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"There's cream in them thar hills!"
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Short Trips and Side Steps"

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 could form.

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. Cheese 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 themselves (beware of Food Eats You, though) and may wear Edible Theme Clothing. One or more Dinnermobiles may make an appearance as well.

Video Game creators are especially fond of using this trope, particularly in Lighter and Fluffier games.

Of course, this isn't a place where player characters go when they get eaten. See also Giant Food, Edible Theme Naming, Cheesy Moon, and Gingerbread House.


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  • Friskies cat food commercials feature cats wandering through a version of this geared towards felines: a land flowing with milk, fish, birds and other kitty treats.
  • The "Land of Dairy Queen" commercials from The '80s, featuring a landscape of chocolate mountains, hot fudge rivers, and... ice cream... trees? Oh, and watch out for falling peanuts and strawberries.
  • Much of McDonaldland is made of food, like the Thick Shake Volcanoes, Hamburger Patches, and Apple Pie Trees.
  • 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.
  • Nestlé had a series of commercials featuring a stop-motion "Chocolate Land" where the houses (and pretty much everything else) are made of chocolate.
  • In an animated commercial for Co Co Wheats hot cereal, a train travels through "Balanced Breakfast Land", where larger-than-life, anthropomorphic appliances prepare a morning meal.

    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • In One Piece:
    • Totto Land, an archipelago in New World, ruled by Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors. Originally, it was believed to be only Whole Cake Island, with a cake theme, but it was later revealed to be one of 35 islands that also follow a dessert theme, with edible architecture and everything. Given her Sweet Tooth, this is fitting. (Known islands thus far include Chocolate, Jam, Nuts, Candy, Biscuits, and Milk. Given the titles of Big Mom's governors, it is presumed there are also islands with themes of Butter, Gelato, Whipped Cream, Beans, Juice, and Fruit.)
    • Usopp arrives on the Boin Archipelago, an island that has a forest of addictive food including a pasta waterfall. However this is because the islands are actually Man-Eating Plant who fatten their prey to make it easier to eat them.
    • 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.
  • The Sweets Zone in Digimon Fusion has buildings that are made of various confections and all of its residents are chefs. The manga instead has everything made of cake, including most of the local 'mons.
  • One hell-banishment scene in Hell Girl has a chef get stuck in a gingerbread ornament on a giant floating cake. Ai's minions give him a "Reason You Suck" Speech while standing on one of several other floating cakes themselves. A shame Ai herself decided not to stand on any cakes.
  • In Mini Moni The Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!, the land inside the fridge is entirely composed of sweets and desserts, with the cake castle as its centerpiece.
  • In episode 40a of Tamagotchi, the gang visits a fruit-themed island where the hills are giant watermelons.
  • In Jewelpet, there is a region called Sweetsland that is made almost entirely of sweets. Its inhabitants, the Sweetspets, are also made of sweets, and in one episode of Jewelpet Sunshine one of them even takes one of their ears off for Ruby to eat to gain strength (don't worry, it grows back).
  • Hamtaro features a candy-themed dimension called the Sweet Paradise, which serves as a temporary hangout for the Ham-Hams after Boss runs away and they seal up the Clubhouse upon finding out of his disappearance. Upon arrival, the Ham-Hams are amazed at the various amount of sweets, including the gluttonous Oxnard, who proceeds to gobble up the place until gaining a literal Balloon Belly.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, a city made by a gourmand looks a lot like food.
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 10 episode 23, the Supermen are trapped in a video game and have to Win to Exit. The first level they have to beat is a candy world filled with big candy suckers and other sweet treats.
  • Episode 5 of Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Sports are Fun has one of these. When the characters are outside skiing, the world has huge sprinkles, candy canes, and lollipops.

    Comic Books 
  • In Dollicious the land of Delliland is populated by all types of foods anthropomorphized as little girls. It's split into diffrent sections - Veggie land, Weed jungle, Fruitbowl Ilsand, Heavenly Delight (a cloud city where all the candy girls lives) and Alacart (where foods who didn't fit in above category live)

    Comic Strips 
  • 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?!"

