Hit or Miss – Root Beer Float Pie

I was recently browsing Pinterest for a lite dessert that I could serve on Easter Sunday along side of Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler.  You can find the cobbler recipe here!

I always try to offer at least one dessert that is lower in calories or fat just in case someone is actually watching what they eat during a holiday dinner.

Back to browsing on Pinterest

When I stumbled upon a Root Beer Float Pie from Taste of Home, I pretty much figured it would be a big hit coming from one of the best food magazines around.  And when I saw the list of ingredients and how simple it was to make, I was all in.

Root Beer Float Pie

The recipe calls for 5 ingredients, including a 3/4 cup of diet root beer and a ready made graham cracker crust.

Was it a hit or miss?

Before I give the verdict, let me preface it with the fact that I don’t like root beer.  At all.  But I do like trying new recipes so I gave it a whirl.

My husband liked it.  Daughter #3 liked it.  Daughter #1 said, and I quote, “If this had been the only dessert, I would have loved it, but when you put this low fat, low sugar concoction up against the pecan pie cobbler, the root beer float pie doesn’t stand a chance!”



As for me, I’m straddling the fence with this one!  I’m thinking that if I could substitute the diet root beer for a diet lemon-lime beverage, it might work.  See, most root beer contains anise and/or licorice root.  And I can’t stand black licorice, so there you go.

Will I ever make it again?

I really don’t know!  Maybe.  Maybe not.  It wasn’t a miss, but was it a hit?  It wasn’t an OMG moment.  I rate it a 3 (out of 5 stars).

Here’s the recipe!

Have you tried a new recipe lately?  Was it a hit or a miss?  Do share!




  1. Although I enjoy a good rootbeer, I’m not a fan of the overpowering taste of anise. I like your idea of trying a diet lemon lime soda. Great post!
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  2. Alli, I love your Hit or Miss posts! I can totally understand how this would pale in comparison to the Pecan Pie Cobbler! My hubby likes root beer, but I’m with you, not a big fan. I think the lemon-lime idea is great and would totally try that. Thanks for a fun post and happy Wednesday!
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  3. I know it adds a lot more sugar but what about using a regular soda instead of diet? My brother loves root beer and with his birthday coming up I think this might an interesting alternative to cake. I think I’ll give it a shot!
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  4. My son loves root beer so I bet he would like it. I think I’ll try it. I will have to remember to make it a stand alone desert. Thanks Alli!
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  5. Hi Allie! Stopping by from #tribedare…didn’t get by yesterday, sorry…out with the kids all day. Love you About page, I think almost all those things I would use to describe myself. I don’t like root beer either and I’m glad someone else thinks it tastes like licorice. My family always looks at me like I’m crazy when I say that.
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    • Danita, thanks for stopping by! Yesterday was a busy one for me, too. I think I finally got around to everyone in my tribes this morning! :)

  6. Hi Alli! Thanks so much for dropping by from the SBG #tribedare! I tried to comment on your “About Me” page, but couldn’t, so I’ll comment here, lol! First of all, you.don’t.look.like.a.grandma! You have a beautiful family! I’m so waiting for our daughter and son-in-law to have our first one! Secondly, I have to disagree with you on #13(my husband and I pastor the world’s best church). Hahahaa! But seriously, we are two blessed gals to have such wonderful church families, aren’t we!?

    I love root beer, so I definitely must try this recipe! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by! Blessings!
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  7. You daughter #3 comment was too funny! Well, we try new recipes (especially healthier ones) but we do not know how they would turn out!
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  8. I’ve never been much for root beer floats, but this pie LOOKS so pretty! I might try it out!
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  9. I might try this with the diet lemon lime soda. I like root beer about once every few years. It’s a unique recipe.
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    • My oldest daughter suggested changing the pudding to lemon and doing the lemon lime soda. Sounds like a winning combination.

  10. I do like rootbeer but I think the lemon lime would make a better pie too :)
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  11. I am a huge rootbeer fan and was just talking about making floats the other day with a few friends. This is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing! #BlogTribe
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  12. This looks super tasty! I never would have thought of using rootbeer in a pie. Super cool!
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  13. This sounds so good. Would love to try it!
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