The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP) offers a large number of treats to satisfy the sweet tooth of any Wizard or Muggle. Delicacies such as Cauldron Cakes, Butterbeer, and Earl Grey & Lavender ice cream can all be enjoyed while in the parks. Honeydukes in Hogsmeade and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley also both provide a variety of pre-packaged candies and goodies, enabling you to take home a taste of the Wizarding World. The detail given to the packaging of these items is exceptional, and all make great, one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts.
However, the assortment of choices can be overwhelming, and while all of the candies look enticing, the quality of the treats may vary. So, if you are a first time visitor, how do you choose?
Please note, this is not a comprehensive list—I’ve chosen not to review some of the more generic sweets, such as the candyfloss (cotton candy), lollipops and common hard candies that are readily available everywhere in their “non-magical” incarnations.
Here’s a review of some of the unique, pre-packaged treats available in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
Chocolate Frogs, along with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, are probably one of the better-known treats from the Harry Potter world. The frogs are even featured in Universal’s Hogwarts Express. The massive, frog-molded chocolate comes in a beautiful, pentagon-shaped box and includes a Wizards and Witches trading card. Each holographic card features one of the four Hogwarts House founders — both of my boxes contained Godric Gryffindor.
Attractive packaging aside, the chocolate itself leaves a great deal to be desired. This is not high-quality chocolate, and the solid frog is rock hard. I had to microwave it a few seconds just so I could cut into it.
The frog is also excessively sweet and leaves an oily residue and chemical aftertaste in your mouth. Unfortunately, all of the chocolate treats in the Wizarding World seem to be made with the same low-grade quality chocolate, and for that reason, the chocolate candies were my least favorite.
At nearly 10 dollars a frog, this is an expensive piece of chocolate. Still, it’s hard to resist the gorgeous box and collectible card.
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans will be familiar to any Harry Potter fan and are, in my opinion, a must-buy. The whimsical, striped box includes jellybean flavors that are good (Tutti-Frutti, Blueberry, Cherry), bad (Boogies, Earwax, Black Pepper) and in-between (Grass, Sausage, Soap).
Thankfully, the box comes with a cheat sheet so you can avoid thrills such as Vomit and Rotten Egg, which I seriously advise you to do — those were the only two I actually had to spit out. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are not candies you want to eat mindlessly, randomly popping into your mouth while watching television — not unless you like nasty surprises.
Skiving Snackboxes were sold by the Weasley brothers and contained various magical candies to make Hogwarts students appear sick so they could skip class. The boxes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter include: Fainting Fancies, Nosebleed Nougat, Fever Fudge, and Puking Pastilles.
These popular Snackboxes were sold out when I visited WWHP, but fortunately the candies that come in the boxes are also sold separately. The individual items don’t have quite the same cachet or cool factor as the tiered orange boxes, but the treats are the same. This is a bonus if you don’t like all of the candies that come in the Skiving Snackboxes—you can just stock up on your favorite.
When I returned to Weasleys’ shop on the last day of my trip, the individual candies were sold out as well. However, I was able to find them all at the Islands of Adventure Trading Company at the Port of Entry—so, if you can’t find what you want in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, you might have better luck at one of the souvenir emporiums outside of the Wizarding World near the entrance to the park.
Fainting Fancies are large, disk-shaped, citrus-flavored gummies covered in sugar. Half of each gummy is lemon and the other half is orange. These are soft, chewy and delicious. This was my favorite Skiving Snackbox candy.
Fever Fudge is a vanilla-flavored fudge, tinted an icy blue color, and embedded with red-hot jellybeans. The soft fudge is very subtly flavored, and the spicy jellybeans take over as the predominant taste. The fudge is more waxy than creamy, but I couldn’t stop eating these.
Puking Pastilles are pull-your-teeth-out sticky, green and purple hard-boiled sweets, but have a mild, pleasant flavor.
Nosebleed Nougat is a milk chocolate-covered marshmallow topped with pistachios and white pearl toppings, which are small, round, candy-covered chocolates. I found the nougats cloyingly sweet.
Love Potion Liquid Sweets
This “liquid sweets” potion is a rose-flavored corn syrup in an adorable, heart-shaped pink bottle. After you’ve used the love potion on your intended amour (results may vary), this bottle makes a lovely souvenir. I have to admit I bought this primarily for the packaging, but I thought the floral syrup tasted surprisingly good. These are also sold at the Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment stand in Diagon Alley’s Carkitt Market.
If you do take one of these home, be sure to pack it carefully—one of the unopened bottles leaked in my luggage and made one heck of a sticky mess even though I’d wrapped it in several plastic sandwich bags.
Honeydukes Sherbet Lemons
While lemon-flavored hard candies are not particularly unique, these Sherbet Lemons are known for being a Dumbledore favorite, so I feel they deserve a mention. They ended up being one of my favorite candies as well and are much better than your drugstore variety lemon drop. The addictive lemons are thickly covered in a granulated sugar that dissolves to leave the tart, slightly sour candy to melt in your mouth. They come pre-packaged in one of Honeydukes glass apothecary jars, which you can also purchase empty at the Hogsmeade confectionary shop and fill with a choice of candies.
These white chocolate bonbons with crunchy orange and pineapple-flavored centers are another winner. The white chocolate is deliciously creamy and has a much richer flavor compared to some of the Wizarding World’s milk chocolate treats. The “exploding” part comes from the carbonated candy (think Pop Rocks) in the middle. You only get 10 candies in the triangular box, and at $9.95, you are paying nearly a dollar per bonbon. Still, I would not hesitate to splurge on these again as I believe they were one of the best tasting treats in the Wizarding World.
Fizzing Whizzbees are insect-shaped milk chocolates that, like the Exploding BonBons, have popping, carbonated candy centers. These suffer from the same inferior chocolate as the other chocolate treats, but I did enjoy the raspberry-flavored centers, which leave a bee-like buzzing or “fizzing” sensation in your mouth.
Jelly Slugs are green and yellow gummy candies molded to look like slugs. These extremely chewy treats have a balanced sweetness that is not overwhelming. The gummies have a slight powder coating and subtle fruit flavor.
Outside of the quirky packaging, these are just run-of-the-mill, generic-tasting candies. Again, I was not a fan of the chocolate quality, but a jar of these green, candy-coated chocolate pebbles makes a good gag gift. I brought these home to my parents at Christmas, and my father thought they tasted wonderful. So, as you can see, everyone has an opinion on what is good chocolate.
Although this is a beverage and not a candy, it is one of the only “packaged” drinks available in the Wizarding World with the exception of Gilly Water, which is just bottled water. It is sold at Honeydukes, as well as at most beverage stations. Again, the packaging is top-notch. The bottle comes with a cute, pumpkin-shaped orange plastic cap cover. But even if you love all things pumpkin spice like I do, you might find the strongly concentrated taste of pumpkin, sugar, and spice in this juice overwhelming. I could only manage a few sips before I started feeling queasy.
While disappointed with the quality of chocolate used in several of the sweets, I thought many candies, like the Exploding BonBons and Honeydukes Sherbet Lemons were excellent. Overall, I think the Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers a wide range of beautifully-packaged, fun and imaginative treats.
What is your favorite candy from Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
Photos – © Andrea Meek