I eat at someone’s house anyway. I’m pretty much the only vegan I know and people still aren’t sure what to feed me, so it’s easier that way!

  18. HOSTESS! I am hosting my own birthday bbq tonight! It will be complete with loot bags and everything. I actually came on here today to scope out some of your lovely desserts before I head to the grocery store! Suggestions?

    1. Hmmm… the blondies, deep-dish cookie pie, and fudge babies are the recipes that seem to be most popular for readers to bring to parties. But here’s a list of ALL my dessert recipes:

      Happy birthday!!!

  19. Emma says:

    Gah! It is sooooooo hot here, and this would be perfect! I’m so excited you don’t need a vita-mix for it too. That’s on my wish list, but until I get one, I’m stuck with a rusty old blender. So excited it’ll work for this!

  20. You had me at PINEAPPLE! Oh wow, those look heavenly!!!

    I would rather be the hostess, I love having people over and making a HUGE food spread for all the enjoy! (I just hate the clean up!)

  21. Perfect for summer!! I could whip these guys up for a poolside summer day :) Sounds like it would taste just like Malibu rum!

  22. I love being the hostess — but sometimes, you just want to go to someone else’s house. :)

    YUM! Just looking at your Pineapple Float makes me feel amazing. :)

  23. Julene says:

    You are a healthy hostess with the most-est. Geez!

  24. Michaela says:

    I absolutely love hosting parties!! I love preparing the food, chosing music, decorating the place… But I also enjoy being the guest and having not to worry about anything 😉

  25. Jenny says:

    I would definitely rather host a party! Or be a part of a team or group that’s hosting a party. :) I think being a caterer for parties, banquets, or any sort of celebration would be so much fun! I was always super involved in planning my own birthday parties as I was growing up, even though the majority of my friends always left it up to their moms to decide everything.

    Also… I’ve never had a root beer float, or any sort of float-y thing. Definitely missed out on a lot of “traditional” North American treats and foods, having grown up mostly in South East Asia and having a ‘non-traditional’ [but still super amazing, of course] mom. I don’t like soda either! Or any sort of carbonated drink, actually! The fizz burrrns! Haha but this still looks super interesting. I think I wouldn’t mind one of your milkshakes + some ice cream on top. Would that qualify as a float? :)


    1. Julia says:

      Can you believe it, neither have I! I’ve never even had root beer!
      Mmm, I think anything could qualifly as a float as long as something was floating… so yeah, I think the ice cream shake float would work.
      Maybe someday I will have to try root beer, but for now that pineapple concoction looks way better!

  26. I’m practicing for when I move to Hawaii = NO! Move to San Diego :)

    These look awesome and they look perfect for San Diego, too. Just sayin’ haha!

    I am not a big root beer float girl. Something about root beer (actually beer too)..I don’t like it. But pineapple is one of my great loves. And with coconut ice cream or banana softserve or put some rum in it. Rum please, not rum extract…lol….

    They look awesome! And I would rather host. No wait, I’d rather be waited on….hah :)

    1. Oh yes, I think I would take San Diego over Hawaii, actually… it’s still continental US. Plus, YOU’RE there!

  27. Lahhhve. I love being a party host — it’s so exciting to prepare all the food and decorations, and put on a pretty dress!

  28. Lauren says:

    Holy yum! Gorgeous photos, too. I need one of those in my life!

  29. This is such a cute & different idea! So tropical! I’m all for moving to Hawaii :)

    And I want to be a hostess, not a guest for parties… I want to plan a really cute summer themed party with healthy treats. You’ve inspired so many dessert ideas!

    1. Laura says:

      I so want to do that too! Like a healthy-themed luauo with these floats and maybe some pina colada fudge babies. And lots and lots of coconut themed foods!

  30. L. says:

    I wanna be a guest… at YOUR party. Where you serve these!

  31. Mellie says:

    Yum! I love tropical flavors! And I don’t care if I’m a guest or a hostess, I just like parties.

  32. I’ve never been a huge fan of root beer floats, but these pineapple floats look FABULOUS! They remind me of the pina coladas I look forward to ever Summer vacation. Virgin, of course! 😉

    1. Sarah says:

      Same here! Never liked root beer, but pina coladas are my faves!

