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A staple of kids' media. A fantasy of either becoming small or being in a land of giants, and coming across a table full of food. Appeals to the greedy kid in us all.

The archetype would be "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk".

Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-Carlisle the US mid-Atlantic regional supermarket chain]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-Landover the other US mid-Atlantic regional supermarket chain.]] [[note]][[MindScrew Just to confuse things more, both of 'em are owned by the same company, a Dutch grocery specialist called Ahold.]][[/note]]

Compare LevelAte which is likely constructed out of Giant Food.


* A series of commercials in the early 2000s for the Frisch's restaurant chain featured people daydreaming about giant versions of Frisch's cuisine (ie: a woman lounging inside the curve of a giant onion ring).
* An ad for Frigidaire showed a tiny woman swinging through a refrigerator of giant food, landing on the cap of a giant mustard can, then plunging into a huge chocolate cake.
* 1995 ad campaign for TGI Friday's had 5 inch tall Little Guy on a tabletop, walking past huge meats, vegetables, and drinks.
* An AT&T ad shows tiny cheerleaders; one is catapulted and splashes into a cup of coffee.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A few chapters in ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' has giant themed game shows and sporting activities. One example is when one game show hosts a team race having to race through giant bowls of instant ramen, and a sushi maze. The food is real and can be eaten. The main character, Ryotsu takes this advantage when he eats his way through the giant sushi maze to reach the finish.
* In ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'', both the manga and the anime, the inhabitants of the island grow large produce...at least, larger than Ikuto and the viewer are accustomed to. Most notable are the eggplants, one of which is used as a [[{{Henohenomoheji}} dummy]] to keep the girls away from Ikuto, the only male on the island. There is even recurring humor in Ikuto's failed attempts at helping with the harvest.
* A RunningGag in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is Milly's efforts to create a giant pizza as part of Ashford Academy's various student festivals (Which inevitably fail, to C.C.'s dismay).
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is essentially Giant Food: the Manga. Specifically there's a chef among the top 100 of the world's greatest whose specialty is to make jumbo meals.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "Salad Smurfs" had Farmer grow really big vegetables from his garden when Chef Smurf forced him to use more of Papa Smurf's fungicide and fertilizer than was necessary. Unfortunately, it had the side effect of turning the Smurfs who ate the vegetables into AnthropomorphicFood.
* Briefly shown in ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'' in a television commercial for Behemoth supermarkets.
* Many ''Little Lotta'' cover gags have Lotta eating giant food.
* A Post-Crisis ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' story shows him throwing a party for smallville when he leaves for Metropolis, with a giant cake (which he built a giant oven to bake) big enough to give a slice to the whole town. (Most didn't eat it, however; [[HometownHero preserved pieces kept as souvenirs]] remain until the present day.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''The Killer Dame'', a ParodyFic of the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The Killing Game", the Hirogen are driven off Voyager by a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant mutant]] [[AlienLunch leola root]]. When Neelix decides to start carving it up for food, the crew wonder if they should invite the Hirogen back again.
* In the ZeeRust future of ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'', [[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] observes:
-->A cattle train blurred through elevated maglev rings, each torpedo-shaped wagon holding a single cow force-grown to enormous size with synthetic hormones. Robotrucks rumbled past bearing huge corn-cobs from cobalt-irradiated fields, giant [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956 seed pods from Santa Mira]] and [[Film/{{Aliens}} alien eggs imported from LV-426]].

[[folder:Fairy Tales and Folklore]]
* ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', of course. Possibly the Ur-example.
* ''Literature/GorgoTheOgre'': the final course of the Red Ogres' Christmas Feast is a red pudding so large that all the village can swim into it.
* Most stories about Myth/PaulBunyan mention the giant flapjack griddle that the chefs in his camp use to make huge pancakes.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', as well as the book it was based on.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', Z and Bala think they've found Insectopia when they see a bunch of this (it's actually a human picnic).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'' features a giant cheese wheel called the Briehemoth. The White Hats bought it with money meant for building a children's hospital.
* The Mickey Mouse version of "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk" in ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'' has a section where Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are exploring the giant's castle and being food-deprived, raid his dinner table.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The protagonist of ''Film/EllaEnchanted'' encounters this when she travels to the land of giants.
* ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''
* ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''. Woody Allen's fugitive character comes across a futuristic farm where giant vegetables are grown. He ends up stealing a giant banana and stalk of celery for dinner.
* The Oatmeal Cream Pie scene from ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' comes to mind. (It shows up just when the kids are starving. "I think I've died and gone to heaven..." says Amy.)
* Seen in ''Film/HalfBaked'' when the protagonists (as kids, in a FlashBack) try weed for the first time and wander around their local grocer.
* In a throwaway gag in ''Film/RealGenius'', another student offers Mitch a cherry the size of a baseball. "I grow them myself."
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'', there is the Land of Milk and Cookies in the Planet Drool.
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'', Scott has a huge coffee cup when he's three feet tall and later tries to get a huge speck of cheese from a mousetrap and get to a huge slice of leftover cake.
* In ''Film/UncleBuck'', Buck cooks ''massive'' pancakes for his nephew Miles' birthday breakfast.
-->'''Buck:''' You should see the toast. I couldn't even get it through the door.

* ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach''.
* In the ''Literature/MrMen'' book ''Mr. Greedy'', the title character finds a giant's breakfast, where all the food is as big as he is.
* In ''Literature/{{The Indian in the Cupboard}}'' the title character, transported through time and shrunk to the size of a plastic toy, is initially skeptical that the normal-sized food is even real.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', where Gulliver finds that Brobdingnagian insects leave [[{{Squick}} slimy trails, feces and spawn]] on his giant food that make eating difficult.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' and its adaptations have a whole chocolate river (for, as the owner will tell you, waterfall-mixed chocolate tastes better than any other kind). There's also a giant chocolate bar, though it's that size specifically because it's being sent by television and the process will shrink it down to an ordinary size.
* In ''Literature/AdventuresOfDunno'', the Mites are tiny people who don't suffer from hunger due to this trope. All animals are in proportion to the Mites, and humans don't appear to be present anywhere. In the third story, ''Dunno on the Moon'', the titular character ends up inside the Moon, which turns out to be hollow and on a habitable planetoid inside it, which is also populated by Mites. However, all plants are in proportion to the Mites on this world, and many people go hungry due to lack of food. Dunno and his Lunar friends start a company selling shares to finance a rocket to get to the Lunar surface and retrieve the seeds for giant plants.
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Wee Mad Arthur, a gnome, is small enough (six inches tall) that food fit for humans ''is'' Giant Food to him, explaining why he charges such low rates compared to other rat catchers: he needs less money, because, for example, a single loaf of bread is food for him for a week, and then can be hollowed out and used as shelter. This unfortunately also means that he's always drunk, because the glass of beer is taller than he is (few publicans are inclined to sell beer in thimbles).
* A ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' villain invented a ShrinkRay to reduce garbage and a growing ray to make GiantFood (conservation of matter? What's that?). Unfortunately, his efforts were foiled by the fact that his ridiculous name got him laughed out of every university. And that was the StartOfDarkness for Professor Pippy P. Poopypants.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited Pascal's Triangle Revisited]] Troy finds a giant cookie that turns out to be a metaphor for his and Abed's relationship.
-->'''Jeff:''' Whatís wrong with you?\\
'''Troy:''' Iím sick. I donít know why. [takes another bite of cookie]\\
'''Jeff:''' Have you considered the sixty-inch-diameter cookie youíre eating?\\
'''Troy:''' How can something thatís delicious make me sick?
* One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse once dropped a giant sandwich on ''Series/TheYoungOnes''' house, where it was pressed into service as a sofa.
* Used extensively on ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}''. Some of the obstacles on the [[BonusRound Obstacle Course]] included a giant slice of pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sushi roll, hamburger, stack of waffles, and birthday cake, just to name a few. Later in the show's run, a common physical challenge would be to create a giant replica of some food, such as a burrito or bowl of cereal, with one of the contestants naturally replacing one of the ingredients.
* The ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' were baked into a giant pizza once, and they will NeverLiveItDown.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'' had a garden where the plants grew larger and larger with each panel. Nemo and Flip are squashed by falling red raspberries.
* Also showed up in a few ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips. First one was when Garfield found a [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1980/08/07/ giant chicken drumstick while on a diet]], another when Garfield was [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1992/06/14/ thinking about his birthday cake]], another had Garfield having a [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1994/09/08/ giant cup of coffee and a giant donut]], and another had Garfield [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/2005/07/03/ dreaming about eating a giant cookie, a giant can of sardines, a giant loaf of bread, and a giant bowl of chili.]]
** In one old strip, he falls asleep and dreams he's in [[LevelAte "the Land of Large Breakfasts"]] where he eats a giant pancake. He wakes up, and says it was a great dream... Then he turns around and exclaims, [[IAteWhat "Where's my blanket?!"]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the OlderThanTheNEW game ''VideoGame/BurgerTime'', the objective is to walk over giant buns, burgers, lettuce, and tomatoes, causing them to fall down platforms and make giant burgers.
* ''VideoGame/BattleBugs'' involves insects mostly fighting for human food, so yes, make your ant soldier climb that cheese wedge.
* Giant food is present in ''VideoGame/PanicRestaurant''.
* One world in ''VideoGame/MysticArk'' consists of towns carved into giant squash, gourds, pumpkins, etc., and most of the enemies here are basically giant hungry bugs.
* In ''VideoGame/StardewValley'', growing cauliflower (in the spring), melons (in the summer), or pumpkins (in the fall) in a 3x3 or bigger plot with a high Farming skill has a chance to grow a giant version of that crop.

