Living in a Theme Park: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Gallery was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Kris Padget
Welcome to Girl Detectives on My Fangirl Life, where we run investigations on anything we feel needs some mystery solving! From research to experiments to everything in between, we hope that you will join us on our quests for the truth by following this series.
On this episode of Girl Detectives we are investigating another internet mystery! This one is an attempt to make a treat from a modern-literary classic: Harry Potter. Pinterest is full of recipes for the Hogshead specialty Butterbeer. We want to be able to pretend we are also wizards & witches on a break from Transfiguration & Charms classes, drinking a cold one at the Three Broomsticks.
So we decided to investigate whether the internet is telling the truth on this one! See below for our experiment’s method and findings.
We first discovered the magic of Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Of course we knew it would be delicious in theory from the books but at the theme park we experienced it for ourselves. We tried it cold, we tried it hot, we tried it frozen. And now we are trying it at home using a recipe from Pinterest.
- Cream Soda
- Butterscotch Syrup
- Whipping Cream
- Marshmallow Topping
- Electric Mixer
- Chilled Glasses
We used a combination of multiple recipes found online in this first attempt, so there isn’t one in particular to link to. The important thing to note is that we started simple. There are much more complex Butterbeer recipes out there but why go through that effort if a simple one works?
1) For the liquid portion of the Butterbeer, start by pouring cream soda into chilled glasses. Leave room to add topping later!
2) Stir butterscotch syrup into the cream soda until it has a sufficiently buttery taste. Be sure to stir slowly, so as to not get the side fizzing too much.
3) For the topping, start by pouring whipping cream into the bowl and whipping with the electric mixer. Mix until the cream can hold peaks on its own.
4) Once your cream has turned into whipped cream add in the marshmallow topping and a couple of spoonfuls of butterscotch syrup. Mix again with your electric mixer.
5) Now glop that topping on top of your liquid mixture and serve!
Let’s look at the drink in two parts: the topping & the liquid!
The liquid was sweet… sooooo sweet… too sweet. We should have expected it; we literally poured syrup into soda. That being said, there were notes to the taste that did match the theme park version. Cream soda was definitely a good call, as was adding a butterscotch taste. But the only cream soda we could find was pink and the it made the colouring of the finished product completely wrong. As for the butterscotch, it would be nice to add the flavour without the sugar content.
The topping had a great butterscotch-y hint to the taste. It also had a thicker consistency due to the marshmallow topping. But it wasn’t thick enough. The topping semi sunk into the liquid and cause the cream soda to fizz up over top of it.
Perhaps it’s time to try another, more complex, recipe. The liquid portion was too sweet & looked all wrong. The topping was closer to the theme park ‘original’. It tasted really close but wasn’t as thick, as demonstrated by it not staying on top of the liquid. It’s off to the internet to find another recipe!
Do you have a favorite Butterbeer recipe? One that you know works? Let us know in the comments!
Love & Luck,
One of the main reasons for our trip to Florida was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That first day we were psyched, just could not contain our excitement as we approached Hogwarts and first saw the snowy rooftops of Hogsmeade.
This proved a great opportunity for another Disneybound: Hogwarts students!
I have always identified myself as a Hufflepuff, though recently I think I’m becoming more Ravenclaw. Either way, I decided to stick with my Hufflepuff roots. This outfit was easy for me to complete as I feel I dress like a British school girl on an almost daily basis.
My outfit included a simple structured black skirt with a white blouse tucked in and a yellow cardigan. Black nylons and knee high socks were a must for the “British boarding school” look. The outfit was completed with a yellow bow in my hair, my deathly hallows necklace (I Believe) and, of course my wand.
Kris is a Slytherin, she always has been and always will be. Period.
This outfit was again about embracing the house colours: silver and green. Kris used her grey circle skirt and a simple black shirt tucked in. Interestingly, I think the black shirt for Slytherin and white for my Hufflepuff was a great representation of the differences between the two houses. Kris then added a green non-structured blazer to complete the student look. This outfit was then paired with black nylons and shoes and a pair of white knee high socks. To complete the look Kris added some silver accessories, her snitch bracelet and a wand.
KG has chosen not to associate herself with a specific Hogwarts house (though Kris and I know she’s totally a Hufflepuff!) and decided instead to be a visiting student from Beauxbatons. To accomplish this look and embrace her inner Fleur, KG went for elegance and blue.
This outfit made use of the abundance of blue dresses in KG’s closet…seriously, how does one girl own so many blue dresses? The textured two coloured dress paired nicely with her blue blazer (a cheap eBay find!). The outfit was topped off with a white hair bow and an abundance of pearls. And, of course, a wand!
We soon realized we had all purchased wands (and kind of dressed) to support a different Triwizard Tournament Champion, none of which were the book’s protagonist. Sorry Harry. This allowed for another set of fun photos.
Justine as Hermione
I chose to dress up this day as Yule Ball Hermione. This involved my pink dress and a pair of Hermione’s flower earrings (can be easily purchased on eBay). I again added my deathly hallows necklace and my wand.
Kris as a Death Eater
Kris continued down the Slytherin path and became a Death Eater this day. This outfit was complete with a pair of acid wash denim shorts and lots of black: black shirt, black blazer, black nylons, black shoes, black necklace. Kris also used this as an opportunity to wear her dark purple lipstick. The outfit was complete with her wand and a dark mark, of course.
KG as Hedwig
On the second day, KG chose to wear all things feathered and become Hedwig. This outfit consisted of a cream dress and cardigan and a multitude of owl accessories that included: owl rings, feathered earrings, feathers in her hair and an owl broach. And this Hedwig was sure to carry around her wand all day.
On multiple occasions it seemed we were having more fun than everyone else. It didn’t phase us, because really, what better location is there for a photoshoot?