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Root Beer Float Pie

This is the kind of recipe your kids will look back on and always remember. And you don't even need to use an oven. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 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


  • 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 the remaining whipped topping. Spread into graham cracker crust.
  • Spread remaining whipped topping over pie. Freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Dollop reserved whipped topping over each serving; top with a maraschino cherry if desired.
Editor's Note
  • After reading all your comments we took this recipe back to the Test Kitchen and decided it makes a wonderfully refreshing FROZEN pie. Enjoy!
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 185 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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    • Heather
      Feb 19, 2021

      I am really shocked this was advertised as kid friendly. Children should not be eating consuming "diet" or sugar free foods, sugar is often replaced with artificial sweetener that is actually more harmful to the teeth and body.

    • Michelle
      Aug 30, 2020

      This pie was an absolute hit with my family! I will definitely be making it again.?? After reading the reviews I decided to make it with regular root beer and pudding. I also used a small box of pudding instead of the 1 ounce the recipe called for and it set up nicely. My grandsons thought the pudding filling was vanilla ice cream. Easy and delicious!! ??

    • Charles
      Dec 30, 2018

      I made this recipe today and it perfect. I used Diet IBC Rootbeer which has a good flavor. Make sure it is very cold and it activates the pudding and thickens. This recipe can be used as a base for other flavors as well.

    • Mark
      Jul 17, 2018

      Just looking at the recipe, fat free / sugar free= flavor free. Change everything thing to fat and sugar and add 1 tsp root beer extract, I bet that would help. Not as healthy as the current recipe, but who eats pie to be healthy!

    • qalady01
      Jul 4, 2018

      Maybe adding a root beer extract would add to the root beer flavor.

    • Potosi
      Jul 2, 2018

      I made this using a really good full flavored local brewed rootbeer and was very disappointed. It sure didn't have much flavor.

    • Laurelsinthekitchen
      Jun 15, 2018

      It was okay. Root beer flavor was not very strong. I served it frozen. Will probably just serve old fashioned root beer floats next time.

    • Kelly_m14
      Apr 7, 2018

      Added a little root beer flavoring. It tastes great, but I've made it twice and it didn't set up too well.

    • joannewells
      Aug 23, 2017

      Could not taste the root beer. 3 stars because my husband liked it.

    • Darla02
      Jul 12, 2017

      No comment left