You Can Order a ‘Butterbeer’ Frappuccino at Starbucks

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It’s painful enough sometimes being a regular Harry Potter fan, but being a foodie Harry Potter fan? Someone just obliviate me now.

After all, Sugar Quills, Fizzing Whizbees, Gillywater, jumping Chocolate Frogs? All things we in our awful Muggle lives will never get to taste in real life. Don’t even get us started on Butterbeer.

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Luckily, it doesn’t take much wizardry to cook up something pretty Butterbeer-esque at Starbucks. You can find this easy custom drink hack trending all over the interwebs, just a regular Crème Frappuccino plus three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and a caramel drizzle on top.

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It’s not an official drink of course, so when I went to try it this morning, mine arrived on the counter with tragically little fanfare (was kind of hoping it’d be delivered by a house elf). I also opted for no caramel drizzle because diabeetus. Still, the drink itself was pretty magical and a great festive fall alternative to all the Pumpkin Spice around.

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Some Starbucks have even seen enough requests for the drink to make it one of their regular features. So what say ye, all ye fellow Potternerds out there? Best Starbucks hack ever, or best Starbucks hack ever?

PicThx HuffPo Eight Ways to Sunday



Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.



  • Guest

    umm, yeah, leaving the drizzle off? not really gonna make that drink diabetic-friendly. check the nutritional info on the creme frappuccinos and see how much sugar there is in the drink itself.

  • Nancy Luna

    Have you ever tried the real Buttterbeer? I’m assuming you have, given the photo you posted of the drink shown on the left. I’ve tried it in Orlando and London, and it is the most amazing drink. It is exactly what you expect from the way it is described in the book. From what you described at Starbucks, this beverage doesn’t really come close to being Butterbeer. Seems more like a Butterbeer-shake?

    • Lem Renrek

      Butter beer recipe: blender if crushed ice, bottle of vanilla creme soda, real whipping creme, butter flavoring. Mix the creme soda with the crushed ice (after blending as to not over flow the blender). Whip the real whipped creme until peaks form, add 2-3 drops of the butter flavor, mix well… Fill mug with drink, plop large heaping tablespoon of creme on top and wait for it to seep in, drink and enjoy. So easy to make.

  • A Harry Potter Fan

    GIllywater is neither a sweet treat or a mentioned drink in the Harry Potter books, it is derived from the term “gillyweed” which is a type of plant that allows the person who digests it to grow gills and breath underwater.

    • Very Sirius About HP

      No, it’s definitely mentioned in the books. For example, McGonagall orders it in the pub scene in PoA (202):
      “A small gillywater-”
      “Mine,” said Professor McGonagall’s voice.

  • Anonymous

    Creme Frappuccino… plus 6 extra pumps of syrup? Nope.

    • HairyBearyGuy

      Just leave off the Caramel drizzle (to avoid the diabeetus) and you’re all set.

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