Fictional foods often look very appetizing, so much so that many people spend hours recreating dishes from popular movies and TV shows. On the other side of this coin, however, there is a plethora of unappealing fictional food that few people would ever volunteer to eat. These are foods that should never exist and hopefully will never come to fruition outside of their fictional universes.
These foods are often included in their respective mediums either for comedic purposes or to establish a dangerous, disgusting, or undesirable environment. As hunger is a universally shared human experience, a setting in which safe or enjoyable food is unavailable communicates the characters' struggles to the audience, thus helping them to empathize. Science fiction settings often make characters feel out of place via vile extraterrestrial eats. In shows full of anthropomorphic animals, viewers often cringe at what the critters call food. Whatever the reason, these are some truly gross fictional foods you would never want to ingest yourself.
Some of the worst foods from movies, television, and literature are listed below and range from the mysterious blue milk from Star Wars to the cannibalistic soylent green from the film of the same name. Vote on what you think is the most disgusting fictional food out there!
From: Star Trek
Gagh is a Klingon dish made from serpent worms. It is often served while the worms are alive and squirming.
From: Game of Thrones
There's a "vengeance is a dish..." joke floating around somewhere in regards to Arya Stark's meat pies, as they contain baked bits of the Stark family's sworn enemies, the Freys.
From: Soylent Green
Infamous since its eponymous film debut in 1973, this green wafer warrants an immediate pass due to its cannibalistic origins.
From: South Park
The secret to the burgers' taste is Eric Cartman putting the burgers in his underwear prior to serving.
From: Star Trek
Racht is a Klingon dish composed of live worms served fresh.
From: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
This entree is meant to be an offering of hospitality for Indy and his friends, but according to Willie Scott, the dish is less than appetizing.
Buddy the Elf’s questionable breakfast of spaghetti with many sugary, syrupy toppings may turn you off from spaghetti permanently.
From: South Park
In the infamous episode that turned Eric Cartman from an obnoxious kid to an outright pyschopath, he feeds his nemesis Scott Tenorman chili made out of Scott's dead parents.
From: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
As they contained the hacked remains of those murdered by the titular barber, it's best to pass on these pastries.
From: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Maggoty haggis was served at Nearly Headless Nick's 500th death day party. If the idea of sheep stomach wasn't unappetizing enough, imagine it infested with maggots.
From: The Help
Anyone who saw the 2011 film learned what this pie was really made of and, unless you're down for ingesting fecal matter, it's best to pass.
From: The Lion King
Although these African bugs look cute and colorful, just the thought of chowing down on these slimy grubs, even with the prompting of the lovable Timon and Pumbaa, is enough to make one’s stomach turn.
From: Spongebob Squarepants
As opposed to the world famous and delicious Krabby Patty, this burger made out of unspeakable, oozing ingredients was so bad that it nearly killed the Krusty Krab’s health inspector.
This alleged power drink not only looks unappetizing, it’s also extremely unhealthy since consuming raw eggs can lead to many food borne illnesses.
From: Fried Green Tomatoes
On most days, this delicious Southern barbecue would be a delectable treat. However, given it once contained the butchered remains of Frank Bennett it's probably best not to risk it. Secret's in the sauce!
From: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The 2005 film went much more in-depth into Wonka’s trip to Loompaland than its 1971 predecessor, even showing the disgusting grubs the Oompa Loompas ate before being taken to Wonka’s factory.
This classic mishap sounds less than appetizing with ingredients like custard, raspberries, and sauteed beef all mixed together in the same bowl.
From: Alice in Wonderland
While the “Eat Me” cookies may look appetizing, their mushroom counterpart, consumed straight out of the ground, just seems dangerous.
From: Harry Potter series
While these hit-or-miss jelly beans from Harry Potter (which you can incidentally buy at Universal Studios) have plenty of delicious flavors, every flavor means every flavor. You may want to avoid them if you don't want to accidentally bite into a vomit, rotten egg, or earthworm flavored bean.
From: A Christmas Carol
Mimicking Ebenezer Scrooge’s sour disposition, his evening meal of choice looks and sounds as dreary as a Dickensian dinner should.
From: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factor
While this three course meal gum may sound like a good idea, the end result of inevitably transforming into a blueberry does not.
From: Star Wars
This famous drink from the first Star Wars film, known as Bantha milk, makes another appearance as Luke Skywalker's drink of choice in Episode VIII. It's never looked particularly tasty to fans.
From: The Emperor's New Grove
This cooked bug is one of the specials of Mudka’s Meat Hut and it does not look particularly appetizing.
From: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Some foodies may appreciate versions of this soup in real life, but Aunt Josephine’s cold cucumber soup looks thin, watery, and rather sickening.
From: Harry Potter series
Harry, Ron, and Hermione never had the heart to tell Hagrid the fruit cakes he generously provided them were hard, sticky, and completely tasteless.