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The Top 10 Most Mouthwatering Foods in Children’s Fiction

We’ve all craved a magical food that doesn’t actually exist, or we’ve read about a real food that didn’t live up to the hype of our childhood imaginations. Here are some of the foods (in no particular order) that still seem to appear in my dreams.


1. Everlasting Gobstoppers (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)


Willy Wonka with an Everlasting Gobstopper

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There are what feels like hundreds of candies within the walls of Willy Wonka’s factory, all of which sound absolutely mouthwatering. However, everlasting gobstoppers stick out to me because they actually exist. You can go down to your local corner store and buy a box right now if you really wanted to.

But you don’t want to. Because the real everlasting gobstoppers are flavorless little balls of cement. And the fictional ones are, well, fictional.




2. Fruit From the Toffee Tree (The Chronicles of Narnia)


An illustration of the toffee tree

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C.S. Lewis doesn’t do the most creative job of describing this treat. The fruit falls from a tree, and it’s described as being “not exactly like toffee – softer for one thing, and juicy – but like fruit which reminds one of toffee.

The tree formed when a toffee candy was planted in the ground in the moment of Narnia’s creation, and it grew at an incredible rate because the song that brought Narnia to life was still clinging to the world.

Must taste pretty good, with an epic backstory like that.


3. ‘Eat Me’ Cookies (Alice in Wonderland)


'eat me' cookies from Alice in Wonderland

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There are a couple of bad side effects when you snack on these magical cookies. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice takes a bite of one these and grows to be about the height of a one-story house.

Yet somehow, that just makes them more tempting. What’s life without a little risk of becoming gargantuan?


4. Pasta Puttanesca (a Series of Unfortunate Events)


Pasta Puttanesca inspired by 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

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Pasta puttanesca is a very real dish, and something you can order at most Italian restaurants. However, sometimes the way something tastes in reality just can’t compare to the way it tastes in your imagination.

In A Series of Unfortunate Events, the pasta puttanesca serves as a small amount of comfort in the bleak world that the Baudelaire children have found themselves in after the death of their parents. Something about the warm, homey feeling that it provides makes it an absolutely crave worthy dish.


5. Green Eggs and Ham (Green Eggs and Ham, obviously)


The cover of 'Green Eggs and Ham'

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Sam-I-Am was pretty insistent about this dish. If someone follows you from a house, to a box, to a tree, to a train, to the dark, to the rain, to a boat just to get you to try a bite of their food then they’re probably insane.

But they probably also have some pretty good eats.



6. Leek and POTATO sOUP (Coraline)


Potato and leek soup

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Coraline isn’t particularly excited by this dish, choosing instead to stick with her frozen mini-pizzas. However, considering the themes of family and parental love in this novel, this soup dish gives off a cozy and homey sort of vibe.

And if someone hands you a warm pot of homemade soup, that someone must love you an awful lot! Certainly more than your eyeless, soul stealing, puppet mom.


7. Saffron Tea (Kiki’s Delivery Service)


A moment from 'My Neighbor Totoro,' another Studio Ghibli film

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Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio, has a knack for animating foods in the most delicious looking way possible. This particular gif is from My Neighbor Totoro, as the saffron tea from Kiki’s Delivery Service didn’t make it’s way out of the book.

In the book the tea serves as a reminder of Kiki’s home while her travels become too much to handle. The smell and the warmth remind Kiki of her mother, and the memory helps keep her spirits high while she’s speeding around on her broom.


8. Unicorn Blood (Harry Potter Series)


A bleeding unicorn from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'

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This one is a bit macabre, but there’s something undeniably intriguing about the unicorn blood in the Harry Potter.

The golden trio (plus Draco) are serving detention in the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid, when they stumble upon a pool of shiny silver goo. When they see a shadowy figure knelt over the body of the unicorn, the kids all run away screaming, except for Harry who stumbles over a tree root.

He’s saved by a centaur, the story moves on, and no one even asks for a sip of that shiny, magic goop.

Maybe this is why I never got my Hogwarts letter.


9. Magic Beans (Jack and the Beanstalk)


Some perfect beans

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If a bag of beans is worth selling your family’s only source of income, they better be some damn good beans.



10. Giant Chocolate Cake (Matilda)


The moment where Bruce Bogtrotter must eat a whole cake in 'Matilda'

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Bruce Bogtrotter is one of literature’s bravest heroes. He’s punished for his humanity (what child wouldn’t try to sneak a piece of cake?) and still emerges triumphant despite all odds.

While this scene can be a bit nauseating, there’s always something enticing about the thought of having a triple layered chocolate cake plopped down directly in front of you.

Plus, you get to dive straight into that sucker fork first.

Might not be such a punishment after all.