* [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF145-Nunez.jpg "Nuñez. We really need to find a way out of this dessert."]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[http://www.pimpthatsnack.com/ Pimp That Snack]]'' specializes in this. One of their crowning achievements is a Cadbury Creme Egg that weighed a nearly 5lbs and was an estimated 10,000 calories.
* In the short story "Not As Planned" a man is shrunk to less than the size of a sesame seed and is surrounded by gigantic food at a bakery and in the trash.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer tried to grow giant (and possibly super-intelligent) vegetables with plutonium rods from the power plant. Another time, he once tried to make a doughnut grow huge by dropping it into the plant's reactor. Needless to say, neither attempt was successful.
* Food like this appeared on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' a lot, with bronto burgers pterodactyl wings and the like rather big, seeing as they were made from big dinosaurs. Most notably, the rib place in the closing credits where the huge ribs - carried by a petite waitress - cause the car to tip over.
* Shaggy and Scooby found a place in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' that sold Mile Long Hot Dogs. (an exaggeration; the hot dog they bought was "only" about 100 feet long.)
* In at least three ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts ("Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk", "Beanstalk Bunny" and "Lumber Jack Rabbit"), Bugs Bunny finds himself in a giant's carrot patch.
* Appears occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''. One example is a loaf of bread big enough to be used as a circus tent.
* It's also done on ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', in the ''Magnificent Muttley'' short "What's New, Old Bean?", in which Muttley imagines himself as Jack and Dick Dastardly as the giant.
* The TrademarkFavoriteFood for ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' are jawbreakers the size of bowling balls.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', when they visited Japan, they landed on a giant bowl of ramen.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "Brain Acres", Brain grows giant vegetables as part of his plot to take over the world.
* When Mr Turner decides to become a farmer on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', his inability to keep crops alive (he will kill them by just a single touch, so powerful it even generates a gravestone for the victim afterwards - and it's not only living objects, it goes for inanimate objects too) Timmy wishes for super seeds. Of course the super seeds grows giant crops, which only he can pick, else they too will die in his Dads hands.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' involved a contest to win a cheeseburger roughly the size of a small house-- by remaining in physical contact with it longer than any of the other contestants. It turns out [[spoiler:to have been recurring villain Mr. Wongburger all along.]]
** In a different episode, Meatwad used Frylock's size changing ray to make a giant hot dog. It went bad long before he managed to eat even a twelfth of it, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks''' episode "Ants in the Pantry", tiny George is on a picnic spread and goes by huge food such as salad, and [[http://pinterest.com/pin/393361348672741041/ runs up a stack of cupcakes]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There were protoshopped postcards produced in the United States in the 1910s showing farmers collecting super-sized crops... apples as big as barrels and so on.
* The world's largest submarine sandwich according to the ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' was as wide as an ordinary sub sandwich, but nearly ''half a mile long''. To qualify for the record, it must be eaten after being made, which took a fair number of people.
* The [[https://www.aol.com/video/channel/lifestyle/58f0b6af8c08e002b0d15587/ Pizza Barn]] in Yonkers sells giant slices. (Okay, technically, they sells pizzas that are shaped like pizza ''slices'', but this has quickly become a MemeticMutation.)