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    Film — Animated 
  • 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, taffy swamps, pits of NesquikSand, Laffy Taffy vines, etc.
  • The Sponge Bob 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.
  • Jungle Master: The Candy World, sequel to Jungle Master, is set in a planet made out of sweets.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, the inside of Pinkie Pie's mind is shown as this. She even eats a piece of taffy from a candy creature's head!
  • In Moon Castle: The Space Adventure, the moon is shown to be a world filled with lots of candy and sweet foods such as lollipops, cotton candy, jelly, etc.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • 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.
  • One of the many lands in The Faraway Tree series of books is the Land of Goodies, where everything is edible. The trees are made of chocolate, the flowers are jelly, the rivers are delicious juices, and the like. Needless to say, the kids have a fun time exploring said land. Enid Blyton would re-visit the Land of Goodies again in another work of hers, The Wishing Chair, where the protagonists of Wishing Chair visits a pixie friend of theirs who is a Sweet Tooth that enjoys eating cake (making it somewhat an Intercontinuity Crossover).
  • 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 Land 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:
    • 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 has large lard deposits under Überwald. 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 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) The Moomins 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.
  • In the short story "Sweet Tooth" by Robert F. Young, aliens come to Earth and start eating everything made of iron that they can find. It's a good thing our heroes persuaded the military to stand down, as it turns out that the aliens are just two naughty children who find themselves in their biochemistry's version of Candyland.
  • The Once and Future King features an episode where Wart and Kay join Robin Wood and his band on a mission to rescue captives from Morgan le Fay's castle, which is made of food in hopes of luring children in. Unfortunately for Morgan, the smell of so many foods is so repulsive it utterly fails to be appealing.
  • The Promised Land in the Book of Exodus is said to be flowing with milk and honey, although in this case it's obviously metaphorical.

    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 Gershwin song "In Sardinia (On The Delicatessen)," about a Fake Aristocrat's all-edible Ruritania.
  • 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. There's 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 hobo 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 Bowdlerized version, which omits such details as the ease of escaping jail and the bushes growing cigarettes.
  • The song by the Mexican composer of songs for children, Cri-Cri, "El Rey de Chocolate" (The King of Chocolate), it tells the story of "a king made of chocolate with a peanut for nose" who lived in "a castle with walls made of mince, tiles of almond and towers of nougat", among other things.

    Oral Tradition 
  • 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 vice versa. The catch is that in order to reach such a paradise, you have to travel through a river of excrement for 7 years or more.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain is about a land made up of food. Garrison Keillor's "Out In The Catskill Mountains" is 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. Truth in Television as there were severe famines, the first of which was the Great Famine of 1315–17, that lead to families being forced to abandon their children in the woods to fend for themselves or die trying and supposedly cannibalism was practiced, largely by the starving poor. Makes the story a lot darker, don't it?

  • The entire Soda Pop Kingdom is an example in the Cool Kids Table game Here We Gooooo!. There are soda pop waterfalls, the palace is made of pop bottles, Lakitus float on groups of fizz bubbles instead of clouds, and the worlds within the kingdom are themed after various kinds of soda and fizzy drinks.

  • The Heaven of the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster has a beer volcano. Their Hell also has one but the beer is stale.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • Grimtooth's Traps: Traps Ate! included an assortment of food-themed traps.

  • The Nutcracker ballet features this all through the second act via the Land of Sweets (or Sweetieland in the Matthew Bourne version).

  • Monster High's Sweet Screams line is built around this trope. The story takes place in a dream, which is reflected in the backgrounds of the boxes depicting the school warped into a candy-themed version.

    Video Games 
  • The Trope Namer is "Level Ate", the eighth level of Earthworm Jim 2, which is made primarily of meat, with cheese, french fries, eggs, and eating utensils also to be found. You have to run away from a salt shaker which is determined to bury Jim under salt. There's also a secret level called "Totally Forked", which, as its name implies, is much heavier on the forks. And the boss of the level is a fire-breathing steak named Flamin' Yawn.
  • The Birthday Party world in Angry Birds and the Utopia world in Angry Birds Space. Also, the level Tusk 'til Dawn from the Bad Piggies spinoff game.
  • Ayo the Clown has Candy Land, in which Ayo must traverse a giant land of desserts and avoid obstacles such as giant gingerbread men doing push-ups.
  • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean features Parnasse, an entire town made of dessert.
  • BurgerTime is mostly about walking over giant burger pieces to make them fall against each other. This helps deal with the pissed-off Anthropomorphic Food chasing you around the screen.
  • Pizza Tower: The tutorial level is a bizarre Eldritch Location made of pizza ingredients, with a sky made of squares in various different shades of purple. The background music is fittingly enough, a cover of Funiculi Funicula.
  • The original Populous has a cake-themed world that is insanely difficult.
  • Sugary Spire, a fangame of Pizza Tower above, has basically all its levels made out of candy.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario World has several levels with Edible Theme Naming, but they subvert the trope, as once you enter them you'll notice that they're not actually made of food (not even Chocolate Island, whose name comes from the color of the mountains and the hot mud). For the same reason, Choco Island and Choco Mountain from the Mario Kart games aren't true edible levels either.
    • Sweet Sweet Galaxy and the mission "Bouncing Down Cake Lane" in Toy Time Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy (combined with the Trope Namer, Toy Time and Slippy-Slidey Ice World, since that mission contains frozen desserts to traverse through).
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2 reuses the trope with Sweet Mystery Galaxy, a level based around a spotlight that revealed hidden platforms. And the contents of the candy bars you're walking on.
    • A few of the levels in Super Mario 3D Land, the first being 3-5. Both the floor and the moving platforms are made of cookies (presumably, in turn, made of vanilla and chocolate).
    • New Super Mario Bros. U subverts this with the second world of the game, Layer-Cake Desert. While its overall background contains desserts from cakes to ice cream cones, as well as the similarities between the words "desert" and dessert", the world contains traditional desert levels.
    • Various levels in Super Mario 3D World are made of cake. These levels are Pretty Plaza Panic in World 3, Cakewalk Flip in World 5 and Cookie Cogworks in World Bowser. Subverted in Double Cherry Pass in World 2, which looks like a cake, but is actually a grassland level made with the colors of a cake; fittingly in that level, the characters use the Double Cherry for the first time.
    • Super Mario Odyssey features the Luncheon Kingdom, a land full of crystal fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients, "lava" that seems to be some pink broth, cooking pots placed over volcanoes, and sentient forks.
    • Mario Party: Peach's Birthday Cake is a board that takes place at the topmost layer of a gigantic, double-layered pink cake adorned with figurines in the borders made of fondant and modeled after the playable characters; next to the cake is a round custard puddin that is also part of the playable board. No Boo inhabits this board, as the Piranha Plants that the players decorate the board with steal the Stars instead. This board returns in Mario Party Superstars as a Nostalgia Level.
    • Mario Party 5:
      • Sweet Dream is a huge board built upon several large cakes grouped together, with some of them being made of vanilla and other of chocolate. Certain passageways are made of pieces that appear to have come out of different cakes (one of them, for example, looks lemon-flavored), while the bridges are made of cookies and the ladders are made of caramel canes. There are even large cups of tea placed respectively in the west and east extremes of the board.
      • The minigame Coney Island takes place in the top of a large ice cream cone held by a huge Mario statue, and several giant donuts can be seen in the horizon. The goal for each character is to catch the falling balls of ice cream to make their cones taller (the balls can be seen falling thanks to their shadows in the floor). Whoever gets the tallest ice cream after 30 seconds wins.
    • Mario Party DS: The minigame Cherry-Go-Round has all characters wield double cherries while standing onto the edge of a large cake (which in turn is located inside a bakery shop). Each player has to spin repeatedly during five seconds to throw their double cherry as far away across the cake as possible. Whoever manages to throw their double cherry the farthest wins; but if no one manages to throw theirs or if two characters attain the same throw distance in Duel mode, the minigame ends in a tie.
    • Mario Party: Star Rush:
      • World 3's boards are located atop giant cakes and cookies. These boards are adorned with all sorts of sweet treats, such as soft-serve ice cream, bon-bons, wafer cookies the size of mountains in the background, and cookies modeled after various characters. Some of the boards contain Gold Bullet Bill cannons, which have their line of fire marked with a trail of sprinkles on the ground in front of them.
      • The minigame Piece of Cake takes place atop a giant cake. Each round begins with the players being shown the inside of a cake, which contains a variety of different placed fruits. After ten seconds, the fruits are hidden, and the players have to cut the cake in the right spot to match the fruits shown on a slice held by a Shy Guy. If the player cuts the right slice, they get a point, and the player with the most after three rounds wins.
    • Super Mario Party:
      • Megafruit Paradise and its Partner Party counterpart, Watermelon Walkabout combine this trope with Palmtree Panic; they take place atop a series of four islands on a beach. Two of these islands happen to consist of a giant watermelon, and a giant pineapple. The remaining two islands aren't left out either, as certain tiles of the boards are large oranges that players use as stepping stones between the higher and lower platforms.
      • The minigame Snack Attack is set in a cornfield with a giant volcano shaped like a corn that erupts popcorn that players must catch the most.
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: The Waffle Kingdom is never shown, but implied to be like this from the names, and most of the inhabitants we see look like food.
    • Mario Kart:
      • Mario Kart: Super Circuit: Cheese Land is a landscape made of, or at least has terrain that looks very similar to, cheese. Doubles as Cheesy Moon, since you can see Earth in the background.
      • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! has the battle stage Cookie Land, a circular course modeled after a large vanilla-and-chocolate cookie with caramels of different colors. It makes a return in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour.
      • Mario Kart DS has the battle level Tart Top, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: A level set on the top of a tart. Complete with strawberry cream puffs, cherries and love hearts as decoration.
      • Mario Kart 8: Sweet Sweet Canyon is made of various dessert foods. The audience of Toads, Goombas, Koopa Troopas, and Shy Guys are made of gingerbread as well. The second DLC pack for the game, as well as the Deluxe port from the get-go, also includes a major overhaul of GBA Cheese Land. Deluxe itself also adds Sweet Sweet Kingdom to the revamped Battle Mode. Lastly, added for Wave 2 of the DLC for Deluxe (and shortly after in Mario Kart Tour) is the new track Sky-High Sundae, which is primarily made from ice cream; there's even a sundae surrounded by a track loop.
