Want to give your little Harry Potter fans (or yourself) a treat? Serve up some butterbeer milkshakes—vanilla milkshakes with a subtle taste of butterscotch, garnished with whipped cream.
Let's wrap up #BackToSchoolTreats week with an epic treat! If you have a Harry Potter fan like I do—or even like I am!—they'll love these butterbeer milkshakes. We've been reading the Illustrated Harry Potter books since my son was 4 and came home from daycare telling me about "Baldemort." We've watched all the movies, and he dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween a few years ago.
The author herself described butterbeer as a "less sickly" butterscotch flavor. I'm with her on that, most butterscotch desserts are cloyingly sweet, in my opinion. That's why these milkshakes have a subtle butterscotch flavor.
I had actually been planning to serve these at a Harry Potter themed birthday party last year, but my son chose a Minecraft theme instead, and it doesn't look like having a birthday party will be possible this year.
How to make a milkshake
Milkshakes are supposed to be very cold, very thick and frothy. The two main ingredients are ice cream and milk, as well as flavorings. If you add soda, you have an ice cream soda.
As with smoothies, you'll need a good, powerful blender to make a milkshake, though one with ice-crushing power isn't as necessary. Good blenders don't have to cost a lot! I have a 700-watt with ten speeds that cost me less than $50.
The first thing I do when I'm making a milkshake is put the serving glasses in the freezer. This will keep the milkshake colder longer. I also like to drizzle some syrup (whatever complements the milkshake flavor) around the inside of the glass, and the cold glass will help keep the syrup on the sides rather than puddling at the bottom.
This recipe makes a rather middle-of-the-road milkshake in terms of thickness. Not too thin, not too thick. You can make your milkshake thicker by half of the amount of milk called for, blending the milkshake, then adding more milk as desired.
If you want a stronger butterscotch flavor, you can add a tablespoonful of butterscotch syrup to the blender, in addition to using it as a garnish.
Additional garnish ideas: whipped cream, butterscotch morsels, sprinkles—Sweets & Treats has lightning bolts, or you can make a custom mix of red and gold (Gryffindor house colors!) sprinkles.
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp instant butterscotch pudding powder
- Whipped cream
- Butterscotch syrup or morsels, for garnish
- Place a milkshake glass in the freezer.
- Place the ice cream, milk, and butterscotch pudding powder in a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Drizzle butterscotch syrup around the rim of the chilled milkshake glass. Pour the milkshake into the glass. Garnish with whipped cream and butterscotch chips.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 (without garnish)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 470mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 0gSugar: 52gProtein: 10g
Butterbeer Milkshakes by The Redhead Baker