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ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz Inc. celebrated National Root Beer Float Day on Thursday by offering loyalty card holders its new Barq's Root Beer Float for just $1.99 at all locations. The treat normally costs $3.29.
The root beer float, also known as the “black cow,” was invented by Frank J. Wisner in August 1893, according to the convenience store chain. Wisner was allegedly inspired by snow on top of Cripple Creek Cow Mountain in Colorado and decided to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to root beer. Since then, thousands of root beer floats are enjoyed by people around the country each day.
The Barq's Root Beer Float, recently added to Sheetz' menu, combines the sharp taste of Barq's root beer with the sweet, refreshing flavor of vanilla ice cream.
Sheetz's frozen beverage menu also includes f’real milkshakes, fruit smoothiez, frozen lattes, frozen mochas and frozen creamz, which feature flavors like hazelnut, caramel, banana and more.
Altoona-based Sheetz operates 500 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina.