Whether we love it or hate it, we cannot deny that the Harry Potter franchise left a very indelible mark on our lives. The adventures of a vilified young man as he grows up and discovers himself deals with loss and accusation, as well as make friends and enemies along the way is sure to be a tear jerker – both for joy and sadness.
However, the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione aside, there is another reason why we keep going back to binge watch the entire collection – and no, I’m not talking about the antics of Fred and George. It had to be the food.
Reading the Harry Potter series on an empty stomach isn’t advisable, because, amidst the pages of good-versus-evil battles, there’s also a lot of description of food. Even the most basic dishes sound like magical delights the first time you flip through the pages.
They had weird names but looked awfully familiar, and every meal or snack had a nice little kick added to it.
While some promised to be absolute delicacies, others required you to have a heavily fortified mind…and stomach. There were beans that tasted like ear wax, chocolate frogs that were actually real frogs which could scamper away if you were not too careful, and one that had the ability to make you sound like a lion.
Here, are 10 snacks in Harry Potter world worth the money, and 10 that should be avoided at all cost:
20 Butterbeer - Worth The Money
We could say that butterbeer is like PG beer. You know, the only safe kind of beer that we would not mind giving our kids. Butterbeer was a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch". It was served at numerous locations in the wizarding world and had a very slight alcoholic content. Students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would often buy it when visiting Hogsmeade. Butterbeer was served cold in bottles and hot in "foaming tankards." In Hogsmeade, it's sold at The Three Broomsticks and The Hog's Head though, at the latter’s, their stock was described as being dusty, showing that it was not sold that often.
19 Dragon Tartare - Avoid
Have you found yourself in a sticky situation; where you have to go on a date with someone you are not particularly fond of? Would you like to make the date so terrible that your date would never ask you out again? Easy! Just take a huge serving of dragon tartare. Dragon Tartare first made an appearance at the exclusive Slug Club Christmas party. This hors d'oeuvre is made of a very unique ingredient (finely-chopped dragon meat) and gives its eater a charming whiff of bad breath. This delicacy was famously consumed by Hermione Granger, to avoid her date Cormac Mclaggen. Although very icky, it worked its magic.
18 Every Flavor Beans - Worth The Money
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans were invented by Bertie Bott and are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are almost the same as Muggle jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavor imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavor any given bean is without tasting it, which brings the problem. Eating jelly beans has never been riskier – especially when the innocent-looking bag of beans contains flavors on such extreme ends of the palette. You might get chocolate or peppermint or toffee flavor, and everything's great. But you also might bite into atrocities such as belly button lint, dirt, dog food, ear wax, envelope glue, phlegm, or vomit.
17 Pumpkin Pasties - Worth The Money
This is one of the most frequently mentioned snacks in the entire Harry Potter franchise, appearing in several of the books. This tells us that it was not only a delicious treat but also greatly loved by the inhabitants of Hogwarts. Harry Potter’s famous pumpkin pasties were sold in the Hogwarts Express. Pumpkin Pasties are a wizarding food sold by the Honeydukes Express on the Hogwarts Express (yes, they also did outside catering). They are similar to a Cornish pasty but are filled with pumpkin instead. This beloved snack was also used as the basis of tricks, with some students using hardening spells to make the pumpkin pasty as hard as a rock.
16 Acid Pops - Avoid
Why do the sweetest treats also have to be the deadliest? Acid Pops is one of the sweets sold by Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. They may be similar to the Muggle lollipops, but like most Honeydukes' fare, they have an unconventional, practical joke-like twist with wizarding magic wherein they are able to cause injury to one’s mouth. These dangerous confections from Honeydukes can burn a hole in your tongue, which would probably decrease the ability to enjoy the sweet. One person who found this out the hard way was Ron, who was tricked by Fred into taking one of the sweets and ended up almost burning a hole through his tongue.
15 Exploding Bonbons - Worth The Money
This is a candy for a lover of pineapple and orange flavoring. These white chocolate bonbons hold an explosion inside them. Exploding bonbons were sweets made by Kaboon Choco Ltd. They contained pure cocoa and Coconut Dynamite. Just bite down! They presumably blew up when eaten, although they likely did not cause a major explosion, given the injury this would cause. These sweets were sold at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade. Exploding Bonbons are one of several Harry Potter tie-in candies that have been produced in real life. Educational Decree Number Sixty-Seven forbade these bonbons from exploding in school and also required owners to turn them into an approved disposal unit.
