Anyway, about Harry Potter food. It was a dark and stormy night, and Carrie and I were really excited to try some butterbeer...
Okay, so here's what really happened. It wasn't dark or stormy - well, it turned dark later during the night, but it didn't start out that way. It was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone night, and we were super excited. We took a short trip to the grocery store just before the movie to pick up lemon drops (Dumbledore eats them at the beginning of the book), jelly beans (symbols of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans), and ingredients for butterbeer. Our plan was that every HP movie night would have different food, although butterbeer was expected to be a regular guest. As soon as we got to the house, we made the butterbeer. I'm going to tell you the recipe, but don't go crazy and say we should've known it would've been terrible. We thought it sounded good. This recipe came from MuggleNet, The World's #1 Harry Potter Site.
1 cup club soda or cream soda (We used cream soda b/c there'd been a sale that week.)
1/2 cup butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
1/2 tablespoon butter
Put butter and butterscotch syrup into a cup and microwave 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until syrup is bubbly and butter completely incorporated.
Stir and cool for 30 seconds, and then mix in pop. It will get very fizzy.
Butterscotch syrup smells, sounds, and tastes delicious.
Cream soda is also very tasty.
We figured, with only 1/4 tablespoon per cup of drink, the butter wouldn't be bad at all.
It was okay coming out of the microwave, and even adding in the cream soda, we were optimistic. However, once we took the first sip, we knew it'd been a mistake.
REASONS WHY BUTTERBEER IS DISGUSTING:
- First of all - Yknow how pop makes your mouth feel fizzy a second or two after it's been in your mouth? Well, with this butterbeer, my tongue felt SUPER FIZZY the millisecond it touched the liquid. That wasn't gross; it was just weird.
- Cream soda is very sweet. Butterscotch syrup is very sweet. I am not one to claim sugar overloads because, let's be honest, I really like sugar. But this drink was a sugar overload.
- It tasted funny warm, so we thought perhaps the sweetness or something would change if we refrigerated it for a bit. Eight words of advice: Never drink anything with cooled butter in it.
- And the refrigeration didn't really even help too much with the taste. (It did help a little.)
RESULTS ON THE JELLY BEANS & LEMON DROPS:
RESULTS ON EATING ONE BOX OF LEMON DROPS EACH + ONE BAG OF JELLY BEANS EACH + A MUG FULL OF CREAM SODA & BUTTERSCOTCH SYRUP:
We both went home feeling pretty gross and craving vegetables.
But the movie was really good, and we got to watch it on a big-screen television, which was fun. Thanks to Reba and Micah for that :) It was definitely a fun, albeit somewhat disgusting, night.
Morals of the story: If you didn't catch them, reread the butterbeer section.