The wonderful thing about fiction is that it allows us to experience things in our imagination that we’d never be able to encounter in real life. Unfortunately, when it comes to fictional foods, imagination just doesn’t always cut it. Still, we can’t help but wonder what it would be like to fill our stomachs with some of those impossibly fantastic dishes that we’ve seen in movies, television, and literature.
Well, it looks like we’re in luck, because after scouring the internet for recipes (and even coming up with a few of our own), we’ve managed to gather together this list of instructions on how to make seven of the most delicious fictional foods of all time. From Calvin and Hobbes' Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Fizzy Lifting Drinks, these recipes are sure to bring your favorite fictional foods to life.
6 Fictional Foods
1. Butterbeer (Harry Potter Series)
The creamy, butterscotch-flavored, and possibly slightly-alcoholic favorite beverage of Hogwarts students, butterbeer was first introduced in the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Fans were so intrigued by the drink that they immediately began creating their own recipes.
This one, perfected by Toni at Designdazzle.com, doesn’t even require a stove to get things going. And, it’s basically alcohol-free, so don’t worry about the anyone getting up to no-good while under the influence.
2 liter bottle of cream soda (any brand)
2 tbsp butter extract
3 tsp rum extract (2 tsp for the butterbeer, 1 tsp for the topping)
1 container of marshmallow creme (7 oz)
1 cup whipping cream
- Drop 2 tsp of rum extract into the bottle of cream soda. Add the butter extract to the bottle as well.
- Put the cap on the bottle and gently swirl it around until the mixture is fully combined. Set aside.
- To create the cream topping, combine the marshmallow creme, whipping cream, and 1 tsp rum extract together in an electric mixer or blender. Mix until smooth.
- Pour the butterbeer mixture from the 2 liter bottle into glasses, and then drizzle the cream topping over the top.
2. Lembas Bread (Lord of the Rings Series)
If you’re going to be simply walking into Mordor (Boromir’s admonition not withstanding), you’re going to want a food that’s easy to pack, as well as being nutritious and filling. Elven lembas bread manages to hit all of these points, while still being pleasant to the taste buds. This version, courtesy of Cassandra at Geekychef.com, may not have the almost-mystical properties of the food described in the The Lord of the Rings, but at least it’s just as tasty.
1 cup honey
3 kumquats (whole)
2 tsp orange flower water or rose water (optional)
3 oz chopped macadamia nuts
¼ cup butter (melted)
2 ¼ cups flour ½ tsp salt
- Combine the eggs, butter, honey, kumquats, rose or orange flower water, and nuts in a blender. Blend on high for 2–4 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of flour (saving the rest of the flour for later), and blend for another 1–2 minutes.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and add the remaining flour. Add the salt, and then whisk until mixed. This will form your dough.
- Take small portions of the dough (approximately 2 tbsp at a time), and cook them in a cooking iron (the dough can also be baked at 350º for 10–15 minutes).
- For some added fun, create some mallorn leaves (a template can be found here, along with an alternate recipe) to wrap the bread in once it’s finished. Tie it off with a string, and serve!
3. Neverfood (Hook)
The movie Hook depicts a grown-up Peter Pan returning to Neverland to engage his nemesis Captain Hook. While he’s there, he encounters his former comrades, the “Lost Boys,” who have a unique way of eating. See, all of their food is totally imaginary.
Once Peter relearns how to act like his old self, however, the food materializes… and it basically looks like rainbow-colored frosting. So, we’ve come up with a really basic method of how to make your own. This frosting is great for dipping pretzels or fruit, or can be spread onto cakes or cookies.
Ingredients (this will create about 3 cups of frosting)
16 oz of cream cheese (generally comes in 8 oz packages)
½ cup butter (softened)
2 cups sifted powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Various food coloring dyes
- Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl until creamy.
- Mix in the vanilla, and then slowly stir in the powdered sugar.
- Add a drop or two of food dye. Mix.
- If you’d like multiple colors, simply follow the recipe again and use a different color of food dye.
- Store the Neverfood in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
4. Fizzy Lifting Drinks (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
The drink that almost cost Charlie his prize, Fizzy Lifting drinks are beverages that supposedly have enough carbonation to actually lift a person off of the ground and make them float (until they burp the carbonation out, or course). This version, created by Heather at Girlichef.com, probably won’t let you defy gravity, but it is delightfully fizzy, and it tastes amazing.
¼ cup sugar (superfine)
¼ cup water
1 ½ cups juice (freshly squeezed)
2 cups club soda or sparkling water
- Combine the sugar and water together in a small saucepan.
- Bring to boil, and allow it to continue to boil for a minute or two. This will create a syrup. Remove from heat.
- Add the juice to the syrup and stir. Allow it to cool completely.
- When you’re ready to serve, add the club soda or sparkling water, and gently mix. Serve over ice.
5. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
If “having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon, wrapped around a large gold brick” sounds like your idea of a good time, then there’s no better cocktail than the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. Described in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as “the best drink in existence,” this particular beverage is the favorite of Ex-Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox.
The version detailed here, created by the good people at Drinksmixer.com, uses only terrestrial ingredients, yet manages to be about as out-of-this-world intoxicating (which is to say, alcoholic) as the one enjoyed on the spaceship Heart of Gold, so make sure to only serve it to adults. Oh, and did we mention that the concoction also glows under black light? It’s just the drink for a really hoopy frood.
1 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey
1 oz peach schnapps
4–6 oz orange juice
1 splash Blue Curacao Liqueur
1 citrus twist
1 olive (optional)
- Use a shaker ¾ filled with ice cubes to combine the whiskey, schnapps, and orange juice. Shake until mixed and chilled.
- Strain into a highball glass.
- Drizzle a small amount of Blue Curacao Liqueur over the top of it.
- Add the citrus twist, and serve with an olive (optional).
6. Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs (Calvin and Hobbes)
Who can forget the high-octane fuel that gives Calvin his boundless energy? Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs are supposed to be one of the most overly sugar-filled, disgustingly sweet cereals to exist in all the realms of fiction. Think of them as the energy drinks of the breakfast world. And while it’s not entirely clear exactly what the cereal itself consists of (other than the fact that it’s chocolate, frosted, and loaded with sugar), we’ve developed a recipe that we think fits all of the criteria (except for containing 100% of the daily recommended allowance of caffeine—you’re on your own for that).
Calvin describes his favorite breakfast cereal as "crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside." While he eats several bowls each morning, we don't recommend that. There's no doubt that Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs lack nutrition and should be eaten in moderation.
9 cups Cocoa Puffs cereal (or another brand of chocolate cereal, if you prefer)
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup butter
1 ½ cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir together until mixed. Return to microwave and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
- Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add cereal, and stir until the cereal pieces are evenly coated.
- Transfer mixture to a 2-gallon resealable storage bag.
- Add powdered sugar to the bag. Seal the bag, and shake it until the cereal pieces are uniformly coated.
- Spread the resultant mixture on wax paper and allow it to cool. Store in refrigerator in a sealable container.
- Serve either as a finger snack, or follow Calvin’s example and cover it with milk and eat it out of a cereal bowl.