  • Miku Monogatari: Yume to Taisetsu na Mono : World 1 has food as its main theme, such as natto, sushi, and sweets. Downplayed with Stage 1 - 2 and 1 - 7 which take place inside a food factory.
  • Trove has the Candoria biome: bright and colorful terrain, monsters resembling gummy worms and gingerbread men, and gingerbread house dungeons.
  • When Asterix and Obelix undertake The Great Rescue of Panoramix from the clutches of Caesar they need to traverse through Germania, which welcomes them in the first part with a rather opulent floor which consists of some reallyyyy long sausages. It may symbolise the Germanic gluttony (which would make Obelix right at home) or maybe just uses some odd trappings from the land of the Goths.
  • The Lost Vikings features multiple candy-based levels.
  • Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension levels 1 and 3 are both made of food. And in fact, level 1 is full of Product Placement for Chupa Chups lollipops.
  • James Pond:
    • In James Pond 2: Codename Robocod, the third mission takes place in Santa Claus's confectionery factory, which includes, among other things, chocolate-bar Floating Platforms and McVitie's Penguin biscuits.
    • In James Pond 3: Operation Starfish, set on a Cheesy Moon, every level is made of food, usually a dairy product of some kind. The game begins in a cheese area and ends in an ice cream plateau, progressing through custard, yogurt, butter, blue cheese and a squicky green area (which happens to be the largest) referred to in-game only as "slime". To top it all off, the game also contains a fruit gun and giant fruit armour.
  • "Food Fright" in Rocket: Robot on Wheels combines this with Big Boo's Haunt.
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin: The levels in World 4 (Cake Land) take place within a mountain made of cake, and the background also features assorted things like cookiemen, birthday candles, jewels shaped and colored like strawberries, houses shaped like cake slices or apples, and gelatine. The paths and corners are unusually narrow and are positioned diagonally, and require Kururin to go through them with good timing and pulse.
  • Mickey Mouse games:
  • Palette's castle level in Graffiti Kingdom. Elevators are giant pancakes and on the stage there are giant bottles of milk, salt shakers, ice cubes, snowmen, and the main areas are completely made up of shades of pink.
  • Rayman:
    • The Candy Chateau in the original game, which is also (amusingly and unfittingly enough) the final level and the contrasting villain's hideout. However, the level's boss arena is a radical departure from the stage itself (It is a generic castle room with no trace of this trope).
    • Rayman Origins has Gourmand Land and Luscious Lakes. The worlds are a mix of two different level types: there's a firey kitchen with dragon chefs and the heat waves from ovens in the background; and a ice resort, with frozen fruit and seas of ice blending perfectly together.
    • Rayman Legends has Fiesta de los Muertos, a Mexican-themed world full of cake and other goodies. One level requires you to use guacamole as temporary platforms, another requires the use of Murfy to eat a path through cake, and the boss is a gigantic Masked Luchador. However, this world has the level "Spoiled Rotten", which shows what happens when the food goes bad. Discarded fish skeletons serve as Spikes of Doom. Giant shriveled apples and watermelons have passageways in them. Giant meat grinders destroy sausage platforms. The background is a nauseating green, with utensils flying in the background, sky-high platters of discarded food, and plumes of vile odor with skulls in them wafting up. Oddly enough, the enemies don’t qualify for this trope- they’re all mariachi band skeletons and murderous luchadors, including a large one who chases you throughout a level and another, even bigger one who serves as the world’s boss.
  • The secret "good" ending of 1213 replaces the disaster that reduced the Earth to a seemingly-lifeless toxic wasteland... with one that turned it into a world made of candy, where the lead character rules as hyper-metabolic god-king for the rest of his (short and possibly diabetic-inducing, yet so very very sweet) life.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon of Psychonauts is the Meat Circus, A literal combination of Raz's own nightmares from his circus upbringing, and another character's nightmares from his father's butcher shop. As can probably be guessed, the level is very macabre.
  • A few of the maps in the Worms series are food displays.
  • Vanguard Princess had a stage with desserts in the background added in as part of the Kurumi DLC.
  • The Silly setting in Transport Tycoon, which features candy floss forests, sugar mines and toffee quarries, among other things. (It's also rock hard.) Considered a That One Level by fans of the game.
  • Speaking of Tycoons, RollerCoaster Tycoon has the unlockable Wonderland theming in some levels, including statues made of liquorice. You can create your very own Level Ate with it, if you have enough money. (Fruit trees count too.)
    • Or just build a lot of food shops.
  • Kylin's realm in SaGa Frontier is made of sweets and home to orphans.
  • The Futari wa Pretty Cure GBA adaptation with a really long name featured a dessert-themed world and a fruit-themed world. If you count the kitchenware-themed world, 60% of the game is about food.
  • The first stage of Jazz Jackrabbit... thing... "Holiday Hare" was full of sweets in the background, including gingerbread men... some with their heads bitten off.
  • Bible Buffet simulated a board game in the vein of Candy Land (but with action stages involving food that tries to kill you), only skewing more toward the "main course" side of things.
  • The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk: One level has Bart jumping around on oyster crackers in a bowl of soup.
  • The Simpsons Game: The tutorial level is based in the candy-filled dream-world featured in the show; Homer chases the White Chocolate Bunny through a town made entirely out of chocolate, eating obstructions and smashing chocolate rabbits. Exactly how the collectibles gathered there make it out to the rest of the game world along with the player is anyone's guess.
  • Richman 11 has Candy Fight, where the map is a giant cake.
  • Spore: The "Chocolate" theme of the terraforming kit. One makes a chain of mountains shaped like chocolate pieces, another sinks gigantic trays into the ground.
  • Tyrian was in love with this trope. The game used fruit and its associations with a mythical religion in the game as a Running Gag, with fruit dropping from some dead spacecraft, religious leaders complaining about fruit floating in space, and escalating to an absurd final level that was entirely made of fruit, where you confront the enormous fruit-ship armada of the Church Militant. And it gets even weirder, for some levels of the fourth episode revolve around various floating body parts. As in eyeballs, ears, hearts, and brains, not those body parts. Also, the most powerful ship available to the player in the original 1.0 version of the game was a flying carrot that shot exploding bananas.
  • Gokujou Parodius: Level 3, which parodies a level of Gradius 3 by replacing its sand dunes with delicious pastry. Level 4 of the game for the MSX is the Ma(i)ze Cake Star, where Deadly Walls are made of sponge cake.
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk: The Sweets theme allows you to transform your house into a candy paradise, with a bed that looks like a cake, tables that look like flan and shortbread cookies, and more. The associated walls even look like the inside of a Gingerbread House. Also, in all the games, the "Fruit" series contains several pieces of furniture that look like fruit: Pear-shaped dressers, an apple-shaped TV, a pineapple bed, orange- and lime-shaped chairs, and a table that looks like an enormous half of a watermelon.
