Throw a Harry Potter party with delicious candy and baked goods!
Holding a Harry Potter themed party is a very worthwhile, memorable experience. If you want it to be truly amazing, you're going to put in a lot of time, but from holding my own Harry Potter event I can say it's definitely worth the commitment.
Of course, if you have an unlimited budget you can buy a lot of decorations, food, and candy already made or from the Harry Potter brand and that will save you time, but this lens will show you how to make all the sweet and candy and desserts from the books and movies on a low budget.
For a banquet with about forty guests, I was able to feed everyone for under $100 for all the dessert and candy with substantial leftovers (plus $400 for a catered full dinner, but that was from a restaurant and so isn't included on this lens). If you want a party people are going to talk about for weeks and remember for a lifetime, plan an elaborate Harry Potter party and leave no detail behind!
Without further ado, here are all the Harry Potter sweets we served at the event.
Make Your Own Honeydukes! - Create a Honeydukes shop full of candy and cupcakes for your Harry Potter party
If you're planning a Harry Potter party, whether for a birthday or another event, Harry Potter sweets, including Harry Potter candy and baked goods, are essential. I held a Harry Potter-themed awards banquet at my school and made and purchased a whole lot of tasty Harry Potter-themed food, candy, cookies, and cupcakes for the event.
To make a Honeydukes sign (the name of the candy shop in the Harry Potter books), either paint it on a piece of wood cut into the shape of a diamond or print it out on a few separate pages of legal sized paper, cut off the white part of the paper, and glue it to cardboard to make it sturdier. Then just hang up the sign wherever your desserts are being displayed.
Harry Potter Cupcakes - Make cute Harry Potter cupcakes in the four house colors
Harry Potter cupcakes are a great "main course" for the dessert or candy table. Since my event wasn't a birthday party, I decided to make individual cupcakes instead of a cake. The food was a serve yourself kind of buffet, which eliminated the problem of cutting up and serving one cake. If you're having a Harry Potter birthday, you might still want to consider cupcakes because you can make more than the number of guests in case people want more than one or other people show up.
To make the cupcakes, we used chocolate and vanilla cake box mixes from Trader Joe's , frosted them with vanilla frosting, and added sprinkles in the four house colors- Red for Gryffindor, Green for Slytherin, Yellow for Hufflepuff, and Blue for Ravenclaw.
We used gold and silver metallic cupcake liners for the house accent colors. You can also easily split your frosting into four bowls and dye the frosting in the house color so it matches the sprinkles also. We had originally planned to do that but ran out of time so we frosted them all in the same color.
Harry Potter Lightning Bolt Cookies - Serve up some Harry Potter themed cookies
Lightning bolt cookies are another Harry Potter baked good you can serve at your party. The lightning bolt is the shape of Harry's scar. These cookies are easy to make too!
Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring and mix in evenly until the dough has a nice yellow lightning bolt color. Roll the dough to about 1/4" thick. Use a lightning bolt cookie cutter or a knife to cut the dough into the right shapes, then transfer the bolts to a cookie sheet, leaving room for them to expand, and sprinkle with yellow sparkly sprinkles. Bake according to the recipe.
Harry Potter Bertie Botts - No Harry Potter party is complete without Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans are an absolute must for your Harry Potter Party! They're so easy to make also. Just buy a giant bag of jellybeans (I used a 4 pound container of Kirkland's jellybeans in 49 flavors) and pour them into an apothecary jar. Print out a vintage-looking label (search for blank templates on Google images) with the name of the candy typed on it, cut and tape it on, put in a serving spoon, and you're ready to go.
Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs - Make tasty chocolate frogs like the ones in the books
Chocolate frogs are a classic Harry Potter candy. You can buy official Harry Potter chocolate frogs which come with a wizard card, but they are expensive. If you have the time, make your own.
To make chocolate frogs, first buy chocolate chips (I used milk and dark) and a frog candy mold. Melt the chips in a large microwave-safe container in the microwave and pour them into the molds until just filled. Allow them to harden and refrigerate. When they are completely solid (takes several hours), flip over the mold and pop them out.
Harry Potter Peppermint Toads - Make cute chocolate toads with a peppermint flavoring
Peppermint toads are a delicious and fun Harry Potter party treat. To make these, you need white chocolate candy melts, green food coloring, and a frog candy mold. Melt the candy melts in the microwave in a large microwave-safe bowl, stir in a few drops of the food coloring until even, and pour into the molds. Refrigerate until hardened, for several hours. Flip over the mold and pop out the frogs. You can add little chocolate eyes with a toothpick and a dot of melted milk or dark chocolate (use the chocolate from the chocolate frogs above).
The label on the jar should read "Peppermint Toads."
Harry Potter Lemon Drops - Serve Dumbledore's favorite lemon drops at your party
All you have to do to make Dumbledore's favorite lemon drops is buy a few bags of lemon drops, pour them into a glass jar, add a serving spoon, and tape a vintage label to the jar (see above for label instructions). I bought the lemon drops at the Dollar Store for just a buck per bag.
Harry Potter Jelly Slugs - Serve jelly slugs from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
To make Harry Potter jelly slugs, like the ones that Ron threw up in the Chamber of Secrets book, just buy a bag of gummy worms (or another gummy shape) and pour them into an apothecary jar. Make a label with a blank vintage template, type in the candy name, print and stick to the jar, and add a serving spoon. Yummy and gross-looking!
Harry Potter Ton Tongue Toffee - Recreate the Weasley twins' infamous Ton Tongue Toffee
To make the Weasley twins' Ton Tongue Toffee that promises to make your tongue grow in size and weight, just put pieces of English toffee in an apothecary jar and make a label like you did for the previous sweets. Note that the name should read "Ton Tongue Toffee" on the label. (it's definitely a tongue twister).
Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes - Make delicous chocolate brownie cauldron cakes
Chocolate cauldrons are delicious and worth the effort. All you do is make your favorite brownie recipe or mix and pour into a mini muffin tin. Be careful not to put too much brownie batter in the wells.
When the brownies are cooked and cooled, cover the top of one brownie in chocolate frosting and invert another brownie and put on top of the frosting, so you make a sandwich. Ice a little circle of green frosting in the middle like bubbly goo from a cauldron. Finally, cut the chocolate licorice or Twizzlers into 2-3" strips (licorice also needs to be cut in half the long way, Twizzlers unraveled) and poke them into the top of each cauldron cake by making two holes on the ends of the cake with a toothpick or wooden skewer.
Honeydukes Salt Water Taffy - Invent a few new Harry Potter candies like this taffy
Although salt water taffy isn't an official Harry Potter candy, we thought it was a perfect candy for a party setting because the pieces are individually wrapped. All I did was buy a couple bags of salt water taffy from Trader Joe's, poured it into a tall glass jar, and taped on a label (see above for making vintage labels). We called it "Honeydukes' Salt Water Taffy."
If you want to include other types of candy at your party, just think of a fun name and do what we did with the taffy.
Harry Potter Gummy Frogs - Serve cute yet realistic-looking gummy candy frogs
Gummy frogs, like salt water taffy, are not an official Harry Potter candy but they go along with the theme so we included them anyway. Just pour a bag of gummy frogs (we used Haribo brand) into an apothecary jar and finish with a label and a pair of small plastic serving tongs.
Harry Potter Chocolate Golden Snitches - Recreate golden snitches with chocolate truffles
Golden snitches are a sweet that look complicated but are actually easy to make. In the Harry Potter series the golden snitch is what players of the game Quidditch try to catch to win the game, but we turned it into a candy.
