Review: We Made Butterbeer Ice Cream with the Ninja CREAMi and It Was Delicious

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Whenever I visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, I make a beeline for the butterbeer ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s. So when I saw that there’s a comparable recipe for making butterscotch ice cream with the Ninja CREAMi, I was beyond excited.

The company behind a line of kitchen gadgets celebrated International Harry Potter Day on May 2 by sharing the recipe for butterscotch ice cream made in the Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker. Using a machine supplied by the company, I went ahead and tested it out.

Being a Ninja CREAMi beginner, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unpacking my brand new machine, I was surprised at how many functions it has. There are preset buttons for mixing up ice cream, gelato, sorbet, milkshakes, and smoothie bowls. This recipe called for using the ice cream preset button.



Like all Ninja CREAMi recipes, this one needs to be mixed up at least 24 hours before you plan to serve it. To make the base, you’ll need a few simple ingredients, including dark brown sugar, whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, and butter. The first thing you do is heat the butter and dark brown sugar on the stove. Once it’s reached the required temperature, you separate half of the mixture and set it aside to drizzle on the top when serving.



The recipe says prep time is only five minutes, but in reality, it takes about 30 minutes to heat the butterscotch mixture on the stove and let it cool enough to transfer to one of the pint containers that come with the machine and stick it in the freezer.

Once the base has been frozen for 24 hours, it’s time to put the Ninja CREAMi machine to the test. The machine comes with instructions for locking the pint container in place and installing the mixer blade. Once everything is locked in place, you just hit the ice cream preset button and let the CREAMi do its thing.



My ice cream came out with more of the consistency of soft serve. I think I didn’t let the base mixture thicken enough before removing it from the heat of the stove. Nevertheless, it tastes delicious and is a perfect summertime treat!

If you like any butterbeer-flavored drinks or food items, you’ll enjoy this ice cream. It was a relatively simple recipe and didn’t dirty very many dishes, so that’s always a plus. I highly recommend trying out this recipe for a refreshing and unique dessert.

A Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker was provided to MuggleNet by Ninja. All opinions belong to the reviewer.


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Amy Hogan

I was 9 years old when I discovered the magic that is “Harry Potter.” I am a proud Hufflepuff and exceedingly good at eating, reading, being sarcastic, and over-thinking small tasks. Since I spent too much time worrying about the correct way to write this bio, this is all I was able to come up with before the deadline.