Good fiction stirs up the senses. It just does. Though movies and shows are audio-visual experiences, that doesn’t stop you from phantom tasting, smelling, or feeling. Flavors, scents, and textures all become something for you, and you want it. You want more. You want the fake to become real. You want to eat and drink these maddeningly attractive delights and treats and you want them now. Well, lucky for you, some manufacturers felt the same. Here are a few times the food and drinks of the silver screen or small screen made it beyond their world and into your life.
Duff Beer - The Simpsons
Duff Beer has made its way into the real world in more ways than one. The choice of brew for Homer Simpson, his gang, and pretty much the rest of Springfield, Duff is a real brand of beer several times over across the world, nearly all unofficial. The only legit Duff Beer is sold near The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios, where it’s all Simpsons all the time (in case you want to experience even more of Springfield).
Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - Harry Potter
You'd never think that a package of jelly beans with flavors such as dirty sock and belly button lint would have a place on the shelves of our realm, but here we are, with Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans being as popular as everything else tied to Harry Potter’s magical world. Sure, there are delicious flavors in there too, like éclair, pink grapefruit, and toffee pudding, but, man, just knowing that vomit might be amongst them is enough to set the nerves uneasy. Ugh, but then again, it’s so exciting not knowing!
Bluth’s Frozen Banana - Arrested Development
Nestled in Newport Beach (and numerous other cities during its tour), the Bluth Family’s moderate foodie investment stood the test of time... sort of. The banana-shaped banana stand was destroyed a handful of times over the course of the original series. But no matter, the “Big Yellow Joint” made its way into reality! Selling chocolate-dipped bananas with nuts, the Bluth-branded operation became legit. You just have to wonder if there’s always money in this banana stand.
Tru Blood - True Blood
Created by Japanese scientists, synthetic blood known as Tru Blood (supposedly) killed off vampires' feverish desire for human blood — on the show anyway. Then, it became a blood orange-flavored soda in the real world, with a bottle that’s practically identical. The high’s gotta be different, but then again, would you even want the real stuff?
Scooby Snacks - Scooby Doo
Honestly, I sort of just assumed Scooby Snacks were doggie pot brownies. Apparently, the recipe is drugless. It's eggs, water, flour, cocoa, sugar, and dog kibble. In the real world, however, the outcome is either vanilla wafers or baked graham cracker sticks. There’s also dog treats called Scooby Snacks. Don’t eat those. I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this, but they’re for the dogs.
Wonka Candy - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
There’s no way you didn’t know this was real. There’s even a chance you had Wonka candy before seeing the movie(s). Sure, the candy may not be exactly the same as the ones the eccentric, borderline-deranged chocolatier concocted, but the brand was fictional until someone decided that was probably the best way to sell candy (Wonka is owned by Nestlé). I mean, maybe you've heard of Bottle Caps, Nerds, Pixy Stix, Fun Dip, Laffy Taffy, SweeTarts, Runts, and Everlasting Gobstoppers.
Still though, most of all, I wish I could eat “The Lovers’ Delight,” the noted favorite Valentine's Day treat of 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy, which is, as he eloquently put it, “Imagine a dessert for two, Tahitian-vanilla-bean ice cream in a pool of cognac drizzled in the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, covered with shaved white, black, and clear truffles, and topped with edible 25-carat gold leaf.”