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The Most magical butterbeer

October 24, 2010

Wingardium Leviosa! Quidditch! Stupefy! Riddikulus! Albus Dumbledore! Lumos!

The best butterbeer

If you think I’ve lost my mind, you’re probably right. I have flipped my witches’ hat over Harry Potter.

This isn’t anything new. Harry Potter and I go way back, since the first book was released in 1997, I’ve been under his spell. My daughter and I devotedly read each book as it was published. We learned all the spells, wore wacky witches’ hats while eating breakfast and experimentally cooked dozens of Harry Potter recipes. My daughter, as she progressed into that disease called “teenager”, left Harry Potter behind, but I have never gotten over the bewitchment.

There are many things I adore about the Harry Potter series. Magic is sparkling across the pages, the characters are as real as the warts on a toad and the food is simply fantastical. JK Rowling (the author) created a whole culinary universe in those pages that completely captivates me. Maybe it is because “house elves” make the food for the students at Hogwarts or that most of the dishes described in the chapters are devilish and mysterious.

Some of the dishes described are very real English foods like Yorkshire pudding, steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, treacle tarts, trifles, and the ever smile provoking “spotted dick.” (Just in case you didn’t know, Spotted Dick is a pudding made from suet and dried currents.) Then there are the foods that were completely cooked up in the imagination of the author. Cockroach clusters, chocolate frogs, pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, licorice wands, rock cakes,  (I have since found out that rock cakes are real! There is a great recipe for them in the comments!)  pumpkin juice and butterbeer are some of the mystical foods in the pages.

Obviously there are no real recipes for these magical foods. Fans have enthusiastically experimented by cooking them up in endless ways. There are blogs, cookbooks and entire websites devoted to these mythical recipes. Butterbeer alone has a complete cult following with no less than 25 recipes floating around out there. JK Rowling herself said she has no idea what it would taste like but that it would be “a little bit like less-sickly than butterscotch.”

Butterbeer was commonly served up to the witches and wizards on holidays and at pubs. It is one of Harry’s very favorite drinks. It is supposedly has a very light content of alcohol, but house elves sure can get drunk on it! Universal Studios has even gotten in to the speculation and is serving it in their “Harry Potter Theme World.”  (But theirs has no alcohol content.)

Inspired by the fact that the part one of the final movie comes out in November, I have boldly forged forward to find the prefect butterbeer recipe for the Harry Potter in you. There is a recipe for Squashed Cockroach Clusters thrown in to eat with your butterbeer.

Butterbeer with cockroach clusters

The Three Broomsticks Butterbeer

I had to bribe the owner of the “Three Broomsticks” with a magical teapot to get her recipe. It can be served either hot or cold, spiked or not. I like to use Henry Weinhard’s vanilla cream soda. If you can’t get it add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the recipe. This recipe serves two.

One tablespoon of butter

One cup of unfiltered apple cider

3 to 4 Werther’s original candies or caramels

1 tablespoon of mulling spices

One 12 ounce bottle of cream soda

For the adult version add;

1 shot per serving of Apple Brandy, such as “Applejack.”

Melt the tablespoon of butter in a medium sized caldron over a medium fire. Add the apple juice, mulling spices and the caramels and stir your pot frequently or the caramels will stick! Cook till the candies are melted. Strain the potion through a dragon skin. (A mesh strainer will do.)

At this point you choose if you want your butterbeer hot of cold. If you want it cold, let the mixture cool, then add the bottle of cream soda right before serving. If you want it hot, add the cream soda to the caldron and heat till just perfect. For adults, add a shot of apple brandy in the glass before adding the butterbeer. Cheers!

Squashed Cockroach Clusters

Use two or three cups of squashed pretzels depending on how crunchy you like your clusters to be.

One 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips

OR 12 oz of dark chocolate bars, chopped

2 or 3 cups of pretzels, squashed into pieces

Halloween sprinkles

Melt the chocolate in a double caldron. (Ya know a double boiler) While that is melting, have a troll squash your pretzels into the size you want. (A empty bag from inside a cereal box in quite troll proof for this kind of squishing) When the chocolate is all melted, mix in the pretzels, then drop spoonfuls on a baking sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Stick little pieces of pretzels into the chocolate for legs and shower with Halloween sprinkles. (Don’t let the troll have any or he will eat them all!)

29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 7:10 am

    Thank you! I have been looking for a butter beer recipe! I too love the books, probably more than my children.

  2. Rosa McNeely Ashby permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:45 am

    We do have rock cakes in england..a spicy full of raisins scone type of cookie…they are really good..I will try to find a recipe for you :D.

