Food is a really important part of Harry Potter’s world. I often wonder how all the kids at Hogwarts aren’t fat, considering how much they eat at the many feasts Rowling describes. I also wonder why we can’t have food like that in the American muggle world.
Well, we can, of course, because culinary-inclined Potter fans around the world have invented recipes for almost every magical treat described in the books or seen in the movies. And since butterbeer is the most recognizable drink in Harry Potter, there are dozens of recipes for it all over the Internet. I’ve never managed to successfully make an authentic batch of butterbeer, but here are a few versions I can’t wait to try.
These are supposed to taste as much as possible like the butterbeer served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. I don’t know why they say to serve it frozen, since both the books and the movies imply that butterbeer is hot–but I guess hot drinks are a little more popular in England than Florida.
Here’s one that I have tried. It failed miserably, but I’m pretty sure that’s because I used real butter instead of butter flavoring (don’t do that if you don’t want it to turn into a gross, clumpy mess). This site has tons of other great nerdy recipes, too. If you’re a Whovian, you need to check out their “fish fingers” and custard recipe.
Finally, this is a good one for a cold day. I’ve made it and it’s wonderful (though not very authentic). Also, super easy.
I’ve also heard you can order butterbeer at Starbucks–but only during the Christmas season. Here’s how: http://starbuckssecretmenu.net/starbucks-secret-menu-butterbeer-frappuccino/