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Crichton: Well, somebody got a sugar high. You been stealin' candy, Mr. Burroughs?
Rygel: Crichton, how illegal is this dren? You gotta get me more, I don't care what it costs!
Farscape, "Kansas"

Earth is not the center of the universe, but nonetheless it is special - we have a precious commodity. No, not our nubile Earth women. Something better.

Snacks.

Turns out, our common comestible X is an Impossibly Delicious Food to aliens, who go to absurd lengths to acquire it. UFOs are smuggling candy past border checks. Alien abductions happen because humans might have Hershey bars in their pockets. Cattle mutilations? Aliens will NOT give up until they figure out how to extract chocolate milk.

Chocolate is a common target, but almost any Earth snack food can be used here. Chocolate (or other snack foods) might be a Power-Up Food to the aliens, but if they need it to power their spaceships, it's What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?.

Related to Alien Catnip, Alien Arts Are Appreciated, No Biochemical Barriers.

Compare Trademark Favorite Food, Spice of Life, I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!, One Man's Trash Is Another's Treasure, Alien Lunch.

Not to be redundant, this has nothing to do with the nougat bar and the confectionery company making said nougat bar.


Examples

Chocolate-specific

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     Anime and Manga  

     Comic Books  

     Fan Works  

  • This is how SG-1 manages to open trade with the Tollan in XSGCOM. Earth doesn't really have anything that the Tollan want, until someone makes an off-hand comment about how the first global trading empires on Earth were built around spices and luxury foods. SG-1 decides to send a few crates of various spices, wines and sweets through, and distributes chocolate bars to a class of school kids as a goodwill gesture. The kids' reactions are enough to get a number of entrepreneurially minded parents to start lobbying for a trade agreement as soon as possible.

     Literature  

  • In the Young Wizards series, chocolate has a variety of effects on different alien species: it acts as a drug for some, but others just like how it tastes. It's also the real reason UFOs visit Earth. In the eighth book, Carmela forces an entire battalion of aliens to back down by threatening them with a wrapped chocolate bar.
  • In The Company Novels, chocolate (referred to as Theobromos) is the only thing that can intoxicate the time-traveling operatives. Hence one character having a "dealer" in premium chocolate.

     Live Action Television  

  • John Crichton of Farscape has this reason to get back to Earth — although it's full of diseases: "You guys have no chocolate."

     Web Original  

  • Tennyo from the Whateley Universe pays aliens a fortune for what turns out to be a Hershey bar, smuggled from Earth at great cost.

     Western Animation  

Other Consumables

     Advertising  
  • After E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial gave them the best advertising they ever could have wanted, Reese's Pieces ran an advertising campaign for years featuring an alien "little blue guy with big ears'' who would come to Earth in search of Reese's Pieces. Back issues of comic books from the early to mid-Eighties are likely to feature print ads with the character.

     Anime and Manga  

  • In Dragon Ball Super (and the corresponding movies), Beerus discovers that Earth has the best food in the universe (which is part of why he spares and periodically visits Earth). He even enjoys ramen cups.

     Comic Books  

  • In Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire, it turns out that the main reason most alien species put up with humanity's presence is... popsicles.
  • In a non-canonical issue of Marvel Team-Up, Peter Parker's Aunt May feeds Galactus some Grosstest Twinkles, which he finds extremely fulfilling. She rescues Earth (and the rest of the universe) by finding him a cosmic baker who makes planet-sized Twinkles.
    • His ex-herald Firelord once came to Earth, made a big mess, and got in a fight with Spider-Man, all because he wanted some pizza.

     Films- Live-Action 
  • The infamous E.T. copycat Mac and Me contains a rather egregious example: it seems that the liquid MAC and his family drank on their home-planet is the equivalent of Coca-Cola, of all things, to the point where the drink can be used as a medicine for them, by kids, no less. MAC also eats Skittles at one point. Yeah, this movie is rather infamous for its ridiculously in-your-face Product Placement.
    • Given the blatant pandering towards Mc Donalds, you'd think they'd also be on the aliens' menu. But surprisingly (and thankfully), they aren't.

     Literature  

  • In Animorphs, Ax imagines that one day the other Andalites will come to Earth just to eat the cinnamon buns. Having a mouth makes him go crazy for everything, but those are his favorite.
  • In I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
  • In Roger Zelazny's This Immortal, the aliens view original-formula Coca-Cola as humanity's second-greatest contribution to galactic culture. The first being a new and interesting problem in the social sciences, namely, what to do with a species who managed to ruin their own homeworld. (They also apparently appreciate poetry).
  • Hal Clement's Ice World. Aliens (who live at a much higher temperature than humans) discover that burning tobacco is an extremely powerful and addictive drug to them. They violate their civilization's laws to smuggle it off Earth.
  • Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater has Earth being invaded by aliens who look like fat men and steal all the junk food on the planet. Pinkwater's plunderers are particularly partial to potato pancakes.

     Live Action Television  

  • The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" features a Martian who has become addicted to coffee and cigarettes.
  • The same gag is used in The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Controlled Experiment".
  • Supernatural: Downplayed, where the Grim Reaper (who notes that he does visit alien planets) decides to ignore Lucifer's orders to wipe Chicago off the map and killing millions more during the Apocalypse. One of the reasons he gives for this is that he likes the city's pizza—this Death is a fast food junkie.
  • The page quote comes from this scene of the Farscape episode "Kansas", where the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel gets a ridiculous sugar high from the candy. To humans, itís a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? He might as well be in an opium den. Later that episode, Rygel actually steals candy from trick-or-treating kids. In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments where he comes from, refined sucrose is considered to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that health mad quite yet, it's available everywhere and Rygel is indulging himself.

     Newspaper Comics  

  • In one Calvin and Hobbes comic, Calvin disguises himself as an alien.
    Calvin: Our planet is dying. We need cookies to survive. Do not interfere or you will be destroyed.
    Calvin's Mom: We'll see about that. Get back here.

     Webcomics  

  • Vexxarr:
    • The Bleen conquered a quarter of the galaxy for cake, though apparently every carbon-based species (except the Lattrox) makes it.
    • The Mahakalosians find that they like Oreos so much that they design a more efficient means of lifting mass into orbit for humanity just so they can ship more cookies.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! the Pirates of Ipecac come to Earth looking for caramel — not to eat it, but as a necessary part of a super weapon. Not realizing their reasons for wanting it, Bob gives them a bag of caramels, and Hilarity Ensues.
    • On the other hand, aliens and other exotic beings all seem very fond of Bob's homemade cheesecake. Voluptua also liked a cheeseburger when she tried it.
      "This is rather good! Mammal meat. Who knew?"

     Western Animation  

  • In Futurama, one of Earth's more notable creations is apparently the pizza bagel.
  • Cartoon Network had a Cross Through event in which each of the network's top shows at the time had an alien invasion plot. What were the aliens after? Cheese.
  • Invoked on Invader ZimTak wants to steal Zim's mission to prove she's the better Invader, but Earth is useless to the Irken Empire. However, since all Irkens seem to be junk food addicts, she plans to make it useful by hollowing it out and filling it with snacks. The normal version of this trope is totally Averted, however, since human food actually hurts Irkens.
  • In Megas XLR, Earth is apparently renowned throughout the universe for the snacks and beverages available at convenience stores, and extraterrestrials with Earth currency frequently visit incognito to purchase them if they're passing near Earth.


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