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When I think of presents that I would like to make or receive for the holidays I think of cookies and fudge. Being a Harry Potter fan I thought it would be great to give my friends mugs of hot sweet foamy Butterbeer. Then I thought ... hmmm...that could get messy! Or it could get expensive if you make the trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to get some. Then I thought of the jars of dry soup mix or pancakes that people make up for gift giving. Could I do that for Butterbeer? Well I would do almost anything for Butterbeer so I retreated to my lab (kitchen) and experimented. The results were satisfying and would bring cheer to the most ardent fan of Harry Potter.

Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients and Tools

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You will need:

1 3.2 ounce pouch instant dry milk
2 3.5 ounce boxes butterscotch cook and serve pudding
6 tsp. dark brown sugar
2 tsp. Butter Buds Sprinkles natural butter flavoring
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

You will need a few kitchen basics to mix your ingredients:

1 mixing bowl
1 spoon
1 canning funnel (optional)
1 set measuring spoons
1 pint jar for storage

Optional - create or purchase a little decorative jar for gift-giving!

This quantity of mix fills a 1 pint jar. If you want to use a larger jar you will need to double the recipe. If you are making enough for all your friends then multiply by the number of jars you plan to fill.

CharlesQ19 months ago
I keep the brown sugar from clumping by spooning it into a cup and I add in a little bit of the other ingredients at a time and mix it in the cup. Once it's grainy and "dry" (not clumping at all) in the cup then I pour it into the big bowl and mix everything together. I get no clumping and nice even distribution.
kpurse1 year ago

We need a UK version as we can't get all your ingredients over here :(

judy.coleman.52 (author)  kpurse1 year ago

Oh No! The UK must have it's Butterbeer! I guess the main problem is the Butter Buds? Butter Buds is a dried butter that is good for dieters because it adds flavor without adding fat. Would a dried whey product give the flavor it needs? Might be OK without it just add more dried milk...

Hi again kpurse. I was speaking with a Scottish acquaintance and she said she couldn't get pumpkin pie spice. I was wondering if this was an ingredient that you couldn't get. It is nothing more than the same spices as mulling spices but we need them to be in powdered form. I tried to cut down my recipe for pumpkin pie spice and this is what I came up with:

1 TB. ground cinnamon

2/3 tsp. ground ginger

2/3 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Of course this still makes a lot more than you need but I have always found it to be handy to have around. I even put it in smoothies.



I have never see this before. Thanks for the introduction and easy recipe!


judy.coleman.52 (author)  chefspenser1 year ago

Thanks! To the best of my knowledge I developed this recipe before anyone else.

I have a great idea for you Judy...I'll tell only you. Develop a brew using Nutella® hazelnut spread.

Yeah, I hear your gears turning now!

judy.coleman.52 (author)  chefspenser1 year ago

How about a Nutella pasty?

more brain stimulation for you.

Sounds great!
Likeswater made it!1 year ago


I made this! I accidentally used Instant instead of Cook and Serve... If it isn't mixed *very* well, there's a bit of pudding at the bottom of the cup (not necessarily a bad thing...). I took it to work and those that were game really enjoyed it! I already have requests for your recipe :)

When I put together the ingredients I sifted them twice through a strainer. This broke up the brown sugar and make everything homogeneous. Some of the sugar crystals are large and had to be rubbed through the screen with a spoon. I "fluffed" the sifted mix and it spread the large crystals throughout like little speckles.

For presentation ("mugging" sounds wrong..), after the whipped cream and caramel sauce I dusted it with the butter sprinkles and a wee pinch of the pumpkin spice.

judy.coleman.52 (author)  Likeswater1 year ago

I think the sifting is a good idea. I was just lucky that my brown sugar was granular enough to not need it. We thought of crushing up butterscotch candy to go on top but there wasn't any in the store I went to.

Also- on the internet we found Hot Chocolate Butterbeer combos that were really great. I could see a three jar set of Instant Butterbeer, Hot Chocolate and Instant Butterbeer Hot Chocolate. I won't be able to fit into my dress robes!

giles26061 year ago

This looks a lot of fun! Full marks for ingenuity, and it sounds great! I would love making this with my kids :-)

However JK Rowling was inspired by real, historical "buttered beer" - with abit more of an alcoholic kick!! There is a reference made to it in 1588 (no less! ) see here for some details:

Essentially beer with various spices such as nutmeg & cloves as well as eggs, sugar and butter.

The original referenced recipe is here:

So, however you're having your butterbeer it seems perfect for the christmas season - enjoy! :-)

judy.coleman.52 (author)  giles26061 year ago

I am so impressed! I will definitely look this up! I once found a bottle of Merlin's Ale at World Market. It said on the back that Merlin was baptized by St. Mungo! J. K. Rowling is constantly doing stuff like that where you find that some tidbit in the books has a real source of reference! See she did it again!

DavidC415 are you reading this!?

DavidC4151 year ago
But, but where’s the beer! I was so up for this!

DavidC415 - My thoughts exactly.
I thought it'd be something like hot buttered rum.
But it looks really good anyways - and a splash of rum might be just the thing for it.

Now theres a good idea...
judy.coleman.52 (author)  jeagle11 year ago


I brew my own and was waiting for the beer bit...very dissapointed...
judy.coleman.52 (author)  DavidC4151 year ago

Ha Ha!

LuiseO1 year ago

What can you substitute for the butterscotch pudding mix?

judy.coleman.52 (author)  LuiseO1 year ago

Not sure there is a substitute. It needed to be a powder to work as a gift that would not spill too easily or spoil too quickly and it needed to be that Butterbeer sort of flavor.

Mike Eby1 year ago
This is the only project I view today. It really caught my eye. Harry Potter rules.
I might make one mod...adding a shot of rum to mine. Cheers and thank you.
judy.coleman.52 (author)  Mike Eby1 year ago

Amaretto is quite nice too....

rnorton21 year ago
so after making the potion you add water, how much?
I would presume enough to almost fill the mug.
judy.coleman.52 (author)  autotech11 year ago

So add 3 to 4 tablespoons mix to a mug and then almost fill the mug with hot water to taste. Then stir to dissolve. Then add the whipped cream and butterscotch syrup. Decadent!

I see a pint size mug next to the pint size container, which appears to be 85% full of liquid then mounded over with whip cream. I speculate with the given information you would put first 3 heaping spoon full to taste then add another to see if better or worse. My question would be...about how many tablespoons does one heapin wood spoon hold? (said in best Scottish accent)

judy.coleman.52 (author)  pschoggens1 year ago

The spoon is supposed to be about 1 tablespoon. So add 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons to taste. The whipped cream is like the foam on top of Butterbeer and the syrup is a nice touch too. Thank you

judy.coleman.52 (author)  rnorton21 year ago

It fills a mug which is more like 12 to 16 ounces which is a cup and a half to 2 cups liquid.

Irishintx1 year ago
Its like a rootbeer float, only not.
And looking at the decorative sppon, it looks to be a 1tablespoon size. So more than likely a heaping spoonful would be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 tablespoon and water wise fill within 1” of top of quart size cup.
This would be great for harry potter fans of ALL ages
judy.coleman.52 (author)  Irishintx1 year ago

Thanks for the kind words. This is best hot. The spoon is meant to be about 1 tablespoon. It fills a mug which is more like 12 to 16 ounces which is a cup and a half to 2 cups liquid.