Root Beer Float Pie Recipe
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Root Beer Float Pie Recipe

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This is the kind of recipe your kids will look back on and always remember. And the only appliance you need is the refrigerator. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3/4 cup cold diet root beer
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • Maraschino cherries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 185 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 fat


  1. Set aside and refrigerate 1/2 cup whipped topping for garnish. In a large bowl, whisk the root beer, milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Fold in half of the remaining whipped topping. Spread into graham cracker crust.
  2. Spread remaining whipped topping over pie. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Dollop reserved whipped topping over each serving; top with a maraschino cherry if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Root Beer Float Pie in Healthy Cooking June/July 2012, p56

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

"This pie is a flop. Even with the sugar added to the ingredients of the recipes it is very runny and does not set. Do not recommend."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"The problem with this recipe is that 1 ounce of instant pudding is NOT enough to thicken the pie filling. It requires the whole 3.5 oz. package (small size) of pudding. Also needs to have a stronger Root Beer taste. So add 1 tsp. Root Beer flavoring. Adding more actual Root Beer to get a stronger flavor would make it too runny. BTW, discovered that you can make a good graham cracker crust by using the usual recipe, but "bake" it in the microwave for one minute only. Our company & my family really enjoyed it (made with my recommended adjustments). It worked!!! My son had 3 pieces! I did not use any "diet or reduced calorie" ingredients. Next time I'd use real whipped cream on top."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"I used "Not Your Father's Root Beer" for my first attempt at this pie. Two things wrong with this, it turned out runny, even after 8 hours...two, don't use the alcohol, it gives it an alcoholic bite that some might not enjoy."

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"Was really excited about making this pie as almost every recipe I've made in past has been a huge hit and wonderful taste. I used regular pudding, lite cool whip which is what I usually buy and 2% milk. I added the canned whip cream on top as the extra dollop and that melted immediately. Should have know right then that this was going to be a mess.

Had a decent taste but like almost every one else found that the pie did not set after 8 hours. I might try again and make night before but if it falls apart again that will be my last time.
Maybe Taste of Home can tell us what they did to make this pie to be able to get the picture they show with the recipe cause my pie didn't come close to that."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"Taste of Home this recipe needs work, can't believe you did a test prior to posting!!!!!! shame"

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