Harry Potter Butterbeer Ice Cream Recipe is a rich and creamy treat. You can make this Universal Studios recipe at home to enjoy year-round.

Butterbeer ice cream in a cone.
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Those familiar with the wizarding world of Harry Potter will go crazy over this easy ice cream dessert. This recipe is so easy and does not require an ice cream machine. You can enjoy all that you love about Harry Potter Butterbeer in this creamy soft serve ice cream.

Why We Love This Recipe

While traditionally made at Universal Studios, fans can recreate this popular treat with this simple recipe. You only need 5 ingredients and no ice cream maker for this no churn recipe.

The recipe is so easy and does not require egg yolks or any fancy equipment. Harry Potter fans don’t need to make a special trip to Universal Orlando Resorts to enjoy this treat.

What does Butterbeer taste like?

It tastes like cream soda topped with butterscotch flavored whipped cream. The flavor is rich and creamy with simple ingredients.

Kids will love this treat to enjoy while watching the Harry Potter series or Harry Potter movie. It’s such an easy recipe to make.


Ingredients for Butterbeer ice cream- heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, butter, brown sugar, vanilla.
  • Heavy whipping cream. This needs to be chilled so don’t leave it sitting out.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. Chill this ingredient too.
  • Butter. Use real butter for best results.
  • Brown sugar. The Best Brown Sugar Substitutes
  • Vanilla extract. Always use pure vanilla extract.

Find the complete list of ingredients at the bottom of the page.

How to Make Butterbeer Ice Cream

Saucepan with butter, brown sugar, vanilla and heavy whipping cream.

Step 1. Get out a small saucepan. Whisk together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream. Stir frequently over low to medium heat.

Saucepan with mixture combined.

Step 2. Allow the sauce to cook for 15 minutes. Then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Heavy cream mixture with butterscotch sauce combined.

Step 3. Beat the heavy cream using a stand mixer until it holds stiff peaks. Then add the sweetened condensed milk and continue to beat until it’s thick and fluffy. Then add the butterscotch sauce.

Ice cream mixture poured into loaf pan.

Step 4. Spread the ice cream mixture into a loaf pan. Drizzle the remaining butterscotch over the top. Swirl with a butter knife but don’t mix completely.

Ice cream scooped from loaf pan.

Step 5. Freeze the ice cream for at least 5 hours but overnight is best.

Ice cream in cone.

Step 6. Scoop and serve the ice cream.

Topping Ideas

  • Nuts on top of the ice cream. We like chopped pecans and walnuts.
  • Whipped Cream. Try adding a dollop of whipped topping on the ice cream. Either store-bought or homemade would be delicious. If making it homemade, try flavoring it with rum extract.
  • Chocolate Chips. Mini or Regular Chocolate Chips make great toppings.
  • Butterscotch Syrup. This will add even more yummy flavor to this amazing ice cream.
  • Cherry. Go ahead and add a cherry on top. This always makes a great topping for any ice cream treat.

Pro Tips

  • Chilled Mixing Bowl. Place your mixing bowl in the freezer to chill it before beating the cream. This will help it to form soft peaks faster and make it easier to freeze later.
  • Do not over mix. Only combine the heavy whipping cream until you see soft peaks form. You do not want to continue beating this.
  • Swirl the butterscotch. The topping will look so pretty if you use a butter knife to swirl it. This will give you a marbled appearance and look great.
  • Freeze overnight. While 5 hours minimum is sufficient, I prefer the texture when frozen overnight.
  • Butterbeer ice cream float. Use one cup cream soda with this ice cream to make a delicious float.


The ice cream should be stored inside an airtight container. I recommend placing a layer of plastic wrap on top of the ice cream and then adding the lid.

This will help keep it fresh and prevent freezer burn. If stored properly, the ice cream will last up to 3 months.

Butterbeer ice cream in a cone.

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Butterbeer Ice Cream

4.64 from 11 votes
Harry Potter Butterbeer Ice Cream Recipe is a rich and creamy treat. You can make this Universal Studios recipe at home to enjoy year-round.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 491


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  • In a small pan over medium-low heat, combine your butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and ¼ cup heavy whipping cream. Stirring frequently, cook your butterscotch sauce for 15 minutes, or until it coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the remaining heavy whipping cream until it holds stiff peaks. Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue whipping until thick and fluffy. Add your cooled butterscotch sauce (leaving a small amount for drizzling over the top) and whip until just combined.
  • Pour your butterscotch ice cream into a loaf pan. Drizzle the remaining butterscotch over the top and swirl with a butter knife. Place your ice cream in the freeze and allow to set overnight (or at least 5-6 hours).

Nutrition Facts

Calories 491kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 6g, Fat 34g, Saturated Fat 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 108mg, Sodium 131mg, Potassium 268mg, Sugar 42g, Vitamin A 1294IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 198mg, Iron 1mg

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