  • Pikmin 2: One of the underground areas, the Glutton's Kitchen, is a donwplayed examples. While its physical decor is themed around a child's playroom full of toys and blocks, it also has a strong food theme; the treasures found there are primarily edible items — a cookie, chocolate, fried egg, slice of meat and sausae — plus some beverage caps, and its signature enemies are breadbugs, enemies resembling walking breadrolls, and their King Mook the giant breadbug, which looks like nothing so much as a giant squared loaf of bread.
  • No Time to Explain: One of the levels is a world made entirely out of desserts. The main gimmick of this world is cake, which will fatten Present You into a round doughball allowing them to roll off cliffs and through otherwise-unbreakable barriers as well as survive a hit from spikes, albeit at the cost of their jump height and movement speed being reduced.
  • Banjo-Tooie: While not entirely made of food, Cloud Cuckooland features at least one sky-island made of Jell-O and a giant trash can filled with foodstuffs, plus a giant wedge of cheese containing flying spiked oninons and an atmosphere so stinky it's actually toxic.
  • One level of Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is made entirely from cake. And populated with psychotic monkey wrenches with golf clubs and tulips with machine guns. Really.
  • Data Design Interactive's Ninjabread Man started life as a remake and/or sequel to Zool; the rights holders didn't like how the game came out, so DDI retooled it into an original game. Ninjabread Man's levels all greatly resemble the Sweets World from the first Zool game, right down to having giant bees as enemies.
  • Both Wayne's World games released on Nintendo consoles had a level where you fought donuts and cups of coffee.
  • Coffee Crisis have a stage where Nick and Ashley overdoses on coffee and hallucinates themselves in a land of giant food and snacks, with floors made of whipped cream and coffee beans, while volcanoes shaped like coffee cups in the background erupts geysers of coffee.
  • Keen Dreams: the entire game is based around vegetable themes.
  • The Wonderful End of the World's level Sugar Candy.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds has Twig's dream world from the recent Friday the 13th event, composed of fish and ice cream. Yes, Twig is a weird little moglin.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sweet Mountain Zone from Sonic Colors. This is especially prevalent in Act 2, parts of which have Sonic going around a giant cheeseburger filled with cake and jellybeans. Cubes of gelatin block Sonic's way but not laser blasts, gigantic missiles explode into jelly beans, and robots swing whisks at any intruders. That's because this is actually one of Eggman's munitions factories disguised as a land of cakes and lollipops. Eggman's PA announcements deconstruct the nature of this zone, describing various flaws (like melting rides) in that zone, and warning visitors not to lick the attractions (because that would be disgusting).
    • In the console version of Sonic Lost World, Desert Ruins Zone takes a detour for its third Act, "Dessert Ruins", moving away from the sandy desert presented in the first act into a wonderland full of giant floating sugary treats that Sonic ventures across. There are long roads made of licorice for Sonic to run along, different kinds of cookies act as platforms, cannons fire dangerous chocolate bon-bons that he can bounce off of using his spin attack, and other sweets appear in the background, including ice cream, donuts, and pancakes.
    • Sonic Superstars: A character-specific stage in Lagoon City involves Amy using her hammer to blast through huge fruit and fruit-based robots, such as a grape robot and a watermelon with a gun.
  • Kirby:
    • Plenty of levels and stages in the series are named to suggest they'd be such, but actual food themed environments and elements aren't present. The names are largely to reinforce the Sugar Bowl setting or make a foreshadowing acronym. Except for the times they aren't.
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn has Sweets Park in Treat Land (the Hub is made of this trope, even though not all of its stages are).
    • Lollipop Land from Kirby: Triple Deluxe is the second island in Floralia that's filled with sweet-themed landscapes and obstacles. Additionally, certain otherwise not food-themed levels in the game have geology resembling food in some way, such as giant stone obelisks shaped like carrots in Old Odyssey.
    • Stage 4 of Overload Ocean in Kirby: Planet Robobot is an ice cream factory, featuring plenty of ice cream-related objects such as cones, sandwiches, and many more. There are even scoops of ice cream that will obscure your top screen for a few seconds. Other non-food-themed stages in Planet Robobot have background elements resembling food and food utensils. Throughout the game you'll come across towns with juice carton-shaped houses (complete with chimneys where the straw would go), power lines that look like spaghetti noodles being held up by forks, and oil rigs shaped like blenders, among other things.
    • Kirby Star Allies has a more subdued version of this trope with Friendly Field, which has elements with food-like *textures*, such as trees that look like they're made of waffle cones and grass that looks like frosting, but otherwise doesn't have anything explicitly food-*shaped* aside from the macaron mountains in the background.
    • Kirby's Dream Buffet is a multiplayer spinoff title that takes place entirely on a variety of food-themed courses, such as Cake Rolls, Ice Cream, Pancakes, Baumkuchen, etc.
  • Panic Restaurant: The whole point is that you fight your way through a restaurant full of mutated food for enemies.
  • Donkey Kong:
    • While there are platforms made of stone to be found, the Golden Temple of Donkey Kong Country Returns has many platforms made of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, cinnamon sticks, oranges, and, of course, bananas.
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze contains Juicy Jungle, a rainforest area that grows a variety of gigantic fruits and even includes a fruit-processing factory that produces into juice and jelly. The game also has a level where the Kongs explore a cavern with large amounts of cheese.
  • One of the possible floor designs of the Item World in Disgaea 4 is a giant cake.
  • Victoria's Laboratory from LittleBigPlanet 2 mixes this trope with Eternal Engine.
  • Konami's Famicom title Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa has no less than three stages like this - a candy/cake word, a vegetable world, and a milk/cheese world. The crossover game Wai Wai World 2 has the same sort of food-themed level design in World 5, along with Upa himself.
  • The Dizzy spin-off games, Fast Food and Kwik Snax.
  • The Chinese children's browser online game Aola Star [1] has an ice cream planet filled with cute snowboarding ice cream mons and sentient anthropomorphic ice cream people.
  • Candy Crush Saga is, as implied by its title, Bejeweled set in a sweet tooth's paradise, where the gems are candy and every set of levels is given a candy-related theme.
  • Lunch Base Zone from When Tails Gets Bored.
  • Taffy's stages in ClayFighter and ClayFighter 63 1/3 have some elements of this trope.
  • Briefly discussed in Persona 4: when trying to eat a seemingly never-ending beef bowl at a restaurant, the main character starts wondering if the bowl is actually a portal to the "Meat Dimension".
  • Present in the Wonderland park in Theme Park World, which includes a candy roller coaster and several candy scenery pieces.
  • In A Witch's Tale, the kingdom of Rem Sacchras is made of sweets.