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9 Harry Potter Drinks and Candies You Can Enjoy in Real Life

When Universal Studios decided to bring the world of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to life, they scoured the books for foods with which to populate their new Wizarding World. In particular, many of the beverages and candies described in the books, which had captured the imaginations of millions of readers, also inspired the magical fare at the theme park. Here are a few of Harry Potter’s favorite treats that you can find at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


1. Butterbeer



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“Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 137)



2. Pumpkin Juice


Pumpkin Juice

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“What would you like to drink?”


“What?” said Harry, quite sure he had misheard her.


“To drink, Mr. Potter,” she said, smiling still more widely. “Tea? Coffee? Pumpkin juice?” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 475)


3. Gillywater



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Next he saw another pair of feet, wearing sparkly turquoise high heels, and heard a woman’s voice.


“A small gillywater-“


“Mine,” said Professor McGonagall’s voice. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 138)


4. Firewhisky



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The firewhisky seared Harry’s throat. It seemed to burn feeling back into him, dispelling the numbness and sense of unreality, firing him with something that was like courage. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 65)



5. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream


Ice Cream

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Now he could sit in the bright sunshine outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, finishing all his essays with occasional help from Florean Fortescue himself, who, apart from knowing a great deal about medieval witch burnings, gave Harry free sundaes every half an hour. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 40)



6. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans


Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

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“You want to be careful with those,” Ron warned Harry. “When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor – you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he got a booger-flavored one once.”


Ron picked up a green bean, looked at it carefully, and bit into a corner.


“Bleaaargh – see? Sprouts.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 79)


7. Chocolate Frogs


Chocolate Frog

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“What are these?” Harry asked Ron, holding up a pack of Chocolate Frogs. “They’re not really frogs, are they?” He was starting to feel that nothing would surprise him.


“No,” said Ron. “But see what the card is. I’m missing Agrippa.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 77)



8. Fudge Flies


Fudge Flies

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Ron chose that moment to say loudly, “If Scabbers hadn’t just been eaten, he could have had some of those Fudge Flies. He used to really like them—” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 181)


9. Fizzing Whizzbees


Fizzing Whizbees

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“—and massive sherbet balls that make you levitate a few inches off the ground while you’re sucking them,” said Ron […] (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 58)




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let these halloween tasties tickle your tongue, bookworm…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Ghosts are a-spooking. The dead are a-walking. Vampires are a-sucking. Soon, kids will be tricking and treating. But Halloween can be a stressful holiday for the bookish among us. All the sugar rushes, spooky costumes, and general social situations…it’s all too much.


But Halloween does have some treats for book lovers, if you know where to look. ORRR if you have a friend who knows where to look. Luckily, reader, you do have a friend. Me. Your friend Bookstr. These are the treats you crave. These are the Halloween goodies for you, dear bookworm.


1. Willy Wonka Chocolate Bars (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)


Wonka bar

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Handcrafted by a team of Oompa Loompas, shaped in their palms, you’ll love this one-of-a-kind chocolate bar. If you’re lucky, you may even find a golden ticket!


2. Everlasting Gobstoppers (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)



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Mmm. Delicious hard candies! Careful, though, once you start, you cannot stop. Don’t start something you’re not willing to finish!


3. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans (Harry Potter)


Jelly Beans

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We’re in Harry Potter Land, booklover. You are on the Hogwarts Express, and the trolley is knocking at your door. Would you like to try your hand at the mystery jelly beans? You may gag!


4. Chocolate Frogs (Harry Potter)


Chocolate frogs

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Or maybe you’d like a chocolate amphibian? Again, careful with this candy. He may hop out of your grasp.


5. Pepper Imps (Harry Potter)


Pepper Imps

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Once more, so so delicious, and so so troublesome. Only eat in private, where it won’t matter if your ears and nose shoot out smoke.


6. Exploding Bonbons (Harry Potter)

Exploding bonbons

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Harry Potter Wiki describes these treats thusly: “They presumably blew up when eaten, although they likely did not cause a major explosion, given the injury this would cause.”




7. Turkish Delights (The Chronicles of Narnia)


Turkish delights

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Tell me you did not crave these when the White Witch first offered them to Edmund. Well, hopefully you end up better than him.


8. Green Eggs & Ham (Green Eggs and Ham)


Green Eggs and Ham

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While green eggs and ham are not the tastiest treat for Halloween, green chocolate Easter eggs served with a side of Percy Pigs are, indeed, tasty. So very tasty. Ignore the holiday mash-up. Or embrace it. Halloween is nothing to be afraid of, book lover. It is your time to dine!


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Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Candy Say About Your Book Taste?

There’s a surprising amount of similarity between some of your favorite books and favorite candies. Books can be complex and layered, like a Snickers bar, or classic and to the point like a piece of luscious chocolate. Based on these popular candies, we chose books that fit well with them. Click on your favorite candy and see; what does your favorite (or second favorite if you can’t find your first) candy say about your book-based personality?


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