If you were to make a list of the most beloved children’s novels, I’d be willing to bet Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be one of them. There’s just so much to the story that captures young readers. It’s the perfect combination of child-like adults, naughty kids, magic, outrageous fun, and junk food.
When I think back to when I read the book as a kid, I remember the junk food the most. I so badly wanted to get my hands on the everlasting gobstoppers, the lickable wallpaper, rainbow drops, fizzy lifting drinks, candy plants, and chocolate waterfalls. Oh, how I dreamed of finding a golden ticket.
I had to wait a few decades, but I finally got one! It’s The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Audrey Press’s newest publication that brings Roald Dahl’s imagination to life. Packed with recipes, activities, and crafts, it’s everything you need to recreate that wonderful world of Willy Wonka.
Simply put, the book is full of Wonka-style fun. Find recipes to make your own swudge and gum, and instructions to host your own golden ticket treasure hunt. Read fun facts about how chocolate and gobstoppers are made, have a crazy Oompa Loompa race, and make your own Willy Wonka hats. The book also includes free printables to go with many of the activities, like an invitation to the factory, golden tickets, and maze templates.
I told my girls to browse through it and pick out what they wanted to do first, and they choose the Fizzy Lifting Drinks. I could see the mad scientist looks in their eyes, and knew we were in for some messy fun.
We started with the basics, mixing citric acid, baking soda, and water to make a bubbly potion. Then we added vanilla and sugar to make cream soda. After that, I decided to let the girls go at it alone, and that’s when the real concocting began.
Before I knew it, orange juice, raspberries, vanilla, mint, lemon juice, and honey were out, and bubbly creations were overflowing all around.
There were mmmmms when they succeeded with a new yummy soda, and squeals and funny faces when they made something too sour (which happened a lot), and a few beverages that were utterly undrinkable.
I printed out a couple of tasting sheets, so they could jot down their favorite recipes and an unexpected second phase of fun began when they were thinking up names for their original sodas. Hysterical laughter erupted at one point and when I ask to be let in on the joke, they both zipped their lips and tried their hardest no to burst out again. I can only image.
The Overflowy was their all around favorite, which included lemonade, mint and raspberries. The French Burst was also a hit, though I’m not exactly sure what’s French about it, since it was orange juice, honey, and vanilla. And then there was the Orange Straw Popper, which sent us all running to the sink to spit it out.
Making the Fizzy Lifting Drinks was a huge hit. It was equal amounts science, hands-on fun, and silly experimentation. I think Willy Wonka would be thrilled with the goofy antics that went on at our dining room table.
We have already tried a few of the other activities, too, with Gobstopper Dobblers being their favorite game (although I suspect it had something to do with their eating lots of gobstoppers).
There is so much fun to be had. You can find out more about The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here, continue the adventures on the book’s facebook page, check out a free lite version on iTunes here, and purchase the full guide on iTunes here.
But there’s more!
Audrey Press is hosting a Golden Ticket Giveaway and a chance to win an iPad loaded with the Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and several other KiteReaders books, starting on September 13. Visit the Ultimate Guide’s blog for more information on how to participate.
Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you! –Willy Wonka