I don't know about you, but in any given situation, there's a 99% chance I'm there for the food. I love to eat, and one of my favorite things about places that don't actually exist is scoping out what kind of spread is available — particularly the sweets. I've often imagined what it would be like to visit some of these locales and try the desserts, so there's only one solution — a Fictional Dessert Tour, starting with...
Lard Lad Donuts in Springfield, The Simpsons
What better way to kick off the day than with a Lard Lad donut? They might be animated, but these sugary treats look amazing. And judging from the rate at which Homer stuffs his face with them — often to the point of falling into a food coma — they've gotta be pretty delicious.
The Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I know, the book is called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and there's a new(er) movie called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Willy Wonka's the one that makes me want to go to there. Everlasting Gobstoppers? Yes, please (and I won't even try to sell it to a competitor). A whole meal in a piece of gum? Obviously (but not until the recipe's finally perfected). A river of chocolate? Absolutely (as long as all the Gloop has been removed).
Chewandswallow, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
There are a lot of reasons to make Chewandswallow a stop on a dessert tour, but the truth is, I didn't care about any of those reasons until it started snowing ice cream.
La Chocolaterie Maya in France, Chocolat
This chocolate shop not only boasts some seriously delicious looking treats, but also completely revolutionized the sleepy little French town it resides in. Who can say no to a shop whose motto is basically "Chocolate for everyone!"?
Granny's in Storybrooke, Once Upon a Time
Granny's might just be a simple diner, but I'm dying to try that hot cocoa sprinkled with cinnamon. And yes, it's easy enough to make hot chocolate, throw on some whipped cream, and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, but I'd rather have mine made by a werewolf, thank you very much. I'd take it to go, so I could enjoy it at the next stop on the tour, which is...
The Pie Hole in Coeur d' Coeurs, Pushing Daisies
Fact: Pie is great. Other Fact: The only thing better than eating pie is eating pie inside a giant pie. (It's like Pie-ception!) The Pie Hole has at least a dozen flavors to choose from, including chocolate cream, Kahlua cream cheese, and good old-fashioned apple. That's not even counting the very cute, delectable cup-pies — pie's answer to cupcakes.
(Another Fact: The only thing better than eating pie is eating pie inside a giant pie owned by Lee Pace)
Honeydukes in Hogsmeade, Harry Potter
Normally I'd include Florean Fortescue's on this list, but I think Swallowandchew can handle all the ice cream-based needs. One sugary place from Harry Potter that simply can't be missed, though, is Honeydukes. Filled with Chocolate Frogs, Sugar Quills, Cauldron Cakes, and dozens of other enchanted eats, Honeydukes makes it all too easy to stock up on enough candy to last a good month (or week, if you're me).
Monica and Chandler's Apartment, Friends
I refuse to believe I'm the only one who desperately wants to try the candy Monica made for her neighbors that one Christmas. They were all completely obsessed with it, so there's no way it wasn't totally amazing.
I can think of few things I'd love more than to be able to close my eyes, imagine myself holding a slice of chocolate cake with buttercream funfetti frosting, and then boom — there it is, ready for me to eat slowly and savor, or, you know, smash my face into. I also really want to try that technicolor goop — whatever it is.
Of course, the best part of Neverland is, if you want seconds from any of the previous stops on the tour, all you have to do is dream it — if another cup-pie, roll of snozzberry wallpaper, or a pumpkin pasty don't count as lovely thoughts, I don't know what do.
Which fictional place would you visit to satisfy your sweet tooth?