  33. Sarah says:

    These are SO beautiful! I love the coconut ice cream, and I really love how it’s dripping down the side in the photo. So artistic. And yummy besides, which is more important, right? 😉

  34. Abby says:

    ZOMG! Katie, I am running to my kitchen to freeze the pineapple ASAP! NEED one of these floats. Yes, need.
    Oh, and like some of the other commentets, I like to be in control, so I like being the hostess. But I also like being waited on. So a guest in my own home maybe?

  35. Abby says:

    Sorry, that was supposed to say “commenters”

  36. oh no!!! Why oh why did I have to go and finish off the last of my fresh pineapple last night?????? I want this pineapple float SO BAD!!!!

    I think I’m gonna try making my own homemade coconut ice cream and then try the pineapple float. I’m putting a fresh pineapple on my list. Can’t wait to try this! I’m so happy you’re sharing this recipe, and by the way…I’d much rather be a guest at a party. :)

  37. Ooh, yum! Katie, do you eat dessert everyday? You have to to make all this awesomeness. I’m totally J.

    As for parties, I love to be the hostess, but I HATE cleaning up the mess. So I like to host a few parties a year, but I like to attend plenty as well.

    1. Of course! I eat dessert at least twice a day. Let’s see… today I’ve already had some of my Endangered Species chocolate-raspberry bar, and it’s only just noon. I’m having some ice cream very very very soon… it’s so hot here!

  38. Gen says:

    Yum!! I love making treats for friends, so I’d prefer to host a bunch of people! 😀

  39. Amber K says:

    I’d much rather be a guest. Which sounds sort of selfish, lol. But I just can’t handle the stress of being the host!

  40. Charissa says:

    *Fainting* I am in love with this idea. In fact, I wish I could have it right this second, but there is no pineapple in the house (SNIFF!)…I shall dream of it. Over and over.

  41. Moni'sMeals says:

    Yum! I am off to Vegas in a few days and I know I will be having some pina coladas for sure. Until then, I can have a healthier version! I love Pineapple!

  42. OMG My best friend is OBSESSED with pineapple – I’ll definitely have to try these out!! I’ve never liked Pina Coladas much because I cannot stand the syrup-y fake flavoring but fresh pineapple sounds like a win!

  43. Aja says:

    Mm… That looks so cool and refreshing. Pineapple is amazing.

  44. shannonmarie (rawdorable) says:

    Yummy. We are loving are frozen treats over here, too.

  45. Ha ha. Hayden sent that comment before I finished filling in the e-mail and website. I guess it worked without it.

    1. Haha yeah, I don’t make people fill out the email part basically because I discovered that people can put in a fake email address and it’ll still go through anyway!

  46. Yummmm!!! It’s been much, much too long since having a float of some kind. This looks perfect!

    As for the party, I abaolutely love hosting! The planning and putting all the food together’s so much fun.

  47. I love hosting, but I also love being a guest. It’s a toss up!

  48. Sof says:


    First off, this seems incredibly delicious and I’m thinking of buying pineapple and trying this right now! And as to question of the day, I like being the hostess, but I’d be glad to give up this position if you’d have a party and cooked everything there :)

    I don’t know if you remember me – I wrote a comment about how you’ve helped me to change my lifestyle to healthier, but that was quite a while ago. Well since then, I managed to exclude sugar from my life, and I started to think about becoming a vegetarian – and maybe, eventually, a vegan.
    The question I would like to ask is, did cutting off meat, dairy and eggs have noticeable health benefits for you, or do you have more energy now?
    And as much as I love animals and don’t eat a lot of meat anyway, I think that being a vegan and still giving my body enough nutrients might be very challenging for me – do you take supplements for Iron, B12 and stuff like that and did you find it hard to stay healthy in the beginning, too?
    Thanks a lot for answers!

    1. Hi Sof!

      I went vegan when I was around 14 or 15, so it’s hard to know if my clear skin and high energy as a teen were due to veganism or just my normal self… but I DO have a TON of energy! And I hardly ever get sick.
      I do take an omega3 supplement, just in case. And I make sure to get enough b12 from food sources such as fortified foods and nutritional yeast. A really good book is “The Vegetarian Way” by Deborah Messina (I think that’s who writes it anyway). It has chapters on all the nutrients :).

  49. O.C. says:

    I loveee coconut ice cream! This looks like a tropical dream :)
    And I love playing the hostess and throwing parties.

