Guys, the sun is shining outside today! Plus, it’s almost above freezing!!
You can almost taste spring in the air. Which means summer is right around the corner here in Michigan.
Excuse me while I go do a little happy dance.
However, if you know anything about Michigan, you know she doesn’t go down without a fight. This is great in most situations, it’s good to have the resilience and a ‘don’t stop, won’t stop’ attitude. Except when that attitude carries over into winter weather. Basically this means, I don’t think winter is done in Michigan yet.
To cope I’m bringing a little summer into our home in the form of a super (super, super) simple DIY copycat recipe of Peter Pan’s Float. Peter Pan’s Float is sold at Storybook Treats inside of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It’s located inside of Fantasyland, right by the Fastpass+ entrance for the Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh ride, across from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and tucked in beside the Friar’s Nook. Here you can find hot fudge sundaes, ice cream cones and, today’s star, Peter Pan’s Float!
In Walt Disney World, Peter Pan’s Float features lime soft-serve ice, Sprite, and a red chocolate feather. For our copycat version, we stayed pretty true to Disney’s ingredients but made a few tweaks in order to make it easier to reproduce. Follow along below to put together this super easy copycat recipe at home.
Peter Pan’s Float Copycat Recipe Supplies
Chocolate Chips (Or Chocolate Melting Wafers) (About 1/2 to 1 Cup)
Clean Small Paintbrush (Like one you would use for painting watercolors or on a canvas)
Optional: Drawing of a Feather (Homemade or printed from a computer)
Red Sanding Sugar
Lime Sherbet/Key Lime Ice Cream (1/2 Gallon or Pint)
Step 1 Essential Step for Making Your Peter Pan’s Float Copycat Recipe
As with any Disney recipe or craft on my website, it just seems appropriate to flick on some Disney music before you begin your quest. Today’s theme is Peter Pan. Gear up some ‘Tick-Tock’ or ‘I Can Fly’ and get ready to put together this Peter Pan Copycat Float!
Step 2 (Optional Step: Most Time Consuming)
If you’d like to have a chocolate feather, be sure to complete this step first as the feather takes a little while to set. Alternatively, you can leave this topping out of your float, but it’s a fun element.
First, layout some waxed paper on your counter. Make sure there is enough for approximately 4-5 feathers. If you opted to have a drawing of a feather, place it behind your waxed paper on the counter. Second, pop your chocolate into the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the chocolate at 30-second intervals until it is nice and creamy. Then take your paintbrush and dip it into the chocolate and begin painting it into the feather. Be sure to feather out the chocolate on the edges to create a feather-like appearance. You will need to work fast as the chocolate is cooling, adding several layers to your chocolate. If your feather is too thin, the chocolate will break. Mine turned out really thick, but you can attempt to go thinner if you wish. Repeat this step several times, creating 4 or 5 feathers, or until your chocolate is used up.
I trialed spraying the waxed paper with cooking spray, in an effort to prevent the chocolate from sticking. The cooking spray did not help and just made things messy! I should have known better, now I do for sure! Instead, non-coated waxed paper and paint out your feathers. Once your feathers are painted, let them sit for about 10-15 minutes. At this time, add in some red sanding sugar if you want a ‘red feather’ like the one at Storybook Treats.
Next, cut the waxed paper around the feather. Leave about 1-inch (if you can) of waxed paper all around the feather. Then grab your feather and waxed paper, placing them in the fridge. Give your chocolate about 10-20 minutes to harden completely. How long you wait depends on how set your chocolate was before you transferred it to the fridge. Once you are sure it is set, you should be able to gently pull the waxed paper away from each chocolate feather. Set the feathers aside until Step 4
Alternatively, you could complete step 2 with white chocolate and add in red food coloring. We wanted regular chocolate for our feather, hence why we used it. Or maybe that is all we had on hand…
Step 3: The Base of Your Peter Pan’s Float Copycat Recipe
Grab a glass and fill it about 1/2 to 3/4 full of Lime Sherbet or Key-Lime Ice Cream. The lime soft-serve at Storybook Treats tends to have a more key lime flavor, but this can be hard to find in grocery stores. Lime sherbet works really well as a substitute, and was actually preferred in our home. Either one works great!
Step 4: Add in Your Pop!
Pour in your Sprite (or Lemon-Lime Pop. Or Soda, whatever you call it!) to the top of your cup, covering up your sherbet. Add in a Mickey Mouse straw and your chocolate feather and you’re all set! Enjoy!
Side Note: We really like when the pop and the lime sherbet are mixed together, more so than when the drink is first poured. Either way is good, but try it both ways!
Conclusion for Peter Pan’s Float Copycat Recipe
There ya go! A super easy and delicious Peter Pan’s Float copycat recipe. Plus, it’s just in time for St. Patrick’s day, and it happens to be green. So it’s perfect for a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Enjoy!