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14 Dec, 2012

Family Advent Day 12 – Butter Beer and Harry Potter

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

We’re big Harry Potter fans around Casa Fishbowl. We read ALL the books as a family one chapter at a time. And when we finished, my youngest picked them up and started from the beginning. We’ve seen a bunch of the movies at the theatre and bought the DVDs, and even went to Toronto to see the Harry Potter exhibit when it was at the Science Centre awhile back. Sooner than later I’d love to take the family to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. (Here’s a link, doesn’t it look awesome?)

Harry Potter is a children’s story yet it appeals to the inner child in many of us. Wouldn’t you love to visit Zonko’s Joke shop? Ride a broomstick or a Hippogriff? Become friends with a giant? Or have a Marauder’s Map of your own? (“Mischief managed!”) Unfortunately, all of these things are impossible because we are mere muggles who don’t live in a magical world. All we can do is immerse ourselves in the books and movies… and drink butter beer.

I was particularly pleased with this advent activity.

Enjoying some butter beer

Butter beer!

This is the butter beer recipe I used.

My advice to you if you want to make it:

  • Make the butterscotch base the day before – or earlier in the day – so it thickens properly.
  • I personally wouldn’t use the rum extract that the recipe calls for.
  • Don’t omit the salt.
  • Top your finished butter beer with unsweetened whipped cream. This recipe will send you into a sugar shock so you really don’t need to add extra sugar to the cream. Whip the cream it until it can be whipped no more. You want it peaky and gorgeous.
  • We made it with root beer (not cream soda). The kids, of course, LOVED it.
  • Small servings suffice. See above about the sugar shock.

We enjoyed our butter beers while watching one of the HP movies. It was very fun. In fact, I might keep this one on the list for next year. :)

This post is part of our 2012 Family Advent, a.k.a. 25 Days of Christmas. You can read more about that here. Looking for some Christmas-related activities to try out yourself? Check out my Pinterest board.

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6 Responses to "Family Advent Day 12 – Butter Beer and Harry Potter"

1 | sassymonkey

December 14th, 2012 at 8:48 am


Hmm maybe I’ll make Lee some butter beer tonight.

If you can find IBC cream soda, a bottle of that mixed with a tablespoon of butterscotch syrup tastes almost identical to the butter beer they sell at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can still add whipped cream to it but it will foam up on its when you stir in the syrup.

2 | cleo

December 14th, 2012 at 8:56 am


We were in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last month where we tried butter beer, both regular AND frozen… I preferred the regular. As we sipped, we tried to deduce what ingredients were in there. We thought it tasted like cream soda mixed with butter and topped with whipped cream… your recipe sounds better. A must try!! Thanks!

3 | Sarah McCormack

December 14th, 2012 at 9:08 am


we are huge HP fans in our household, incuding my son, GRIFFIN!!

i have read all the books 3 times- once on my own, and then with each of my boys! i cried when we were finished… it was such a special thing to share together!

we have visited some of the sites in England where they filmed the movies and hope to get to Univeral soon! they have also opened the Warner Bros studio (near London,UK) where they filmed and we hope to get there soon as well!

we are having a HP Party this winter with some cousins, so i will use this BB recipe for sure!


4 | Javamom

December 14th, 2012 at 9:51 am


Butter beer sounds delish although usually I’m not too much into sweet thick drinks. This one though, with the unsweetened whip cream (we never use the sweet kind anyway) sounds good enough to try.

You are inspiring me to let go of my crankiness and hop on the Xmas celebration bandwagon. :)

5 | Leslie

December 14th, 2012 at 4:18 pm


We read the books together as a family too and then watched the movies. You MUST visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. I was overcome with emotion upon entering. We had sooooo much fun visiting. My son was chosen in Ollivander’s. We went on the Dragon’s Challenge Roller Coaster 27 times! Awesome experience for the entire family.

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