We Tried 4 Butterbeer Desserts At Harry Potter World — Including The New Ice Cream

Ever since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter announced Butterbeer ice cream, it’s been pretty much all fans can think about. What better way to start the summer than to whip up a spell that turns the beloved Butterbeer beverage into an icy treat? Well, as it turns out, there is no better way: I have it on very good authority (mine, to be exact) that Butterbeer ice cream tastes like heaven. In fact, it might just be the best treat that the Wizarding World has to offer. Seriously.

Of course, I couldn’t just taste the new product on its own — that wouldn’t be scientific or fair. So I trekked to Universal Studios Hollywood to visit the Three Broomsticks and try the whole lot to see where the ice cream landed in the robust lineup of Hogsmeade delights. From warm Butterbeer, to frozen and chilled varieties, Butterbeer fudge and Butterbeer clotted cream, there are so many ways to get that caramel fix. But there can only be one top treat and as it turns out, if my patronus was a dessert, it would probably be Butterbeer ice cream. Here’s where it lands in the ranking among all the other buttery treats:

4. Butterbeer Fudge

Unfortunately, there was not a single photo angle that I could get on the fudge that didn’t make it look like a stick of butter. But perhaps that’s because it might actually just be a stick of butter. While I think it might fare better on a chilly December day with a cup of hot coffee, on this sticky 90 degree day in sunny Los Angeles, the heavy, ridiculously sweet treat was a bit too much for me. Granted, it did still bear the signature sugary flavor fans have come to expect from Butterbeer, so it might fare better with folks who have more of a sweet tooth.

3. Classic Butterbeer

Accio this ice cream, forever and always. It comes in a cute little pink cup bearing the name Florean Fortescue (who diehard Potterheads will recognize as the purveyor of ice cream in Diagon Alley), so it’s just as good for a Wizarding World Instagram as the next treat. Plus, it’s basically a deconstructed Butterbeer beverage: It’s as if the two best parts of the beverage decided to ditch the soda. The base is the smooth, vanilla creamy top of the cool drink while the swirl that runs throughout is pure Butterbeer essence. *Chef’s kiss* It is, as Ron would say, bloody brilliant.

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