To make chocolate golden snitches, buy a package of Ferrero Rocher truffles, wrapped in gold foil (most are, but some special ones aren't, so make sure you check). Take the small sticker and brown paper cup off each truffle carefully, leaving behind the intact gold foil.
Then draw patterns of wings on wax paper or vellum and cut out the shapes. Tape or glue the wings to the top or back of each truffle and you're done! We gave these away as prizes for a game.
Harry Potter Pretzel Wands - These sweet and salty treats look like magical wands
Pretzel wands are a fun Harry Potter treat. All you do is take plain pretzel rods, dip them in melted white candy melts 3/4 of the way up the pretzel, and drip off the excess chocolate. Then, holding them by the "handle," turn them slowly as you pour sprinkles over them. We used metallic jewel-tone sprinkles found in a specialty cake decorating shop.
To serve, you can either put them in special clear plastic pretzel bags (available at Michaels) or put them facedown in a tall glass jar as seen above.
Harry Potter Drinks - Concoct Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and Dragon Snot Punch
With all this candy and chocolate your guests will be getting very thirsty, so make some classic Harry Potter drinks. Here is how to make three different drinks - Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and Dragon Snot Punch.
There are many recipes for making Butterbeer online, but we did it the simplest way we could find. Just pour cream soda into a pitcher and add a tablespoon or so to taste of butterscotch-flavored syrup (we used Torani's).
Version #1: As with the butterbeer, there are more authentic versions of pumpkin juice out there involving real pumpkin, but if you want a drink that tastes really good, combine approximately equal parts of orange soda (we used Orange Fanta) and pulp-free orange juice in a pitcher.
Version #2: For actual pumpkin-tasting pumpkin juice, or a more authentic version, combine the following ingredients:
2 cups strained pureed pumpkin (so only the juice is left) or diced pumpkin put in a juicer
2 cups apple juice
1/2 pineapple juice
Pumpkin pie spice to taste (or cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger)
Dragon Snot Punch
Dragon Snot Punch, or Troll Bogey Punch, is a drink Harry Potter fans made up and we have our own version here. Fill a large punch bowl with ginger ale, several cups of pineapple juice to taste, add several scoops of lime sherbet (as you can see from the photo, we had 8 scoops of sherbet for a very large bowl), and drops of green food coloring until green to your liking. Stir until combined.
This drink is REALLY good and is my personal favorite. In the photo above the drink hasn't been stirred yet, but the final product looks like a thin green milkshake.
Honeydukes Candy Favor Bags - Let guests take Harry Potter candy home with Honeydukes bags
Want your guests to be able to take home your special candy treats? Make some Honeydukes candy favor bags!
We found small kraft paper bags at Michaels and printed out small Honeydukes labels from a picture found online, then glued them to the bags. The Honeydukes logo throughout this lens is the logo used at the Harry Potter Wizarding World Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. Click here for a picture of the Honeydukes logo (requires editing).
Thanks for visiting. I'd love to hear what you think of Harry Potter sweets lens.
Comment on this Harry Potter Sweets lens
peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 16, 2016:
now i realized that harry potter and friends might get diabetes
Lydia Ham on October 08, 2013:
Your ideas were really cute! If I ever do a Harry Potter party I will totally try some of these!
anonymous on September 13, 2013:
What a fabulous lens! I wish I were at the party to sample all the sweet treats you made. Awesome job.
LeenaBK LM on April 20, 2013:
Wow....those were some really great ideas for a Harry Potter themed party.
emilysmaids on February 19, 2013:
I can't believe how creative this is! Good for you, you've given me a ton of ideas for my son's b-day party!
Nightcat on February 18, 2013:
Wonderful and very creative lens, Blessed! :)
hungry-deer on January 23, 2013:
Amazing! Great ideas and something new to try :)
miaponzo on December 21, 2012:
What a creative party idea!! And done so well!!!!!! Blessed!
MelanieMurphyMyer on December 13, 2012:
C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 11, 2012:
What a great lens! I love all these neat Harry Potter desserts.
Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on October 04, 2012:
such lovely sweets...i hope they are not fattening.Creating them it would be an interesting business idea, isn't?
MintySea on September 20, 2012:
This is such a coo idea
TommyPotter on August 27, 2012:
coolmon2009 lm on August 05, 2012:
Never thought about Harry Potter sweets, Interesting lens
henrygdance on July 26, 2012:
Kumar P S on July 24, 2012:
Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.
Camden1 on July 22, 2012:
We made chocolate frogs for the kids to take to the last Harry Potter premiere - how yummy!
Camden1 on July 22, 2012:
We made chocolate frogs for the kids to take to the last Harry Potter premiere - how yummy!
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 21, 2012:
Great ideas and great lens!
anonymous on July 20, 2012:
Everything looks good!
MarcStorm LM on July 20, 2012:
Wish I could've been there and enjoyed those snacks. Great Job!!!
Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on July 16, 2012:
How fun! These ideas are great. I want someone to throw a Harry Potter party for me!
beaworkathomemom on July 08, 2012:
What a wonderful lens.
andreaberrios lm on July 01, 2012:
Great ideas!! Blessed*
antoniow on June 06, 2012:
Great lens, thank you for sharing!
glutenallergy on May 24, 2012:
My daughter went to a Harry Potter themed birthday party, and the living room was set up like Honeydukes. The girls all got to the 'shopping' after the party ended, and the sweets were wonderfully creative. Many looked like the images you have here.
limited279 on April 30, 2012:
This page has been book marked in I will be returning in the fall to make his 7th birthday the best one yet!
JoshK47 on April 24, 2012:
What absolutely wonderful ideas for a Potter party! I'd definitely love to try out all of these sweets! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!
Marc from Edinburgh on April 05, 2012:
Chocolate frog, please (p.s. your lens is fab)
SewingMama on April 02, 2012:
This is awesome and super creative. I can't wait to throw my own HP party! Thank you so much for all the great ideas! Very inspirational.
jordanmilesbask on March 10, 2012:
wow, I never thought that there are so many Harry Potter sweets..thanks for sharing..
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 08, 2012:
This looks like a great idea for Harry Potter fans.
anonymous on February 13, 2012:
Every Harry Potter fan I know wish that the sweets that appeared in the books and movies were available in real life. Some are; most aren't.
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on February 10, 2012:
So sweet! You really can't loose with combination of sweets and magic, right?
anonymous on February 08, 2012:
i like to try some.... .
KarenCookieJar on February 08, 2012:
I love the labels on the jars. I've had Bertie Botts jelly beans, which were gross (but I also hate regular jelly beans), but I guess that's the idea!
kathysart on January 29, 2012:
How delicious! I want all of it!! Angel blessed.
anonymous on January 28, 2012:
terrific creative article, well done indeed.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 23, 2012:
Wow! Just WOW! These are totally and completely awesome sweets for a Harry Potter party or just for a Harry Potter treat! I can't believe how simple some of the are. Blessed!
Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on January 09, 2012:
Happy New Year! Congratulations on your lens being chosen as a top 100 Community Favorite for 2011!
WriterJanis2 on January 02, 2012:
So glad I found this. Can't wait to try some of these.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 01, 2012:
Congrats on having this lens honored. Sweet! What fun this would be. Fabulous ideas. Thanks!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 01, 2012:
This looks yummy! Blessed! Please add this to my New Year 2012 Blessings and Zazzle lens.
Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on January 01, 2012:
Wonderful ideas for Harry Potter Fans. Congrats on being in the top 100 for the year.
Auntiekatkat on January 01, 2012:
Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.
Dianne Loomos on December 31, 2011:
Wow, what a yummy looking spread for a Harry Potter party! Congrats on making the top 100!
