1 package chocolate cake mix
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
2 scoops vanilla ice cream*
Cola or root beer
Whipped cream and maraschino cherry for the topping
*For best results, leave the ice cream in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or soften in the microwave for a few seconds, before making the soda. The texture of the drink will be creamier and easier to work with.