Last week, we posted our favorite attempts at a butterbeer recipe. Late last week, we learned the the folks at WalletPop sent off a sample of the Harry Potter park recipe to a lab for testing and they reported their results!
Now, these results report only on the nutritional content of the frosty beverage, not exact ingredients or anything. However, as I stand in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter enjoying my butterbeer, I've often wondered how much sugar must be in these things. The frozen drink, especially is super sweet.
Reading over the results, I was shocked to find that the sugar content is almost half that of my favorite soda, Mountain Dew! Granted, this does not make it a healthy drink by any stretch, but based on the intense, sweet flavor I would have expected more sugar content. Here's the full breakdown from WalletPop.
Per 14 oz. serving:
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 3.5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 42 grams
- Sugar: 29 grams
- Protein: 0
Wallet Pop also tested the Pumpkin Juice recipe for nutritional content.
Per 8 oz. serving (double these for the 16 oz. bottles at Wizarding World):
- Calories: 100
- Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 24 grams
- Sugar: 24 grams
- Protein: 0
Wizarding World park does not have any soda on the island. Seems to be in keeping with the theme -- Harry, Hermione, and Ron wouldn't exactly grab a Coke from Three Broomsticks during a visit.
However, our sources tell us that this was due more to JK Rowling wanting to keep the offerings on the island more health-friendly. As an "alternative" you have pumpkin juice with 48 grams of sugar per bottle and butterbeer with 29 grams, plus Minute Maid juices with about the same sugar content as the pumpkin juice (which is one gram less than my Mountain Dew, by the way). So, how healthy are these "alternatives?" Let us know in the comments!