Hit or Miss – Root Beer Float Pie

by Alli

I was recently browsing Pinterest for a lite dessert that I could serve on Easter Sunday alongside Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler. You can find the famous cobbler recipe here! I decided to make a Root Beer Float Pie. 

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. Most root beer contains anise and/or licorice root. And I can’t stand black licorice, so there you go.

Will I ever make Root Beer Float Pie 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 for root beer float pie!

The following recipes are all big hits!





Michelle April 30, 2014 - 6:51 am

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!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 9:10 am

Thanks, Michelle! I’m definitely going to try the lemon lime thing. It’s more my cup of . . . soda! 🙂

Cindy Eikenberg April 30, 2014 - 8:05 am

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!

Karen @ From the Garden Table April 30, 2014 - 8:23 am

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!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 9:09 am

That’s a thought! If you try using a regular soda, let me know how it turns out, please! 🙂

Amanda Smith April 30, 2014 - 8:48 am

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!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 9:09 am

If he’s a root beer lover, he will love it!

Danita @O Taste And See April 30, 2014 - 9:06 am

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.

Alli April 30, 2014 - 9:08 am

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! 🙂

Michell @Prowess and Pearls April 30, 2014 - 12:53 pm

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!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Yeah, I noticed that hardly anyone has a space to comment on their about page. I was getting irate until I noticed that I don’t have a place, either. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Oh, and thanks for the compliment!!!

zan April 30, 2014 - 3:05 pm

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!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 30, 2014 - 7:25 pm

I’ve never been much for root beer floats, but this pie LOOKS so pretty! I might try it out!

Alli April 30, 2014 - 8:47 pm

I liked it and I don’t like root beer at all.

Shirley Wood April 30, 2014 - 9:48 pm

I might try this with the diet lemon lime soda. I like root beer about once every few years. It’s a unique recipe.

Alli May 1, 2014 - 5:43 am

My oldest daughter suggested changing the pudding to lemon and doing the lemon lime soda. Sounds like a winning combination.

Becka May 1, 2014 - 9:26 am

I do like rootbeer but I think the lemon lime would make a better pie too 🙂

Alli May 1, 2014 - 11:26 am

I’m going to try it and let you know!

Krayl @ AnAppealingPlan May 1, 2014 - 1:26 pm

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

Alli May 1, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I’m loving #blogtribe!

Liz Lewis May 1, 2014 - 2:09 pm

This looks super tasty! I never would have thought of using rootbeer in a pie. Super cool!

Alli May 1, 2014 - 5:59 pm

I had never thought of it, either, until Pinterest! 🙂

Amber Nelson May 2, 2014 - 8:47 pm

This sounds so good. Would love to try it!


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