While some people will use Halloween as an occasion to celebrate anything and everything horror related, I am not one of those people. You see, I’m the biggest scaredy cat around. Things that aren’t even remotely scary will give me nightmares, honestly. To me, Halloween celebrations will always be the cutesy paranormal kind, with Disney Channel movies (I’ll never let go of Halloweentown) and… Harry Potter. Harry Potter is obviously one of my favorite series ever. And I love how Halloween is celebrated in those books. Those scenes are so vivid and wonderful – but what sticks out most in my mind is THE FOOD.
So while I grieve over the distance to my beloved Three Musketeers bars (seriously, Europe, y u no has these?), perhaps I shall take out my whisk instead and mix up some Harry Potter treats. I do own the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook after all, and the internet has plenty more recipes to offer. Maybe I’ll have a Harry Potter Halloween party. I mean, I guess it’s kind of late for this now. Uh. Wishful thinking? Next year?
“Seen the Fizzing Whizbees, Harry?” said Ron, grabbing him and leading him over to their barrel. “And the Jelly Slugs? And the Acid Pops? Fred gave me one of those when I was seven – it burnt a hole right through my tongue. I remember Mum walloping him with her broomstick.” Ron stared broodingly into the Acid Pop box. “Reckon Fred’d take a bit of Cockroach Cluster if I told him they were peanuts?” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Basically what I can gather from Acid Pops is that they’re very very sour. As I searched the internet, I found some awesome recipes that I’m dying to try out though. This one used blow pops and covered them in pop rocks. Um, yum? Likewise, Muggle Net used sour lollipops and covered them with honey and pop rocks. I need these in my life ASAP.
I’ve packed my own lunch; the trolley, as I remember it, is heavy on licorice wands, and a poor old man’s digestive system isn’t quite up to such things. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Here’s a thing you might not know about me: I love licorice. Licorice is really big in the Netherlands – but particularly the SALTY kind. Yeah, I’ve had Twizzlers and they’re so sweet it makes me want to cry. But um, getting sidetracked. Taking licorice (likely the sweet kind) and making wands? Perfect Halloween treat. Who can deny it? I found quite a few variations on the web, from the super colorful and cute to the actual realistic looking wands. The latter obviously require a bit more work.
“It’s this sweetshop,” said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, “where they’ve got everything … Pepper Imps-they make you smoke at the mouth-and great fat Chocoballs full of strawberry mousse and clotted cream and really excellent sugar quills, which you can suck on in class and just look like you’re thinking what to write next-” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. RowlingI kind of wish we still wrote with quills? I dunno, it fascinates me. But I love the many sweets in the wizarding world that the students get to sneak into class or use to get OUT of class. This one’s pretty innocent, but still. This recipe from Instructables is incredibly elaborate, but you have to admit, it looks great! The recipe also includes edible ink and parchment.
He never had any money for candy with the Dursleys, and now that he had pockets rattling with gold and silver he was ready to buy as many Mars Bars as he could carry – but the woman didn’t have Mars Bars. What she did have were Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
They never really specify what cauldron cakes are like, but um, it’s cake, how bad can it be? The internet seems to agree that they should be small cakes with some kind of colorful filling, optionally with a handle to really solidify the cauldron image. I’m all for this. They look amazing!
“Go on, have a pasty,” said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Halloween means pumpkins!! (ALL PRAISE THE MIGHTY ORANGE!) Though this seems to be a general treat in the wizarding world. But perfect time for us to eat more pumpkin, right? A pasty is a type of pastry with a filling, typically British.. I… guess. But seriously, it sounds delicious.
He had stopped noticing the fantastic cloud shapes now and was thinking longingly of the train miles below, where you could buy ice-cold pumpkin juice from a trolley pushed by a plump witch. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Pumpkin juice is like the orange juice of the wizarding world. They drink it allllll the time. I must say that pumpkin-flavored things are growing on me, so I’m quite curious about how a juice of it would taste. Hm. Food Through the Pages‘s recipe sounds delicious, with apple cider, ginger, and cinnamon; meanwhile, Babble has a (more healthy?) variation with apple juice and pineapple juice. In addition to the pumpkin. Obviously.
Immediately, his insides started writhing as though he’d just swallowed live snakes — doubled up, he wondered whether he was going to be sick — then a burning sensation spread rapidly form his stomach to the very ends of his fingers and toes — next, bringing him gasping to all fours, came to a horrible melting feeling, as the skin all over his body bubbled like hot wax — and before their eyes, his hands began to grow, the fingers thickened, the knuckles were bulging like bolts — his shoulders stretched painfully and a prickling on his forehead told him that his hair was creeping down toward his eyebrows — his robes ripped as his chest expanded like a barrel bursting its hoops — his feet were agony in shoes four sizes too small —Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Obviously, Polyjuice Potion is freaking rancid – but this would make such a cool feature for a party. Your punch can be Polyjuice Potion! Pepper’s recipe sounds pretty good actually – with ginger tea, orange juice, peach slices, and Sprite.
And for the more adult people among us, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen made some Polyjuice Potion Jelly Shots with ginger ale, ginger vodka, pineapple juice, pineapple vodka, and lime. They look INCREDIBLE. Want.
“Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingSo I’ve actually had the semi-official version of Butterbeer at The Making of Harry Potter in London, and honestly, I thought it was kind of gross. It was super sweet and frothy and I dunno. But there are so many variations on the web, that there must be one that would suit me:
- Bakingdom Butterbeer: with cream soda and extra butter flavoring
- Sugar Bean Bakers Butterbeer Shake: with vanilla bean ice cream, extra butter flavoring, and butterscotch caramel topping
- Jelly Shot Test Kitchen Butterbeer Jelly Shots: with cream soda and vanilla vodka
- The Fig Test Kitchen Home Brewed Butterbeer: with heavy cream, seltzer, and toffee syrup
- Pop Sugar’s Homemade Butterbeer: with pumpkin ale and butterscotch sauce
Let’s Talk!What are your favorite treats on Halloween? Obviously, you don’t have to be a master chef/baker, but if you were to try one of these recipes, which one would you pick?
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