In what seems to be some Harry Potter fan’s desperate attempt to keep the story relevant, Butterbeer has found its way onto the “secret” menu at Starbucks. Yea you read that right, now you can walk over to your nearest Starbucks, order a Butterbeer, and probably still get a lot of blank stares. As a Harry Potter fan (a huge Harry Potter fan) I find my self in a weird state of curiosity and not caring in the slightest. Yea it’s awesome that some person came up with their own recipe for Butterbeer and Starbucks is going to run with it, but how does this change anything?
People have been posting homemade Butterbeer recipes online for about a decade now. Most of them have basically been some sort of cream soda float or alcoholic milk, but they exist. In fact the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando has been serving Butterbeer since it opened. We’ve all had access to someone’s version of Butterbeer for a long time, just now we have to pay more for it.
According to Slashfilm.com, here are the ingredients for the cold (frappuccino) version:
- A Creme Frappuccino base. Don’t skimp on the fat by asking for skim or 2% milk as whole milk is required for the right consistency.
- Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup.
- Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup.
- Top with caramel drizzle
And the hot version:
- Whole milk steamer
- Add caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Add toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Add cinnamon dolce syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
- Whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top
- Optional if you prefer to add a coffee taste: Add a shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)
As you can see, this thing is really just a caramel milkshake (or steamer). As much as I miss Harry Potter being relevant, I can’t get this just to have it. If I go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you bet your life that I’ll have myself a Butterbeer, but sorry fellow HP fans, this one doesn’t do it for me.