Heston's Fantastical Food

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Heston Blumenthal creates amazing supersized versions of meals and treats, bringing back the wonder and excitement of childhood food

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Heston Blumenthal creates amazing supersized versions of meals and treats, bringing back the wonder and excitement of childhood food

Series 1 Summary

Culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal brings back the wonder and excitement of childhood food, awakening the kid in every viewer as he builds the world's largest 99 Flake, makes a packed lunch of giant KitKats, and a record breaking bag of Hula Hoops.

Heston creates a whole pub inside a pie and a giant pyramid tea bag, served in a suitably enormous teapot.

He also rejoices in all that is magical about Christmas treats with Britain's biggest Christmas pudding, edible tree decorations, and a snow globe and snowball cocktail.

  • Episode 1 - Heston's Big Breakfast

    Heston tackles breakfast, creating the world's largest boiled egg and cereal on an epic scale.

    Then there's the full English - with a massive fry-up consisting of metre-long sausages, fried bread the size of carpet tiles, and jumbo baked beans.

    To top it all, Heston decides to make his breakfast for commuters, on his very own express steam train.

  • Episode 2 - The Sky High '99

    Heston focuses on the ice cream van, a great British tradition that provided the soundtrack to so many childhoods, and the frozen treats every kid dreams of.

    But this wonderful British institution is in danger of extinction. In the 1970s, around 25,000 ice cream vans were on the roads - these days there are less than 5000.

    To help kickstart a revival, Heston plans to build the world's biggest ever 99 Flake, over five metres tall and weighing more than a ton, and serve it from the back of his own very special van to the town of Gloucester. He visits Walls and has Europe's biggest ice cream factory at his disposal.

    To make his chocolate flake, he ropes in the experts behind the Olympic stadium. Heston also turns the classic flavours of Twister, Cornetto, Feast and Calippo into paint balls that can be fired from specially designed cannons.

  • Episode 3 - Blumenthal's Big Brew

    Heston celebrates the tea break by making the world's biggest packet of biscuits, the largest pyramid tea bag and a drink containing the flavours of cucumber sandwiches and Victoria sponge.

    Tea and biscuits are still a staple of the nation, with 185 million cups washed down every day and nearly 90% of tea drinkers liking to dunk. But the tea break itself has died a death. Heston wants to bring it back to life and takes on the challenge of creating a packet of biscuits big enough to feed a whole town - so he combines the chocolate Digestive, HobNob and Gingernut biscuit with salted caramel and pockets of chocolate ganache.

  • Episode 4 - Heston and The Giant Sweet Factory

    Heston celebrates sweets, the greatest pleasure of childhood, by making his own Willy Wonka-inspired giant sweet shop.

    Heston visits a real-life chocolate factory before setting about making the world's biggest Rolos.

    Then he tries to make an entire meal from chewing gum, consisting of tomato soup followed by roast chicken and all washed down with wine.

    He also puts his own spin on Fruit Pastilles, before making a giant sweet shop and taking it to Chesterfield, once home to Trebor, makers of Refreshers and BlackJacks.

    Heston makes some giant Jelly Babies and Liquorice Allsorts and invites the people of the town to witness his sweet-shop wonders, including a gallery of edible portraits and edible garden.

  • Episode 5 - The Pub in a Pie

    Heston puts the fun back into pub grub, building a giant, edible pie and turning it into a fully functioning public house. He also makes a billiard table from cod, tartare sauce and pea mousse with pickled egg billiard balls.

    For centuries local taverns have provided a wondrous mix of good times, hearty grub and beer that's famous the world over. But pubs appear to be in decline, with around eighteen locals a week shutting their doors for good. Heston visits the Welsh village of Minera, where he plans to put the fun back into pub life.

    He makes a supersized pork scratching big enough to feed the entire village and a customised fruit machine that pays out its jackpot in snacks.

    Having galvanized the villagers into making their own Minera brew, Heston creates a bar-snack beer foam featuring the essence of favourite snacks including Frazzles, scotch egg, honey-roast nuts and scampi fries.

  • Episode 6 - The Massive Lunch Box

    Heston celebrates the packed lunch by building a super-sized sandwich with unexpected 'rogue' fillings. There's also the world's biggest crisps and the world's biggest KitKat.

    Heston fills an entire theme park with nostalgic packed-lunch favourites and invites disillusioned lunchers on a surprise trip.

    His giant super-sized sandwich is big enough to feed a coachload of hungry adults and features syringes packed with injectable condiments.

    Heston summons the help of the Hula Hoops factory to create a packet of crisps so large that it's only accessible by ladder.

    And Heston builds a massive carton of the 80s classic Um Bongo, where adults pop their heads through huge foil circles and experience his tropical jungle scene.

  • Episode 7 - Heston's Fantastical Christmas

    In this final episode of the series Heston Blumenthal tackles the challenge of making the ultimate Christmas dinner.

    In the grownup world, Christmas has lost some of its wonder. Heston wants to change that and plans to create a supersized festive food adventure, to be enjoyed by a group of adults who normally have to work on Christmas Day. Heston visits Hampton Court, and discovers that instead of turkey, our ancestors preferred to eat pig's head. Heston wants to put this on the menu alongside edible Christmas decorations.

    The final part of Heston's historical yuletide wonderland takes inspiration from the Victorian period, and their love of Christmas pudding. Heston makes the biggest Christmas pudding ever - one that's large enough to step inside.

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Heston Blumenthal creates amazing supersized versions of meals and treats, bringing back the wonder and excitement of childhood food

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