The Most Authentic Copycat Frozen Butterbeer Recipe

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Look no further for the perfect copycat frozen butterbeer recipe! This is the most authentic frozen butterbeer recipe you will find outside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Frozen Butterbeer

When we were planning our trip to Universal Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, what we heard over and over again is to get the butterbeer. Get it all. Enjoy it. Just plan to drink a lot of butterbeer.

Because of this, we worked it into our budget to plan to get butterbeer twice a day each day we were there. We were there 3 days. With 6 people and each butterbeer item costing at least $5-6 , this was not cheap. But it was SO WORTH IT. 

Three Broomsticks and Butterbeer

Ever since we got back, we have been trying different copycat recipes out there. While we have had some good tries, we have not found something that tasted legit and authentic. So we decided to do some experimenting and we have perfected the frozen butterbeer recipe! 

We now have a tradition to have this every Sunday. All 6 of us give this a stamp of approval and agree it is as close as you can get to the real deal. So let’s get to it.

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Copycat Frozen Butterbeer Recipe

There are a few key elements to this recipe. One is the homemade butterscotch. The second is the butterbeer itself. The third is the cream that goes on top. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get a printable version of the recipe. Be sure to rate it once you have tried it!

Butterscotch Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (salted or unsalted. We use salted because that is what I typically buy anyway)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (if you did not use salted butter. NO salt if you used salted butter)

Butterscotch Instructions

This will make enough butterscotch to last you several batches of frozen butterbeer. We just put the extra in a container and store it in the fridge.

  1. Heat your butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Do not burn the butter. Heat it just until melted. 
  2. Add brown sugar and salt (if you used unsalted butter) and mix well.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved some, add the whipping cream. It doesn’t take long to get the brown sugar dissolved a bit. 
  4. Mix well.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Make sure you stir every so often as it comes to a boil so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Boil until the mixture thickens. You want it to coat a spoon. This can take up to 10 minutes, but it can be done faster than that. Check the coating frequently.
  7. Let cool. Add vanilla. 

Butterbeer in Diagon Alley

Magical Whipped Cream Ingredients

One of the most noticeable things about the butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was that the whipped cream on top was not just normal whipped cream. I came across a butterbeer recipe from Art of Wizardry on Pinterest. She has a fantastic regular butterbeer copycat recipe. With it was the key ingredient to the whipped cream. I have named it Magical Whipped Cream because it is amazing.

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme (I get a 14-ounce container and just use half of it)

Magical Whipped Cream Instructions

  1. Combine whipping cream and marshmallow creme in a mixing bowl
  2. With beaters, mix the ingredients just until a little stiff. You want it somewhat runny still and do not want it stiff like whipped cream typically is

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Frozen Butterbeer Ingredients

This feeds 6

  • 4 cups cream soda ice cubes (put cream soda in ice cube trays and freeze. This should be two trays of cubes. This needs to be done ahead of time so the cubes can be frozen).
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream (or less if you want it a little less creamy)
  • 4 tsp butter extract (this is half of a standard sized butter extract)
  • 8 Tablespoons homemade butterscotch (it can be warm–if you are using a batch you made previously, it is good to get it out of the fridge an hour or more earlier so it warms up and is easier to work with)
  • 2 cups cream soda
  • Magical Whipped Cream (to put on top)

Frozen Butterbeer Instructions

  1. In a blender, add all of the ingredients except the Magical Whipped Cream.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pour into glasses and top with Magical Whipped Cream. Some people like to top with some butterscotch. We don’t do that; the flavor is strong enough without it and that isn’t how it was in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Enjoy!

Copycat Butterbeer Recipe Ingredients

Authentic Copycat Frozen Butterbeer

Authentic Copycat Frozen Butterbeer

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Look no further for the perfect copycat frozen butterbeer recipe! This is the most authentic frozen butterbeer recipe you will find outside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (salted or unsalted. We use salted because that is what I typically buy anyway)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup and 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (if you did not use salted butter. NO salt if you used salted butter)
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 4 cups cream soda ice cubes (put cream soda in ice cube trays and freeze)
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream (or less if you want it a little less creamy)
  • 4 tsp butter extract
  • 8 Tablespoons homemade butterscotch
  • 2 cups cream soda
  • Magical Whipped Cream (to put on top)

Instructions

  1. Heat your butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Do not burn the butter. Heat it just until melted. 
  2. Add brown sugar and salt (if you used unsalted butter) and mix well.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved some, add 1/2 cup whipping cream. It doesn't take long to get the brown sugar dissolved a bit. 
  4. Mix well.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil. Make sure you stir every so often as it comes to a boil so it doesn't burn.
  6. Boil until the mixture thickens. You want it to coat a spoon. This can take up to 10 minutes, but it can be done faster than that. Check the coating frequently.
  7. Let cool. Add vanilla. Set aside. This completes your Homemade Butterscotch.
  8. Combine 1 cup whipping cream and marshmallow creme in a mixing bowl.
  9. With beaters, mix the ingredients just until a little stiff. You want it somewhat runny still and do not want it stiff like whipped cream typically is. This completes your Magical Whipped Cream.
  10. In a blender, add cream soda ice cubes, ice cream, butter extract, homemade butterscotch, and cream soda.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Pour into glasses and top with Magical Whipped Cream. Some people like to top with more butterscotch.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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