Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film paired with fun food

Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore & Helena Bonham Carter



– Poor old Charlie Bucket (Highmore) is poor! He lives with his dad (Noah Taylor), mum (Bonham Carter) and four bed-ridden grandparents: Joe, Jo, George and Georgina.
– Local chocolatier and all-round weird guy, Willy Wonka (Depp) decides to hold a competition to find an heir to his sticky throne. He puts five gold tickets in five Wonka chocolate bars with the details of the ultimate chocolatey prize – a day in the chocolate factory and a life’s supply of the brown sweet stuff. Yum!
– Charlie has no money, no chance, really but after a few generous purchases from his family, our little mate finds some money in the snow and buys himself one more bar and this time, you guessed it, the wrapping includes a gold ticket. Hooray!
– Our little boy wonder joins a group of horrible children including: Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee. When they meet the eccentric Mr Willy Wonka all the kids except for Charlie throw themselves at his feet, trying to get on his good side but one by one the kids get kicked out of the tour and it’s Charlie that is left to inherit the whole factory – which he eventually does after a smallish hiccup!


Ok, here’s the deal – our meal today is like a pick-a-path kinda thing! If you want to eat food from the movie as a three course meal, choose option one BUT if you have a super-sweet tooth (or two) and are hanging to  indulge in some fancy sweets, choose option two. Or you could be wild and choose both! Hmmm. Let’s go…


Sad old Buckets only ate cabbage soup so if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for our starter! So pop on your old clothes, rub some dirt on your face and cook this up for entree. It’s Weight Watcher’s Cabbage Soup (oh, the irony!) from Soup Recipes.

OPTION 2: If that’s all too cabbage-y for you, let’s get sweet straight away with this sugary-yum English toffee recipe from Baked Bree.


Image: Baked Bree


It was hard to top the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie starring Gene Wilder but I think Tim Burton has done an incredible job. Instead of doing a straight remake of the film, this movie pretty much an original. Depp gives a brilliant performance as the insecure and deeply troubled Willy Wonka with his weird hair, pale face and cutting remarks! I loved the flashbacks to his childhood with his horrible dentist father (Christopher Lee) – it gave him depth as a character, made him more sympathetic.

Freddie Highmore gives a delicate and beautifully balanced performance as the humble Charlie and the rest of the cast is brilliant as well. The music by Hollywood guru, Danny Elfman is incredible… loved every moment and who can forget the multiple performances by Deep Roy as all the Oompa-Loompas – weird but great!

I really can’t fault this move – I’m a huge fan of Johnny Depp and his chocolatey eyes and original performances and of course, Tim Burton who brings comedy and dark things together so beautifully. While I loved Wilder’s movie, this one has to be my favourite.

Main meal:

Fast forward to Violet Beauregarde and her three course meal chewing gum, remember? First there was tomato soup, then roast beef with potatoes! Yum. So let’s make this meal for realsies…

OPTION 1: Rib of Roast Beef with Pan Gravy and Roast Potatoes from Gourmet Traveller…


For the sweeties among us, we’re heading over to Veruca Salt and the nut room, when she demanded to have a ‘trained’ squirrel (shelling walnuts ) to take home and we all know what happened to her and dear ‘daddy’ in the end. So, we’re making Sugar and Spice Candied Walnuts from Smitten Kitchen.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trivia:

  • Budget: A whopping $150 million (worth every cent I reckon)
  • Strange dude rocker, Marilyn Manson was desperate to play the part of Willy Wonka… ah, well, next time my weird friend, next time.
  • Depp developed his Willy Wonka voice with his daughter who loved the final version.
  • A camera lens fell into a vat of chocolate. It never recovered.
  • Screenwriter, John August, didn’t see the Gene Wilder movie until after he’d written his script.
  • A total of 927,403.1 litres of fake chocolate was used for the river and waterfall scenes. Jeepers!
  • 110,000 fake chocolate bars were made for the movie, all wrapped in Nestle wrappers (who provided 1,850 real bars of choccy).
  • When he was a kid, Johnny Depp was allergic to chocolate
  • Depp probably used the line ‘Mumbler’ as a tribute to one of his favourite actors, Marlon Brando.
  • The Oompa-Loompas’ singing voice was actually Danny Elfman’s over-dubbed a few million times.
  • Tim Burton wore huge braces like poor little Willy Wonka when he was a kid.


More sweets for the sweets and we’re back to Violet and the dreaded chewing gum! Who could forget the precocious little so-and-so blowing up like a big purple balloon blueberry?! So let’s cook her… um… I mean it, the good old Blueberry pie for our final spot on option 1’s menu.


Spiced Blueberry Pie from My Recipes


Image: My Recipes

With… Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from


Another delish Wonka-worthy recipe is… Dried Fruits Chocolate Fudge from Eat Well 101.

And if all of this is simply not enough for your sweetest of the teeth, then finish off your meal with a steaming cup of Hot Chocolate with Chili and Cinnamon from Kwestia Smaku (a Polish website – just click the button at the top of the page for a translation).

Are you going to cook Option 1 or 2, or both?

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