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Wizard Food

From Honeydukes to Hogwarts' feasts, here are some Harry Potter recipes to keep wizards and muggles happy and well-fed.


Potion Soup

This is a lot like "Stone Soup". Each child is invited to bring in a soup ingredient, but this time they choose what they will bring. The teacher or leader supplies a large pot (a crock pot works well and is easy to supervise), water, and possibly vegetable broth. You will need to pay close attention to any special dietary restrictions. All ingredients are added, and the soup is allowed to simmer until ready to serve.

Wand Kebabs

fruit wand kebabsYou will need:
assorted fruit chunks (pineapple, cantaloupe, banana, melon, etc.)
large berries (strawberries, larger blueberries, etc.)
skewers
candy clay formed into star shapes or star fruit slices
optional: coloured sugar to press the stars into before adding

Arrange fruit in desired pattern on skewers, top with candy clay star or slice of star fruit.

Crystal Cheese Ball

crystal ball cheese ball for wizard party This idea is adapted from the Family Fun website.

You will need:
your favourite cheese ball recipe, such as the pumpkin cheeseball on this site.
a red and/or yellow sweet pepper
plain cream cheese
a small inverted bowl to use as a pedestal

Make your cheese ball, leaving it uncoated, and chill it. Instead of coating it with crumbs, seeds or nuts, place it on your "pedestal" and spread plain cream cheese around the entire outside. Cut out star, lightning and moon shapes from red and yellow sweet peppers and black olives and press them into the sides to decorate. Serve with wand-shaped breadsticks and raw veggies.



Wizard Candy from Honeydukes

No Harry Potter party is complete without wizard candy!

Chocolate Frogs

    chocolate frog in pentagonal box    homemade pentagonal chocolate frog box closed

You will need:
frog-shaped candy mould
semi-sweet chocolate chips (or non-hydrogenated melting wafers)
sweetened condensed milk or 1 tablespoon butter
pop-rocks or similar candy
a thick-bottomed pot or double boiler
a pastry brush
a tiny spoon

Over low heat (a double boiler works best), melt in the following proportions: 1 cup of chips and 2 tablespoons condensed milk or 1 tablespoon of butter. Do not overheat!

Thickly brush the insides of the moulds with the melted mixture and let set.
Spoon some pop rocks into the middle of the set chocolate, then fill the moulds with the rest of the melted mixture. Let set (but don't refrigerate), then wrap and/or place in an airtight container. These will whiten as the carbon dioxide is gradually released from the pop rocks, so are best eaten within 24 hours.

The pattern for the chocolate frog box (for personal use only) can now be found by clicking here.

Cockroach Clusters

cockroach clusters

Ingredients:
dates
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon butter

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler. Use a fork to dip dates in the chocolate, then place on a silicone baking sheet, or parchment lined baking sheet to harden. Allow stringy drips to harden as they are (these will look like legs, antennae etc.). The texture says it all! We used tiny resealable plastic bags to package these, and made hand-written labels for them.

Acid Pops

Ingredients:
sour lollipops
citric acid
waxed paper

Place the lollipops in the freezer for 30 minutes or more. Remove the lollipops and roll them in citric acid powder. The condensation from the freezing will help the powder stick. Wrap the lolipops in the waxed paper. These are very acidic, (though they probably won't burn a hole in your tongue like the ones Fred and George gave Ron!) so be sure to have the kids brush their teeth very well after consuming!

Vegan Jelly Slugs

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (80 g) your choice of flavour of vegetarian jelly (I used Kingsmill Foods Orange flavour--see below for unflavoured agar version)
1/3 cup boiling water
assorted food colouring
2 Tablespoons honey
small silicone candy moulds (heart-shaped or rounded) or other silicone container (or grease a pyrex container and use that)

Add the jelly mix to the boiling water and stir well. Bring to a boil again (microwave or stovetop), and stir in food colouring as desired (I added a couple of drops of blue and a single drop of red to get a murky green colour--you can experiment to get the effect you wish). Quickly pour into the silicone cups. If it begins to set too fast, still spoon it into the cups then microwave on high for ~20-30 seconds so it melts into the cups again. Let sit for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for an hour or more.

