Plush toy of South Park character Cartman
Fans of television show "South Park" can now enjoy Cheesy Poofs, a favorite of character Eric Cartman (pictured). Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Fans of long-running Comedy Central show “South Park” have seen character Eric Cartman wolf down a product called Cheesy Poofs for years. Now, Comedy Central has partnered with Frito-Lay to bring Cheesy Poofs to life, for a limited time.

Fictional product to comes to life

Anyone who has watched the Comedy Central animated sitcom “South Park” has likely seen main character Eric Cartman partake of a snack food called Cheesy Poofs. According to Today, the snack will become a reality for a limited time. Comedy Central and Frito-Lay are working together to release a limited run of Cheesy Poofs, and the bag will have the same design as the box of Cheesy Poofs does in the show. A limited run of 1.5 million 14-ounce bags will be sold at Walmart stores from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18 for $2.99 each along with a smaller 99-cent size. “South Park” fans at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego can get a free bag.

Something to wash them down

There have been plenty of fictional drinks from television and films that have become real-life products. For instance, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando painstakingly created a version of Butterbeer, a drink from the books and films, over a period of three years, according to Huffington Post. The chefs behind the drink had to get approval from author J.K. Rowling in order to sell the stuff. Butterbeer is only available at Universal Studios, however. Numerous companies over the years have tried to sell “Duff Beer,” according to Wikipedia, a fictional brand from “The Simpsons.” Fox has sued at least two breweries for it. Booty Sweat, the energy drink in the film “Tropic Thunder” is currently available on Amazon.com.

Huge part of memorabilia industry

A company called Omni Consumer Products, the name of the company in the “RoboCop” films, is devoted to making products from films and selling them to the public. Omni sells “Sex Panther” cologne from “Anchorman,” “Stay-Puft Marshmallows” from “Ghostbusters,” a blood-colored drink called “True Blood” inspired by the Showtime series of that name and a drink called “Brawndo” from the film “Idiocracy.” Fictional products featured in films often become collectibles. Television and film memorabilia range in price from small items like $3 Cheesy Poofs to a replica of the DeLorean time machine from the “Back to the Future” films currently on sale on eBay for $85,000.

Sources

Today: http://bites.today.com/_news/2011/07/20/7120948-south-park-fans-can-now-enjoy-cartmans-cheesy-poofs

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-hill/butterbeer-how-universal-_b_893654.html

Wikipedia on Duff beer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duff_Beer

Booty Sweat on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Booty-Sweat-8-4-Ounce-Pack/dp/B001D3O9SW

Omni Consumer Products: http://omniconsumerproductscorporation.com/

DeLorean Time Machine on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DeLorean-Delorean-Time-Machine-BTTF-/190555691720?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2c5e011ac8

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