It’s become a tradition for my little brother and I to watch every Christmas scene in the Harry Potter series on Christmas day. While Christmas tends to be a weirdly sad time for Harry (remember what happened to Ron’s dad?), we can’t help but love watching Harry enjoy Christmas for the very first time at Hogwarts.
The only thing that would make this tradition better is if we had either: a) a gingerbread house replica of Hogwarts or b) a hot butterbeer courtesy of Starbucks.
The magical Hogwarts gingerbread house you can see above was created by Cherry Bay Cakery in Traverse, Michigan. It’s made out of gingerbread, icing and a shit-tonne of fondant and took over 100 hours to build. While we don’t have 100 hours to spare, not to mention the talent to pull off such a stunt, I doubt my brother and I will be able to enjoy this masterpiece.
Starbucks may be more our thing as apparently, the over-priced coffee chain has a secret menu that includes two versions of Butterbeer. Can’t take time off to go to Florida’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or London’s Harry Potter studio tour, a.k.a. the only two places that sell the real thing? Here’s how to get a taste of magic:
A Crème Frappuccino base, made with whole milk (not skim or 2%, which will mess up the consistency)
3 pumps of caramel syrup
3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
Top with caramel drizzle
Whole milk steamer
Caramel syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Toffee nut syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits
Optional: 1 shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)
Unfortunately, you can’t enjoy butterbeer all year round as Starbucks only stocks the Toffee Nut syrup for the holiday season. Oh well. I guess it just gives us another reason to spend way too much on coffee-based drinks right now.