To serve: remove from container and cut into slug shapes (if you used the candy moulds, you will just have to cut them in half). Drizzle a tiny bit of honey into the serving container, add a few slugs, add more honey etc. (or just dip each slug in honey) until all the slugs are in the container and the remaining honey has been drizzled on top.

For a more traditional consistency, start with cold water adding an extra tablespoon of water and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Mix well and heat until it becomes transparent, then add the package of jelly powder and any exra food colouring and stir well.

To prepare with unsweetened agar: use fine agar powder, and substitute concentrated fruit juice for the water in the recipe. You may need a bit more liquid to dissolve the agar than indicated above.

Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jellybeans

There are several options for these: you can try and find and buy commercial Bertie Botts, use gourmet jellybeans, or use regular jellybeans and add your own flavours. We have had the greatest successes in adding the following flavours: salmon oil, lavender, cayenne pepper, and cloves. For the salmon oil, you need to take a salmon oil capsule, break it onto a paper towel, and rub it onto each jellybean. Store the beans in a sealed container along with the paper towel in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. For the other flavours, simply seal them in a container with the freshley crushed dried herbs for a few days. We also tried dill and onion/garlic (powdered), but the flavours did not transfer to the jellybeans. A little garlic or onion juice may help, but be careful about changing the texture of the candy. Be sure to experiment with your own flavours too!
Here is a template I found (for personal use only) for making your own Bertie Botts jellybean bag.

Beverages

butterbeer bottles

Pumpkin Juice 1

Ingredients:
One small can of pumpkin, or about 1.5 cups of cooked mashed pumpkin
One litre of "Holly Nog" Soy Beverage made by Vitasoy

Combine both ingredients in a blender, serve fresh or refrigerate.

Pumpkin Juice 2

Ingredients:
One small can of pumpkin, or about 1.5 cups of cooked mashed pumpkin
1 cup of orange juice
2 cups of milk
1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice or cloves
sweeten to taste

Combine pumpkin and orange in blender, add milk and remaining ingredients and combine again. Serve chilled.

Pumpkin Juice 3

Simply mix apple juice with canned pumpkin (about 1/2 a small can for a 1.36 litre bottle of juice) and serve in a carved-out pumpkin shell. This is a more refreshing beverage and tastes a bit like iced tea.

Butterbeer Recipes

Labels for the bottles as shown above can be found here: http://www.costumes.org/tara/photoalbum/potter/butterbeerlabels.jpg

3-Broomsticks and Hogshead Recipe

Ingredients:
2-litre bottle of soda water
2 cans of Blue Sky rootbeer, or equivalent
2 cans Blue Sky Cherry vanilla cream Soda, or equivalent
I can of sweetened condensed milk, caramelized

To caramelize the milk, heat it on medium-high and stir it constantly until it begins to turn a light brownish colour, then remove from heat and stir in 1/2 can of cream soda. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir well, and decant into washed-out wine bottles by using a funnel and pouring slowly. You will need to take your time on this as it will foam up considerably. Store extras in a sealed container (such as the 2-litre soda water bottle). This is the most successful of the recipes we have used for Butterbeer. It is sweet, but not sickly sweet and was highly popular.

Butterbeer 2

This is a drink best left for special occasions, as there is nothing even remotely nutritionally redeeming about it! Small servings are recommended. It is very sweet, and very rich.
If you opt to add butter, it is best served warmed up as the butter will solidify at the top if it is chilled.

Ingredients:
2 litre bottle of root beer (caffeine-free)
1 l bottle of club soda
3 Tablespoons melted butter OR 1/3 cup whipped cream;
4 Tablespoons butterscotch topping (homemade is best)

Heat in a pot on the stove and stir all the ingredients except the rootbeer and club soda until melted together. Add the rootbeer and club soda and turn off the heat, allowing the leftover heat to warm the mixture. Serve hot, or chill if using the whipped cream.

Another version that we did not try uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the butter/whipped cream, and half the butterscotch. You can also experiment with the proportions of root beer and club soda.

