Remus Lupin is undoubtedly one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter universe. Upon his intial introduction to Harry and the gang on the Hogwarts Express, he offers Harry a chocolate frog after Harry fainted from the dementors on the train.
The Prizoner of Azkaban gave us the first look at many of my favorite characters from Sirius Black to Buckbeak the hippogriff – the latter of whom I got to meet in-person – er, in-beast? – during my tour of the Harry Potter Studios in London.
He DID bow to me – and honestly it was one of the best moments of my life. https://giphy.com/embed/11P6dElPROzAbu
But in the end, Remus Lupin will always have my magical heart. Lupin’s chocolate frogs are nothing short of magical themselves – whether or not it’s the chocolate that has the magical properties or perhaps he bewitched them himself to calm Harry after their scary dementor encounter. https://giphy.com/embed/RGSg99PXWzKN2
My Muggle-version of chocolate frogs may not be charmed, but they’ll certainly wake up your tastebuds.
Folded into the chocolate frogs are tiny burst of sour fizz – also known as Pop Rocks to us Muggles.
Chocolate definitely makes me feel better when I’m feeling down. In the books, chocolate frogs come packaged with magical witch and wizard trading cards.
I managed to grab a REAL chocolate frog while in Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Orlando a few years ago, well before my blog officially got off the ground, but I kept the card after all these years – who did I get? Well, Godric Gryffindor of course!
Lupin’s Chocolate Frogs | Harry Potter Inspired Recipes
- 3 cups milk chocolate chips
- 3 packages sour apple pop rocks optional
- Create a small double boiler by placing a heat proof bowl over a pan with about an inch of water in it. Bring the water to a boil and place the bowl suspended over the top. Pour in 2 cups of chocolate chips and let melt. Stir until glossy smooth, about 5-10 minutes. The chocolate should be about 110 F.
- Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Continuously stir until the chocolate is melted and 90 F.
- When the chocolate reaches 90 F, it has been tempered. Pour the chocolate into the frog molds. Sprinkle pop rocks over the bottoms of the chocolate frogs as desired. Or mix the pop rocks into the remaining chocolate and pour into the molds.
- Place into the fridge for 5-10 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Do not keep the chocolate in the fridge too long or it will 'sweat.'
- If tempered correctly, the chocolate frogs should have a glossy sheen and nice snap. Sprinkle any remaining pop rocks over the frogs, as desired. Enjoy with Remus Lupin during Defense Against the Dark Arts class!