Author: Dahl, Roald
Book: The BFG
Difficulty rating: Harry Potter
Deliciousness rating: Exceeds Expectations
Jenne: The BFG is the Roald Dahl book I read the most as a kid, although I think maybe Danny the Champion of the World is my favorite now. Still, I recently listened to the audiobook (read by David Walliams) and it totally holds up! Hilarious, especially the voice of the Queen.
‘Here is frobscottle!’ [the BFG] cried, holding the bottle up proud and high, as though it contained some rare wine. ‘Delumptious fizzy frobscottle!’ he shouted. He gave it a shake and the green stuff began to fizz like mad. (Dahl 64)
- delicious (specifically, “sweet and jumbly,” “glummy,” and “lovely”)
- pale green in color
- “tastes of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavor”
- has “bubbles that bounce and burst all over the tummy, as if hundreds of tiny people [are] dancing a jig inside [you] and tickling [you] with their toes”
- fizzy and bubbly — and it fizzes down instead of up
- makes you fart like trumpets sounding
Did it measure up?
Jenne: Pale green? Check. Fizzy? Check. Sweet? Check. Refreshing? Check. Vanilla and cream? Check. Hint of raspberries? Check. Fizzing down instead of up? Well…that will take more work.
It was quite tasty, but maybe not something we’ll go through the bother of making again. I’ll let Miko speak to the whizzpopper experience…
Miko: Frobscottle certainly causes “the loudest and rudest noises you have ever heard in your life” if you are a lactose-intolerant individual such as myself.
Since I’m actually not a huge fan of heavy cream (for reasons wholly apart from digestion issues that it causes in me) I have some more frobscottle recipes I’d like to try as soon as yellow raspberries are in season again. Perhaps with melted ice cream and popping candy.
- DRY Sparkling brand vanilla soda (we discovered this during our Butterbeer project)
- Yellow raspberries
- Pandan leaves
1. Blend pandan leaves with a little water, then squeeze out the liquid into a bowl.
2. Puree the raspberries, then scrape them through a sieve to get the seeds out.
Dahl, Roald. The BFG. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982.