- 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
- 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.
- Spread remaining whipped topping over pie. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Dollop reserved whipped topping over each serving; top with a maraschino cherry if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Reviews for Root Beer Float Pie
"This had a pleasant root beer flavor & was quick to put together; however, I used a 3.5 oz. box of non-diet instant vanilla pudding and one Tbs. of root beer extract. The pie set up fine overnight in the refrigerator. Perhaps the sugar-free instant pudding does not set up well, I don't know; most sugar-free products use unhealthy chemical sweeteners, so I don't use them."
"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."
"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."
"I used "Not Your Father's Root Beer" for my first attempt at this pie. Two things wrong with this rendition...one, 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."
"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."
"Taste of Home this recipe needs work, can't believe you did a test prior to posting!!!!!! shame"
"The pie was runny when i put it in the crust. I used Almond Milk cuz was all I had. I put it in the freezer and was good that way, but like others not much root beer taste and I used A&W"
"This was good but not great. i didn't use diet or low fat ingredients and I couldn't find root beer extract at Ralphs, target, or Walmart so I went to my favorite shaved ice place and they gave me some of their root beer syrup to enhance the root beer flavor.It was ok but I probably won't make it again.It was pretty much the same as any of the pudding cool whip pies."
"I used 2% milk, regular instant vanilla pudding, regular whipped topping and regular root beer and I had the same problems as other reviews in the fact that it didn't set up very well. Yet it tasted GREAT! Maybe next time I'll freeze it and see what happens!"
"Reading all 86 reviews I find the biggest complaint was that it didn't set up properly and stayed too runny, I have a feeling that the person who posted this recipe makes it with regular, full-fat/calorie ingredients, and simply changed the list to diet ingredients without testing it first, in order to be able to list it as "healthy, Diabetic Friendly, and Low-Calorie". Unfortunately, you need the milk-fat and sugar to help everything set up. You can probably get away with the sugar-free pudding, but everything else needs to be regular, so why bother? I agree with a previous reviewer, and use half-n-half instead of milk when making pie filling, but that is a personal choice and regular milk will do. The second biggest complaint was that it didn't have a strong enough root-beer taste. 3/4 cup of root-beer isn't much in relation to the other ingredients, so adding a bit of root-beer extract really helps. I used about 1 1/2 tsp, but you can start with 1 tsp and adjust to your taste. Be sure to use cold liquid, mix for at least 2 min, and taste the filling before loading it into the crust! If it isn't good in the bowl, it won't be good in the pie. (I didn't rate because it is a 5 star recipe if you don't use diet ingredients, but a 1 star as written)"