When J.K. Rowling created the world of Harry Potter, she created a world we wanted to visit, feel, touch, and taste. Some of us are finally accepting the fact that we may never get our Hogwarts letter, but thanks to the folks at Universal Studios, intricate detail has been afforded to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both the Orlando and Hollywood locations. So now, we have the opportunity to step into the architecture and taste the flavors of the magical world we love so much.
In the tradition of so many fantasy epic’s Rowling spares no verbal expense on the details of the foods and feasts that populate the fantastical world — especially those laid out on the tables of the Great Hall. But despite being sparingly described throughout the books and surprisingly low-key on a rewatch of the movies, Butterbeer has become the trademark treat of the Harry Potter verse. We hear about Sticky Toffee Pudding and Pumpkin Pasties, but it’s Butterbeer that has walked away with the crown as the champion food of the Potterverse.
Described in the books as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch,” Butterbeer has emerged above all pumpkin flavored goods and candy treats to become the indisputable flavor icon of the Harry Potter franchise. It populates every corner of both Wizarding World locations with a variety of similarly flavored treats, it can be hard to know which one is for you. That’s why I’ve broken down the best of the best below. It should go without saying that taste is subjective. I’m not crazy about intense doses sugar, so those of you who love a hardcore sweet kick will feel differently. But regarless, here’s a breakdown of all the Butterbeer treats The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer.
That said, if butterscotch flavoring doesn’t do it for you, there’s a lot more to explore. The folks at Wizarding World have put a lot of thought into creating real-world incarnations of you favorite Harry Potter Treats. Pumpkin Fizz is a lovely sweet drink for those who don’t like Butterbeer, and perhaps most impressively, it doesn’t taste like anything labeled “pumpkin spice”. The truth is that pumpkin is a garbage flavor, but by combining it with apple and apricot juices, they’ve managed to make a “pumpkin” flavor entirely unique to Wizarding World.
Alternatively, if you’re not looking for a drink, in Honeydukes you’ll find sweets like Fizzing Whizzbies and Exploding BonBons (both of which indulge in the tropical fruit flavor of the spectrum), or chocolate based items like Chocolate Frogs (Yes, you can get addicted to collecting those holographic wizard cards), chocolate wands, and chocolate cauldrons. Basically, if there’s a sweet you want, you can find it in Wizarding World.