Butterbeer Ice Cream

by Erin

Butterbeer. Any Harry Potter fan knows what this drink is, but unfortunately the recipe for it was never discussed in any of the 7 books. Don’t you hate craving imaginary food? As a result people everywhere have been making up whatever they think it should taste like. I suppose Harry Potter World has the most “true” recipe I don’t think they are going to fork it over anytime soon. So while we all experiment with butterbeer, why not play around in other food genres? Dessert is always a good place to start, especially when the possibility of ice cream is involved. I will, after all, eat anything a la mode.

Searching around on the web I found many butterbeer recipes, as well as several cupcakes. Using the ingredient lists as inspiration I came up with this ice cream. I have no idea how close it is to tasting like the “real thing” but it’s more than just a little bit wonderful. And the butterscotch ganache drizzled over the top seals the deal. After nearly inhaling my first serving, the only thing that could make it better was to go to the movie theater an hour early to wait for the midnight showing of The Deathly Hallows, Part 2. I’ll give you a hint, that’s exactly what I did last night. And it was amazing! I wish I had had a bowl of this ice cream with me in the theater though. That would’ve blown my mind.

Also, since it is the last Harry Potter movie, I figured it wasn’t too obnoxious to also serve my butterbeer ice cream on top of Tracy’s Butterbeer Blondies (Sugarcrafter), but would also be delightful with butterbeer cookies. Yea, my kitchen was a butterbeer factory last night = gloriousness! It also means serious gym time in my future.



1/2 cup cream soda

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp butter flavoring

2 cups heavy cream, divided

1 cup buttermilk

3 egg yolks


  1. In a small bowl, gently beat the egg yolks; set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the cream soda, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and butter flavoring. Heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved, then allow the mixture to bubble for one minute (stir frequently as the carbonation with cause extra bubbling). Stir in 1/2 cup of cream until mixed thoroughly; remove from heat.
  3. Temper the egg yolks, then add to mixture slowly while whisking constantly. Add the remaining cream and buttermilk and whisk until combined. Allow to cool then chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.
  4. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions until it reaches “soft-serve” consistency. Transfer ice cream to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal with lid. For best results, ice cream should ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve with butterscotch ganache (recipe below).



1/3 cup butterscotch chips

1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat the butterscotch and heavy cream over a double boiler until the chips just start to melt. Remove from heat and stir until completely melted.
  2. Allow to cool slightly before drizzling over ice cream.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original, inspired by several recipes on the web.

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Lauren @TwoVeggies March 13, 2012 - 6:22 pm

OMG! I was just remarking the other day how someone should invent butterbeer ice cream… I guess it’s already been done! Well done! I can’t wait to try!!!

vanillasugarblog July 20, 2011 - 10:23 am

whoa. this is just fabulous girl!

spiffycookie July 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

Why thank you :-)

Pretty. Good. Food. July 19, 2011 - 9:49 am

Mmmmm, yum! This makes me want to just cave and buy an ice cream maker!

spiffycookie July 19, 2011 - 9:55 am

I love my ice cream maker. It is actually an attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer!

Pretty. Good. Food. July 19, 2011 - 9:56 am

I’ve seen those….I’m sooooo tempted now!

spiffycookie July 19, 2011 - 9:58 am

You won’t regret it!

janet@fromcupcakestocaviar July 18, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Butterscotch is one of my FAVORITE flavors. I will always be the weird one choosing butterscotch sundaes over chocolate ones. So this is right up my alley! Buzzed this to pieces!!!

spiffycookie July 18, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Thank you so much!!

jeannette July 17, 2011 - 12:51 pm

amazing!! why didn’t i think of that??

ugh can i just say how amazing the movie was?? i mean, i am a huge fan of the books but they did it justice. and it was AWESOME in 3D!!

spiffycookie July 17, 2011 - 5:07 pm

You should make it! And the movie was awesome. I almost saw it in 3D but talked myself out of it somehow. I’ll just re-see it!

Maureen July 15, 2011 - 11:12 pm

whoa – I gotta have some of this please. I’d even eat it without the spoon. That way I’d have an excuse for licking the plate clean.

spiffycookie July 16, 2011 - 10:45 am

I did lick my plate clean…

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 15, 2011 - 7:04 pm

I love butterscotch! This sounds great!

Tracy July 15, 2011 - 4:18 pm

I’m so glad you liked the blondies, and wow does that ice cream look amazing!! Not obnoxious at all in my opinion and I can’t wait to try it too! ;-)

spiffycookie July 16, 2011 - 10:45 am

I’m so glad our creations came together so well! You really should try the ice cream ;-)

Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate July 15, 2011 - 2:01 pm

I totally hate craving imaginary food!! It is the worst. (Have most certainly been craving butterbeer for ohh the last 4 or 5 years or so). This looks absolutely amazing. So creative. You should definitely have snuck some ice cream into the movie. Big enough purse… nobody would even notice the little cooler in your bag… ;)

Love your blog. Following you on Twitter!

spiffycookie July 15, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Man why didn’t I think of that?? I could always do that when I re-see it in 3D

And thanks for following! I followed back ;-)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 15, 2011 - 12:18 pm

The ice cream + blondies combo looks amazing!!!

Vicki @ WITK July 15, 2011 - 11:43 am

I always wanted to have some butterbeer! Imaginary cravings :) This ice cream looks so tasty, I’ll have to whip some up when I finish off the peanut butter ice cream!

spiffycookie July 15, 2011 - 11:45 am

I’ll help you finish the peanut butter ice cream ;-)

Camber Wilson July 15, 2011 - 11:41 am

This looks so yummy!! I might have to try this recipe too ;)

Amber @ Amber's Confections July 15, 2011 - 11:14 am

Though I am not a Harry Potter fan, and I cannot make sense of the phenomenon, this looks a m a z i n g. I love butterscotch!


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