“‘Yesterday,’ he said, ‘we was not believing in giants, was we? Today we is not believing in snozzcumbers. Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing.'” -The Big Friendly Giant
I wanted a light, quick read, so I decided to reread The BFG, a book I hadn’t read since I was much younger. As with all Roald Dahl books, The BFG is a fun adventure that reminds you to imagine the impossible. There is one chapter in which the BFG tells the little orphan Sophie about a delicious drink called Frobscottle. In this beverage, “the bubbles, instead of travelling upwards and bursting to the surface, were shooting downwards and bursting at the bottom” (64-65). Apparently, Frobscottle is absolutely “delumptious,” so I decided I should try making my own version.
“Oh gosh, how delicious it was! It was sweet and refreshing. It tasted of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour” (68).
To me, the description of Frobscottle reminded me of an Italian Cream Soda, so I grabbed a glass and added two pumps of Torani vanilla syrup, and two pumps of Torani Raspberry syrup. Then I poured a bottle of San Pelegrino over the syrup, added ice, and added a little cream. From there, I added a little whipped cream, and my “Frobscottle” was ready to drink! Although the bubbles weren’t floating downward, they were underneath the cream and whipped cream, and the beverage tasted like a cream soda with just a touch of raspberry. I thought this was a great version of Frobscottle!In The BFG, Frobscottle tends to have a rather enormous effect on the body: “Sophie could feel the bubbles travelling lower and lower down her tummy, and then suddenly, inevitably…the explosion came. The trumpets sounded and she too made the walls of the cavern ring with the sound of music and thunder. ‘Bravo!’ shouted the BFG, waving the bottle. ‘You is very good for a beginner! Let’s have some more!’ (68-69). Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on your goal, I suppose), my Italian Cream Soda version of Frobscottle did not have the same “whizzpopping” effect, but it was delicious!
While thinking of ideas for some sort of food or drink creation for The BFG, I discovered there is actually a cookbook filled with creations inspired by Roald Dahl called Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. Something to experiment with in the future!
Enjoy your Sunday! xx
2 thoughts on “Bookspiration: The BFG and Frobscottle”
i think it’s really amazing that you can take a description from a book for something that doesn’t actually exist and then make it a reality. and it’s so pretty! i think you should buy the roald dahl cook book. that would be really interesting.
Haha, well, Italian Cream Sodas existed before, so I can’t take too much credit that way 😉 I am definitely interested in some of the recipes from the cook book. Perhaps I will borrow it from the library next time I read Roald Dahl. I’ve been thinking of reading Matilda, or of reading Danny the Champion of the World again.