Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Butter Beer: Fictional No More!

Halloween is this week, a time for witches and ghosts and supernatural stuff. Maybe a little magic. What says magic more than Harry Potter? After a long cold night of trick or treating (or of ignoring Halloween altogether) nothing could be a better end to the day than settling down with a Harry Potter DVD (any one!) (This of course can be said for any day that ends in y.)

On a regular basis (as often as I can without looking crazy) I like to hold Harry Potter theme nights with the kids; themed snacks are essential. It doesn't take much imagination to call licorice a magic wand. But one thing that you cannot mess around with is the drinks. It's Harry Potter, there really is one option; Butter Beer (okay maybe pumpkin juice, but do you really want that?)

A couple of years ago we went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Florida. My inner geek was thrilled, I could have spent all day there. We even had lunch at the Three Broomsticks, it was awesome. The one thing we all agreed on was that we had to try Butter Beer. This may have been the best decision ever; I have never had anything more delicious.

Ever since then, I tried to find the perfect DIY version (thank you Pinterest!) some were long and complicated, while some were just too simple and unappealing (butterscotch syrup and club soda? Yuck!) But with determination (and some cross-border shopping we have found a recipe that we love.)

2L cream soda (I like to use a brown cream soda, or a root beer)
2Tbsp Butter flavour extract
2tsp vanilla extract (some people like to use rum flavoured)

Pour the extracts into the 2 liter bottle, put on cap and slowly rotate until combined.

1 7oz container of marshmallow creme
1 cup 35% whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (once again, some people like rum)

Mix all ingredients with a mixer until smooth.

Pour the soda into a glass,  cover with the whipped topping, and and sip!

While it's not exactly the same, we love it and every time we see Fluff or the Jet-Puffed marshmallow creme in the store the kids get that look in their eyes.

It's definitely time for another Harry Potter night!

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