Do you like root beer floats? They're pretty much an A&W classic right? Well I had one last night. I guess I haven't had one for a while (like 20 years) cause they're a little different now.
Reaching for my frosty glass in anticipation I paused in confusion. Firstly the glass wasn't frosty. But that was just a side note. There in the top of my cup listing to one side was a strange white hockey puck. No lovely big scoop bobbing in the mug, just this funny white disk. It looked like those puck paints from elementary school. Remember how the white was never white, it was more of a grayish brown? Well there it was floating on my root beer. A nice hard compact little disk of ice cream (we'll call it that anyway) perfectly manufactured to just fit into the mug. For real! It was millimeters smaller than the diameter of the mug.
I guess it makes sense, fast food is all about efficiency and premade products. For example Tim Horton's hasn't actually made their donuts fresh in the store in years (trust me, I worked there once).
Once I got over the initial shock we gamely drilled a hole through the middle with our straws and made the most of it. It was actually pretty fun, I found myself imagining I was excavating icebergs in the ocean. Also they come with these angled spoons that are great for scraping off the frozen pop. (Really there's a surprising amount of engineering that went into that simple little float.)
A few minutes later I was shaking with laughter and clasping my hands over my mouth to prevent someone from getting a cold sticky shower. Despite the unexpected shape of the ice cream it still made a tasty treat and it provided some great comedic material for our entertainment as well.
So if you haven't been to A&W for a while, I'm just saying, the ice cream comes in pucks.
What it didn't look like.