Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and wanted to reach right into the screen to eat something you see? Face it: There is food from TV and movies we desperately want to try.
What is it about food on the screen that entices you? Hmmm … perhaps you’re hungry. Or maybe, you’re getting a mouth-watering subliminal message.
Food from TV shows and movies can be might appetizing, even when it’s not real. Keep reading to find your favorite food on this list of edibles that have appeared in TV shows or movies and decide for yourself if you want to try to create them at home.
1. Chocolate Salty Balls
Recipes from movies and TV don’t include one for this sweet, but if you’ve ever watched South Park, you likely know what Chocolate Salty Balls are. The character Chef came up with the confection in a 1998 episode, and it inspired the racy song — sung by Isaac Hayes — “Chocolate Salty Balls.”
The chorus starts with the lines, “Say, everybody, have you seen my balls/they’re big and salty and brown/if you ever need a quick pick-me-up/just stick my balls in your mouth.” Enough said?
Next: Home brew
2. Pawtucket Patriot Ale
On the TV show Family Guy, Pawtucket Patriot Ale is Quahog, Rhode Island’s local brand of beer. It’s the title character Peter’s favorite drink and it’s brewed at … wait for it … Pawtucket Pat’s brewery. One episode features the brewery, which looks a lot like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory — and Pawtucket Pat and his posse of Chumbawumbas are eccentric brewers, to say the least.
Next: You must dehydrate this food or suffer the consequences.
3. Dehydrated Pizza Hut pizza
Back to the Future Part II introduced dehydrated Pizza Hut pizza. Directions: Take one Pizza Hut pizza, process it until it’s the size of cookie, then rehydrate it and eat it. Warning: One you hydrate it, you’ll have to wait two whole seconds for it to become a full-size pie, according to the website Fandom.
In the movie, there was a warning on the pizza, “Do not consume unless fully rehydrated.” If you ate one of these before it was fully rehydrated, it could complete hydrating in your stomach. Good to know.
Next: Cheese, please
4. Cheesy Poofs
The fictional brand name of cheese-flavored snacks on South Park, Cheesy Poofs have appeared in countless episodes prior to season 3, then they disappeared for a while and showed up again later, according to Fandom. Perhaps the funniest appearance of Poofs occurred in the season 10 episode “Cartoon Wars Part I” — Cartman used the snack to distract Kyle Broflovski and cause him to run off the road while they riding their Big Wheels — on the highway, naturally.
Next: Some of the recipe is still secret
5. Krabby Patties
On the TV show SpongeBob SquarePants, the Krabby Patty is a popular burger locals get at the Krusty Krab, Bikini Bottom’s most popular restaurant. The recipe for the Krabby Patty is top secret, but that doesn’t prevent Plankton from always trying to steal it. At last, he can see what’s in it, according to Fandom: a frozen hamburger with “fresh lettuce, crisp onions and tomatoes with sea cheese, pickles, mustard, ketchup,” and a squirt of some secret formula, the ingredients of which have not been divulged to date.
Next: Not as “sickly” as butterscotch
Butterbeer is a drink that’s very low in alcohol, drunk by the younger Harry Potter wizards in the series of movies and books, according to Fandom. They drank it cold or hot and got the same warming effect from it either way. A Butterbeer would set a wizard back two sickles at the Hog’s Head Inn. Author J.K. Rowling described the drink as “a little bit less-sickly butterscotch.”
Next: This drink caused chaos
7. Wolf Cola
Wolf Cola made its debut in the 7th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A funny scenario involving the cola happened when a news segment announced that Wolf Cola was the official drink of Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group. Havoc ensued — and a public relations nightmare was born, according to Fandom. Fun fact: Frank mixed up Boko Haram, calling it “Boca Raton,” — this was a poke at Congressman Paul Gosar, mixed the two up during an interview with CNN in 2015.