Also see edible science experiments for more wizard food ideas.

Firewhiskey for Minors

Add 1-2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce to a 2-litre bottle of gingerbeer and mix well. Adjust amount to give the amount of "kick" desired. It will take about 3 seconds for the "kick" to happen. This was very popular with our group of 11-13 year old boys!

Wizard Themed Cake Ideas

Quick tips: it is usually much easier to ice a cake if it is frozen. If you have cut/crumbly edges to ice, apply a thin layer of buttercream icing to it and let it set. This will look crumbly, but will help hold the crumbs in place for the main coating of icing.

 Hagrid's Cake for Harry   Ice Cream Castle Cake   Snitch Cake   Wizard Hat Cake   Wizard Hat Ice Cream Cones   Fire Breathing Dragon Cake   Hogwarts Castle Cake 

Hagrid's Cake for Harry

                                  Hagrid's birthday cake for Harry Potter

The simplest cake with a Harry Potter theme is Hagrid's cake, as in the one he brings to Harry along with his letter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. To make this cake, choose your favourite cake recipe and bake it in 8" or 9" round pans in 2-4 layers. Ice in between the layers as well as all over the cake in chocolate frosting (I used this cream cheese icing recipe and added 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and a little milk to make it chocolate flavoured).
Use a little vanilla icing (or cream cheese icing) to write out "Happee Birthdae Harry" (or the birthday person's name) on top. Present the cake in a cake box (from your local bakery, bakery supplies dealer or Bulk Barn store). The great thing about this cake is that any imperfections add to its authenticity.

Ice Cream Castle Cake

For a simple ice cream castle cake, fill a clean toy sand castle mould with slightly softened butter pecan ice cream (or flavour of your choice). Refreeze and unmould onto a cake platter covered in green cake sprinkles (grass), and embellish with a paper flag or two. You can add a cookie drawbridge and spread blue tinted icing on the cake platter for a moat. Crush a few graham or similar cookies for extra sand. Add a few chocolate shells here and there if you wish. A few candy clay or toy trees complete the scene.

Golden Snitch Cake

To make a snitch cake, start by baking a mix in a custom sphere pan, or "cheat" and use rounded mixing bowls, then invert one cake onto the other, sealing them together with extra icing or jam. Depending on the type and size of your cake, you may need to support it by running clean dowels through the centre. Ice it with golden icing, and use angel wings, cardboard wings or candy clay wings to embellish. You can copy the fancy swirl pattern with icing as well.

Wizard Hat Cake

A wizard hat cake can be made by stacking cakes baked in pyrex measuring cups, bowls, and/or angel food pans, depending on the desired finished size. For the point, try using an ice cream cone / sugar cone. Support the cake as needed by running cake dowelling up through the centre of the cake. Set the sections on a rim of rolled fondant icing or an extra large baked cookie. A rolled fondant icing forms the "fabric" of the hat. Cut star shapes from cookie cutters in a contrasting colour to finish it off.

Ice Cream Cone Wizard Hats

We also made ice-cream cone wizard hats. To do these, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and add a few drops of blue food colouring to make it appear black, or add a dab of black paste food colouring. Spread the chocolate over the cone, then press in edible silver and gold balls, star and lightning cake quins.

Once these have set, prepare round cookies (be sure that they are slightly larger than the opening of the cone) by laying them out on a baking sheet. Scoop your favourite ice cream inside the cones, pushing it in so that the ice cream is flush with the top of the cone, then invert on top of the cookie. You may wish to pipe a seam of frosting along the bottom edge.

Variation: instead of filling with ice cream, insert candy and give these out as party favours, or insert a paper clue to start a wizarding quest. For more quest/scavenger hint ideas, see my scavenger hunt page here.

dragon cake

Dragon Cake

We made a fancy 3-D dragon cake complete with curly candle "fire" and dry-ice "smoke". There were also red wings made from fruit roll-ups formed around bendy straws which did not make it into the pictures. The scales were made with candy clay.

The dry ice was in a chamber we made beneath the cake platter, and rose through bendy-straws that were embedded in the cake.

