Root Beer Float Pie Recipe
- 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
- 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. Freeze 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.
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.
Reviews for Root Beer Float Pie
"Note to cleanmo (and anyone else who doesn't know), almond milk won't do, its the enzymes in the milk, whether skim, 2%, or whole (not the fat) that reacts with the rennet in the instant pudding to make it set up."
"Looked at this recipe a few times before making it. When I finally made it for a family gathering it was the first dessert gone. I have made it at least 8 times now and it always a hit. It can be a little runny, but I have noticed that if you use an electric beater to mix it firms up better. Also, I use slightly less milk and slightly more root beer to get more of a root beer taste. Also does set up better if you freeze it overnight and let it thaw in the fridge the next day. I have also tweaked the recipe a bit and made this with orange soda a few times and that has been a big hit as well, it tastes like a creamsicle. Really a family favorite."
"DELICIOUS pie. Don't be discouraged by the negative reviews. I have a solution. I read the negative comments that went along with this recipe, tweaked the recipe and it worked great. All you need to do is add more pudding; I used almost an entire 5oz instant pudding mix. I also used regular ingredients as I feel non-fat, diet products are not for me. Go on as directed, just increase the pudding amount. I had the pie in the freezer for over 24 hours- it was solid and delicious!"
"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)"
"As soon as I opened my email this morning I knew what I was going to be doing, making this pie. I gave it 1 star and for good reason, I LOVE root beer floats and this is just too diety. I don't like frozen topping and always beat my own heavy cream stabilized with unflavored gelatin, that's what I used. I used real root beer not diet. For those who complained that the pie was too runny or didn't set up, the reason is because you need fat in the milk you use when preparing instant pudding. Never use less than 4% milk, I ALWAYS use half and half for a super rich texture. To the pudding whipped cream mixture I added 1 tsp of root beer concentrate. I went to the store and picked up an over sized graham pie shell and made a double batch of filling, piled it as high as possible, put it in the fridge and rest in a container. This is really a root beer float in pie form. I know this pie isn't going to last us very long. There is nothing diet or healthy about my version of this pie but it's dessert and not something that you would eat every day."
"I used the regular flavor of cool whip, 1% milk and non diet root beer and used sf pudding... I liked my way better - u could at least taste the root beer!"
"I expected it to have much more flavor. Was disappointed."
"This is an awesome dessert. I made a couple of changes to make it lower carb. I omitted the milk and used 8 ounces of cream cheese softened. My crust was 1 1/2 cups almond flour, 3 tablespoons of stevia mixed into 4 tablespoons of butter. Mix it all place in pie plate add the filling and you are done. This firmed up perfectly in the 8 hour time. One of the best cream pies. Thanks for a great recipe! It's a keeper."
"A friends two teenaged boys couldn't get enough. The only problem is that it doesn't set up well and remains too soft even though I cut back on the liquid quite a bit. Will have to figure out a way to solve the problem. Maybe Knox gelatin?"
"Delicious recipe! I decided to let mine set in the freezer as it was a very hot day. Worked perfectly! I think this will get rid of the problems with it being too soft and runny. I felt the balance of root beer and vanilla flavours was excellent. Will make again!!"
"This recipe is good but it needs a few tweaks. I did use regular rootbeer instead of diet but I don't believe it would have affected the lack of a strong rootbeer flavor. That is my only disappointment, it doesn't have a strong enough rootbeer flavor. Next time I might try leaving out the milk and using only rootbeer or adding a touch of rootbeer flavoring."
"Very good. For those who said it didn't set, when you use instant pudding you must whisk it until it starts to thicken; I do mine on low speed of my mixer and usually 2 minutes is long enough; you just have to observe that is is thickening. I refrigerate overnight or at least four hours."
"If I tried it I wouldn't use diet root beer because aspertame is bad for you. Sugar isn't good for you either but it's better."
"thanks for the recipe, I will make this"
"Could you use all root beer (no milk) for a stronger taste?"
"Very good and easy to make but like many others I will add some concentrated root beer extract the next time. I love root beer."
"Was very easy to make and a big hit at a family gathering. My brother in law wanted the recipe so he could make it for himself, he liked it so much."
"Thought it was very good but mine was runny. Will try it again though!"
"It's very good. I added 1/4 teaspoon root beer oil candy flavoring. Next time I think I'll add 1/2 teaspoon to increase the root beer flavor."
"The root beer is not over powering, but just a perfect blend of all of the ingredients. It is quick to make and delicious to taste."
"This is a really, cool, refreshing pie...I do have to agree that it isn't very "root beery" ....But, I think if any more was added, it would be too runny unless one put cream cheese in the mixture to make it thicker..."
