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Gingerbread House from Hansel and Gretel named the most expensive fictional food of all time

The humble gingerbread house from the fairytale Hansel and Gretel has been named the most expensive to rebuild at today’s real-world prices…

Who’d have thought the traditional gingerbread house could cost this much!…

A image of gingerbread houses

We’ve all seen Harry Potter sip on his delectable Butterbeer and Scooby-Doo scoff his Scooby Snacks, but have you ever wondered how much these dishes might set you back? Well, new research has the answers.

To celebrate World Book Day (March 3rd), takeaway food experts at Foodhub have revealed its top ten fictional foods, and the likely cost to buy them were they to exist in 2022 and hitting most expensive is none other than the Gingerbread House from Hansel and Gretel!

Yes, at an eye-watering £400,000 (if we were to rebuild in 2022) The classic fairy-tale of Hansel and Gretel was first collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 19th century. The tale follows two young children who stumble upon a gingerbread cottage in the heart of the woods, only to discover it is housed by a witch.

Fairytale Gingerbread house with witch

Now, house prices in the UK are rising more dramatically than ever before, couple this with the amount of sugar and sweet decorations needed to build a liveable gingerbread house, this isn’t going to be cheap. Put the house in an idyllic woodland setting and the price would be a minimum of £400,000 – plus the cost of repairs every time it rains!

The price of Foodhub’s top ten fictional foods is below:

Gingerbread House – Hansel and Gretel – £400,000
Lickable Wallpaper – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – £250+
Krabby Patty – SpongeBob SquarePants – £25
Chocolate Frogs – Harry Potter Series – £15
Eat Me Cookies – Alice and Wonderland – £10
Lembas Bread – The Lord of the Rings £9.50
Butterbeer – Harry Potter Series – £6
Chocolate Cake slice – Matilda £3.50
Scooby Snacks – Scooby-Doo £3.00
Green Eggs and Ham – Green Eggs and Ham £1

Who would have thought the traditional Christmas gingerbread house would be the most expensive?….