Thursday, October 22, 2009

Honeydukes Candy Shop

"There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable.  Creamy chunks of nougat, shimmering pink squares of coconut ice, fat, honey-colored toffees; hundreds of different kinds of chocolate in neat rows; there was a large barrel of Every Flavor Beans, and another of Fizzing Whizbees..."

excerpt from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

At the beginning of the party, each child picked up a "cauldron" from Diagon Alley which was really a black gift bag.  The bag is handy since there are quite a few items to carry around at the party.  I stapled a "Honeydukes Coupon," PDF file here, to each cauldron, good for one free visit to Honeydukes Candy Shoppe.

Right before departure, our guests visited Honeydukes Candy Shop to pick up a few last party goodies to take home.  We didn't make a big decorated area for Honeydukes, we just set out some big bowls and trays of different candies on a table.

Honeydukes Candy at our party:
  • Chocolate Frogs - homemade, complete with Wizard Card
  • Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans - Jelly Bellies or jelly beans in small labeled baggies
  • Drobble's Best Blowing Gum - regular pink bubble gum or gumballs
  • Ton-Tongue Toffee - toffee or caramels

Some other candies mentioned in the story from Honeydukes and a corresponding Muggle option:
  • Licorice Wands - Red Vines
  • Jelly Slugs - any kind of gummy candy, like gummy worms
  • Fizzing Whizbees - Pop Rocks
  • Toothflossing Stringmints - I'm not sure floss would make a good party favor...
  • Pepper Imps - Red Hots or Hot Tamales
  • Ice Mice - rock candy clusters
  • Sugar Quills - Feather attached to a lollipop or stick hard candy; or make these amazingly gorgeous real spun sugar quills
  • Cockroach Clusters - Nestle's Crunch, or nut/chocolate clusters
  • Acid Pops - Sour Charms Pops
  • Peppermint Toads - see How to Make Chocolate Frogs; add mint flavoring or crushed candy cane to melted white chocolate
If you prefer the branded Harry Potter items, they can be ordered online:

Next Stop: How to Make Chocolate Frogs or  
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