Shoney’s 65th Anniversary & the All-American Root Beer Float (3 Winners – Giveaway ends 11/18/12)

Have you ever heard a song, smelled a scent or caught a glimpse of something that brought your mind back to your younger years? Is there something the evokes memories of your childhood? That happens to me often. Sometimes the memories that come to mind are from my childhood. Other times they are from recent years.

Here are a few examples of things that always bring back pleasant memories – The bells from an ice cream truck, the scent of a real Christmas Tree, a song on the radio or seeing a toy I used to play with being sold at a garage sale.

Not too long ago my family was at a flea market where my husband and I came across a toy we both had as children. We never knew that we had the same toy in common (it was a car you could build and take apart). I thought that was pretty cool.

Everyone has something special that brings back great memories. Other things tend to be more “universal”, such as a Root Beer Float. Can you remember the first time (or last time) you enjoyed this All American classic treat? It’s been years since I had one. The last root beer float I had I made myself. Some how it doesn’t taste the same when you make it. Root Beer Floats always taste better when someone makes it for you. 🙂

Many years ago, long before I knew my husband, I dated a guy that lived upstate. It was a 5+ hour drive each way. I used to drive up almost every Friday after work and come home Sunday evening. In hindsight that was an insane thing to do.

There was a little “Mom & Pop” type shop I used to stop at almost every time I made that trip to get a Root Beer Float. I did it so often it was like “second nature” to me to pull off the Interstate and  grab a Root Beer Float.

A classic way to enjoy a Root Beer Float is in a Coca-Cola bell soda glass. Do you remember those? I used to have one. I wonder what ever happened to it?

I know that I have readers all over the country (and in other countries too). If you happen to live near a Shoney’s restaurant you might be interested in this fun promotion they have going on this month.

Shoney’s, the great American eatery, is celebrating 65 years of dining by awarding guests with one of America’s all-time, beloved treats – a scrumptious Barq’s root beer float served in a limited edition collectible Coca-Cola bell soda glass.  In partnership with Coca-Cola, Shoney’s will offer its breakfast guests a coupon to enjoy the frosty fountain treat at the throwback price of 65 cents with a return meal enjoyed during the luncheon or dinnertime hours (purchase must be $5.00 or more and patrons must dine-in).

Shoney’s was one of the first family casual dining concepts in the United States.  Its roots trace back to 1947, when Alex “Shoney” Schoenbaum opened the Parkette Drive-In next to his father’s bowling alley in Charleston, W.Va.  Today, Nashville-based Shoney’s is a favorite family casual dining destination, with approximately 200 restaurants in 17 states across the South and Southeast, reaching everyone from growing young families to retirees.  The “Shoney’s Homecoming” coupon for a 65-cent Barq’s root beer float is Shoney’s way of saying “thank you” to longtime patrons while welcoming a new generation to enjoy the Shoney’s experience.

The Coca-Cola bell soda glass has been part of the heritage of The Coca-Cola Company since 1929.  Like the famous contour bottle for Coca-Cola, the Bell Soda Glass was destined to become forever associated with Coca-Cola worldwide.  Still used at many soda fountains, these glasses are visible proof of the timeless popularity of the world’s most-valuable brand.

Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing daily until November 30, 2012, participating Shoney’s restaurants will be distributing 65th anniversary “Shoney’s Homecoming” coupons to every dine-in breakfast guest. Customers can use the coupon with their next dine-in lunch or dinner purchase of $5.00 or more at Shoney’s to redeem the 65-cent root beer float – made with the uniquely bold taste of Barq’s Root Beer – and the distinctive Coca-Cola Bell Soda Glass while supplies of the limited-edition fountain glasses last. (note: The “Shoney’s Homecoming” coupon expires at the close of business on November 30, 2012.  If an individual Shoney’s restaurant runs out of the Coca-Cola Bell Soda Glasses before November 30, its participation in the promotion – including the 65-cent root beer float offer – will end at that time.)

