I love chocolate almost as much as Yorkshire puddings, sushi and cake, and I love Harry Potter too. So what better way to celebrate than with a Harry Potter chocolate frog? In the UK we’ve got two choices –
Small chocolate frogs from Jelly Belly
Large Chocolate frogs direct from Warner Brother’s studio tour
This review takes in both chocolates.
Small frogs from Jelly Belly – 3 stars
These bad boys come in at around £3, and they’re really small, but they’re also freely available in the UK. I got mine from Candyhero, but you’ll be able to find them in most city centre sweet shops nowadays. The frogs taste fine but not delicious – a very milky chocolate, similar to USA chocolate. There are two problems with these chocolate frogs – firstly, they bear no relation to the candy in the Harry Potter films.
OK, so they’re chocolate frogs, and you get a small card within the wrapper, but they’re clearly trading on the name without making Secondly, they’re too small. at 15 grammes, there simply isn’t enough to warrant paying £3. They’d be fine for a stocking filler if you’ve got a bit of cash spare, but for a hungry lad like me, they’re gone in 2 mouthfuls. I’d sooner have a packet of Maltesers or a Mars bar, and save £2.
Big frogs direct from Warner Bros – 5 stars
These chocolate frogs are a different thing altogether. Only available in person from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Florida, or the Studio tour near London, these frogs are a work of art. They’re made to look exactly like the chocolate frogs in the Harry Potter films, and they’re a solid lump of milk chocolate.
Each frog is accompanied by a lenticular card of one of the founders of the four houses. These couldn’t look more like the products Harry and Ron bought from Honeydukes, unless the chocolate frog actually came to life. The chocolate is milk chocolate but not quite as sickly as the Jelly Belly frog.
I’m quite sure that they use a different recipe for the UK and USA frogs, and the UK ones are made by a chocolate factory in London. Surprisingly, the chocolate is solid – in my experience in the UK, especially when making chocolate, all too often, you’ll get hollow chocolate. No one wants hollow chocolate unless there’s something extra special inside, and this doesn’t disappoint because there’s more chocolate.
The solid chocolate means this is quite a chunk, and more than enough to eat in one sitting. personally, I ate the head and half the body, before leaving the frog in the fridge to finish off later. Availability If you’re lucky enough to live close to the Harry Potter studio tour in London you can pick these up for £8 from the shop, but the the producers of this chocolate clearly know the benefit of scarcity – the only place you can buy these online in the UK is Ebay. At the time of writing, you can buy them on Ebay from £15, and even at this price, I’d say they were worth it, especially as a gift for a real Potter fanatic.