Thursday, June 27, 2013

Frozen Butterbeer Recipe

If you make frozen butterbeer for your party, people will be raving about it for weeks. It is that good.

To make frozen butterbeer at home, there are a couple of options. The first is to use an ice cream maker, if there happens to be one lying around the house somewhere. We were lucky enough to have this Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker(I didn't buy it, it was a Christmas gift) and that is what I use to make this concoction.

The second method, as described in How To Make Butterbeer, Universal Style!, is to freeze and stir, freeze and stir, freeze and stir the butterbeer mixture directly in the freezer, similar to making granitas.

The third is to freeze some of the butterbeer mixture into cubes and then mix them up in a blender or frozen slush/margarita type appliance with some unfrozen mixture to make a slushy treat. The blender or appliance should be heavy duty enough to handle ice-crushing, like the Blendtec blender I use.

Ingredients (per serving of butterbeer):
16 oz of cream soda, like A&W brand
2 tsp Butterscotch topping (like Smuckers)
8 oz whipping cream
1/4 cup Butterscotch topping (same as above)

Add cream soda plus the spoonfuls of butterscotch topping in your appliance or in a freezer dish. Stir to blend.
Freeze and stir until slushy consistency, either by hand or with an appliance.
In a small bowl, add about 1/4 cup of butterscotch (more or less to taste) topping to the whipping cream and beat until soft peaks form.
To serve, scoop out the slushy butterbeer into a mug. Top with a dollop of the flavored whipped cream. Poke in a straw and enjoy all the creamy sweet goodness.

Butterbeer Label
Print this label on clear sticker paper and affix to clear plastic mugs or cups, available from party stores. I've made a PDF file with 12 labels on a sheet. Tip: printer ink is not waterproof, so stick another clear label, slightly bigger, over the printed label. After enjoying butterbeer, guests can rinse out the mugs and take them home as a party favor.

If you like butterbeer, you might like butterbeer cupcakes.

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