Created By: CaveCat on January 30, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 12, 2013
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A group of friends are out on a treasure hunt, on the search of buried treasure. There, they find the X and start digging. Once they get the treasure chest unearthed, they open it, with great anticipation. However, once they get it opened, they discover that the treasure chest actually contains food instead of gold or jewels.

Of course, a group of starving adventurers would prefer food to gold and gems.

A Comedy Trope where a treasure is actually discovered to be food of any sort, instead of the usual treasure of gold, silver, or diamonds.

A subtrope to Worthless Treasure Twist.

Compare Worthless Yellow Rocks, And Your Reward Is Edible

Contrast Tasty Gold

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Examples:

Advertising
  • Ads that take the form of an adventure story, such as the sugar cereal commercials on Saturday mornings or the Hostess junk food ads in comic books, sometimes end with a treasure chest full of the food being advertised. The most obvious example is Lucky Charms, where the cereal is depicted as the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, complete with sneaky leprechaun.

Anime and Manga
  • Played with in Episode 8 of the Little Lulu anime, where Tubby, Wilbur, and Iggy decide to hide their lunch in a makeshift treasure chest (actually a lunchbox), and bury it on a nearby island all while pretending to be pirates. However, when they decide to go back to the island to dig up their treasure, Lulu and Annie tag along, all while also bringing along with them a dog that they had found while in town. After the treasure is found, the tables are turned on the boys when the dog refuses to let Tubby get near the treasure (presumably as payback for Tubby insulting the dog as being worthless earlier).
  • Almost entirety of Toriko is hunting for this. Main character Toriko and his best friend Komatsu frequently go on trips hunting for legendary food, while fighting the bad guys who are also looking for the food.
  • Lupin III: In "Lupin's Big Saiyuuki," the treasure that the gang enters a forbidden kingdom for and risks their life to steal is a chest full of salt. Apparently, the food in the kingdom is quite bland, and salt is a highly-prized commodity.

Literature
  • Dream Park, the first novel in the Dream Park series. The game players find a chest that contains World War II era U.S. Army-issue canned food: turkey rolls, Spam, and tinned pound cake.

Live-Action TV
  • In Firefly, the treasure the crew loots from the cargo ship in the pilot is food bars. Food bars which look like gold bars when wrapped in yellow foil, and also super-sciencily nutritious.
  • In 1995 when David Letterman was getting ready to host the Academy Awards he told his tv show audience that the Oscar was actually made of chocolate.

Newspaper Comics
  • One story arc in Lee Falk's The Phantom had the children, Kit and Heloise, unearth a treasure chest. When opened, the contents were found to be common kitchen spices. At the time the chest was buried, however, such spices were uncommon, and often as valuable as gold.

Video Games
  • In one of Touhou Spin-Off manga Silent Sinner in Blue, Yukari manipulated Remilia and Reimu into going to the moon to battle the Lunarians. They are actually a distraction so that Yukari can sneak into the Lunar Capital and steal some treasures. Then it turns out that Yukari herself is also a distraction and Yuyuko is the one who sneaked in. What treasure did Yuyuko steal? A bottle of sake. Although an especially tasty one.

Web Comics
  • Non-food variant: In a What's New? with Phil and Dixie comic strip about real-world gamers stumbling around in their basements fighting LARP battles, the "treasure" is a much-needed first aid kit.

Western Animation
  • An episode of Scooby-Doo had the gang looking for a special buried treasure that is being seeked out by the ghost of Shaggy's pilgrim ancestor from hundreds of years ago. After the ghost is caught and revealed to be another man in a mask, the treasure chest is then opened, revealing it to be corn on the cob.
  • In the third act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Waterboy Bogus", Bogus and Brattus are set to work by Ratty and Mole, in order to find buried treasure at the bottom of the ocean floor at the aquarium (long story). After the treasure chest is unearthed, Ratty and Mole open it up with great anticipation, but become disappointed upon discovering that the treasure chest actually contained lots of cheeseburgers, much to Bogus's delight.
  • Played with in Codename: Kids Next Door where the food- specifically candy- is literally treasure, apparently worth more than gold. This leads to a number of pirate and Indiana Jones-style romps as Numbah 5 continues her ever lasting quest to satisfy her sweet-tooth.

Real Life
  • Chocolate coins
  • In a Real Life subversion, pirates once seized a ship loaded with dried cocoa pods en route to newly-chocaholic Spain. They mistook these valuable commodities for sheep droppings and dumped them overboard.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 30, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    Could this trope be broadened a bit, maybe to allow edible Mac Guffins or similar things?

