BFG · Dahl

BFG’s Frobscottle

Author: Dahl, Roald
Book: The BFG
Difficulty rating: Harry Potter
Deliciousness rating: Exceeds Expectations

Froscottle Feature
Delighted with our results.

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)

According to the fairly detailed description in the book, frobscottle has the following qualities:
  • delicious (specifically, “sweet and jumbly,” “glummy,” and “lovely”)
  • refreshing
  • 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.

Frobscottle 1
Important.

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.

There isn’t a lot of food in this book: basically one enormous breakfast (done that); snozzcumbers (no thank you); and…
FROBSCOTTLE

Ingredients:

  • DRY Sparkling brand vanilla soda (we discovered this during our Butterbeer project)
  • Yellow raspberries
  • Pandan leaves
  • Cream

Directions:

1. Blend pandan leaves with a little water, then squeeze out the liquid into a bowl.

Frobscottle 2
Turns out if you put this much pandan in your blender, it gets upset. We had to do it in smaller batches.
Frobscottle 3
Tediously squeezing out the pandan juice.

2. Puree the raspberries, then scrape them through a sieve to get the seeds out.

Frobscottle 4
Once again, we had to lean on our unusual fruits man, Nathan, to find us yellow raspberries.
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Tediously squeezing out the raspberry juice.
3. Mix approximately 1 tbs each of pandan juice, raspberry puree, and cream. Slowly add vanilla soda and adjust flavors until it’s to your liking.
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Carefully adding vanilla soda.
Frobscottle 7
Tadaaa!
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I sort of look like I’m in a 1950s movie about lusty Italian peasants… Well, we never said this was going to be a family-friendly blog.

Dahl, Roald. The BFG. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1982.

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