One of the reasons I love visiting Universal Studios in Orlando Florida is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Frozen Butterbeer is my favorite treat to get inside the park. I finally figured out a homemade version of butterbeer that you can enjoy without having to travel.
I can't believe that it's been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first released. My family, like so many others, was in love with the Harry Potter Books. We read each book as they came out.
I remember waited in line at midnight when the Order of the Pheonix released to get our copy. I had to read it before my son was born because I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it once I had a baby to care for.
I will never forget that night. My husband could not find a parking space, so just drove around center city Philadelphia while I stood in line. The night was hot and humid. I was very pregnant and the guy behind me kept bumping into me. That line could not move fast enough. I had to get away from that guy!
Of course, when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter came to Univeral Studios we had to experience it and have several times. Hitting the butterbeer station is a must every time! And yes! We each have our own wizard wands.
You can not find the authentic recipe for butterbeer anywhere. The recipe is top secret. There are a lot of different copycat versions instead that vary in ingredients, but all have a common butterscotch/caramel flavor.
Tips to make copycat frozen butterbeer:
- Make sure the cream soda is flat. If you freeze soda without letting is go flat you will likely have a mess in your freezer! Plus butterbeer isn't fizzy. Place the soda in a freezer-safe container and let it sit out for about 2 hours before placing the container in the freezer.
- For a lower calorie version, you can use diet cream soda.
- Use festive Halloween glasses or mason jar mugs.
- Instead of Ready Whip, you can use Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream.
- Tops with caramel sauce and a fancy straw!
- 2 cups Cream Soda
- 2 teaspoons Butter Extract
- 2 cups Ready Whip
- 4 teaspoons Caramel Topping
- Pour cream soda into a freezer safe container.
- Let soda sit out on your kitchen counter for about 2 hours.
- Stir in butter extract.
- Freeze cream soda mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- When soda is frozen, scoop about ½ cup of soda and place into a cup or mug.
- Tops with ½ cup whipped cream.
- Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of caramel topping.
Butterbeer is certainly not a low-calorie drink, but a treat to be enjoyed occasionally. Halloween is the perfect time to make butterbeer. This kid-friendly drink is perfect for a kid's Halloween party. Check out 3 other kid-friendly drinks for Halloween.
If you want to make an adult version just add a bit of rum!