Nutritional information of Butterbeer revealed from Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

WalletPop dispatched someone to Islands of Adventure to collect a sample of the popular Butterbeer drink and sent it to Kappa Laboratories in Miami, where it was analyzed so we could get down to the bottom of this nutritional conundrum.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:02 PM

I had to check this out because the "tag line" was so funny...

"Site sends the $11 drink to a lap to find out what it's made of."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:05 PM


Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:20 PM

I have some friends who have been and their kids tried it. Neither kid took more than a couple of sips saying it tasted awful.

I'm not about to spend $22 on a taste test.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:31 PM

I woudl have expected the results to be much higher. not all that bad for you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:39 PM

"...the concoction tastes like the Slurpee version of a butterscotch Life Saver."

I like Slurpees. I like butterscotch candies.

This sounds a vile combo conceived by Satan himself. How big of a HP fan do you have to be to plunk down $11, take a sip and then smile and say, "Mmmm."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:17 PM

^It's only $11 if you want that plastic souvenir mug too... otherwise, you can get it in a plastic cup for a little over $3

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:31 PM

Whew.... I'm glad you said about the $3 plastic cup -vs- the $11 souvineer mug.

Still... getting guests to part with $11 to drink a souvineer mug full of that glop? It's gotta be some sort of spell... FooliusMoneyParticus! Maybe the Harry Potter magic is real after all...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:55 PM

Pumpkin Juice was just ok, not fantastic, but certainly not bad. it did taste like a liquid pumpkin pie (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg flavor), but it was basically a purified water/white grape juice based with pumpkin pie flavoring.

Butterbeer on the other hand was Fantastic. I tried both the frozen, and the "on tap" (neither are alcoholic). Both were great. Like a Starbucks Caramel Frappucino without the coffee wang.

I was HIGHLY skeptical at first, but seriously good stuff.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:01 PM

One wonders if this will make it to a Walmart Drink counter for the Christmas shopping season....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:15 PM

From what I gathered from the recipe, the "base" is available at any grocery store stocking a good-quality cream soda...

Would have tried it the day we (finally!) got on Forbidden Journey....but an hour-long line for a drink is absurd - I understand they've added another Butterbeer stand in the interim.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:17 PM

Butterbeer is the only thing I'd actually wait for in Potterworld. Well, except the Dragons, but they were there first.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:19 PM

Coaster Lover said:
^It's only $11 if you want that plastic souvenir mug too... otherwise, you can get it in a plastic cup for a little over $3

Well, that's no fun.

rollergator said:
...but an hour-long line for a drink is absurd...

Maybe you accidentally wandered into a CF park?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:28 PM

You gotta eat...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:17 PM


Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)

Servings: 4

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:08 AM

To be honest, that sounds like effort to me. :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:03 AM

And here I'm still annoyed that I couldn't get the frozen goose juice when I was down there...

(I learned that goose juice was tangerine, and based on my experience with the now-discontinued tangerine frozen drink at Kennywood I figured it had to be good!)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 8:23 AM

CreditWh0re said:
I tried both the frozen, and the "on tap" (neither are alcoholic).

I'm out.


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