Low Calorie Butterbeer {Recipe}

Low Calorie Butterbeer Recipe

It is no secret that after one goes to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure inside the Universal Studios Resort, one is immediately hooked on a substance called Butterbeer.

Sold at about $4 a serving, it is not a cheap addiction to have while on vacation there.

I should know. We just went in May and rather than spend money on gawdy souvenirs and plastic wands, we chose to drink our weight in Butterbeer.

Low Calorie Butterbeer Recipe

There are many recipes online. Some of them call for actual BUTTER. Lots of it. And brown sugar. And more BUTTER. Plus 13 other ingredients.

It’s like Paula Deen wrote the recipe. Insane.

For those of you who have had the drink, you have to agree that it sort of tastes like butterscotch. So with that in mind, I looked at a ton of ideas and recipes all over the net to come up with my 3 minute Butterbeer recipe that is so low calorie, yet so tasty, it could be a lovely dessert. It’s addicting and so cheap to make. Unlike other recipes, this one is quick and simple.

Low Calorie Butterbeer Recipe


  • 1 tub of Free Cool Whip (Fat free, $1.50 a tub)
  • 1 bottle of Imitation Butter Extract (I used Watkins brand from Walmart, $3 a bottle)
  • Diet A&W Cream Soda (NOT Root Beer…Cream Soda! $4 for a 12-pack at Walmart)

About $8-$9 for 12 servings/12 oz. each


1.) In your mug or glass, measure out about 1 tsp of butter extract.

2.) Pour Diet A&W Cream Soda over the butter extract.

3.) Top your cream soda with 2-3 tbsp of cool whip.

4.) Use a straw to poke through the cool whip and swirl around to mix the extract with the soda. This poking action serves 2 purposes: 1, it mixes your butter and soda; 2, the carbonation from the soda mixes into the cool whip making it a bit frothy.

5.) Sip and enjoy!

Calories with cool whip: About 25.

Calories without cool whip: ZERO.

Calories of the recipe I linked to above: About 400+ per 8 oz.

Low Calorie Butterbeer Recipe

Low Calorie Butterbeer Recipe

Not too shabby, eh?

Delish! The past few nights I haven’t had any points left for ice cream, and this has been a swell treat.

Let me know if you try it out!

Also, don’t forget to check out my easy, no-sew DIY ottoman tutorial (also with some Harry Potter magic!)

DIY No Sew Vintage Ottoman Tutorial

Now I need to work on a recipe for the frozen Butterbeer and the Pumpkin Juice.



  1. Kassi Mortensen
    August 10, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    No way!?! That's it! AMAZING! I WILL be making this ASAP! 🙂

    • Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
      August 13, 2012 / 8:57 pm

      Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  2. Ally
    August 11, 2012 / 12:30 am

    I had no idea butterbeer really existed. My kids will be over the moon. Thanks – and your ottoman is totally cute too!

    • Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
      August 13, 2012 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks Ally!

  3. Tonia L
    August 13, 2012 / 1:49 am

    That sounds delicious! I am going to have to try it with my kids!

    • Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
      August 13, 2012 / 8:57 pm

      Enjoy Tonia! 🙂

  4. alicia
    August 16, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Can't wait to try this!!!! Thanks for sharing, and inventing 🙂

  5. Anissa
    September 2, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    Love the blog…your newest follower through GFC.Anissa from Chasing Haileyhttp://chasinghailey.blogspot.com/

  6. Gabrielle Gorog
    September 5, 2012 / 2:24 am

    Well….I tried it. It was not as good as I was hoping (it was better :)). Unfortunately, I was only able to drink 2 glasses before my kids realized what I was up to. lol. It is a really awesome and yummy low calorie treat. Thanks for the quick and yummy recipe.

  7. Kishia Ward
    September 5, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    This sounds amazing! Will try this out!

  8. Katie Howden
    January 28, 2013 / 6:56 am

    Ok. Can I say Harry Potter Party? I keep thinking of doing one at Halloween, but every year I go 'meh' and wear a mickey mouse hat with a bathrobe and claim I'm the sorcerer's apprentice while handing out candy. But this year! This year will be different! This year I'll do it while drinking butterbeer. 😛

  9. Anonymous
    March 6, 2013 / 3:24 am

    I am hosting a pirate-themed baby shower, and I thought butter beer would be a cute refreshment. Do you have any ideas on how to make a big batch of this? I'm thinking I could serve it in a beverage dispenser. Can you just multiply the recipe?

  10. Beth McJones
    March 9, 2013 / 8:02 am

    Awesome! I have a friend who is nuts for butterbeer and all things Harry Potter. She is pregnant and coming to visit next weekend…guess what will be waiting for her when she arrives on Friday night?! Butterbeer!!! I love the serving idea as well…I think I'm off to buy an owl while I wait for my last coat of stain to dry on my new Georgian cherry stained vanity in the bathroom…thanks to your espresso cabinet tutorial…

    • Beth McJones
      March 9, 2013 / 8:02 am

      Oh, and I just pinned this. 🙂