Cartman's Favorite Snack & Other Fictional Products That Became Real

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In honor of South Park’s 15-year anniversary, the world will finally have the opportunity to watch the show while munching on their very own bag of Eric Cartman’s favorite snack – Cheesy Poofs.

The orange, synthetic cheese-based treats will be handed out at this year’s Comic-Con and will be sold in retail stores soon.

That got me thinking about a few other retail items that made their way off of the large and small screen and into real life homes:

Brawndo, Stay-Puft and Brian Fantana's Favorite Scent

If you’ve seen the film Idiocracy you know that Brawdo is “The Thirst Mutilator” that has “what plants crave.” At least that’s the slogan. The movie shows us, of course, that plants really have no desire for the electrolyte-packed chemical concoction.

If you crave it, however, it can be your’s thanks to Omni Consumer Products – which is also responsible for bringing you Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft Marshmallows and Anchorman’s Sex Panther Cologne (“60% of the time it works every time.”)

The Red Swingline Stapler
Apparently Mike Judge’s films are great candidates for this, because his cult classic Office Space is also responsible for helping to launch a new product. Well, re-launch a product, actually. At the time that the 1999 film hit theatres, Swingline did not sell the red stapler that the film’s office nerd Milton so cherishes. The version used in the film had been painted by one of the film’s prop masters. But after three years of repeated requests, Swingline finally released a new red version of their stapler – so that to this day basement-dwelling office outcasts everywhere can cherish one of their very own.

Wonka Products
Roald Dahl’s 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation gave birth to an entire universe of delectable candy creations: the Wonka Bar, the Scrumdiddlyumptious Bar, the Everlasting Gobstopper. So, it was really only a matter of time before they sprang into life and started appearing on real store shelves. The only catch being, of course, that at present time no one has developed a candy that never gets any smaller or loses its flavor. So the Gobstoppers you can pick up in the store are just your ordinary everyday jawbreaker that, while definitely long-lasting, are far from everlasting.

Butterbeer
The days of new Harry Potter big screen releases may be behind us, but your Butterbeer nights can go on. All you have to do is visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, where they sell a version of the magical beverage. If you can’t get there, you can whip up your own at home, thanks to the Food Network.

What did we miss? What other movie and TV products have you seen – or really, relay want to see – in stores?

July 19, 2011 - 10:25am
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