One of the most magical things about books is the way they can make us feel. They can make us happy or sad, scared or surprised, they can break our hearts or give that warm, fuzzy feeling. But what they can also do is make us hungry. And that can be super frustrating when the food they make you crave turns out not to exist.
So, with this in mind, here are some of the favourite snacks, meals and drinks we would like to steal from the world of fiction….
Three-Course-Dinner Chewing Gum
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a lot of fictional foods to choose from, but after realising we don’t actually like gobstoppers that much and the chocolate river would probably be pretty gross in practice, I’d rather try the Three-Course-Dinner Chewing Gum. Mint flavours are so last season and don’t even get me started about fruit flavours, they don’t even taste anything like it! A three course roast dinner in a strip is clearly what the chewing gum market needs, and it’d be fantastic help with the diet. Apparently, some scientists have been looking into how nanotechnology could make this dream a reality. Although that article being from the Daily Mail, probably can be taken with a pinch of salt…. I think the gum is a little way off, in reality.
Of all the wild and wonderful foods out there in the fictional universe you may think that “bread” is one of the less interesting, however anyone who spent their wild teenage years curled up with a brick sized copy of The Lord of the Rings will be familiar with the craving. A single one of these thin biscuits of Elven bread, kept wrapped up in leaves and twine, is supposed to be nourishing enough to keep you on your feet for a day. It certainly sounds better than the Kendall Mint Cake we used to take on our walking holidays. Various people around the Internet have tried to make their own Lembas bread recipes, but no word on whether they’ve the same restorative powers as the real thing.
Of course, the Harry Potter books are jammed (see what I did there?) full of foodie treats, but which Hogwarts delicacy would you like to try the most? Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans is a definite favourite, but also a bit too pot luck if you don’t like the occasional earwax flavour bean. The chocolate frogs sound delicious, but since they actually hop out of your hand they may not be the most convenient snack. So let’s settle on butter beer. Fortunately, this is one fictional beverage that has been smuggled to the muggles, and at the Harry Potter Studio Tour you can try a tankard even if you aren’t enrolled in a wizarding boarding school. I have been wanting to go for so long and am determined to book my ticket this summer and try it myself.
The fictional food that were inspired (I’m not exactly sure how) by the world’s leading search engine. They are a unique take on the classic cupcake, with a giant currant in the centre, surrounded by sherbet, all placed inside the outer cake shell. The idea of biting into a cake and having your filled with sherbet still sounds amazing. Baking with sherbet and finding a big enough current are both challenges, but some have tried to make these buns at home, I think they are pretty brave!
Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
This drink from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is widely accepted to be the best drink in the universe. Many earthlings, under the delusion that their planet wasn’t vaporised years ago to make way for a hyperspace bypass, have tried to replicate the Gargle Blaster using terrestrial ingredients, usually by mixing as many different types of alcohol as they can think of. Of course, true connoisseurs know the only real way to feel the thrill of drinking a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster is apparently to have your head smashed with a slice of lemon wrapped around a solid gold brick.
Is there a fictional food you wish was real?