If there’s one thing about the Harry Potter universe that I’ve always loved (and, really, I love everything), it’s that they definitely know how to enjoy good meals, snacks, and the occasional butterbeer!
After we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando a couple years ago, we had a better idea of how things looked and tasted and, before long, we had to try to replicate some of the goodies. If you’ve ever been curious, here are our takes on some things you might find on the menu at Hogwarts, Leaky Cauldron, or Three Broomsticks!
A few months ago, we shared our recipe for Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day and, we might be biased, but we think it’s delicious! When we were at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we noticed that it was being offered at the Three Broomsticks so, when we recently did a Harry Potter Movie Marathon, we decided to put a new spin on it.
While we made the recipe as we normally do, we added shredded sharp cheddar cheese and paprika on top to give it more of a Gryffindor flair (even though my kids claim to fall into either Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw). It was so delicious!
It’s really so perfect for a chilly winter day. Add a salad and some warm, crusty bread and you’ve got a great meal!
Dudley’s in a Blanket
The name for this was inspired by the fact that, in the first Harry Potter film, Hagrid gives Harry’s cousin, Dudley, a pig’s tail so, really, this is just Pigs in a Blanket with a new name 🙂
We served ours with some Annie’s organic macaroni and cheese and it was really so tasty. It’s not something I could eat every day but it’s great for an occasional indulgence!
Chex Mix and Wands
This is another one that is just too simple. We are trying to avoid gluten so we skipped the Wheat Chex and just used Rice and Corn Chex, following the oven instructions for the classic snack. We threw in some Snyder’s pretzel rods and used them as wands and Presto! We are in the Harry Potter universe!
So here’s where we probably will get a little controversial. Everyone has their own opinion about what it takes to make a good butterbeer and, really, you won’t fully know unless you’ve had the real stuff at Universal Studios. We had the traditional and the frozen kind and it was absolutely delicious. That being said, it was a tad sweet for all of us.
While we did our best to come close to recreating the magical drink, we chose to tone down the sweetness to make it palatable so that we can drink it way too often!
To make our version of butterbeer, grab some vanilla ice cream, cream soda, butterscotch sundae syrup and whipped cream (if you want – I don’t put it on mine since the ice cream froths up on its own but my kids like a little extra creaminess).
- Take a scoop or two of ice cream per portion.
- Add enough cream soda to fully cover the ice cream.
- Add some butterscotch syrup to taste.
- Blend it well and top with whipped cream, if desired.
It is sooo good. I am not getting more specific with ratios because I encourage everyone to play around with it a bit and find what tastes best for them! We are going to try with root beer soon. That should be tasty!
Have you ever made a meal inspired by Harry Potter? If so, please share in the comments!