Next: Pepto Bismol, please
8. Cheesy Blaster
Liz Lemon on 30 Rock loved cheese. And she loved a Cheesy Blaster like nobody’s business. In fact, in season 4 of she even plays air guitar to the Cheesy Blasters theme song — after she orders them up for everyone in the restaurant. So what is a Cheesy Blaster? A hot dog, shredded jack and mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni — in pizza dough. Put it all together, eat, then see your cardiologist.
Next: Who wouldn’t at least try this?
When Homer Simpson of The Simpsons put a plutonium rod in the ground near some tomato and tobacco plants, the plants became a new type of produce Homer called Tomacco. He started to sell it and customers became completely addicted to the plant, which resembled a tomato on the outside but had flaky tobacco on the inside. A tobacco company bought it posthaste.
Next: A closely guarded secret
10. Lembas Bread
The Lord of the Rings’ Lembas Bread, also known as Elven bread or Waybread, was food that the elves made to take with them when they traveled. It stayed fresh for months if they wrapped it mallorn leaves, and it was made of meal — and baked until it was thin and crisp. If you weren’t an elf you couldn’t get the recipe for Lembas Bread — it was a closely guarded secret. Like everything the elves made in the movie, evil creatures could not eat the bread.
Next: You can actually make this one at home.
11. Grilled cheese sandwich from Chef
Among famous movie foods, this one takes the cake. When John Favreau’s character in the movie Chef made a grilled cheese sandwich, he took it to another level. Butter went on both pieces of bread and olive oil went into the skillet. He moved the bread around the oil to combine everything and get the bread toasty, then layered each slice with cheese and moved the bread around some more.
Finally, he flipped one piece of bread onto the other, spread some more butter on the outside, and shared it with his son. You, too, can make this sandwich — Favreau posted the ingredients on social media.
Next: Now you can buy these treats.
12. Reptar Bars
The Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats named a candy after the monster on the show — and the chocolate Reptar Bars were filled with green goo. In the show, the bars turned tongues a very bright shade of green. Cut to 2017, when Trans World Entertainment’s retail brand, FYE, started selling them for real, according to Fortune. Bonus: Just like in the show, they turn your tongue a shocking shade of green.
Next: This fake even has its own website.
13. Big Kahuna Burger
Quentin Tarantino has used his fictional chain of Hawaiian-inspired fast food joints — Big Kahuna Burger — in several of his movies, according to Junkfully, including Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Four Rooms, and Reservoir Dogs. The fake chain even has its own website, and the food looks dang good. It offers special Hog Roasts, which feed from 50 to 2,000 people.
Next: You’ve seen this snack in many shows.
14. Let’s Potato Chips
Let’s Potato Chips are ubiquitous in the TV world. The fictional brand of chips has appeared in the shows Community, Orange Is The New Black, New Girl, and more. There are three flavors available, and they all look yummy on TV: Natural, Bar-B-Que, and Ranch. In addition, Let’s makes and sells pretzels.
Next: Nothing quite like a side of beef
15. The Ole 96er
In the movie The Great Outdoors, John Candy eats at a restaurant called Paul Bunyan — and he eats a 96-ounce steak. Vegetarians, apologies, but meat lovers — pay attention. The premise was that if he finished the entire steak the entire party would eat for free. By the end, Candy is sick and sweaty, but he finished. Next? He found out that you had to eat the gristle and fat, too.
Next: Bet you’ve never had a cup of this
16. Cup O’ Pizza
In the movie The Jerk, Steve Martin eats Cup O’ Pizza with Bernadette Peters — and it looks kind of interesting. Who wouldn’t want to take all the work out of eating pizza and just eat it out of a cup? Well, this is another one you can try at home. The recipe for it on the website Gemma’sBiggerBolderBaking even shows you how to do it in a microwave.
Next: Twist and shout — for joy.
17. Spaghetti twister
If you like to get recipe ideas from TV and movies, think spaghetti tornado. The spaghetti twister in the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs looks good enough to, well, eat. If a spaghetti tornado doesn’t make you hungry, see a doctor.
The tornado happened because the FLDSMDFR — Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator — got overloaded. How great would it be to have that happen in your neighborhood? Seriously.
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