"For all of you who didn't think this had enough Rootbeer taste, JrWatkins.com has Rootbeer extract it is wonderful. Yep I sell it and use it"
"This was so runny & I followed the recipe to a T. Very disappointed wasting all the ingredients & my time for something I threw in the garbage. How could something like this get posted?"
"I used regular rootbeer and, by misreading the recipe, all but the 1/2 C reserved coolwhip mixed in the with pudding mix. Had just enough rootbeer flavor and was perfectly firm."
"The part I liked best, sadly, was the pie's crust. NOT very "rootbeery.""
"I made this an was really disappointed.... after being in the fridge over night it was really runny it could have been eaten with a straw."
"Loved the pie. I will add root beer extract next time to give it more root beer flavor. My daughter loved it as it was. I did use the large box of pudding as that is what I had on the shelf. It set up really well."
"I really liked the pie although mine was softer than I would have liked. It did not say to put in the freezer and that may have helped. I did use diet A & W root beer and surgar free pudding and also Cool Whip Free. I bought a 6 oz pie crust and that seemed plenty big. I think I would like to try a root beer extract also because I would prefer a little more root beer flavor."
"Since I was taking these to a supper I made two of them. I used Diet Barq's Root Beer and sugar fat free sugar free pudding. When it came time for dessert both pies were gone before I eve got a taste. Have been told to make them again soon for another meeting."
"easy, fast and delicious. I used regular root beer and sugar-free pudding because that's what I had , it came out perfect. It was not runny, in fact, it was thick when I finished mixing it the 2 minutes, I'm wondering if the ones that had runny filling, might be they didn't mix the pudding 2 minutes as package says. It was good both refrigerated or frozen, I will use it refrigerated for home because that's my preference but if I take it some where , I will take it frozen to assure it stays cold. I'm going to get some root beer extract and try that , too. Thanks so much for the recipe."
"super easy recipe; small grocery list & short amount of time needed for prep; MY KIND OF pie!! I doubled it for 2 pies and it came out wonderful, although I did not do the low-cal version. Would definitely recommend pie be placed in freezer overnight & refridgerate about an hour before serving to keep firm. tastes just like RB float!!"
"I made the original version and a full sugar version and added a teaspoon of root beer extract to each. When I tasted them side by side I could not tell the difference. Everybody at the potluck loved them both!"
"great easy fast recipe!!!!"
"My family absolutely loved it! And they keep asking me to make it..."
"I used regular ingredients. Pretty good."
"Very good and well received by everyone. easy to assemble, too!"
"This pie was delicious! Creamy and full of root beer flavor."
"Whoever created this, thank you!"
"fantastic already shared with friends"
"This was very good, especially considering it had fewer calories than one's typical cream pie. It was so easy to make. I just had a lot of other pies I liked so much better that I had to put a 4 instead of a 5. By the way, we only put ours in the freezer for about 4 hours, and it was nice and firm then. It tasted like a real root beer float."
"This was very easy to make. I used 1/2 C. diet root beer and 2 tsp. of root beer concentrate. I also used the large package of sugar free vanilla pudding mix instead of the small one. All other ingredients I used the same. It was not runny at all. Very good"
"Very easy to make but I was not a fan. It was very runny even after being in the fridge for 10 hours and I didn't really think it had that much of a root beer taste."
"I followed the recipe precisely and ended up with a runny pie that had zero root beer taste. I suspect at least 2 of those 8 hours should have been "freezer" not refrigerator."
"no I won't make it again,way too runny"
"it is way too soupy does not set up at all. Maybe use no milk just root beer."
"no it is too runny it doesn't set up"
"This was super easy and delicious. I used 4 Tablespoons of the pudding mix, 1/2 cup root beer because I added 2 t of root beer extract. I was worried it would be too soupy so I decided to stick it in the freezer instead of refrigerator. It was great. My kids and husband both liked it. We will be making this again for sure."
"Not enough flavor though refreshing on a hot summer evening; I will make it again but use all root beer instead of the milk for more root beer flavor."
"This pie recipe is fantastic and has become a family favorite. The only thing I changed was the rootbeer to 1/2 cup and added 2 t of rootbeer extract. It wasn't soupy at all and very refreshing on a hot day! 5 STARS"
"Soooo yummy!! I tried the recipe as posted first, then again with full calorie ingredients. It was delicious both ways, but the the full-cal version set up much better;} This has already become a family favorite!!"
"this is so awesome!"
"Made this and took it to a church dinner. There was none left. It was a little soupy but delicious."
"This was really good! I typically don't like it when people don't follow the instructions, but I was wanting this to be lower-carb, so I whipped heavy cream, used Almond Milk and omitted the crust--It was excellent!!"
