Creamy, cool, light & refreshing! This Root Beer Float Pie is the perfect treat on those hot summer days. Only a few minutes of prep and then some freezer time and you have an easy, no bake pie that tastes EXACTLY like a root beer float!
Keyword no bake pie, root beer float pie
Prep Time 5minutes
Freezer Time 8hours
Total Time 8hours5minutes
½cuphalf & half OR whole milk
2tablespoonsroot beer concentrate
1box (3.4 oz)instant vanilla pudding mix
1carton (8 oz)Cool Whipthawed
1(6 oz)ready-to-use graham cracker OR shortbread crumb crust
Garnishes (optional but highly recommend)
1cupheavy whipping cream
In large mixing bowl combine the root beer, milk, and root beer concentrate. Sprinkle the vanilla pudding mix over it. Whisk together for 1-2 minutes and then let it sit for 5 minutes so it can thicken.
Fold in the thawed cool whip and mix together until it is combined together well. Pour into the prepared crumb crust and evenly spread it out.
Cover with enclosed lid (the plastic lid from graham cracker crust) and place in the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Before serving prepare the whipped cream topping (if using). Beat together the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until thick and stiff peaks form. This will take about 5 minutes. Serve a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry over top of each piece. Or you can spread the whipped cream topping over top the pie and then cut into slices.
Eat & serve straight from the freezer. Store any leftovers in the freezer.
Root Beer Concentrate : I get a lot of comments questioning the 2 tablespoons of root beer concentrate and others saying that they thought 2 tablespoons was too much. Once the pie has been in the freezer the flavor gets more muted and not as strong as when you just add it into the pudding mixture. I have always loved the 2 tablespoons of root beer concentrate but if you're worried about it then maybe start with 1 tablespoon the first time you make it and see what you think.This ingredient can be found by the other concentrates (like vanilla extract, etc) and dried spices at the grocery store. Pudding Mix : Do not prepare the Instant Pudding Mix! Just sprinkle the dry powder straight from the box over the liquids as called for in the recipe. I do not recommend using sugar-free pudding mix in this recipe. It's a smaller sized box, with less powder in it, so I just don't know if it would work well. I have never personally made it using sugar-free, but others have commented and said that it works great. So experiment if you want. Tip : A lot of people are having trouble finding the root beer concentrate. You will find it by the other extracts (vanilla, almond, etc) at the grocery store. It comes in a small bottle and will say 'root beer concentrate' on the front. You must use this for the pie to taste like a root beer float. So don't try to substitute it with anything else. Root Beer : I do not recommend using zero sugar root beer or diet root beer in this recipe.