8 famous food items from literature

Aug 31, 2023

Aakanksha Sharma

Literature and food

Through the pages of famous literature, there aren’t just stories of the evil and the hero or the crime and the suspects, there are also foods and recipes that interest readers and their imaginations. Here we list down a few of them.


Butterbeer from ‘Harry Potter’ series

Butterbeer, a favourite wizard drink resembling less-sweet butterscotch, with a subtle alcoholic touch, was a staple at various magical locations in the ‘Harry Potter’ books. It was frequently enjoyed by Hogwarts students in Hogsmeade, served both hot and cold.


Lembas bread from ‘The Lord of the Rings’

In the series, lembas is described as a nourishing bread crafted from ground corn and various seeds. The bread remains uncorrupted by evil, rendering it indigestible for those tainted by bad energy.


Turkish delight from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

Turkish delight, or lokum, originally offered rose, musk, and nut flavors, in specialty shops. Today, this treat boasts an array of options, from traditional nuts to modern twists like chocolate and even orange.


Everlasting gobstoppers from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

The Everlasting Gobstopper is a candy that changes colors and flavors while never getting smaller or disappearing, designed for children with limited pocket money. The candy ‘jawbreaker’ seems to be a replica of the same.


Blue chocolate chip cookies from ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’ series

Percy’s ambrosia tasted like his mom’s blue chocolate chip cookies with detailed descriptions about how they looked. They were blue and hot with the choco chips still melting.


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​Seed cake from ‘Jane Eyre’

Seed cakes, featuring caraway seeds, were a customary presence on the Victorian tea tables, a culinary tradition of the era. It was presented to Jane and Helen by their teacher, Miss Temple, and marked the first gesture of compassion in Jane’s otherwise bleak life.


​Ginger Water from ‘The Long Winter’

In the sixth book of the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series, Ma Ingalls prepares ginger water for Pa and Laura, turning an ordinary day into a special one. People now have several variations and some even call it a refreshing alternative to Gatorade.


Frobscottle from ‘Big Friendly Giants’

Where all the giants live, there is a green fizzy drink called Frobscottle. The catch is that the bubbles go down instead of up and resemble a Vanilla float with a faint hint of raspberries.


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