Today’s Sweet Saturday is a bit different. Instead of sharing a recipe, I’m reviewing a couple store bought treats that hail from a fictional world. One of my favorite parts about the Harry Potter series is the food. Wizarding food is fun and and, literally, magical. If you visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida you can find all kinds of muggle versions of the foods you read about in the books and see in the movies. Now, they’re not necessarily cheap. Food at a theme park never is, but if you’ve dreamed for years about trying Sugar Quills, you can find them there. Now, not everyone is going to be able to travel to Florida to join in the fun. Luckily, you can find a few treats locally.
Most people have probably seen Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans which are produced by Jelly Belly and sold all over the place. Now, they’re serious. Every. Flavor. Some aren’t bad. Black pepper? Not bad. Grass? Not bad. Vomit? The worst thing that has ever been in my mouth. Ever. Ev. Er.
Harder to find, but without the risk of vomit flavor, are the chocolate frogs. They don’t magically hop around, but they do include a wizard trading card. We got Ollivander. They’re milk chocolate with crispies in it. They are tasty, but at $3.99, they might not be your first choice for a sweet snack.
Finally, I found Jelly Slugs. These are basically gummy slugs and come in assorted flavors (pear, sour cherry, tangerine, watermelon, and banana.) They are quite chewy and the flavor is fairly light. At $2.99, you get a bit more than you do with the chocolate frog (although there’s no keepsake card in the package.)
In general, these candies aren’t special enough to spend the money on a regular basis. But, if you’re having a Harry Potter party or you have a loved one who is a serious Potterhead, these would be great to add to the mix.