Created By: WaxingName on January 31, 2012

Made with Love

A cook describes his food as being made with love.

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A recurring theme in stories revolving around food, the maker of the food will often state that his creation is made with love.

The cook doesn't usually mean the food was made with The Power of Love (it can in a few cases), the cook generally means that he worked hard in making it, treating it like it was a child, making sure everything is perfect.

This trope will often be said when the eater of the food is so entranced with the taste, that he will ask the cook what the secret ingredient is.

Not to be confused with Made of Good.


Western Animation
  • This is a recurring theme in regards to Spongebob Squarepants and his Krabby Patties. It has allowed him to win in a contest against Neptune by his concession and has allowed him to satisfy Pearl Krabs when she underwent a growth spurt.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Applejack says this about Apple Family cider when the family runs out:
    Apple family cider is made with love and integrity, and only the highest quality apples in Equestria. Sorry, but that recipe takes time.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 31, 2012
    • Intentionally inverted in a Phineas And Ferb episode revolving around meatloaf. Doofenshmirtz's family recipe for meatloaf recipe has a secret ingredient. That ingredient? Hate. The great aunt had issues.
  • January 31, 2012
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: Uncle Iroh says "the secret ingredient is love" when asked what his secret to such amazing tea is when he opens the Jasmine Dragon.
  • January 31, 2012
    Needs a non-Stock Phrase name. See also Secret Ingredient, Insubstantial Ingredients.

    • The Simpsons: when Homer's drink Flaming Homer is stolen by Moe to great success at his bar, competitors try to reverse-engineer the formula.
      Professor Frink: Brace yourselves, gentlemen. According to the gas chromatograph, the secret ingredient is... Love!? Who's been screwing with this thing!
  • February 1, 2012
    Live Action TV
    • Everybody Loves Raymond. Debra swallows her pride and asks Marie for her meatball recipe.Marie gives her the recipe and tells her that the meatballs must be made with love.
  • February 1, 2012
    ^ Although she's deliberately invoking this trope to bullshit Debra.

    • That 70's Show: Hyde makes a batch of his "special brownies" for a bake sale. Kitty says she knows.
      Kitty: And, I happen to know that you put the special ingredient in these brownies.
      Eric: I told him not to!
      Hyde: Special ingredient?
      Kitty: Yes. Love!
      Hyde: Love. Oh, yeah. There's a whole big bag of love in there!
    • Subverted when Sheldon is feeling bad on The Big Bang Theory, Leonard calls his mother who comes to help, and while she's waiting for him to come out of his room makes him a cobbler.
      Mrs. Cooper: It was always Sheldon's favourite. You know what the secret ingredient is?
      Penny: Love?
      Mrs. Cooper: Lard.

    I also distinctly remember this conversation but for the life of me cannot remember where it's from:
    "It's made with my secret ingredient."
    "No, [ingredient]. But there's love in there, too!"

    I thought it was from one of those two shows, but it's not. This is gonna bug me all day.
  • February 1, 2012
    Invoked in the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Plankton's Army". When Plankton gets his hands on the Krabby Patty secret formula, he reads the ingredients out loud, one of them being "a cup of love". After Plankton and his army leave, Mr. Krabs reveals that what Plankton just read was not the real formula.
  • February 1, 2012
    A subtrope of Insubstantial Ingredients. Examples of love from there can be moved here.

    • On The Penguins Of Madagascar, Skipper compliments Private on his sardine smoothies and asks what's in it. Private answers love, and after Kowalski explains what love is, Skipper demands "No more love in the smoothies! We gotta stay sharp."
  • February 1, 2012
    • Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures plays with the trope. When someone asks her for her cider recipe, Strawberry tells them it includes apples, lemon, orange, and warm wishes. When asked to explain the last ingredient, she says that while she's brewing it, she envisions all her friends enjoying it and it always seems to come out better when she does.
  • February 1, 2012
    From the laconic and description, I wouldn't be sure how this was a trope beyond "person says this line". However, saying that an abstract noun is an ingredient is starting to get interesting. Concepts As Ingredients?
  • February 2, 2012
    • Ryyuuji Takasu in Tora Dora learns that this trope is the trick for making the best boxed lunches
  • February 3, 2012
  • February 3, 2012
    In Persona4, when she and Yukiko bring you the curry they cooked at the camping trip, Chie tells you they "Put a lot of love into it." However, she's really just hoping to disguise the fact that it's made from the stuff of nightmares.
  • February 23, 2012
    timeout avoidance bump
  • February 23, 2012
    Hideously inverted in Fight Club. We advise against eating the clam chowder.
  • February 24, 2012
    I see nothing wrong with Made With Love. It doesn't sound like dialog, and it illustrates the trope. I actually had a similar idea for a trope but was too busy (lazy) to get around to it.
  • February 24, 2012
    Should be food related, but Love Is The Secret Ingredient sounds like dialog. Is it ripe for abuse?
  • February 24, 2012
    On Sealab2020, the Captain is obsessed with finding his lost Happy Cake Oven. He describes the making of Happy Cakes in an insane way ending with "But the secret ingredient is love!"

    In one of the Sailor Moon movies, Chibiusa declares her cookies to be better than Usagi's because they're made with love. She's right!

    Akane from Ranma1/2 tries claiming she put love in her cooking and/or sewing. It doesn't help.
  • February 25, 2012