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Classic Peanuts In Coke Float

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia means I’m a Coca-Cola fan for life. My Husband introduced me to the southern tradition of adding peanuts to Coke. I love watching him enjoy his southern roots, so I decided to kick it up a notch. This Peanuts in Coke Float is a delicious fountain drink recipe – both sweet & salty!

Peanuts In Coke Float: A twist on a southern tradition that's both sweet & salty! The perfect fountain drink recipe for summer.

Peanuts in your Coca-Cola is something that people question when they aren’t familiar with it. The first time I saw my husband add some peanuts to his coke, I definitely tilted my head and laughed. Joke is on me, because it’s so good! It’s sweet and salty. The peanuts take classic Coke to the next level.

Then, I took it a step further (which totally matches my personality) and turned the whole concept into a float. Classic vanilla ice cream made the drink a float and the rest is history. We make these Peanuts In Coke Floats regularly now and even my kids love them. It’s such a treat!

Do you love classic Coca-Cola too? Check out some of these great Coke recipes that you’ll love too:

Why Do People Drink Coke With Peanuts?

You might be wondering how this tradition came about, especially if you aren’t from the south. Some might say we just do things right down here: biscuits & gravy, sweet tea and fried chicken, are a few of what we’re famous for. Peanuts and coke is like bread and butter to some people.

It provides a salty layer of flavor over carbonated sweetness. They stay crunchy and it provides a little snack at the end of your drink.

According to urban legends, the tradition started in the 1920’s. Workers with dirty hands didn’t want to touch their peanuts, so they popped them into their Coke bottle. You can read more about history of peanuts & coke.

Country singer Barbara Mandrell even sang about the tradition with her hit song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.”

Coke pinup photoshoot
My friend Jeni from Rockabilly Disney certainly knows how to rock a vintage Coke look!

How Make This Refreshing Coke In Peanuts Float

What you’ll need: traditional bottle of Coca-Cola, roasted salted peanuts, rich vanilla ice cream and a classic soda fountain glass. I think you really need the traditional bottle of coke, chilled of course. There is something better about having it from the bottle versus can.

Peanuts in Coke Float Recipe Ingredients

When To Make This Drink

You can make this drink anytime, but I love it especially during the hot summer months. It’s so refreshing and the ice cream is quite the treat. It’s also great for classic movie night or ice cream parties. Serve it at a vintage event, if you want a budget-friendly option.

Won’t Peanuts Get Soggy?

Absolutely not! That’s the beauty of adding the nuts into your Coke. The peanuts won’t get soggy and it adds the touch of salty flavor. You’re drinking and snacking on the nuts, but together for the ultimate flavor.

Recipe Substitutions

Obviously, the classic version of this recipe is with Coke. However, you can make it with any of your favorite dark sodas. I love it with Diet Coke, Cherry Coke Zero and (sorry for switching brands) Dr. Pepper. Pick any dark soda and make the float your own recipe.

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Peanuts In Coke Float

Fill 1/3 of your glass with Coke. Add a few peanuts to that. Top with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Fill the remainder of the glass with more Coke. Top with more peanuts to finish!

Adding peanuts in coke to the float recipe

It’s so easy and so delicious – the perfect summer treat. Serve it on a hot day and enjoy on the porch – it’s so southern and so delicious!

Yield: 1 8 oz Float

Peanuts In Coke Float

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A sweet and salty twist on a southern tradition, this peanuts in coke float is the perfect summer drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Salted Peanuts
  • 1 8oz Coca-Cola, refrigerated
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Fill 1/3 of glass with Coke and add a few peanuts.
  2. Top with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  3. Fill remainder of glass with Coke and finish with more peanuts. Serve immediately.


Serve in a traditional fountain drink glass and top with a decorative straw.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 5g

**Nutritional information calculated by a third party, actual values may vary.

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