Make a Harry Potter Honeyduke’s candy bar for your party guests to enjoy. Set up a small table in one area of the classroom or party place. Cover it with dingy burlap bags and create a sign for Honeyduke’s, the magical candy store in the Harry Potter books. Use antique glass jars, mason jars or any old glass containers to display your special Harry Potter themed candies. Place a small placard in front of each one so guests know what each candy is. Easy candy labels can be made by sponging used tea bags over crumbled, white paper. Allow the paper to dry, cut it into squares, write the name of each candy on a label and prop it next to the corresponding candy jar. Provide small plastic baggies, twist ties and scoops so your party guests can prepare goodie bags to take home.
Harry Potter Candy manufacture almost any treat imaginable from the book and J. K. Rowling’s mind, but they can be difficult to find online. Some Harry Potter Honeyduke’s favorites, including Ice Mice, Cockroach Clusters, have been discontinued by the manufacturers, but can still be found online with a little patience. Other commercially produced Harry Potter Candy creations include Fizzing Whizbees (think Pop-Rocks on steroids), Fudge Flies, Blood Pops, Jelly Slugs, Acid Pops, Droobles Best Blowing Gum and Cotton Candy Bubblegum Pouches, and Cauldron Candy Cups. But beware: be willing to pay more than $1.50 average for each individually wrapped piece of Harry Potter packaged candy.
If you don’t want to send all that money and hassle tracking down the “real” thing, or at least as real as a Muggle can hope for, use creative labeling to give your guests home-made versions of their Harry Potter favorites.
Use Lemonheads or old-fashioned lemon sours for “Dumbledore’s Lemon Drops.” Jelly Belly jelly beans come in a variety of flavors, making them perfect for Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.” If you have time to order them, Jelly Belly actually makes party-sized boxes of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans in flavors from the book. Find large, colorful gumballs for “Droobles Best Blowing Gum.”
A variety of Chocolate Frogs can be purchased from ChocolateVault.com, including some chocolate frogs on lollipop sticks. Or, find gummy frogs and dunk them in chocolate before the Harry Potter party. Don’t forget, chocolate frog are supposed to come with magic wizard collector’s cards! Frankford Candy makes a Muggle-version of Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs, complete with collectable 3-D wizarding cards from the books. These chocolate-rice crisp snacks clock in at around $4 a pop, so budget them well.
Make your own Ice Mice by freezing tiny mouse figurines (available at craft stores in the miniatures section) in clear Kool-Aid flavors, like the Mystery Flavor. Serve Ice Mice in chilled punch or drinks, but do not give them to young children who might choke on the center mouse. You can also make Jell-O jigglers with transparent flavors and place the mouse miniatures inside.
Make Harry Potter Blood Pops by freezing red flavors of Go-Gurt. Or pour red yogurt or red fruit punch into ice trays. Cover with plastic wrap, punch popsicle sticks through the plastic into each compartment and freeze. Remove the plastic wrap and serve each blood pop on its stick.
Look for gummy versions of worms, snails and other creepy crawlies to replace Harry Potter Jelly Slugs. The best gummy candies for slugs have the liquid candy inside, like Gushers, so your guests can get a little grossed out when they bite into their candy slugs.
Re-bag different flavors of Pop-Rocks candies for Fizzing Whizbees. The Frankford Candy version is louder and pops more, but younger children won’t notice a difference. Find small paper envelopes, like the ones used for floral arrangement cards, and fill with the exploding candy. Decorate the envelopes to read “Fizzing Whizbees!”
Look for extremely sour suckers to replace Acid Pops. War Heads suckers or other over-the-top sour flavors can be re-decorated to resemble the Harry Potter version.