I wish we had a Shoney’s near where I live. Sixty-five cents for a classic Root Beer Float is a great deal. I would stop by as often as I could for that price.

I think it’s a fun idea to offer the classic floats in the old fashioned Coca-Colas bell glasses. Some how Root Beer Floats taste even better that way. Maybe it’s because it brings back a lot of nostalgia nad pleasant memories for many people.

A special HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Shoney’s! :-)!

To find a Shoney’s near you visit www.Shoneys.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

In honor of Shoney’s special birthday promotion I have three sets of Coca-Cola Bell Glasses to give to three lucky readers (3 readers will each get four glasses). Use them to whip up Root Beer Floats in your home whenever you want.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and share with me any memories you have about the All-American Root Beer Float – OR – any Root Beef Float recipe you might have – OR – Anything you especially like about Shoney’s (if you have eaten there before).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (bel0w) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I will be receiving free product samples in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. 

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  1. Nicole Sender says:

    LUNA BAR: Chocolate Chunk is my choice!

  2. Christine says:

    I would like to try their LUNA Fiber: Chocolate Raspberry.
    Thanks for the chance!

  3. cookie dough protein!

  4. Debra Hall says:

    i’d like to try the cookie dough

  5. I love the Blueberry Bliss Luna Bars!

  6. Apple turnover

  7. Vicki Wurgler says:

    the chocolate raspberry luna fiber bar

  8. Denise B. says:

    Cookie dough sounds good to me.

  9. Jennifer B says:

    I would love the luna s’more

  10. Luna fiber Chocolate Raspberry would be my choice, although not sure what this has to do with a root beer float 😉

  11. Colleen Turner says:

    I used to LOVE making root beer floats! It is easy to twist it up by using different flavored ice creams but the standard vanilla will always be my favorite!

  12. Barbara Stenby says:

    Chocolate peppermint please!!!

  13. Amanda Dobarro says:

    Chocolate Raspberry

  14. i like the peanut butter luna bars

  15. I like Chocolate Dipped Coconut.

  16. D Schmidt says:

    I would most like to try the chocolate peppermint stick.

  17. i want to try the cookie dough, would be my favorite i think

  18. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Cookie dough… Yum

  19. Kate Fuller says:

    I’d like to try the cookie dough.

  20. tracy reed says:

    cookie dough of course

  21. Amanda K. says:

    The yummy cookie dough!

  22. I remember as a kid my dad used to take us to A&W to get root beer floats. It was always a special treat!

  23. I love the Shoney’s breakfast bar.

  24. Kayte CookWatts says:

    We always got root beer floats as kids. It is the only way I like to have root beer- otherwise I can’t stand it. And it must have whipped cream!

  25. Kayte CookWatts says:

    I like the caramel nut Luna bar!

  26. I’d pick Cookie Dough.

  27. I have never been to Shoney’s but I used to drink Root Beer Floats with my grandfather as a kid. That reminds me, I haven’t had one in years.

  28. renee walters says:

    i’d like to try the cookie dough! Thanks!

  29. Chocolate chunk luna bar!

  30. I love the weekend breakfast buffet! Yum! That reminds me to go this weekend!

  31. When I was very young, the town I lived in was so small, we didn’t have a restaurant. So as a very special treat, we would go to the next town that had an old fashioned drive in. I always ordered a root beer float.

  32. LUNA BAR-Chocolate Raspberry

  33. luna bar? chocolate cherry almond

  34. jules mcnubbin says:

    chocolate peppermint

  35. I haven’t had a Root Beer Float in years. We used to have an A&W up here that sold them. Good stuff. We don’t have any Shoneys around here that I know of. I wish we did.
    As for the RC Luna bar question for mandatory entry I would go with the majority and say Cookie Dough.

  36. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try the Cookie dough bar.

  37. the Blueberry Bliss Luna Bars

  38. tracy davis says:

    Apple turnover

  39. chocolate peppermint 🙂

  40. Sorry to be unoriginal, ,but cookie dough it is!

  41. i think i would like the cookie dough

  42. Steve Stone says:

    LUNA Fiber: Chocolate Raspberry

  43. sandy weinstein says:

    i am not entering the contest, but the shoenbaum are my cousins on my mother’s side.

