A few weeks ago, Jacob and I decided to take a road trip to Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. Universal Studios is pretty neat, especially if you are a movie buff (likes us!), but the best part? The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! As soon as I stepped into that park, I was completely immersed in the Harry Potter world. Employees were decked out with robes and wands. Stores, restaurants and memorabilia from the books/movies were placed all throughout the park. Jacob and I both read and cherished all of the Harry Potter books as kids, so visiting this park felt like all of our childhood dreams were coming true. It was quite magical, and like nothing I have ever experienced before in a theme park.
One of the highlights of the park for me was of course the food! All of the food I had previously only read about and seen in the movies was there right before my eyes! Honeydukes was packed with all kinds of wizarding goodies, it was a shame I couldn’t try everything! We decided to not go overboard and just buy the classics: a chocolate frog and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Jacob and I also tried some delicious food at the Three Broomsticks. But my favorite thing to finally get my hands on though was the butterbeer. Oh the butterbeer…. The frothy, butterscotch drink was simply to die for. At $5 a pop though, the price was a bit expensive for our taste. Let’s just say we only ended up buying one drink each during our visit and we savored those drinks for all they were worth!
Since returning from Harry Potter World, I’ve been dying to recreate the frothy butterscotch drink. With a few simple ingredients, I’d say this copycat recipe for butterbeer comes pretty darn close to the real thing!
- 2 liters cream soda
- 6-8 tablespoons butterscotch syrup
- 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon butterscotch syrup
- Pour cream soda into ice cube trays (you can use as much soda for the ice as you would like, but I would recommend having at least half of the soda unfrozen for the drinks). Freeze the soda until completely frozen, this will take a few hours.
- Make the whipped cream topping by mixing the whipping cream and butterscotch syrup with an electric mixer. Mix on high for a couple of minutes until the topping has reached a thick consistency.
- After the topping has been made, pour the rest of the soda, ice cubes and butterscotch syrup in a blender (depending on the consistency of drinks that you would like, you can add in more or less of the soda). Mix all of the ingredients together.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream topping. Serve immediately.
In the mood for frozen drinks? Here’s another one you might enjoy!