Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House named most expensive fictional food of all time – London Business News
Have you ever wondered how much you have to shell out to snack on a delicious Krabby Patty? Or what refreshing sip of butterbeer could set you back? Well, wonder no more.
To celebrate World Book Day (3 Marchrd), Foodhub, one of the UK’s leading food delivery apps, has lifted the lid on all things fictional food, revealing the ten most delicious fictional dishes from our favorite books… and their potential prices in the real world.
From The Lord of the Rings for Green eggs and ham, the world of fiction constantly creates unimaginable snacks that delight the reader’s taste buds. Foodhub’s takeaway experts today revealed its top ten fictional foods and the likely cost of buying them, if they existed in 2022.
- Krabby Patty – Spongebob
Famous for Nickelodeon TV show, Sponge Bob SquarePants has since appeared in numerous books over the years, and nothing rocks Bikini Bottom more than Krabby Patty’s secret formula.
The Krabby Patty is a burger without meat, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, ketchup, mustard and onions; however, it also contains Mr. Krabs’ secret formula. While you might be thinking, “how expensive can a burger be?”, the delivery charge to take the famous Krabby Patty over the water from the Krusty Krab would be through the roof – so the price of that would be a huge £25.00!
- Pain Lembas – The Lord of the Rings
JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings has captured the world’s imagination since the first episode was published in 1954. Lembas is a type of bread wrapped in ‘mallron’ leaves.
Bread is described in the books to “keep a traveler upright through a long day’s work”, as well as for many, many days. The average price of a loaf of bread in the UK currently sits at just over £1, however, due to its energizing and long-lasting abilities, the price of lembas bread is said to be much higher at £9.50.
- Butterbeer – The Harry Potter Series
Anyone who has read or watched the Harry Potter series knows that a wizard’s or witch’s favorite thirst quencher is a glass of the famous butterbeer. The drink, described as “a little less sickly than toffee” and known to make house-elves inebriated, is a big hit in The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron.
Given constantly rising alcohol prices, Butterbeer is probably at the end of the highest pint price in the UK, meaning this sweet drink would set people back. £6.
- Lickable Wallpaper – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, is famous for his crazy creations, which first appeared in Charlie and the chocolate factory. One of his coolest inventions is lickable wallpaper, which does exactly what it says on the box!
Whether it’s orange, banana or snozzberry, lick the fruit and taste that flavor! However, accent walls don’t come cheap these days; decorating an entire wall with your favorite fruity flavors is probably going to cost you a ton of time £250+.
- Scooby Snacks – Scooby-Doo
Once again famous for his books, animated series and later feature films, Scooby Doo and his team of teenage detectives are recognized as the world’s most trusted mystery solvers.
However, to keep their trusty Great Dane in check, and his good pal Shaggy, a Scooby Snack or two is often shared. Although it’s a dog treat, Shaggy is also seen gobbling up the cookie when the duo take bribes to complete 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 serieschocolate frogs are an iconic treat, making their first appearance in The Philosopher’s Stone. Each chocolate, in the shape of a frog, comes with a famous witch or wizard trading card inside and can be known to race once unwrapped.
To make this real, outside of the wizarding world of course, frogs would need mechanisms to make it move, which is sure to drive up the price! On top of that, the popularity of collectibles such as Pokémon cards means that unique frogs would be a highly desirable treat, as such moving chocolate frogs are bound to be expensive. £15 – an expensive treat!
- Eat Me Cookies – Alice and Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s 19and novel of the century 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 sweet snack that will make anyone who eats them grow taller.
Presumably, a combination of standard cookie ingredients with icing will mean there has to be a special addition to induce a growth spurt and to help build one’s bones, such as vitamins. Eat Me Cookies would be a useful snack for children’s lunchboxes and will only cost around £10.
- Chocolate cake – Mathilde
Another creation by Roald Dahl, the giant chocolate cake featured in Matilda became iconic since Bruce Bogtrotter stole a slice and was ordered to eat the whole lot as punishment!
The decadent and mouth-watering cake was covered in chocolate, which is already available on Foodhub, as the app/website is home to an array of dessert restaurant partners, food lovers 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 19and century. The story follows two young children who stumble upon a gingerbread house deep in the woods, only to discover that it is being hosted by a witch.
Now house prices in the UK are rising more dramatically than ever, if you add to that the amount of sugar and sugary decorations needed to build a habitable gingerbread house, it won’t be good Marlet. 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’ delightful children’s book, Green eggs and ham from 1960 book perhaps the worst culinary creation in literature. We think most people would be put off by the color, which means its price would be low to no more than £1.
Foodhub spokesperson Emma Stockman 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 food !
“There are definitely some creations we’d be eager to try, but others we definitely wouldn’t. We have given estimated prices for prepared meals as if they are available in the modern market today, some will cost you quite a bit.
“While the majority of these imaginative dishes must remain fictional, for now Foodhub is home to an array of takeaways and partner restaurants, meaning you can keep it simple and order a delicious treat this World Book Day at the place.”