    GOOD OLD ROCK CAKES (makes 10-12)

    6oz wholemeal flour (175g)
    6oz plain white flour (175g)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 level teaspoons baking powder
    about 1/4 of a freshly grated nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
    6oz butter or margarine
    6oz soft brown sugar
    3oz currants (75g)
    1oz chopped peel (25g)
    1 size 1 egg
    1-2 tablespoons milk

    pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 (375 deg.f) (190 deg.c)

    one large, or two small baking sheets, well greased.

    mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, making sure you get all the little lumps out of the sugar, then add the spices and rub in the butter (or marge) until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs and lastly, stir in the fruit. now break the egg into a separate bowl and whisk it lightly with a fork, add it to the flour mixture. stir until the mixture forms a stiff dough (you may need to add a tablespoon of milk, though certainly not more than two) Now, using two forks, pile the mixture in irregular spiky heaps on greased baking sheets. bake for 15-20 mins or until golden-brown and firm, then leave to cool off for a minute on the trays before removing to a wire rack.

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:05 am

      Oh yummy! Thank you so much for the recipe! I will be making these!

  3. Colleen Cordukes permalink
    October 25, 2010 2:20 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it for Halloween this weekend! Just wondering, what size of bottle of cream soda did you use? Thanks for your inspiration!

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:05 am

      I will be changing the post right now. It is a 12 ounce bottle. Thanks for pointing that out.

  4. October 25, 2010 2:25 pm

    I too am a true Harry Potter devotee. I’ll be giving this recipe a try – thanks for sharing ;0)

  5. kristine permalink
    October 25, 2010 5:11 pm

    Just letting you know that The Harry Potter Theme Park is part of Universal Studios, not Disney World. These are two totally different companies/adventure parks, etc.
    I love Harry Potter also and can’t wait to try your recipes!!

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:04 am

      Yes, Universal studios, copy that.

  6. Sally permalink
    October 25, 2010 6:48 pm

    Hi i love your post. That all looks amazing!I love Harry Potter too and wish I could make some of the things they eat. One thing though, rock cakes are actually real too. We make them here in England.

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:04 am

      Cool. I did not know that. I will have to make them. Someone left me a great recipe for them. Looking forward to trying them!

  7. PhilbertFlange permalink
    October 25, 2010 7:51 pm

    I think something that actually has both butter and beer in it would be more realistic, like this guy’s recipe:

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:20 am

      I’ll check it out! Thanks!

  8. October 25, 2010 9:07 pm

    This makes me so excited that I don’t know what to do with myself! Thanks for posting!

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:12 am

      Thanks for visiting!

  9. John permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:38 pm

    Wow Wow Wow i must try this thanks for sharing and i like you site.

  10. Noelle permalink
    October 25, 2010 10:10 pm

    This looks awesome! How big was your bottle of cream soda?

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:03 am

      Oh dear, I did forget to put that in didn’t I? I will change that post haste. It is a 12 oz bottle. Thanks for pointing that out.

  11. Tsega permalink
    October 26, 2010 2:43 am

    The Harry Potter world is at Universal Studios not at Disney. Approved by JK Rowling. And it has no alcohol content.

    Just so you know.

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 26, 2010 4:01 am

      Okay okay, Universal studios. I definitely have it now. Third person to let me know. Thank you ♥

  12. ziabaki permalink*
    October 26, 2010 4:03 am

    Yeah, I got it. Thanks for the correction.

  13. Rosa McNeely Ashby permalink
    October 26, 2010 7:16 am

    It would be nice if people would read the responses before commenting…oh by the way.. Universal studios…LOL

  14. October 27, 2010 4:54 pm

    I just posted about the Wizarding World on my blog today so seeing your post makes me really happy. You and your daughter absolutely must go someday. As magical as it is in the books, truly.

    Accio butterbeer!

    What a cool recipes. I’ve seen a few butterbeer recipes online but none as interesting as this one. I love the idea of melting down the Werther’s. Thanks for sharing!

    (23 days!)

    • ziabaki permalink*
      October 27, 2010 8:15 pm

      Accio Butterbeer is right! Wish it was that easy! I will be apparating over to your blog and check it out. Thank you so much for coming by! (22 days!)

  15. Just Me permalink
    November 4, 2010 5:53 am

    Wow, I can’t believe how critical some people are. I decided to check out your comments to see exactly what rock cake way. I’m kind of appalled at people’s responses. Seems like everyone just wants something more or isn’t happy with what is there. Geez, people, didn’t your mother ever tell you if you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all??

    Dana, I think you are amazing for the way you handled all the comments.

    To the meanies – find a better hobby!

  16. Alison Wong permalink
    November 8, 2010 2:41 am

    Is this the actual butterbeer recipe used by Universal Studios to create butterbeer at the wizarding world of harry potter?

    • ziabaki permalink*
      November 8, 2010 3:07 am

      No, I don’t think so. I mashed together a few different recipes to come up with this one. It is really quite tasty! And has all ingredients that most anyone can find at their local grocery store.

  17. Angela permalink
    February 3, 2013 7:56 pm

    Oh those look yummy…does the cream soda add the delish looking white topping? I had these at HP world last year and they were TO. DIE. FOR. I’m a nerdy teenager-I love Harry Potter & your blog. Thanks so much for this! Having a HP movie marathon party soon and I’ll HAVE to make these:)

    • ziabaki permalink*
      February 4, 2013 9:39 pm

      Yes, the cream soda does wonders! Enjoy!


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