  50. That looks delicious! I need to make this at some point.
    My whole life I’d much rather be a guest than host a party but now that I’m older and can actually cook and bake I’d love to host a party 😀

  51. Mmmm I’ve been loving pineapple lately! Lucky for me I have a bunch in the fridge!

    I definitely love hosting. My mom hates it so we were never hosts when I was younger but now it’s so much fun! I love creating spreads and putting together a gathering my friends and family enjoy. It’s so satisfying!

  52. Wow that looks delish! Pure summer in a glass right there!

  53. I LOVE to be the hostess with the mostess 😉 haha. This recipe is bookmarked to use for my next shindig!! (or maybe tonight…..)

  54. Errign says:

    Um, okay, seriously, I want to come to parties at your house.

    Now that I am grown up (sort of) I really want to host a dinner party – and then I’ll probably be good with just going to get-togethers. (English muffin pizzas for the win, by the way!)

  55. Wow I’ve never had a float, but that looks AMAZING!! Coconut ice cream…mmmm :)

    And WHAT do you mean moving to Hawaii?! Hellooo, LONDON?! No, wait, I’ll move to Hawaii too so it’ll all be good and we can have floats ALL DAY LONG!! 😀

    1. My mom and sister are going to London this summer! Wish I could go in a suitcase…

  56. best. idea. ever!
    can you come to my house and make this for me!!!!!! its my birthday :) hahaha

    1. Ok! Oh, and happy birthday :)

  57. Marissa L. says:

    I put the pineapple in the freezer as soon as this popped into my google reader this morning. And I just had the float for a snack. The coconut ice cream MAKES this recipe! Oh my gosh, so so good! I loved it and only wish I had frozen more pineapple!

  58. I’m with you — I like being the hostess! In fact, I played hostess to my in-laws this weekend at our new place in La La Land! I find it a wee bit stressful, but I also kind of thrive on it! :)

    And this float looks amazing!

  59. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! It’s like summer in a glass!

    1. Amy says:

      Oops, that was from me :).

  60. Tiina McKay says:

    Oh my gosh this looks AMAZING! I was just wondering what to do with the pineapple in my fridge, along with the coconut milk in my pantry. Just perfect. Thanks! Oh, and come visit me in Hawaii!! I will be more than happy to let you continue your kitchen experiments here, umm, I mean, I will gladly be a hostess, lol!!! :)

    1. Oh goodness, don’t tempt me! I’m halfway on a plane already ;).

      1. Tiina McKay says:

        Awesome!! Lol! But seriously :) So the stuff is in the freezer…. and I have a feeling I might be having a float for breakfast! 😀

  61. Mary says:

    This looks SOOOO perfect for the hot weather we’re having right now. I wonder if I could make it with mango. I’m going to try!

  62. Em says:

    I like being a guest. Once you become a mom, you might just feel the same way! You’ll want someone to wait on you hand and foot for a change ;).

  63. Katherine says:

    I would love to host a party!

  64. I love the cooking / welcoming / socializing aspect of hosting parties, but I’m not a huge fan of all the cleaning and work that usually goes along with it. haha.

  65. Sarahishealthy says:

    And now I remember why you are my absolute favorite blog. Not that I’d forgotten! 😉
    Every post just keeps getting better and better!
    You are AWESOME!

  66. Emily says:

    Yuuuuum! Pineapple + coconut + Malibu would be aaamazing!

  67. Jess says:

    OMG This is like pina coladas! haha I would definitely add a slurp of rum to this! This looks SO YUM

  68. I always love being a hostess – It’s a weird sickness :) This looks truly fabulous!

  69. Jessica says:

    Sounds refreshing and perfect for summer! I would rather be the host! I love throwing parties :)

  70. BroccoliHut says:

    YUM! Can’t wait to try this:)

  71. Albizia says:

    I’d rather be the guest. It would be great to organize parties but I am just not funny enough and I don’t want to check if boredom can really kill :) . And with a host like you, it must be a pleasure to be a guest.

  72. This is a perfect summer recipe! Thanks :)

  73. Tara says:

    I love hosting parties! I love it when everyone tells me they enjoyed the food, had a great time, etc. I can’t say I enjoy cleaning up, but getting everything organized and prepared is so much fun!
    I definitely want to try this! I loved the watermelon in my smoothie, I bet this would taste pretty similar. I have some frozen pineapple, so maybe that would work too.

  74. Yum! that looks delicious! Reminds me totally of my rootbeer floats from when I was little!

    TGIF! Have a good weekend CCK!

  75. Oh wow. This makes me wish I was on a tropical island somewhere. I LOVE pineapple!!

    It depends on the situation, but I really really love to host parties. Planning them is just so fun to me!!

