Don't play these levels on an empty stomach.note
"There's cream in dem thar hills!"
— The Doctor
, Doctor Who
, "Short Trips and Side Steps"
"That's fool's cream, that is."
For some reason, creators seem fond of designing settings that are literally made out of food. Indeed, stemming from the Oral Tradition
, it is clearly Older Than Print
— and possibly much older.
Obviously, these sorts of settings tend to have a rather whimsical or silly
nature. Don't spend too much time thinking
about where that river of milk is coming from, why it hasn't spoiled, how those pastry buildings stay up, or how that moon made of cheese
A fairly popular subtrope is to focus on sweets, probably in part because the concept of a land made of confectionery already has a certain amount of stock symbolism invested in it
is also popular. Older variants, stemming from times when food shortages were commonplace, tended to have more variety in the foodstuffs. Its inhabitants, if there are any, might be Anthropomorphic Food
Video Game creators are especially fond of using this trope, particularly in Lighter and Fluffier
Not to be confused with the level where you are ate
. See also Giant Food
, Edible Theme Naming
, Gingerbread House
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Anime and Manga
- Cross Epoch, the official Dragon Ball/One Piece crossover one-shot manga, ends with everyone meeting the dragon Shen Long in the "world of confection", an island with mountains made of cake and rivers of tea (among other things), for the best tea party ever.
- In The Movie for Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo, the characters visit the world of sweets by way of a giant oven.
- The Junko Mizuno version of "Hansel and Gretel" has the witch create Foodland during a food shortage to lure everybody away. Of course, it turns out to be a giant illusion and all the people happily eating away in Foodland are really eating dirt.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Charlotte's labyrinth is made of desserts. Well, the parts that aren't hospital themed are. Like everything in Madoka Magica this is not Played for Laughs. In fact, Charlotte is the Knight of Cerebus.
- Toriko's world seems to be half this trope, half Death World.
- In One Piece, Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors that rule the Grand Line's second half, has her base on an island that seems to be this trope. Given her Sweet Tooth, this is fitting.
- Friskies catfood commercials feature cats wandering through this trope's feline incarnation, a land flowing with milk, fish, birds and other kitty treats.
- The "Land of Dairy Queen" commercials from The Eighties, featuring a landscape of chocolate mountains, hot fudge rivers, and... ice cream... trees? Oh, and watch out for falling peanuts and strawberries.
- The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The protagonists find themselves floating down a river of milk on a giant chocolate chip cookie.
- Mentioned in the Literature section, but expanded upon in the Tim Burton adaptation: Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory clarifies that everything in the Chocolate Room is edible, including himself.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a remote fisherman's town is gradually turned into a Level Ate by a machine located in the sky that turns rain clouds into food clouds.
- Wreck-It Ralph has Sugar Rush, a kart-racing game based entirely around this: rolling gumball boulders, candy-cane forests, bubble gum swamps, pits of NesquikSand, Laffy Taffy vines, etc.
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water has Plankton entering SpongeBob's brain, a Sugar Bowl that contains stuff like lollipop trees and living ice cream cones spraying chocolate syrup on each other.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has Willy Wonka building a palace out of chocolate at the request of an Indian prince. There's also the Chocolate Room in Wonka's factory, which features a river of chocolate and has plants and grass that are actually candy.
- One chapter of the travels of Baron Munchhausen has him land on an island made of cheese with rivers of milk and wine, and edible food-themed flora. One of his companions that just happens to hate most of all the smell of cheese abandons him at this point.
- Some of L. Frank Baum's earlier work contains Lands of Food, and some Oz locations are also food, e.g. Bunbury, not to be confused with Bunnybury.
- In the Xanth novel Ogre, Ogre, one Dream World that Smash must track the Night Stallion through is a Level Ate.
- A short story from the Doctor Who short story collection Short Trips and Side Steps featured the Doctor and Romana celebrating K9's birthday on a world apparently made entirely from candy. How this came to be is never fully explained.
- Discworld examples:
- Mono Island in The Last Continent, where foods such as chocolate, cheese and cake grow on trees. It turns out that this is because the island is the testing ground of the God of Evolution.
- The Discworld also has large lard deposits under ▄berwald. And raw treacle deposits (caused by prehistoric sugar cane forests trapped in the geological strata) under Ankh-Morpork. However, most of Ankh-Morpork's treacle comes from toffee beds (in the Ramtops somewhere, IIRC).
- In The Light Fantastic, Rincewind and Twoflower take shelter for the night in an abandoned gingerbread cottage. Apparently, it was once a popular architectural style for witches, but fell out of fashion due to the impracticality of, for example, cotton candy doormats.
- In Lucian of Samosata's True History, the sailors visit, among other outlandish places, an island with rivers of wine, and an island made entirely out of cheese.
- The children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (and the movie it inspired) are about this. The actual landscape isn't made of food, but (as you might guess from the name) the weather most certainly is. "Restaurants" lack roofs, and are mostly just nice places to sit while waiting to be fed by the sky.
- In the very first (and seldom seen) Moomin book The Moomins and the Great Flood, the Moomins visit an old man whose garden is made of candy and sweets. The old man invites them to stay, but Moominmamma declines, saying that the children have already gotten a stomach ache from all that sugar, and she needs to find them some real food.
- In the Rainbow Magic series, Jack Frost's plan in the Sugar & Spice Fairies series is to build his own candy castle and ruin sweet treats forever.
Live Action TV
- Nick Arcade has the Food Frenzy level from the video zone where a food fight occurs and the player has to dodge the edible projectiles and the gym teacher while picking up three textbooks.
