· By Anthony Canolo
Root 42 Root Beer Pie
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This no-bake root beer pie recipe is perfect for summer gatherings, family desserts, or whenever you crave a slice of nostalgia. While many other recipes call for generic root beer brands with high-fructose corn syrups, or even "diet" versions with toxic, artificial sweeteners (Aspartame? Sucralose? No thank you!), our version calls for the real deal.
Our Root 42 Old Time Root Beer is made with real vanilla and caramelized pure cane sugar. Hand-crafted in small batches right in Watkinsville, GA, you're not going to find a root beer made with more love and care. If you're in GA, check your local Publix. If not, that's no problem! Order some right here and it'll be at your doorstep in no time.
Remember, great root beer = great root beer pie, so let's dive into how you can create your own Root 42 Root Beer Pie with Cool Whip!
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, divided
- 3/4 cup cold Root 42 Old Time Root Beer
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 1 package (1 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 graham cracker pie crust (9 inches)
- Maraschino cherries, optional for garnish
Directions:1. Prepare the Filling: Start by reserving 1/2 cup of the whipped topping for later use as a garnish. Keep this refrigerated until you're ready to use it.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cold Root 42, fat-free milk, and the instant vanilla pudding mix. Continue whisking for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is well combined and slightly thickened.
2. Combine with Cool Whip:
- Gently fold in half of the remaining whipped topping into the root beer mixture. This step is crucial for achieving that light, airy texture reminiscent of the frothy top of a root beer float
3. Fill the Crust:
- Pour the root beer and whipped topping mixture into the graham cracker crust, spreading it evenly. The crust offers a delightful crunch and sweetness that pairs perfectly with the creamy filling.
4. Add the Final Layer:
- Spread the remaining whipped topping over the pie. This layer will give your Root Beer Float Pie that classic whipped cream look and taste.
- Place the pie in the freezer and freeze it for at least 8 hours, or overnight. This step is crucial for allowing the pie to set and develop the perfect sliceable texture.
6. Garnish and Serve:
- Before serving, dollop the reserved whipped topping over each slice. For an extra touch of charm and flavor, top each serving with a maraschino cherry.
Why You'll Love This Root Beer Float Pie Recipe:
- Root Beer Flavor: Because we are using Root 42 as our root beer of choice, the heavy body, deep caramel and vanilla notes, and sassafras flavors bring this fluffy pie up more than a few notches over generic alternatives.
- Easy to Make: With no baking required and simple, grocery store-friendly ingredients, this recipe is accessible and straightforward, even for novice bakers.
- Versatile: Feel free to experiment with different types of crusts, like a chocolate graham cracker crust, or add-ins like a swirl of root beer extract for a stronger flavor.
- Feel free to up the game by adding ice cream and/or homemade whipped cream.