  • The first Sailor Moon Beat 'em Up for the Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive has Dream Land's House of Sweets (from the episode, Usagi vs Rei: Nightmare in Dream Land) as the last part of Stage 2.
  • In The Cat in the Hat, the level Freezer Burn parades the player past frozen-over ice cream, vegetables, takeout Chinese food, and canned soup, among many other foods.
  • Gourmet Star, the second world of Space Invaders '95: Attack of the Lunar Loonies!.
    "It's a food-production base for invaders!"
  • The Papa Louie arcade games have a wide variety of food-themed enemies, from burger sliders to little hopping tomatoes. Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack also has the aptly-named Mount Monterey, where nearly everything is made of cheese.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the part of the SpongeBob's Dream level that takes place in Patrick's dream would've been this before it was cut. An example that did see the light of day was the Goofy Goober level in The SpongeBob Movie Game.
  • Spyro 2: Season of Flame: The ground in Candy Lane is covered in pink icing, biscuits, and lollipops, with the occasional giant candy canes and gingerbread men serving as landmarks. The higher platforms are made of wafers, and the water looks like liquid chocolate.
  • Sweet'n'Roll is about a little cartoon creature who goes around eating as many candies as possible.
  • Sweetest Thing is a time-management game where you have to rebuild Candy Land after it's been eaten by ants.
  • A Pokémon rom hack called Pokésweets applies this trope to the whole game, from the locations to the Pokemon to the types. The Vanilla/Chocolate type "Smorelax" acts as the mascot.
  • Yoshi's Woolly World has level 3-1 named "Yoshi & Cookies", no doubt a reference to Yoshi's Cookie. In Yoshi's Crafted World, the area that acts as a throwback to Woolly World has the level Poochy's Sweet Run.
  • Neko Atsume:
    • The game offers a "Sugary Style" remodel of the home and yard areas, transforming all background furniture and greenery into oversized desserts.
    • There are also food-themed cat toys and items available in the shop - macaron and pancake cat beds, a doughnut patterned tunnel, and a climbing tree shaped like a dessert stand.
  • Pokémon Shuffle has the "Sweet Strasse" area, featuring chocolate-patterned floor tiles and decorated with cake mazes, doughnuts, and piles of jellybeans.
  • Math Rescue has the first several levels of the third episode set in "Candy Land". The floors and walls are made of various confections or gingerbread, and the background is of skyscraper-sized-sized ice cream cones and an even larger sundae.
  • Power Pete has Candy Cane Lane, a sweets-themed department that serves as the second world of the game.
  • A popular user-made level in Team Fortress 2 named koth_sanvich has this as its theme.
  • In Cuphead, "Sugarland Shimmy" takes place in a land of sweets. It features a fight against Baroness von Bon Bon, the ruler of a living candy castle, and her many confection/pastry-based minions.
  • In Cookie Run and its spin-offs, the main characters are sentient cookies who live (or at least run through) various levels/areas filled with food, both living and nonliving. A few notible examples would be "The Witch's Kitchen", "Dessert Paradise", "Cheese Mines", "Crystal Pudding Caves", ect.
  • Lost Smile and Strange Circus: Rebecca's stage includes things such as: giant teacups and teapots, giant donuts and giant pancakes.
  • In the Interactive Fiction game Eat Me, everything and everyone you meet is made up of food and solving puzzles centers entirely around your ability to munch through anything. In this game, it's more or less played for Surreal Horror, as many of the things you can eat are alive or part of something alive, and you can also choose to chomp down on various disgusting things.
  • Rugrats Castle Capers has Dessert Island, an island made out of cakes and candies. Sentient candies and cookies serve as enemies, and Angelica, who is dressed like Gretel from Hansel and Gretel serves as the boss.
  • In Grow Maze, there is a button that turn the south-west part of the titular maze into graham crackers and chocolate bars.
  • In Ronald in the Magical World for the Game Gear, the second world is Cake Town, which takes place on a giant cake.
  • The second lane in the bowling game Polar Bowler is Candy Lane. As the name suggests, it's a bowling lane surrounded by candy canes and gumdrops of various sizes. The pins are set it a gingerbread house that takes of the back of the lane and mountains of some kind of frosting can be seen in the distance behind it. It's the only level in the game where everything outside the lane itself isn't covered with snow and ice.
  • In the Miracle Girls Licensed Game for the Super Famicom, the third stage, Sweet Land, is made entirely out of cakes, pastries and candy cane poles.
  • Ittle Dew 2 has two such areas on the map:
    • The Sweetwater Coast, a beach full of giant candy canes, ice cream cones, and jelly drops.
    • The Pepperpain Prairie, with its giant peppers, lakes of hot sauce, and banana mine.
  • In Wacky Races (1991), the first half of Stage B-3 takes place in a world made of cakes and candies.
  • Cookunia from Neptunia Virtual Stars is a world made up of desserts and candy, where you walk on cake platforms and jump across floating cookies and macarons.
  • Shrek SuperSlam: Gingerbread Hizzle, which features a giant gingerbread house.
  • Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells: In some stages, parts of the board are covered by stacks of Bertie Botts' Every Flavor Beans, which must be cleared away as a win condition. The game will announce the flavors of the beans as you clear them.
  • Hyperballoid: Level 7 in Exotic Levels is meant to resemble grapes with its purple balls and stem-like bricks.
  • Wizard101 combines this with Yodel Land with the world of Karamelle. Prominent landmarks include a mountain of rock candy, a lake of soda, a cave where miners dig for chocolate, a farm that grows ears of candy corn, and a forest of gumdrop trees. It's also home to a variety of sweet-based creatures, such as Cinnamon trolls, Chocolate moose, Marshfellows, and different varieties of Jelly fish. And the local confection industry makes use of automatons that take the form of animate gummy bears and gummy worms.
  • OMORI: The side area Orange Oasis is a dessert desert. The sand is made of brown sugar, there are giant fruits and a lake made of orange soda.
  • Bugsnax features The Undersnax, which curiously combines this trope with Womb Level. Which is fitting, seeing as it's where you learn about the true nature of Snaktooth Island and the Bugsnax that inhabit it, setting the stage for the final act of the game.
  • Piglet's Big Game has Pooh's dream, which is a candy wonderland befitting his gluttonous nature. Piglet has to rescue Pooh from a caramel puddle and in return, he asks for a jar of honey to satisfy his appetite. Notable elements include a giant cake building, a chocolate bar door that requires being melted with a candle, and several other confectionaries in the background, such as cupcakes and waffle bars.
  • In Melatonin's "Dream About Food", the main character is sitting in a chair flying through a landscape of junk food while trying to catch food launched out of flying boxes.
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled features Gingerbread Joyride from the Winter Festival Grand Prix; a Christmas-themed track taking place in a sweet-themed town with houses made out of gingerbread, a chocolate fountain, and sentient gumdrops and blobs of jelly.
  • In Doodle World, Von Sweets' Factory is an entire route made up of nothing but candy. The only wild Doodles you can encounter are Food-Type.
  • M&M's Blast: The Sweet Dreams board takes place in a forest filled with candy; there are towers made from overturned ice cream cones, trees with Skittles growing on them, lolipops haphazardly placed everywhere, and a road made of peanuts. Fitting for a game centered around sentient candies.