For instructions, follow this link.


Hogwarts Castle cake

Hogwarts Castle Cake

There are many Hogwarts Castle cakes on the internet, but if you aren't the Martha Stewart of cake decorating, you can still make a respectable Hogwarts cake of your own.

This one was a rush job as there was a "mishap" with the original.
With more time, yours can be tidier and more detailed.
I started with three loaf pans of cake. I froze them all, then stacked two on the bottom (with buttercream icing in between) then made a diagonal cut in the third, starting at the top of one of the long sides of the loaf, and cutting down to the bottom opposite long side. I set the two pieces such that the right angles of each side were placed together, with the narrower edges sitting on the top of the other cakes, in order to form the roof.
For the entire cake I used a buttercream icing, tinted with varying amounts of black paste food colouring. A little really does go a long way--I used a nearly microscopic amount for the lighter grey section.

I cheated and made a paperboard tube for the owlery, along with a paper cone roof, both of which I iced with buttercream and added melted white chocolate "windows" here and there, and a semi-sweet chocolate door (melt the chips then paint a thick coating of it onto a silicone baking sheet in the desired shape).
Another option is to make several small round cakes and stack them, or use a roll cake set on its end. Roll cakes from the leading grocers tend to use lots of questionable ingredients (esp. hydrogenated oils and shortenings), so be sure to read the labels.
For the stained glass windows, I tried a royal icing recipe that ran. A better choice is to use untinted buttercream icing. the panes were made from slices of jujubes that were arranged on top of the white to give the appearance of being lit. Around the edges you can place black shoestring licorice to finish off the look.
The Hogwarts H was made by first melting a few semisweet chocolate chips and used a skewer to write an "H" with it onto a silicone baking sheet liner and let it harden. Then I melted white chocolate and dropped it onto a silicone baking sheet so that the chocolate puddled into a circle, placing the "H" on top before it set. I let the whole thing set then attached it to the cake with buttercream icing. If you have more time, you can make an official Hogwarts crest or clock in much the same way.
I made small turrets using breadsticks coated in icing and attached between each window as well as at the corners. For the entrance, I used a piece of extra cake and affixed it to the front with icing, then melted a semi-sweet chocolate door for the front, in a similar was as I did the "H" described above.

There are many more details you can add, such as more turrets, Hagrid's hut, the lake, etc. For Hagrid's hut, use a small round cake (a grocer nearby often stocks small angel food cakes that are the perfect size and shape). For the roof, use pretzel sticks to give it a thatched look. You can make the door with melted and hardened semi-sweet chocolate, and the windows can be made with dark grey icing.

If you have miniature Harry Potter figures, you can give them a good wash and add them in where appropriate. Instead of birthday candles, we used 3 small sparklers to honour the Weasley twins and their filibuster fireworks.

For more food ideas, see my edible science page.

Additional Serving Ideas

Hogwarts feasts are know to be imaginative, fancy, and spectacular. Here are some tips to help you create maximum effect with minimum effort.

  • For a buffet dinner, serve any casseroles in hollowed out pumpkins
  • Use tablecloths in appropriate house colours when possible
  • Try hanging battery-operated Christmas candles from the ceiling, and/or place glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling to re-create the Hogwarts enchanted ceiling
  • If you have any older pictures, mirrors etc., now is the time to put these on display.
  • Serve drinks in goblets
  • Light candles where possible, always taking safety into account
  • Use stylized labels, such as the butterbeer bottle labels, etc. refered to with the recipes whenever possible
  • Make up your own name for various common foods, such as Mrs. Weasley's Cheesely Pizza, Dobby's Delectible Dolmades or whatever you happen to want to serve.
  • Search through these recipes as well as the Halloween recipes to find ideas that appeal to you
  • Remember that even a simple plate of sandwiches can look fancy if cut into triangles and arranged artistically and served with a few sprigs of parsley, radish roses, or other attractive garnishes
  • Be sure to start each meal with a toast worthy of Dumbledore!

Still don't see what you want? Try The Leaky Cauldron for some more Harry Potter recipes.

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