Monday, October 4, 2010

The Magical World of Harry Potter

I was in Orlando Florida last week and got to experience the magic that lives within the Islands of Adventure Park: The World of Harry Potter!
It was like being on the movie set. It was beautiful, and you can't imagine how giddy I got when I saw Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs- the ones like in the movie, not the ones you buy at Dylan's Candy Store or Toys R Us.

Inside Honeydukes is a beautiful Candyland- a sight to see for any wizard or muggle:

And outside the shop windows you can see giant versions of the famous Bertie Botts Every Flavored beans as well as the Chocolate frogs with 4 wizard cards to collect. I got Lucky, I got them all!

When you purchase the chocolate frogs you have this fantastic frog sitting on top of a magical wizard card.

This next one is a chocolate Cauldron. There are also candy jars with hard candy and Honeydukes on them, as well as chocolate skeletons and cotton candy floss.

And this licorice man is sitting in the sentre of the store. He is getting his hair done by the house elves.

And this is my favorite part. The Butterbeer that you can buy at the Three Broomsticks restaurant or on outside carts. They come frozen or regular with a souvenir mug.
The mug is worth the extra $$$. And the frozen is way better than the regular.
I asked the witches what the drink was made out of and they were vague. When I came home I googles it and was pleasantly surprised when I foun a Fox News article with the recipe.
Here it is below- I haven't tested it yet but will very soon...

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

1. 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. (Please be careful when cooking sugar, the burns are dangerous)
2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. ( I actually plan on using skim milk to healthify it a bit. It's a rich beverage with cream on top so here's your chance to cut the calories) Set aside to cool to room temperature.
3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract. (Don't use real rum, uncooked alcohol doesn't taste very pleasant in a drink that isn't supposed to taste like it!)

4. For the Foam: 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. (just before soft peaks form)

5. 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.

Mugglenet also has other Harry Potter recipes that will be a great addition to your halloween party planning this year.

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