10 Fun Recipes from Books, Movies, and TV Shows

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In recent years, the internet has revealed that there's no shortage of talented pop culture fiends out there with a flair for the culinary arts. Here are some of the best real-life recipes for once-fictional delicacies featured in some of your favorite books, movies, and TV shows.

1. Harry Potter's Butterbeer

The beloved Hogsmeade beverage has rapidly become a hit with thirsty Muggles and a crowd-pleasing staple at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Hoards of recipes exist, including a few alcoholic varieties, but most of them essentially consist of mixing cream soda with some sort of sweetener such as butterscotch syrup. For something a bit more involved, check out the video above. (And to watch a couple of Mental Floss staffers give it a try, check out this video.)

2. Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss's alma mater, Dartmouth College, often treats its students to a meal of green eggs and ham in honor of the beloved children's poet. But you don't have to be an Ivy-Leaguer (or Sam-I-Am) to enjoy this whimsical dish: click here for a quick how-to guide.

3. The Lord of the Rings's Elven Lembas Bread

Going on a lengthy quest? Be sure to bake some Lembas bread first. Looking for something meatier? Epic Meal Time couldn't resist adding bacon to the Elvish dietary staple, which you can watch them prepare above.

4. Dune's Arrakeen Spice Coffee

Unlike the mystical substance that drives the universe of Frank Herbert's legendary Dune saga, the “spice” laced into this coffee won't turn your eyes into glowing blue orbs or grant you prescient powers. But, if you should happen to have some extra cinnamon lying around, it's a fun way to start your morning.

5. Star Trek's Romulan Ale

For Trekkies who are 21 or older, Geek In The City describes their Romulan Ale recipe as a “sure-fire way to get you arrested in the United Federation of Planets." The above video offers another take on this alien alcohol.

6. Star Wars's Bantha Milk

No trip to Tatooine is complete without a pint of cool, refreshing Bantha milk. Don't believe us? Check out this adorable ad above. But don't take our word for it, Earth-bound readers: mix up a glass for yourself. (And for a non-alcoholic recipe, go here.)

7. Futurama's Popplers

Futurama fans can relish this tasty, seafood-based replica of one of the Planet Express crew's favorite treats.

8. Soylent Green Crackers

You didn't really think we'd make it through this list without some sort of soylent green recipe, did you? Rest easy, sci-fi fans: no people were harmed in the making of these crackers.

9. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster

Unlike most of the culinary curiosities we've covered so far, author Douglas Adams actually wrote down a painstakingly specific recipe for his own creation in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Unfortunately, just about every single ingredient is imaginary, leading fans to conjure up some wildly-inventive attempts to replicate Zaphod Beeblebrox's beverage of choice.

10. Game Of Thrones's Dothraki Blood Pie

The warring cultures in George RR Martin's smash-hit fantasy series are so meticulously detailed that an entire cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire, was published in 2012 to commemorate their respective cuisines. Among the most popular dish is the evocatively-named Dothraki blood pie.

An earlier version of this article ran in 2016.

Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With Its Zero Gravity Blizzard

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is now offering your taste buds an out-of-this world experience. The fast food chain recently announced the release of its Zero Gravity Blizzard, a new frosty snack honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.

According to the brand’s Twitter account, the intergalactic delicacy is “made with Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls, and sweet cotton candy topping blended with our world-famous soft serve and topped with colorful galaxy sprinkles.” Lucky for Earthlings, it’s not freeze-dried.

The treat honors the Apollo 11 mission in more ways than one: Dairy Queen promises the shake will stay put if it’s turned upside down, as one does in zero-g. The company also created an accompanying Spotify playlist featuring 29 space-related songs. Yes, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is on there.

“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” says Maria Hokansan, executive vice president of marketing at Dairy Queen. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat—sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.”

Dairy Queen isn’t the only brand honoring the Apollo 11’s historic mission. You can wash down the Zero Gravity Blizzard with the Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition brew that celebrates the “pioneering American spirit.” LEGO has also released its Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander set, developed with NASA.

The Zero Gravity Blizzard is available at select locations for a limited time.

This Amazing Teen Donates One Treat for Each One Sold at His Bakery

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When 13-year-old Michael Platt was diagnosed with epilepsy in the sixth grade, he had to quit a few of his favorite things—diving, climbing trees, and doing gymnastics. But it wasn't enough to stop him from baking, a hobby born from many an afternoon spent watching bakers work their culinary magic across YouTube, The Washington Post reports.

So the then-11-year-old decided to open a bakery of his own, run from his kitchen in Bowie, Maryland, with the help of his mother. Inspired by the TOMS one-for-one model, Michael founded Michaels Desserts with a mission to donate one baked good for each one bought. He sells about 100 items each month (75 cupcakes, plus a couple dozen shortbread cookies and other "chef's choice" items), and distributes the free batches to domestic violence shelters, transitional housing, or in McPherson Square in Washington, D.C.


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Michael calls his cupcakes "freedom fighter cupcakes," and themes each month's flavor around a figure with a strong impact on the landscape of civil rights and social activism. Harriet Tubman's October cupcake is mint chocolate chip, because her family often shortened her birth name Araminta to "Minty." This month's cupcake is banana pudding, a flavor that Maya Angelou loved. January and February belong to Michael's personal hero Martin Luther King Jr., whose flavor is sweet potato pie.

The young do-gooder is particularly fond of passing out his treats to kids, because he feels that cupcakes are a quintessential childhood experience. He even taught a baking class at an Williams-Sonoma in Annapolis, Maryland, for a suggested price of $30 per person, and gave the proceeds to No Kid Hungry.


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For Michael, the driving force behind his dessert business transcends his passion for baking. "It's all about helping people," he told The Washington Post, "Not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, 'How does this touch other things?'"

[h/t The Washington Post]

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