  44. Blueberry bliss flavor for me!

  45. I would love the try the Chocolate Raspberry.

  46. I have never eaten at Shoney’s but it sounds yummy!

  47. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I remember making home made root beer for floats at Halloween when I was young! I should start that tradition again!

  48. chocolate chunck

  49. Cálaeb Temple says:

    peanut butter luna bars!

  50. Karen Gonyea says:

    Cookie Dough 🙂

  51. betty wojnar says:


  52. Stephanie Larison says:

    Chocolate Dipped Coconut

  53. I would like the Chocolate Peppermint stick

  54. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    I’d choose Cookie dough, but I think this is the wrong mandatory question!

  55. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    My memory would have to be when our elementary school decided that Perfect Attendance warranted an awesome rootbeer float! It was amazing!

  56. Keisha Talley says:

    peanut butter

  57. the last time we had a root beer float was at our county fair – first time my kids tried it 🙂
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  58. Shannon F. says:

    Cookie dough!

  59. Shannon F. says:

    I have actually never eaten at Shoneys before! And my favorite memory of rootbeer is my dad used to make it as a special summer treat for us kids! I never got the recipe from him, maybe I should ask him for it…

  60. tam childers says:

    cookie dough yum

  61. April Yedinak says:

    My son loves root beer floats. We will have to get some the next time we hit a Shoney’s. As far as Luna Bars, I like the cookie dough and the peanut butter.

  62. Les Johnson says:

    I would like to try the cookie dough.

  63. Virginia Rowell says:

    I remember sitting at the counter of the old McCory’s downtown drinking my float.

  64. cookie dough sounds awesome!

  65. i like the cookie dough bar

  66. LUNA BAR: Blueberry Bliss

  67. Apple turnover

  68. Carol Mclemore says:

    Chocolate chunk

  69. Derek Timm says:

    The cookie dough sounds good!

  70. Apple turnover sounds good

  71. the cookie dough

  72. I’d like to try all the bars that don’t have coconut.

  73. Brittney House says:

    I would love to try the cookie dough

  74. jenny green says:

    I would like to try chocolate chunk yum

  75. LUNA BAR: Chocolate Chunk is da BOMB!!!!

  76. amanda whitley says:

    cookie dough

  77. LUNA Fiber: Chocolate Raspberry all the way!

  78. Cookie dough!

  79. julie cutshaw says:

    she scribes shoneys giveaway 3 Win a set of (4) classic Coca-Cola Bell GlassesTo enter please leave a comment on this post and share with me any memories you have about the All-American Root Beer Float – OR – any Root Beef Float recipe you might have – OR – Anything you especially like about Shoney’s (if you have eaten there before).

    my answer
    living in the eastern tennessee area i can always remember having a shoneys near us within 30 miles in just about any direction.i remember the one in the smokie moubtains was and still does has the shoneys big boy statue outside holding the big cheeseburger in the hand on high. the others ones near us are well enjoyed with the all you can eat breakfast bar. We enjoy the floats too and got our grandson the shoneys bear last year for christmas. thanks for a great giveaway. I love freezing the glass mugs to get them even more yummy when you make your own floats.
    I see the rafflecopter form mandatory entry is to name your favorite Luna bar..I don’t now what those are so I can’t say but I love chocolate anything so I would try that flavor if it was good…

  80. Like to try the cookie dough.

  81. Christina Sparks says:

    chocolate raspberry

  82. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    The smore flavor sounds good.

  83. amy deeter says:

    Cookie dough

  84. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Chocolate Raspberry Luna Bars sound good.

  85. Mary Cloud says:

    Blueberry Bliss

  86. Apple Turnover

  87. Cookie Dough sounds good 🙂

  88. Chocolate Chunk!

  89. Samantha Meyer says:

    I would love to try the cookie dough

  90. cookie dough!