14 Chocolate Frogs - Avoid
Pros: duh, it’s chocolate. Cons: frogs. In the movies, it really freaks one out when these candies hopped away. This live delicacy made you start asking yourself an array of questions that worked well in keeping you from buying it. Do they squirm when you try to eat them? If you swallow them whole, do they hop around in your stomach? Just how long does this enchantment last? It's enough to make one wary of purchasing too many, though they do come with awesome collectible cards, and most students seem to really enjoy them. So perhaps the texture isn't too off-putting.
13 Hogwart's Steak And Kidney Pie - Worth The Money
Steak and kidney pie is a British dish with a filling of diced beef and kidneys in a thick sauce. Pipin' hot and buttery, this treat makes a regular appearance at the welcoming feast for all newly-admitted witches and wizards at the start of the year. Chopped steak, kidney chunks, and gravy fill up this yummy pie. This classic dish is often served at Hogwarts feasts, so obviously it's got to be good. In fact, all of the Hogwarts feasts sound amazing... though the fact that it's cooked with house-elf really gives it a reputation. However, at least we got Dobbie. So. Yey.
12 Cockroach Clusters - Avoid
Another candy whose inspiration is bugs, cockroach clusters are a snack that I would not want to purchase from Honeydukes on any day. As the name suggests, cockroach clusters are sweets made of cockroaches, shaped like peanuts. Ron Weasley once thought he could fool Fred into eating some if he told him they were peanuts. With so many other sugary options, I would definitely steer clear from anything where the main ingredient is bugs. In the real world, there are actual Cockroach Clusters candies, which are sold as novelties. The website Candy Addict rated them number seven of the 10 grossest candies
11 Sherbet Lemon - Worth The Money
They may be Muggle sweets, but Dumbledore loves them, and we trust his judgment. A sherbet lemon is a hard, lemon-flavored Muggle sweet that is filled with fizzy sweet powder. Albus Dumbledore was particularly fond of these sweets, so much in fact, that he brought some along with him on the night he and Professor McGonagall went to leave infant Harry Potter with the Dursleys. He offered McGonagall one, but she refused, thinking it an inappropriate time for eating sweets. Dumbledore's liking of the sweet evidently continued, as years later, during Harry's time at Hogwarts, "Sherbet Lemon" was one of the passwords to his office
10 Maggoty Haggis - Avoid
First off, let us just admit that there is nothing particularly appetizing about haggis. This, by far, has to be the grossest concoction at Hogwarts. Sheep’s liver mixed with oatmeal and stuffed inside an animal stomach? We are not being picky, but, no thank you. Add this to the fact that it had maggots in it and you get why this is a meal to avoid. Since the ghosts can't actually eat anything, they serve rotted food at Deathday parties, so the stench is so great that they can almost taste it. Adding maggots to the already disturbing mix doesn't help the food’s chances either. For this, we shall pass.
9 Pumpkin Fizz - Worth The Money
Pumpkin fizz came in one of two ways; either as a drink or as a hard candy. Pumpkin fizz was a magical drink. In 1994 (book time, of course), Fred and George Weasley brought pumpkin fizz, along with butterbeer and sweets from Honeydukes, to celebrate Gryffindor's victory over Ravenclaw. It was one of the treats that the students ate Hogwarts used to partake of when they visited Honeydukes. When you visit the Harry Potter World Park at Universal Studios Hollywood, it is one of the treats that you are encouraged to give a try as it is, as its description says, simply magical.
8 Hagrid's Rock Cakes - Avoid
We are going to have to give Hagrid a pass on this one. First, because he has the kindest heart that a monster of a man can possess. Second, for the adorable job he did with spelling Harry’s name on his birthday cake in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Granted, Hagrid isn’t the best cook in the world, but his rock cakes have to be one of the most horrible dishes in the entire franchise. As per the name, his rock cakes were like eating an actual rock, rather than a fruit cake with a hard surface as it is supposed to be. They are so hard that eating them is not a pleasant experience at all.
