Knickerbocker Glory | Harry Potter

“They ate in the zoo restaurant, and when Dudley has a tantrum because his knickerbocker glory didn’t have enough ice cream on top, Uncle Vernon bought him another one and Harry was allowed to finish the first.”

-Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

Harry gets to finish of Dudley's knickerbocker glory in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Dudley throws a tantrum. Fortunately you can whip up your own at home with just a few simple ingredients, no tantrums required.

A super simple recipe for a weekend dessert or a Harry Potter party. According to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, the Knickerbocker Glory is inspired by the US sundae. They state the following is required:

  • A taller sundae glass
  • Chocolate syrup at the base
  • 3 scoops of ice cream
  • Alternate layers of various fruits
  • Topped with whipped cream
  • Maraschino or glace cherry
  • a tall sundae spoon

Knickerbocker Glory | Harry Potter

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  • Author: Bryt @ InLiterature.net
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1


  • vanilla ice cream
  • a variety of fruit, e.g. peaches, oranges, raspberries
  • chocolate sauce
  • whipped cream
  • maraschino or glace cherry


  1. In a tall sundae glass, squirt the chocolate sauce into the bottom.
  2. Add three scoops of vanilla ice cream, then continue to layer, fruit, then ice cream, until you reach the top.
  3. Top off with ice cream, then swirl whipped cream on top.
  4. Garnish with a cherry and serve with a tall sundae spoon.

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