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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

Image via iCollector

 

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.

#JusticeForEverlastingGobstoppers

 

 

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

 

An illustration of the toffee tree

Image via Citizen of Anvard

 

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'

Image via Fiction-Food Café

 

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'

Image via io9

 

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

Image via Food Network

 

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

Image via Studio Ghibli

 

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'

Image via Sci-Fi Stack Exchange

 

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

Image via Tourism Currents

 

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'

Image via Giphy

 

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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Top 5 Fantasy Novels That Aren’t ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’

Being a fantasy fan means you’re often bombarded with the same recommendations over and over again. Lord of the RingsGame of Thrones, Chronicles of Narnia, Tales From Earthsea, Dragonriders of Pern… it can get a little tiring after a while! But here at Bookstr, we look for the obscure as well as the famous. So, here are a few fantasy novels that fall outside of the norm and have just as much magic, action, and world building as you’d crave, just not by typical authors like Tolkien or Martin. Enjoy!

 

5. The Axe and the Throne by M.D. Ireman

 

A garbed barbarian stands tall before a snowy mountain

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A grim, dark fantasy tale, this one isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t like violence or a cynical tone but it creates a world that’s vivid as it is brutal. The story follows a man called Tallos as he journeys through a war torn land where the line between good and evil is increasingly blurred as Northmen raid his people’s villages. Much like Game of Thrones characters are killed off without a moment’s notice and disposed of, frustrating some readers but allowing the stakes to be made clear. And it will reward you at the end if you can stick through it. Strongly cautioned but this one is highly recommended, despite the brutal, sometimes unrelenting world it creates.

 

4. Age of Myth By Michael J. Sullivan

 

A group of people stand before an enormous tree in a field

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Age of Myth begins an epic fantasy saga, telling of a long forgotten age where humans are worshipping a race they call Fhrey as gods. The Fhrey are masters of magic and seemingly immortal but when one falls to a mortal blade, the balance of power shifts entirely. Now humans are spurred into action, ready to rebel against the so called gods that have long dominated them. The book follows three people: Raithe, a boy who slew a god, Suri, a young seer who sees visions of a dark future, and Persephone, a young woman who must lead her people despite personal hardship. This is an epic novel of great scope, crafting the beginning of a great saga.

 

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

A young boy jumps around a landscape, knives in his hands

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is set in a world where the land is ruled by a tyrant called the Lord Ruler and magic is uniquely designed around metal. The three main forms of magic revolve around metal to fuel or steal magic for themselves. The series centers around a thief called Kelsier, who plots to bring down the Lord Ruler for his own personal vendetta. Hunted by the Ruler’s armies, he must use his wits and magic to survive as he fights every step to gain an edge against the huge empire that rules the land.

 

 

2. The Black Company by Glen Cook

 

A company of soldiers stand around a woman in white, spikes surrounding around them

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This series is very unique, centering around a company of mercenaries called the Black Company in service to a villain. The series esquires traditional tropes to center more gritty warfare, despite epic fantasy battles from the perspectives of grunts, showcasing the deadly sieges, trench warfare, and other dangerous situations they fight in day after day. Combining epic and dark fantasy, The Black Company showcases a fantastical world from a unique point of view, showing what all this looks like from rank and file soldiers.

 

1. The name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

 

A cloaked figure stands on a field of grass against a black sky

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The Name of the Wild is an acclaimed piece of work and its easy to see why. Following a young magician named Kvothe, Kvothe becomes a student at an arcane school and begins to set himself down the path to become the world’s greatest wizard. While not much truly happens throughout the novel, this is very refreshing, as this novel isn’t a traditional quest but following the journey of a boy to becoming a man. The prose is magnificent, the world is incredibly developed, and the main character is someone who acts like a real boy, frustrating and delighting readers. It’s not easy to say why this novel works, it just does. Pick it up for yourself and see.

 

 

 

Featured Image Via The Black Company Wiki