7 Knickerbocker Glory - Worth The Money
A Knickerbocker glory is an ice cream sundae that is served in a large tall glass, particularly in the United Kingdom. There is no precise recipe, it can contain a wide variety of ingredients including ice cream, jelly, cream, meringue, and even fruit. It can be topped with various kinds of syrup, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. Remember when there wasn't enough ice cream on Dudley's Knickerbocker glory, and he pitched a fit, so Harry got to eat the rest? That's the taste of happiness right there. This may not be a magical dish, but Harry was happy when he ate it, so it probably tasted great.
6 Stoat Sandwiches - Avoid
If you are not a native of America, it is easy to misunderstand why this is a meal to avoid. When you are reading the Harry Potter books, you can quickly assume that this is a sandwich of roast beef with sauce or something like that. However, upon looking up what "stoat" actually is, we have to say that these sandwiches are 1,000 percent less appetizing. Turns out, a "stoat" is a type of weasel. And Hagrid loves them a lot. So, a stoat sandwich is basically a weasel sandwich. No wonder Harry, Ron, and Hermione didn't want any when Hagrid offered.
5 Lupin's Chocolate - Worth The Money
First of all, it’s chocolate, and we all know that you can never go wrong with chocolate. The mood-enhancing properties of chocolate are well known in both the Muggle and wizard worlds. Chocolate is the perfect antidote for anyone who has been overcome in the presence of Dementors, which suck hope and happiness out of their surroundings Not only is Lupin's chocolate delicious, but it helps Harry recover after the dementors pass by the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Win/win. When Madam Pomfrey heard that Remus Lupin had given Harry chocolate after his encounter with the Dementor, she nodded approvingly and stated that he was a teacher who knew his remedies.
4 Mrs. Dursley's Pudding - Avoid
We are going to avoid this confectionery delight out of fear that Dobby the elf might drop it on our head. While Mrs. Dursley's elaborate pudding sounds really good (sugared violets sound like the prettiest and most delicious things ever), we don't actually know, because Dobby destroyed it. Petunia made this pudding for Mr. and Mrs. Mason. Many of us may be confused by the portrayal of this dessert as a cake-like confection in the film adaptation of Harry Potter, but in Britain, it was not so much a cake as it was pudding. Even though it was destroyed, Mr. Mason had a taste of it.
3 Mrs. Weasley's Corn Bread Sandwich - Avoid
On one hand, Mrs. Weasley is an excellent cook. On the other, corned beef. Obviously, Ron isn't a fan. Ron Weasley's mom never remembers that he hates corned beef, he tells Harry Potter in their very first Hogwarts Express ride together. Yes, it was that bundle he held up when the sweets seller came to their cabin asking if they wanted some candy. His sad sandwiches are quickly abandoned in favor of a whole cart's worth of candy. The sandwiches can't be all bad, because Mrs. Weasley handmade them with love. However, from the look on Ron’s face as he spoke about them, we are inclined to take his side.
2 Fizzing Whizbees - Worth The Money
Fizzing Whizzbees are a popular magical sweet made by Queenbee. They are large sherbet balls that will cause a person who sucks on them to float a few inches off the ground. Dried Billywig stings are rumored to be one of this sweet's ingredients. This idea is supported by the fact that being stung by a Billywig will make a person levitate for a short period. Although Fizzing Whizbees was one of his favorite sweets, when Harry Potter learned they might contain animal parts, he wrote in his copy of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that he would never eat them again. Honeydukes sweetshop in Hogsmeade stocks Fizzing Whizbees in a large barrel
1 Fred And George's Skiving Snackboxes - Avoid
Our very first reason for why you should avoid this snack is because it was created by the Weasley twins, Fred and George. After their stint at Hogwarts came to an end, Fred and George established the Weasley Wizard Wheezes on Diagon Alley, to commercialize their love for pranks. One of their prized inventions was the skiving snack box; suitable for when you were not in the mood for doing chores or going to school for that test. The box contained sweets which could cause vomiting, fever and other symptoms that would easily cause them to skive that unpleasant situation. Good one Fred and George.