Ever wondered how much you need to fork out to chomp down on a delicious Krabby Patty? Or what a sip of refreshing butterbeer might set you back? Well, wonder no more.
To celebrate World Book Day (March 3rd), Foodhub, one of the UK’s leading food delivery apps has lifted the lid on all things fictional foods, revealing the top ten most delectable fictional dishes from our favourite books…and their potential real world prices.
From The Lord of the Rings to Green Eggs and Ham, the world of fiction is constantly creating unimaginable snacks that tantalise the reader’s tastebuds. Takeaway food experts at Foodhub have today revealed its top ten fictional foods, and the likely cost to buy them, were they to exist in 2022.
- Krabby Patty – SpongeBob SquarePants
Famed for the Nickelodeon TV show, SpongeBob SquarePants has since appeared in numerous books across the years, and nothing sets tongues a wagging more in Bikini Bottom than the Krabby Patty secret formula.
The Krabby Patty is a meatless burger, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, ketchup, mustard and onions; however, it also contains Mr Krabs’ secret formula. Whilst you may be thinking, “how expensive can a burger be?”, the delivery fees to take the famed Krabby Patty above water from the Krusty Krab would be through the roof – so the price of this would be a whopping £25.00!
- Lembas Bread – The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings has captured the world’s imagination ever since the first instalment was published back in 1954. Lembas is a type of bread, which is wrapped in ‘mallron’ leaves.
The bread is described in the books to ‘keep a traveller on his feet for a day of long labour’, as well as lasting for many, many days. The average price of a loaf of bread in the UK currently sits at just over a £1, however, due to its long-lasting, energising abilities, lembas bread would be priced much higher at £9.50.
- Butterbeer – The Harry Potter series
Anyone who has read or watched the Harry Potter series knows that a wizard or witch’s favourite thirst quencher is a glass of famous butterbeer. The drink, described as “a little less sickly than butterscotch” and known to get house elves in a drunk-like state, is a big hit in The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron.
Given the constant rise in alcohol prices, Butterbeer is probably at the steeper end of pint prices in the UK, meaning this sweet beverage would set people back £6.
- Lickable Wallpaper – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka is famed for his crazy creations, first appearing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One of a number of his finest inventions is lickable wallpaper, which does exactly as it says on the tin!
Whether it’s orange, banana or snozzberry, lick the fruit and taste that flavour! However, feature walls don’t come cheap nowadays; decking out a whole wall with your favourite fruity flavours is probably going to set you back a staggering £250+.
- Scooby Snacks – Scooby-Doo
Again, famed for its books, animated series and later full-length feature films, Scooby Doo and his team of sleuthing teenagers are renowned as the world’s most reliable mystery solvers.
However, to keep their faithful Great Dane in check, and his good pal Shaggy, a Scooby Snack or two is often shared out. Whilst this is a dog treat, Shaggy is also seen gobbling down the biscuit when the duo takes bribes to carry out certain tasks. Seemingly nothing more than a treat for a four-legged friend, Scooby Snacks would cost £3.00 in today’s market.
- Chocolate Frogs – The Harry Potter series
Also from the Harry Potter series, chocolate frogs are an iconic sweet treat, first making an appearance in The Philosopher’s Stone. Each chocolate, in the shape of a frog, comes with a famous witch or wizard collectable card inside and can be known to make a run for it once unwrapped.
To make this real, outside of the wizarding world of course, the frogs would need mechanics to make it move, which is sure to hike the price up! On top of this, the popularity of collectables such as Pokemon cards means the unique frogs would be a highly desirable treat, as such, moving chocolate frogs are bound to cost £15 – an expensive sweet treat!
- Eat Me Cookies – Alice and Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s 19th century novel Alice and Wonderland sees a young girl fall down a rabbit hole and into a fantasy world of wonder. Eat Me Cookies are a magical sugary snack that will make anyone who eats them grow large in height.
Presumably a combination of standard cookie ingredients alongside icing, will mean there must be a special addition to result in a growth spurt and to help build one’s bones, such as vitamins. The Eat Me Cookies would be a helpful snack for kid’s lunchboxes and will only cost around £10.
- Chocolate Cake – Matilda
Another Roald Dahl creation, the giant chocolate cake featured in Matilda has become iconic ever since Bruce Bogtrotter stole a slice and was sentenced to eating the entire lot as punishment!
The decadent, mouth-watering cake was smothered in chocolate, with this being readily available on Foodhub already, as the app/website is home to an array of dessert restaurant partners, foodie fans can get their hands on a slice of a giant chocolate cake for as little as £3.50.
- Gingerbread House – Hansel and Gretel
The classic fairy-tale of Hansel and Gretel was first collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century. The tale follows two young children who stumble upon a gingerbread cottage in the heart of the woods, only to discover it is housed by a witch.
Now, house prices in the UK are rising more dramatically than ever before, couple this with the amount of sugar and sweet decorations needed to build a liveable gingerbread house, this isn’t going to be cheap. Put the house in an idyllic woodland setting and the price would be a minimum of £400,000 – plus the cost of repairs every time it rains!
- Green Eggs and Ham – Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss’s delightful children’s book, Green Eggs and Ham from 1960 delivers possibly literatures worst culinary creation. We think most people would be put off by the colour, meaning it would be priced low at no more than £1.
Emma Stockman, Foodhub spokesperson said: “The world of fictional food has captured the nation’s imagination for years, so we thought what better way to celebrate World Book Day than to bring these foods to life!
“There’s certainly some creations we’d be eager to try, but on the other hand, some we definitely wouldn’t. We’ve given estimated prices to the made-up grub as if they were available in the modern market today, some would set you back a fair bit.
“Whilst the majority of these imaginative dishes may have to remain fictional, for now, Foodhub is home to an array of takeaway and restaurant partners, meaning you can keep it simple and order a tasty treat this World Book Day instead.”