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Trying Harry Potter Recipes: Poor Muggle’s Butterbeer

Since I’ve been making Harry Potter inspired recipes I knew that I had to make a post on butterbeer.

The thing is, there are already hundreds of butterbeer recipes all around the internet and I wasn’t sure I could come up with an interesting enough recipe of my own.

But then I thought… maybe it didn’t have to be ‘interesting’. It could be so much better than that! It could be an easy recipe!

So I came up with the simplest, easiest and cheapest version I could (a.k.a the poor Muggle’s version), while also trying to emulate the flavor of the frozen butterbeer from Universal Studios.

And though the flavor wasn’t quite the same, it was really good! It had the same rootbeer-ish flavor combined with butter and vanilla that I loved.


  • Root beer
  • Vanilla ice cream

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I decided to skip this ingredient)


Let me start by saying that this recipe is basically a root beer float with butter. This is the “poor Muggle’s butterbeer” version for a reason.

I knew that I wanted it to have the same sweet and buttery flavor of a butter hard candy, so I looked for a delicious looking butterscotch recipe. I used this one from This recipe has basically the same ingredients as the hard candy, I just skipped the vanilla extract because the ice cream was already vanilla flavored.

My butterscotch came out looking really crumbly and harder than I expected it to be. It was impossible to mix it with the soda! But then my boyfriend suggested I fixed it by heating a bit of it with more butter to make it liquid-y again. And it worked! (Thanks to my boyfriend’s habit of Googling solutions for every problem in our life).

Pro-tip: When he said “heating it a bit”, he meant in the stove. DO NOT put it on the microwave because your kitchen will smell like burnt sugar all day. You will also ruin the mug you used. Though you will be happy that you used an ugly one. 

As soon as I had the liquid version of the butterscotch, I added 2 tablespoons to a glass. Then quickly added half the root beer and mixed it.

If you try it and you’re not quick enough, the butterscotch might not mix properly because it will harden.

After mixing for a few seconds, I added two scoops of vanilla ice cream (this will cause a lot of foam!). And finally, added the rest of the root beer.

And ta-da! A poor Muggle’s butterbeer.

The taste is basically what you’ll expect from a root beer float, except that it also has the buttery aftertaste of a butter hard candy. YUM.

If you want an even poorer Muggle’s recipe, you can skip the whipping cream and vanilla from the butterscotch recipe and just use the melted butter with sugar and a bit of salt. The flavor will be basically the same, but less creamy.

You might also adjust the butterscotch, root beer and ice cream proportions to taste 😉

What do you guys think? Let me know if you decide to make some butterbeer. And also, you can tag me on Instagram 😀

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