Until now Butterbeer ice cream could only be found at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida, Japan, or California). In this “Butterbeer Bulletin” we’ll unveil two almost magical ways to enjoy the sweet butterscotch brew at home.
Just this week, Pennsylvania’s Finest Yuengling’s Ice Cream released its brand new Butterbeer flavored ice cream.
The sweet frozen treat comes in two sizes: Pint and Quart. To find out if a retail store in your area carries the Yuengling’s Ice Cream brand, click here.
Muggles first learned of Butterbeer in J.K. Rowland’s third Harry Potter novel, “The Prisoner of Azkaban” (1999). It would be eleven years before fans got their first taste.
On June 18, 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter arrived at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL. Long lines for cold or frozen Butterbeer immediately followed. The one million serving mark was reached just months after opening.
There are now six different ways to enjoy Butterbeer at the Universal theme parks: soft serve ice cream, cold (original) Butterbeer, frozen (slush-style) Butterbeer, Butterbeer fudge, and hot Butterbeer (Orlando / winter only).
Ice cream not your style? There is a bottled brew inspired by the popular Potter-themed beverage. It’s called “Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer” and made by Soda National. This non-alcoholic soda has been seen at local supermarkets (like Publix in the Southeast) or can be ordered from Amazon. Click here to order.
If that’s not enough, we’ve uncovered another two ways to enjoy this magical drink. First, it can be found on the “hidden” Starbucks Menu. The Butterbeer Frappuccino is made with a Crème Frappuccino base, whole milk, three pumps of caramel syrup and three pumps of toffee nut syrup. Top this off with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
Finally, for the adults in the room, there are several recipes to make an alcoholic version of Butterbeer at home. The book version (and not the theme parks) was slightly alcoholic in content – as Hermione became fully aware of. Portions are based on personal preferences: mix cream soda and vanilla vodka with butterscotch schnapps for a simple sweet adult beverage. Enjoy responsibly please and obey the spell limits.
Four fantastic finds for bringing a little magic into your home! Should you have any recipes for homegrown Butterbeer flavored fun, please share them in the comments below.