  76. Drool!
    I lovee pineapple and coconut. I must try this before summer ends!

  77. Lauren says:

    Mmmm just had one for breakfast! I might just be the most popular mom in the world now, thanks to you CCK! :) They were delish!

  78. katie says:

    U are making me miss hawaii!!

    BEST pineapples EVER in hawaii!

    Love you!

    1. Emily says:

      Beautiful photos and floats! I agree with the commenter above me. I wanna go to Hawaii now!

      1. Emily says:

        Or maybe just to your house so you can make me one of these ;).

  79. Katie!!!! Those floats look absolutely fantabulous!!! And I just bought some pineapple which I was going to eat plain, but I think that might change 😉

    And when you move to Hawaii, can I PLEASE go with you!! It’s my fave place on earth and would be even better with a chocolate-covered friend 😀

    I looooove being the hostess too! It gives me an extra excuse to bake :)

    <3 <3

    p.s. We didn't go to Santorini, but you should have stowed away in my suitcase anyway! We would have had the BEST time EVER!! 😀

  80. what an interesting combination! sounds like the perfect summertime treat 😉

  81. Allie says:

    I just whipped one of these up for me and my mom. We both loved them! My mom especially liked the coconut ice cream :).
    Hey, and I’m the third A name comment in a row :).

  82. I absolutely love being the hostest! Your mom sounds like my super heroe. I don’t have any kids, so right now I make sure I throw as many sport watching parties as possible for my husband and his buddies!

  83. michelle says:

    I’m a hostess for sure. I can…not wait to try this recipe! Hopefully the coconut ice-cream will work in my bullet.

    1. I don’t think a MB will be able to give you the texture of ice cream (mine isn’t able to, at least)… but you can still achieve the same taste I’m sure! :)

  84. Ann Claire says:

    Wow, this looks amazing!
    Hmmm whenever I’m the hostess I always worry about making sure everyone is having a good time and making sure everything is perfect and stuff that I don’t always like it. My friends seem to enjoy coming to my house and I do like cooking for them and stuff and I always have a good time, it just worries me a bit. So yeah, I kind of like a mix of being a hostess and letting other people host.
    I do love planning dinner parties with my mom though. Planning the menu and cooking is so much fun….I just wish my friends had a taste for fancier food :)

  85. Amy says:

    Yum! I bed that would be delicious with mango, too!
    On the party front, I LOATHE hosting. I love to come to your house, bring food and help YOU out, but I’d rather spork my eye out than host on a regular basis!

  86. Dalai Lina says:

    Funny, It’s almost midnight and we just got back from a superb dinner party – with monogrammed cocktail napkins, perfect flower centerpieces and homemade pesto as a take home gift – and I said to my husband, I LOVE going to parties like this but would hate to host one! Pizza, beer and cards. That’s what you’ll get from me!

  87. Natalia says:

    Yummy! Pineapple anything is great, but this looks spectacular!

  88. Marisa says:

    Love these! So summery.

  89. Marianne says:

    I’ve never been a root beer float person either – my ultimate float would have to be an orange pop float (or soda for you Americans). But these look delicious – almost like a pina colada. I bet some Malibu coconut rum would be excellent in them.

  90. Paula says:

    Perfect idea to taste this summer!!
    I save the recipe to make at home!!! I’m sure it will be better than a beer float!!

  91. Danielle says:

    Is the recipe for the orange juice floats on here? I love orange juice and would probably love the float! 😉

    1. I don’t have one… but I don’t see why you couldn’t just sub orange for the pineapple! :)

  92. Danielle says:

    Yeah, I never really thought of that! Thanks Katie :)

  93. Chocoholic says:

    I would rather be the guest. But I absolutely LOVE planning parties, making food, and decorating but I wouldn’t want them at my house.

  94. Jennifer Monge says:

    Katie we LOVE you!!!!!!! You saved this menopausal mom!!!!!

  95. There are so many different ways to make great floats. You can use practically any type of juice or soda as well as any flavor of ice cream. What I really like about this option is that it’s much healthier than most floats (like the traditional root beer float). Coconut ice cream (especially if it’s homemade) would be pretty healthy and with fresh pineapple and a sugar substitute it would be excellent.

  96. Key says:

    I don’t mean to judge you but why are you so thin?

  97. Key says:

    You are very thin. Are you getting enough calories?