    Web Original 
  • The first Charlie the Unicorn video has Candy Mountain.
  • Cyanide and Happiness's Ted Bear short is about the title character exploring a land with with bacon trees, fruitfish (they're actually crustaceans), and Nestlé quicksand.
  • Deconstructed in this Occupy Richie Rich post.
    "Perhaps not coincidentally, a Rich Dentistry franchise just opened nearby."
  • While traveling through the Second Dimension in Journey of the Cartoon Man, Roy and Valerie find themselves in a giant ice cream sundae after Roy adds an "S" to the desert.
  • The setting for an episode of the surreal Garfield parody, Lasagna Cat, is a small idyllic neighborhood made entirely out of and inhabited of various kinds of breakfast food, (except for Jon Arbuckle, who is, for some reason, still a perfectly normal human living in one of the breakfast houses). The neighborhood then gets completely destroyed when a giant Garfield happens to come by and accidentally sneezes on it.
  • The fifth season of Dimension 20, A Crown of Candy, is set in the world of Calorum and centers around political intrigue and treachery surrounding the kingdom of Candia.
  • Neopets has Jelly World, a land where everything, including the Neopets themselves, is made of jelly. Or at least it would be if it ever existed in the first place. It actually does exist, but the site staff always denies it when asked and there are no official links to it on the site. It's easily the site's worst-kept secret.

