- For the pudding, using half/half or cream helps to thicken the pudding since root beer is being used instead of milk.
- Don't use diet root beer, diet soft drinks don't do as well when baking as regular soft drinks. When heated, the aspartame tends to do funny things.
- For the Whipped Topping, you can also use 2 packets of Dream Whip, 1/4 cup root beer, 1/2 cup half/half and 1/2 teaspoon root beer extract. Prepare with these ingredients according to the directions on the box.
- Root Beer extract can be found at most grocery stores near the vanilla extracts. It typically comes in a slightly bigger bottle than other flavorings though. If your local grocery store doesn't have it, Wal-Mart does as do many craft stores that have a candy making section.
- Root Beer Barrel candies can also be found in many grocery stores. Usually in a hanging bag with candies like gummy worms and red hots. You may also find them with Brachs' bulk candy (candy priced by the pound).
- To crush the Root Beer Barrels, I put about 4 in a plastic bag and hit them with a meat mallet.
1/2 can Root Beer (6 1/2 oz)
1 cup half and half or cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon root beer extract
Crushed Root Beer Barrel Candies for Garnish, optional
Combine root beer, half/half, and pudding mix in a large saucepan and bring to a slow boil over medium heat. Whisk continously until thickened. Pour pudding into pie crust and chill.
Meanwhile prepare the Whipped Cream Topping by whipping cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and root beer extract, continue to beat until cream holds peaks. Spoon on top of cooled pie, spreading out to the edges. Garnish with crushed root beer barrel candies if desired. Refrigerate, loosely covered until ready to serve.