- Many, many of the obstacles on Nickelodeon's Double Dare. Some of the physical challenges qualify as well.
- The obscure Gershwin song "In Sardinia (On The Delicatessen)".
- The song "Sanji No Yosei" (Three O'Clock Fairy) from the Sailor Moon S movie.
- One segment of the music video for "Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic! at the Disco has the band playing among mounds of oversized desserts while wearing animal head masks.
- The video to 'California gurls' by Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg - takes place in a board game called 'Candyfornia' (Making it two Wackylands in one)with candycane trees, candycane snakes, giant donuts, candyfloss clouds and the like.
- Also the setting for her California Dreams Tour, where Katy searches for a place called 'Candyfornia' through a strange land made out of candy.
- Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate
- In The Nutcracker, there's the Land of Sweets, populated by various dancing delicacies and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
- The folk song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" features a lemonade spring, alcohol streams, and lakes of stew and whiskey. Level Ate is especially evident in the Bowdleried version, which omits such details as the ease of escaping jail and the bushes growing cigarettes.
- In one old Garfield comic, Garfield falls asleep and dreams he's in "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, "Where's my blanket?!"
- Older Than Print: Cockaigne, in a piece of medieval folklore, is an imaginary land of ease and pleasure, including such things as raining cheese; pigs that wandered, already roasted, with knives to make carving easy; cooked fish that jumped out of the water; streets paved with pastry; houses of barley sugar. The streets would be hell on cart wheels and horse feet. And visa versa.
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain — a hobo song about a land similar to Cockaigne. In what are generally accepted as the oldest versions, Big Rock Candy Mountain also features streams of alcohol and cigarette trees.
- Also, Garrison Kieller's "Out In The Catskill Mountains": a parody version about cats' beloved "land of milk and salmon", where the birds are found right on the ground and the mice run very slowly.
- "Hansel and Gretel" - the fairy tale famous for its life-size gingerbread house.
- In older variants it's a house of plain old bread — then the reason the stepmother wanted to be rid of them was a food shortage.
- Candy Land isn't a figurative title. This is really a land of candy.
- The Madolche from Yu-Gi-Oh! originally seemed to live in a place like Candyland, as their cards, like Madolche Chateau, suggest. However, it was later revealed that they are actually Living Toys.
- A silly Dungeons & Dragons module, Castle Greyhawk, has a dungeon level like this. Complete with enemies like "Dough-ppelgangers". No, it is not the eighth level down.
- The Simpsons: Homer Simpson's Land of Chocolate.
- Fittingly, the Land Of Chocolate made it into The Simpsons Game.
- Teen Titans: In one episode, Cyborg is infected with a computer virus, and hallucinates that the world (and his teammates!) are made of food. They aren't, as he discovers to his chagrin when he comes to his senses. (See also Meat-O-Vision.)
- Mother Mae-Eye later turned the Tower into gingerbread.
- League of Super Evil: Bizarrely, the titular squad's multidimisional doom hound Doomageddon sends the things it swallows into such a world.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack's Candied Island.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy — Well, somewhat. Sea of chocolate, chocolate buildings...
- There was a rather scary one in an episode of Dexter's Laboratory - Dad, going mad from lack of muffins, hallucinates that he's in a world made of (and inhabited by) muffins. They make him their king.
- The I Am Weasel episode "Dessert Island", which actually turns out to be a real dessert that a human child orders, and then eats.
- In one Popeye cartoon, Popeye, Olive, and Wimpy visit the moon, which is actually made of cheese, and populated by cheese-men. Unfortunately, the Big Cheese who rules the place is a cruel tyrant. (A dose of spinach later, and Popeye manages to turn him into crumbs.)
- The Powerpuff Girls pilot has hillbilly Yeti Fuzzy Lumpkin developing a gun that turns everything in the city (including the city) into meat, as revenge for his meat-flavored jam losing a competition.
- In the Family Guy episode "Deep Throats", Peter and Lois smoke so much pot that they see a 'magical land of desserts'. They both start to lick a pile of ice cream, which turns out to be an emotionally scarred Chris.
- In the very first Wallace & Gromit short, A Grand Day Out, they go to the moon for vacation because it's made of cheese.
- Adventure Time has the Candy Kingdom, complete with a bubble gum princess.
- The main setting of Breadwinners, Pondgea is composed entirely of different types of bread, where the main characters mine it like an ore.
- In Codename: Kids Next Door, being the weird cartoon that it is, there are a few places like this. In "Operation R.A.B.B.I.T.", Numbuhs Two and Five track Heinrich Von Marzipan to a jungle where there's a volcano full of "choco-lava" that can turn anything immersed in it to chocolate. Heinrich himself falls victim to this, showing up in the next episode where a Level Ate example appears: In "Operation: C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E.", it seems that the planet Mars is covered with giant marshmallows resembling huge rock formations. (Why? It's a weird cartoon.)
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's two-part Season 2 premiere, Discorded Ponyville has aspects of this, such as corn popping on the cob, cotton candy clouds raining chocolate milk, and pies randomly sprouting from the ground.
- Gingerbread houses at Christmastime.
- The ad for the Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, a Burger King-themed take on Big Rock Candy Mountain.
- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has the Land of Lean Beef, with mountains made out of steak.
- Neopets certainly does not have a land made entirely of gelatin. That would just be silly.
- From a larva's point of view, the place where it was laid as an egg is probably going to be what it is going to eat. Be it a leaf, an apple or a decaying animal.
- This is the lifestyle for parasites everywhere.