    Western Animation 
  • "Somewhere in Dreamland", of the Fleischer Studios' Color Classics, had two poor kids dreaming about one of these.
  • The Simpsons: Homer Simpson's Land of Chocolate.
  • 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 elusive, mobile, engine-operating 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 T.H.E.S.H.O.G.U.N." Shogun Roquefort kidnaps civilians to work in his cheese mines; at the climax, an explosion causes a flood of fondue.
    • "Operation: A.F.L.O.A.T." has a sea of asparagus and a vicious asparagus sea monster.
    • 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 "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.", the ice cream cake Father is making for the Delightful Children is so massive that it doubles as his own personal Death Star. At one point, the KND do a Dungeon Bypass by eating through the floor. The entire thing is eventually destroyed when Father's Burning with Anger goes out of control.
  • 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.
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Topped with Buttercream", the Sweet Shop Song and Penny Ling's sugar-induced fever dream use this as a setting.
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain is real in DuckTales (2017). The McDuck Clan go on an unseen adventure there in one episode, except for Louie, who had been grounded in the episode prior.
  • Amphibia: A dream sequence finds Anne in the land of Yogurtropolis, a world built out of frozen yogurt and toppings and populated by sentient frozen yogurt people - and bug-free frozen yogurt at that, a dream come true to Anne, who's been stuck in a world where all cuisine is bug-based. The dream quickly turns into a nightmare, though, when Anne discovers that the yogurt only comes in one flavor... ''black licorice''.
  • The Chocolix: Chocoland is made entirely of candy, mostly chocolate. This extends to its inhabitants, who have to drink Chocomix to keep themselves from melting.
  • Hazbin Hotel: At the end of the pilot's musical number "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", Charlie rises into the air in front of a land of sweets.
  • Kaeloo: Episode 232 has Stumpy and Violasse visit various dimensions using a portal gun, one of which is made entirely of food (the floors are made of soda cups and cake, there's a mountain made of apples, and there's popsicles and bananas floating in the air for... some reason).

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Alternative Title(s): Edible World


Gingerbread Joyride

The Christmas track of the game is set in a sweet-themed town; filled to the brim with gingerbread houses, a chocolate fountain, and sentient pieces of gumdrops and bouncing jelly.

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