JoyfulReviewer on December 31, 2011:
Wonderful selection of HP sweets. Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 31, 2011:
Great photos of Harry Potter Sweets. Congrats on being in the top 100 Community Favorites
anonymous on December 30, 2011:
Stopping back to add a little angel dust to your Harry Potter sweets...
Marie on December 30, 2011:
Love HP. Congrats on making the Community Favorite Lenses list :)
Ram Ramakrishnan on December 28, 2011:
Great lens. If there was to be a Harry Potter party in the neighborhood, every member of our three-generational family would love to be there in appropriate attires.
Rose Jones on December 22, 2011:
I certainly think we could have a delightful party if we served these treats! You worked hard to put this all together, thanks!
BudGallant LM on December 22, 2011:
Wow, these look delicious... I'd definitely feast on these Harry Potter inspired snacks!!! Great ideas!
iWriteaLot on December 22, 2011:
My grandkids would go crazy for a Harry Potter party. Great lens with lots of neat candy ideas!
AlleyCatLane on August 15, 2011:
Really cute ideas for a Harry Potter party. The pretzel wands look good.
anonymous on August 14, 2011:
This lens is an eye-candy! Sure the treats are yummy too. :)
anonymous on August 12, 2011:
Very interesting Harry Potter page. I like it.
Katie Harp (author) on August 12, 2011:
Shandi- I added another pumpkin juice recipe :) and we used this sign blown up: http://cdn.bakingdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/0...
termit_bronx on August 10, 2011:
Excellent lens! A lot of great info and nice pictures! :) I would really like to have a Harry Potter birthday party, the sweets look delicious! :)
shandigp on August 08, 2011:
Great ideas! A jar of Pop Rocks with a label and a spoon would make great Fizzing Whizzbees, I think. At least, that's that only available fizzing candy I can think of.
Do you have an easy pumpkin juice recipe that tastes like pumpkin?
Do you have a template of your Honey Dukes sign?
jon4594 on July 21, 2011:
really good :),i am not a fan of harry potter but i love these fun snacks :)
RecipePublishing on July 19, 2011:
Very nice lens well thought out. We love HP in our house
RinchenChodron on July 14, 2011:
You did a great job on this lens! I loved your personal photos as well.
anonymous on July 10, 2011:
absolutely fab! thank you so much have been trawling the web to find inspiration and this was amazing thank you so much
Katie Harp (author) on July 06, 2011:
thanks for all the comments!
pippiphooray- my mother is a prolific garage sale goer so she was able to find them at various sales for only a few bucks each!
Craftyville on June 24, 2011:
I love the golden snitch chocolates, super cute.
Pip Gerard on June 24, 2011:
where did you get all your glass jars? I know they're not cheap to buy new so just wondered if you already had a lot of them or you had to buy them?
Pip Gerard on June 24, 2011:
brilliant lense... well done!
TravelingRae on June 16, 2011:
Very creative! I like how you paid attention to even the smallest details.
anonymous on April 11, 2011:
I couldn't imagine something like Harry Potter sweets, they look so yummy and have transferred me to the world of Wizardry.
MaggiePowell on April 10, 2011:
this lens is great... I've lensrolled it to my Harry Potter Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft lens. Love love love your ideas
GabrielaFargasch on April 10, 2011:
Wow!! I love it! Great lens!! Made me want to have chocolate frogs so bad!!! Gotta run to the nearest wizard village and get some! :)
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Chazz from New York on March 30, 2011:
Very creative and looks fun AND delicious!
Everyday-Miracles on March 26, 2011:
Oh this is just terrific! What an awesome lens! Very well put together, and now I have the urge to go out and have a Harry Potter themed party just so I can make some of these. Great work!
pixelposy on March 26, 2011:
Wow I would have loved to attend that party. You show that with a little creativity you can pull together an awesome Harry Potter theme party without having to buy into the merchandise that goes along with it. Great job on the lens. I really could go for a chocolate frog or peppermint toad right about now!