Category Archives: Candy

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

In a previous post, I touched base on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  I discussed existing flavours, experiences, all in a quick review with a lovely photo.  But, I think I’d like to explain Bertie Botts a little more in detail.

What are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean?

Bertie Bott – Image brought to you by Harry Potter Wiki

The history in the Harry Potter series states that “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle (non-magical folk) jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour.

The inventor of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful!””*

A compilation of known flavours can be found on Mugglenet.

-*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

How did we get Bertie Bott’s here in the ‘Muggle’ world?

“In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The Bertie Bott’s candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeno and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.”*  -*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

Jelly Belly

Try, if you dare…

Today, you will have a harder time finding the interesting flavours from the times of Bertie Bott, but Jelly Belly does have lovely jelly beans with a very neat spectrum of flavours.  Give them a try, they are delicious and very realistic!

In regards to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I did try a few, rotten cheese, pencil shavings, black pepper… Very, um, different.  It wasn’t very tasty and the point was proven, “a risk with every mouthful”!

Cheers,
Nahren

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Monday’s Class Treat is Back – Licorice Wands from Harry Potter!

Hogwarts Express Food Trolley

Image brought to you by http://www.parqueirosanonimos.com


Upon reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies, one of the first treats you hear about are licorice wands.  Licorice wands have appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What is a licorice wand?

“A Liquorice Wand is a wizarding sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”

History

  • 1991 – Harry Potter bought every sweet available from the food trolley on the Hogwarts Express, including some Liquorice Wands, as he had never had wizarding sweets before and wanted to try everything he could.
  • 1994 – On the Hogwarts Express, Ron thinks about buying one before realising that it was too expensive.
  • 1995 – “Liquorice wand” was one of several password guesses Harry Potter made when he wanted to gain entrance to the Headmaster’s office, so that he could tell Albus Dumbledore about a vision he had involving Lord Voldemort.
  • 1996 – Horace Slughorn invited several students to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, in order to find new members for the Slug Club. He told his guests that he had brought his own lunch, as he recalled the trolley being “heavy on Liquorice Wands,” and felt that such things would not sit well with “a poor old man’s digestive system.””*

*Information adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki.

How to make your own Licorice wands!

Licorice Wands

Licorice wands are very easy to make!  It is mainly up to your creativity, You can dip licorice in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, with or without sprinkles, or just plain licorice with a paper handle, the sky is the limit!

This is my take on licorice wands.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Melt white chocolate chips/candy melts in a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
  2. Dip and twist 1/4 of the licorice in melted chocolate and tap off excess.
  3. Roll in sprinkles or sugar until fully covered.
  4. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Take the licorice wands out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Licorice wands should be enjoyed freshly made but will last about three days at room temperature or a week in the fridge, in an air tight container.

Now, repeat after me… Accio Licorice Wand,
-Nahren

ET’s favourite snack – Reese’s Pieces

E.T. –  What a classic!

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Wikipedia

For those who aren’t familiar with the great 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, here is a little description:

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote.

It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial

Here is the original trailer:

Why Reese’s Pieces?

Reeses PiecesMost of you may have noticed that E.T. enjoyed Reese’s Pieces throughout the movie.

For those of you who are not familiar with the candy, you can read more about Reese’s Pieces on Wikipedia.

“Visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has always been a step ahead, and his 1982 alien romp E.T. blazed the trail for modern day product placement. The film was to have a scene where a boy coaxes an abandoned alien by leaving a trail of candy ground.

But not just any candy. The choice was made months prior to production when Spielberg looked for a partnership with a candy company that would promise promotion for his film. The very droppable M&M’s were selected, but the suits at Mars, Inc. refused to have their treats associated with E.T.

However, Hershey was not bothered, as they were hoping to bolster their Reese’s Pieces line. An agreement was made to produce a million dollars’ worth of advertisements for the film, and they plastered E.T.’s face right on the candy’s packaging.

Most Popular Scene:

The product is never mentioned by name here, though customers still had no problem identifying it by the package (as proven by 65% spike in Reese’s Pieces sales after the movie hit theaters).”

The aforementioned, quoted information was adapted from Cracked.com.

Are you impressionable?

Do you fee like eating some Reese’s Pieces right now?

Sadly, I am and yes I am eating some at the moment…

Cheers,
Nahren

The Tantalizing Treats of Harry Potter

The world of Harry Potter gives us much to imagine

Harry Potter

Harry Potter image brought to you by Wikipedia

For those of you who are not familiar with the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter*”.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter

One of the most popular things about the story of Harry Potter is all the food it has throughout the books.  It has all sorts of food, from magical to traditional British and sweets to full meals.

I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some of these delicious delights and I am going to tell you a little about them.

Anything from the trolley?

The first time I really got an idea of the popularity of the food and candy was from the trolley witch.  she’d go up and down the isles asking the children if they’d like anything from the trolley.

When I was fortunate enough to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida, I was able to visit Honeydukes.

Honeydukes

Honeydukes is the candy shoppe located in Hogsmeade and carries most the sweets found in the books.

Here is a list of sweets I’ve tasted along with a description:Peppermint Toads

Peppermint Toads: peppermint creams shaped like toads (“hop realistically in the stomach!”)*.

In this case, these peppermint toads were small morsels of dark peppermint flavoured chocolate.

FuzzingWhizzbees

 


Fizzing Whizbees
: massive sherbet balls that make you levitate.*

In this case, they have made this into bee like chocolates that contain popping candies, when eaten the popping candies fizzle and pop in your mouth.


 

Chocolate Frog: come with a collectable card of a famous witch or wizard in each pack.*Chocolate Frog

This is actually what it seems, there was a fairly large chocolate frog and it did come with a collectable wizards card.

 

 

 

 

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean: These beans are essentially the same as regular jelly beans, but with flavors that you would never expect.

Bertie BottsIn this case, they are exactly identical.  I have had some flavours and they are extremely realistic.  Some are lovely and some are atrocious.

Some flavours include:

  • baked bean
  • booger
  • chocolate
  • coconut
  • coffee
  • curry
  • ear wax
  • grass
  • liver
  • marmalade
  • pepper
  • peppermint
  • sardine
  • spinach
  • sprouts
  • strawberry
  • toast
  • toffee
  • tripe
  • vomit

Sherbet Lemon

Sherbet Lemon: Also known as lemon drops, sherbet lemon is actually a non-magical treat, but a favourite of Dumbledore’s.

In this case, they are exactly as described.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin JuicePumpkin Juice: Is commonly seen throughout the Harry Potter books.  It is very popular in the wizarding world and can be enjoyed at anytime of the day.

In this case, it is identical to it’s description.  Refreshing when cold, has pumpkin and spice flavours.

 

*Harry Potter Lexicon – http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/candy.html

I hope you enjoyed reading about these treats come to life as much as I enjoyed sharing this information with you.  Stay tuned for created recipes from my imagination to yours!

Until next time…
*Evanesco*

-N

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