"I used regular root beer. I like a stronger root beer taste, so I added 2 teaspoons of root beer extract. That was perfect... it tasted exactly like a root beer float. People were practically licking their plates to get every last bite. It didn't set well. Next time I will cut the root beer to 1/2 cup since I am adding the extract."
"Haven't made this, but for the ones that add 1 cup root beer instead of 3/4 for more flavor (making it runny), how about adding a little root beer flavoring?"
"I made this using regular root beer,pudding and whole milk.It didn't set up very well but it still tasted good. I put it in the freezer overnight and it was cool and creamy. I would recommend to put it in the freezer a few hours before serving."
"OK, so all sugar free puddings come in 1.7oz. pkgs. Using this size and the liquid stated, along with the other ingredients, will set up the pie. I had no issues. Very good. Let the root beer sit, to get rid of the fizz too, as it may be a reason for not setting up."
"I really want to try this recipe...but the devil in me wants me to make it un-dieted. LOL"
"I used regular instant pudding mix. I doubled the recipe to make 2 pies, as I was taking them to a potluck. But after quite a few hours in the fridge it became obvious to me that this just wasn't going to set up. It would be a sloppy mess. I had expended quite a bit of time and effort making gluten free crumb crusts, so I wanted the pies to be eaten. I decided to freeze them. I was so glad I did. They cut perfectly and, to tell the truth, I think I like them better frozen than as a cream pie. They give the taste of a real root beer float made with ice cream. Every bit of the 2 pies was eaten. I will definitely be making them again and again. A nice refreshing summer dessert with real root beer flavor!"
"Loved this pie. While trying to lose weight I appreciate treats that don't undo the work I have accomplished."
"I made this for Father's Day and it was a hit! It was a little soupy but tasted so good that no one cared. Next time I plan to add more pudding. I have even considered trying it in a chocolate crust. As is, the flavor is excellent!"
"This is the second time I make this pie. I used two boxes of regular instant pudding, 1 cup of half & half and regular root beer. I added the milk and root beer a little at a time, so it didn't get too soupy. Sets up very quickly. Everyone loves it."
"After reading the comments here, we wanted to clarify a few things with this recipe. The 1 ounce box of pudding is the instant sugar-free fat-free version. If that can't be found, a 3.4 ounce box of regular pudding could be substituted but use the whole box (not 1 ounce). Other regular ingredients can also be substituted for the reduced-fat or diet products in this recipe, but remember the Nutritional Facts will not pertain then.When made as written, this pie will be slightly soft-set after 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator but should still cut OK.Taste of Home Test Kitchen"
"this was so easy to make....and taste just like a root beer float...everyone at my work loved it..."
"this was good. but i put it in freezer instead and still came out good"
"This has been in the refrigerator for 19 hours and stil has not set up. Anyone have a solution?"
"I've used regular root beer and everything else regular. "
"Darn it! I forgot to give it stars!!! I'd give it 5 stars!!!! LOVE THIS pie!"
"I've made this recipe 3 or four times now. My family LOVES IT! Its so simple and delicious. Its a light refreshing pie, perfect for summer"
"I did not make this recipe (yet!) but after reading the reviews, I compared this recipe to my "ice box eclair cake" recipe, which uses similar ingrediants, except it calls for 2 packs of pudding. So either the milk or root beer should be decreased, or another pack of pudding added. I plan to make this in the next 2 weeks, so will update my results then."
"After reading other reviews I see I am not alone...the pie was great tasting but would not set up. Does anyone have a suggestion how to make it set up? It was really soupy. I made it for my father on Father's Day, as he loves root beer floats, went to serve it to the family and it was a disaster but yummy! Doesn't look like the picture, how can we make it look like the picture?"
"Great taste...but the pie was still soupy after 24 hours in the refrigerator. I will try to make again with some additions to make this set better."
"Great Taste but the pie would not set firm after 18 hours in the fridge. Something is missing from the recipe?? Maybe some clear gelatin added to the mix? The quality of the root beer plays a big role in the flavor."
"This got RAVE reviews from my family and some friends we had over for supper. I wish I had made two! When I make this again, I'll make sure to leave it in the fridge overnight. It was in the fridge for 8 hours during the day, but it still competely fell apart when I took it out. Maybe it needs 12 hours to get really firm? I don't know but it sure was good! Oh, also, I'd make it with 1 cup of root beer instead of 3/4 cup--just to add more of a root beer taste. I used regular root beer."
"what if you don't want the diet version? Can I use all of the regular pudding mix or does it screw it up?"
"Tasted good, but very crumbly when served - didn't look like the picture!"
"Have not made it as I cannot find 1 oz. pkg of pudding mix."