  91. Brenda Elsner says:

    I loved Root Beer float when growing up!! For the 4th of july weekend, our parents had root beer floats for us while we watched fireworks. They were topped off with candy sprinkles.

  92. Brenda Elsner says:

    i would love to try the cookie dough.

  93. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would love to try the chocolate chunk

  94. I’d try Chocolate Chunk

  95. I remember my parents taking me to get root beer floats when I was young. I love making them for my girls now that I’m a mom.

  96. Lanicsha Wynn says:

    I would like to try the Luna S’mores

  97. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My Root Beer Float memory is making them with my grandfather every Sunday as a child.

  98. Nicole Lancaster says:

    Cookie Dough flavored Luna bars.

  99. The cookie dough flavor

  100. Peanut Honey Pretzel

  101. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Cookkie Dough or Apple Turnover

  102. I used to get root beer floats every Sunday

  103. James Coyne says:

    Chocolate Dipped Coconut

  104. kathy pease says:

    I remember my mom taking us to a&w restaurant as a kid their root beer floats were so yummy 🙂

  105. Susan Smith says:

    I want to try the cookie dough

  106. Brad Merrell says:

    This has nothing to do with this giveaway. Haha. But, cookie dough.

  107. Chocolate Chunk sounds good.

  108. I love going to Shoney’s to eat. And love the blueberry bliss luna bars

  109. Tanya White says:

    I would like to try the luna cookie dough flavor

  110. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’d like to try the Cookie Dough!

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  111. jessica schueler says:

    Chocolate raspberry

  112. The cookie dough bar 🙂

  113. Leah Shumack says:

    cookie dough!

  114. Chocolate Dipped Coconut

  115. I’ve eaten at Shoney’s once when I was in Florida and loved their breakfast buffet!

  116. Chocolate Cherry Almond

  117. Stacey Cockrell says:

    Chocolate Cherry Almond

  118. i’d like to try the cookie dough

  119. It says comment about the Luna Bar and I like chocolate chunk (Rafflecopter entry). But I think we’re supposed to comment on Shoney’s or a memory, per the written portion. I used to love Shoney’s years ago when I lived by them. They don’t have any up where we live now though.

  120. Amy DeLong says:

    when iwas little remember my pop taking me for them and they were so good!

  121. I’m all about the classic root beer float…delicious!

  122. Diana Stanhope says:

    I just love a root beer float but I like mine with banana ice cream!

  123. My mom always made me a rootbeer float if we (she) had a hard day. 😀
    My family loves Shoney’s. So whenever we are all in San Antonio, TX, we go to Shoney’s for their breakfast buffets. Mmmmmm

  124. my grand parents would take me the local sweet shop and but me one and I would just love it

  125. susan smoaks says:

    i love a good root beer float

  126. Richard Hicks says:

    I love All-American Root Beer Floats. Such a unique great taste!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  127. When I was a child we traveled from Kansas City to Arkansas every summer for vacation. We always stopped at Shoney’s to eat. They had some of the best food (or maybe it was just because we were having fun).

  128. Christy Weller says:

    My family and I used to go to Shoney’s allot. It’s not in our area anymore, but we always loved their breakfast foods.


  129. Shea Balentine says:

    when I was younger, we used to love their breakfast buffet’s =)

  130. I *love* root beer floats and would get them every Sunday afternoon with my dad when I was younger

  131. Chocolate Raspberry

  132. Laurie Emerson says:

    I have been to Shoney’s many, many times. I love root beer floats and I think it was the first thing I ever made for my husband after we were married.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  133. Tracy Allen says:

    Rootbeer floats are a special favorite of mine. A great one is hard to find, but I remember great ones a Shoney’s when we would take trips to the lake.

  134. Charlene Kuser says:

    My mother would get me a Shoney’s Strawberry Pie every year for my birthday.It was so delicious and
    better than a cake

  135. Sarah Yurga says:

    my daughter has a root beer float every Saturday with her grandma – they call them black cows to make my daughter laugh

  136. Butter pecan ice-cream float.