    What leaps to mind with this, but doesn't quite fit the trope as currently described, is the scene in Firefly where we realize that Book has paid for his passage with strawberries.
  • January 30, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Newspaper Comics
    • One story arc in Lee Falk's The Phantom had the children, Kit and Heloise, unearth a treasure chest. When opened, the contents were found to be common kitchen spices. At the time the chest was buried, however, such spices were uncommon, and often as valuable as gold.
  • January 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I'm reasonably sure this came up in at least one Hostess comic book ad but I can't specify which one just now.
  • January 30, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    Anime and Manga
    • Almost entirety of Toriko is hunting for this. Main character Toriko and his best friend Komatsu frequently go on trips hunting for legendary food, while fighting the bad guys who are also looking for the food.
  • January 31, 2013
    Frank75
    A group of starving adventurers would indeed prefer food to gold and gems.
  • January 31, 2013
    StarSword
    Real Life:
    • Chocolate coins.

    (half-joking)
  • January 31, 2013
    Megaptera
    Advertising
    • Ads that take the form of an adventure story, such as the sugar cereal commercials on Saturday mornings or the Hostess junk food ads in comic books, sometimes end with a treasure chest full of the food being advertised. The most obvious example is Lucky Charms, where the cereal is depicted as the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, complete with sneaky leprechaun.
  • February 1, 2013
    LordGro
    A subtrope to Worthless Treasure Twist.
  • February 2, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In one of the Dream Park novels, one "treasure" discovered by the live-action role players is a chest full of hot pizzas. Justified because it was time for their lunch break, and meals are comped by the Park.

    • Non-food variant: In a Whats New With Phil And Dixie comic strip about real-world gamers stumbling around in their basements fighting LARP battles, the "treasure" is a much-needed first aid kit.

    • In a Real Life subversion, pirates once seized a ship loaded with cocoa beans en route to newly-chocaholic Spain. They mistook these valuable commodities for dried sheep droppings and burned them and the ship carrying them.
  • February 3, 2013
    Arivne
    @SharleeD: Your first example above occurred in the same novel I give an example from below. However, the crate of pizza was provided to them directly by the actors performing as NPCs in the game, not a treasure chest they found.

    "Griffin returned to the campground to find that Kibugonai had ferried in a case of cold beer, and Maibang was lugging a crate into the inner circle. When they levered it open, Gamers broke into unabashed applause. There were loaves of hot garlic bread and six tremendous wheels of pizza with varied toppings."

    Literature
    • Dream Park, the first novel in the Dream Park series. The game players find a chest that contains World War II era U.S. Army-issue canned food: turkey rolls, Spam, and tinned pound cake.
  • February 3, 2013
    SharleeD
    ^ Ah, gotcha. Must've conflated the two, haven't read that one recently.
  • February 4, 2013
    aurora369
    Speaking about Firefly, the treasure the crew loots from the colony ship in Bushwhacked is food bars. Food bars which look like gold bars when wrapped in yellow foil, and also super-sciencily nutritious.
  • February 4, 2013
    StarSword
    ^No, that was the pilot, and it came off a cargo ship. Though they did send Jayne to loot the galley in "Bushwhacked".
  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    TV or Comedy: In 1995 when David Letterman was getting ready to host the Academy Awards he told his tv show audience that the Oscar was actually made of chocolate.
  • February 5, 2013
    Doryna
    In Anime & Manga:

    • Lupin III: In "Lupin's Big Saiyuuki," the treasure that the gang enters a forbidden kingdom for and risks their life to steal is a chest full of salt. Apparently, the food in the kingdom is quite bland, and salt is a highly-prized commodity.
  • February 7, 2013
    CompletelyDifferent
    Played with in Code Name Kids Next Door where the food- specifically candy- is literally treasure, apparently worth more than gold. This leads to a number of pirate and Indiana Jone style romps as Numbah 5 continues her ever lasting quest to satisfy her sweet-tooth.
  • February 7, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • In one of Touhou Spin Off manga Silent Sinner in Blue, Yukari manipulated Remilia and Reimu into going to the moon to battle the Lunarians. They are actually a distraction so that Yukari can sneak into the Lunar Capital and steal some treasures. Then it turns out that Yukari herself is also a distraction and Yuyuko is the one who sneaked in. What treasure did Yuyuko steal? A bottle of sake. Although an especially tasty one.
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