Butterbeer Magic

It’s time that I made a confession:

{I’m a Harry Potter fan}

I waited in line at midnight to buy the books and see the movies, and I cried like a little kid when the final movie was released last year. If I ever get time away from school and work, I would love to visit the them park at Universal Studios in Orlando. Unfortunately, I have prescious little free time, so for now I’ll have to make due with my own version of a HP classic: Butterbeer!


This drink is warm, sweet, and deliscious. There are countless versions floating around on the internet, but I believe that only the simplest ingredients can make a treat to rival any of the difficult versions. My demonstrations are made on a stovetop, but the recipe can just as easily be produced in a single-serving, microwaveable format.


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Butterscotch topping
  • Cream soda

For this demo I used Smucker’s Ice Cream topping, but in previous trials I melted butterscotch chips and they worked just as well.

You also don’t need to use the expensive cream soda. Walmart and grocery stores often sell in-house brands which cost very little. I used IBC so that I could have the glass bottles for another upcoming project.


{Melting Down}

To get started, place the butter in your pan and begin to melt on low.


Next, add about half of the jar of butterscotch (3/4 C.) and increase to medium heat.


Bring the combination to a boil for three minutes. Make sure to stir so the butterscotch does not stick to the sides.


Next, remove the pan from the heat a evenly distribute the mix into two glasses.


Before the butterscotch can cool, fill the remainder of each glass with cream soda.

Careful! The drink will fizz excessively, and you don’t want to make a sticky mess all over the counter.




There you have it! Butterbeer that anyone can enjoy. If you’re not a complete HP nerd like I am, you can still enjoy the drink as a warm alternative to hot chocolate on cold winter nights. Personally, I like to enjoy a glass while sitting by the fire.

{Microwave Alternative}

Want an even easier recipe? Divide the butter and butterscotch into two glasses. Microwave each for 1 minute, 30 seconds (stirring every 30 seconds) or until bubbling. Remove from the microwave and pour in the soda. Voila, the fastest recipe you’ve ever made!

{Side Dish}

If Butterbeer wasn’t enough, this deliscious pumpkin dip is a perfect side snack. Three ingredients make a light, whipped dip that tastes wonderful with graham crackers.



  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1 packet of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 8oz container of Cool Whip


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.


It’s almost too easy, but there you are. Refridgerate and serve with graham cracker sticks at your next gathering, or when you just have the munchies.


4 responses to “Butterbeer Magic

  1. First time I tried it I was kind of nervous, because I hadn’t read Harry Potter and it just sounded weird. I found out it is delicious. You do a super job with this post. Great photos that compliment the copy very well. You have a great blog people will love. Keep it up!

  2. Oh my goodness I cannot wait to try this!
    I love that you added all the photos. It really helps understand the process.

  3. I can’t wait to try this!! It looks so yummy!!

  4. jdevonshire

    Loved your use of media and the fact you took the pictures yourself. Makes me hungry.

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