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Starbucks Has A Butterbeer Frappuccino For Lovers Of 'Harry Potter' And Calories

By Mark Pygas

Starbucks has struck buttery gold with its new Smoked Butterscotch Latte, which came out shortly after J.K. Rowling announced an eighth installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This new book is actually a transcript of a play written by Jack Thorne, but J.K. Rowling can still take all my money. And now I know exactly what to sip after dropping 30 bucks on the hardcover: 

Starbucks hasn't officially branded the new drink as "butterbeer," but fans all over were quick to call it out. They're either saying it's the best thing since sliced coffee cake, or that it tastes nothing like the completely fictional beverage. For those of you in need of a refresher, butterbeer is a drink that students in the "Harry Potter" books would often buy when they traveled to Hogsmeade, the village just outside Hogwarts' gates. It's described as tasting "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch."

Since no one really has any idea what butterbeer actually tastes like, though, I can microwave a marshmallow in a cup of ginger ale and call it butterbeer if I want to. This foamy thing sounds better, though. Here's the recipe on Starbucks Secret Menu for a grande: