This Butterbeer Fudge Recipe tastes so magical, you just know some wizard must have spilled the beans to us mere muggles and shared the recipe straight from Madam Rosmerta herself. The melt in your mouth sweet deliciousness of this recipe will make this a treat your Potterites will be devouring faster than you can say “accio fudge!”
Butterbeer Fudge Recipe
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It took some serious Rita Skeeter levels of investigation, but with the help of my mother (who is the English kitchen genius behind so many of our amazing Candy Science projects!) we discovered that the delectable Butterbeer flavour that is so beloved by our Harry Potter is a blend of butterscotch, cream and vanilla.
Originally Butterscotch came from the north of England and was first commercially manufactured in the early 19th century. The process was to mix sugar and butter in a pan and leave it to boil until the color deepened and the aroma was pungent with all the flavonoids that come from cooking proteins and sugars for a long time. This process is similar to caramelization and is called the milliard reaction.
To replicate the butterscotch flavor we are simply using brown sugar instead of white. From our Candy Science Projects, we know that brown sugar is acidic and will affect the way the sugar molecules behave, so the get the creamy taste of fudge we need to add glucose to the sugar. Then we use an electric mixer to beat the syrup until it thickens.
Want to turn this into a Potions Class?
To learn more about the sugary science behind candy making and specifically fudge making, check out our other fudge recipes where we turned fudge making into our very own potions (aka science) class.
This recipe is so simple you can have your school aged wizards help you make it. It’s a fantastic project for that 11 year old wizard who has just received their acceptance letter and wants to celebrate with a special treat! Just ensure you use common sense and proper safety measures whenever you are working in the kitchen with kids. Sugar in particular gets very hot during this process and you want to protect everyone from burns.
PS. Special thanks to my mom for coming up with this amazing Butterbeer Fudge recipe!
BUTTERBEER FUDGE SUPPLIES
4 quart saucepan
A candy thermometer
An 8 inch square pan lined with parchment or foil
A large spoon
BUTTERBEER FUDGE INGREDIENTS
500 grams of brown sugar – Demerara is our preferred brown sugar as it has a much richer flavour, perfect for this recipe
2 tablespoons of glucose syrup
300 mL whipping cream
150 grams butter
11/2 tsp of vanilla – Remember the results of this recipe depend on the quality of the ingredients. Ensure you are buying high quality vanilla for the best flavour.
BUTTERBEER FUDGE RECIPE DIRECTIONS
Add all the ingredients, except the vanilla, into a 4 quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
Stir until the sugar is melted and then reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer. Do not stir. Simmer until the mixture reaches 117 Celsius (242.6 F) according to your candy thermometer.
Pro Tip! Not sure how to use your Candy Thermometer properly? Check out our Candy Science study for tips.
Carefully pour the mixture into an electric mixer, add the vanilla, and then beat on medium until it thickens and lightens in texture. This should take about 7 minutes.
Now carefully pour the mixture into the prepared square pan and let set at room temperature until cool (about 90 minutes), then place in the fridge to completely set for 2 to 3 hours.
Once it is nice and firm to the touch, cut into squares with a sharp knife.
Grab your wand and enjoy!!
Store your Butterbeer fudge in an airtight container. To ensure pieces don’t stick to each other place a piece of parchment paper between each layer. I really have no idea how long these last. I can tell you on day 3 I ate the last pieces and they were still magically perfect!
A Word On My Harry Potter Props
When it was time for me to photograph this amazing fudge I had a lot of fun pulling out all my beloved Harry Potter type props. I know many of my readers are fans and would have questions, so if you are wondering about the props in these pictures, here are all the details.
The wand is a hand forged piece by my husband who is an artisan blacksmith, Daelen Forge. He makes these wands set with tempered glass beads or semi-precious gemstones and crystals. These wands are stunning and one of a kind. Pictured is my son’s wand set with a flourite.
My winged key was also made by a talented artisan at GG Dolls and the Land Of Whimsy. She makes gorgeous winged keys, sometimes with crystals. Mine has hematite.
My cauldron was a dollar store find, and the quill and dragon hour glass are antique pieces I have had for a very long time. The sorting hat I bought a few years ago, but you can still grab them at Amazon along with the Time Turner necklace.
Then of course my books! My very well loved Harry Potter books.
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