To restore a teammate's stamina, pick up a healing item and feed it to your teammate.
— Sharing healing items • Kirby Star Allies loading screen

In most Kirby games, Kirby recovers health by eating Food. There are various different food items seen throughout the series and they differ in how much they recover as well as any secondary effects or power-ups they give. Food can often be found on the ground, dropped by defeated enemies, found in Chests, or created by utilizing the Copy Abilities Cook, RefrigeratorArtist, and Magic.

Food Effects

Most food items are used to heal Kirby. Most of these healthy snacks resemble real-world foods and restore a little bit of Kirby's health. The amount of health restored can vary depending on the game and type of food, i.e. meat restores three health bars in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. The Maxim Tomato restores Kirby's entire health bar and resembles a tomato with an "M" on it. Regular tomatoes appear in Kirby Super Star as one of the basic food items. The Reviving Tomato introduced in Kirby: Triple Deluxe completely heals Kirby when used, and can even revive him if his health bar depletes fully.

There are special food items, that although do not heal Kirby, serve as power-ups:

  • The Invincibility Candy is a special kind of candy that grants Kirby temporary invincibility to plow through enemies with. It can't protect Kirby from falls, however.
  • The Jumbo Candy, like the Invincibility Candy, makes Kirby invincible, but enlarges him as well. It also gives him the ability to demolish anything in his path including metal blocks and enemies that usually cannot be defeated. (Kirby Mass Attack only)
  • Superspicy Curry grants Kirby the temporary ability to spit fireballs. (Kirby's Dream Land only)
  • An item called the Mint Leaf temporarily improves Kirby's ability to spit air puffs. A special version of the Mint Leaf is used to fight Kaboola. (Kirby's Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe’s Kirby Fighters sub-game)

In some non-platformers, food serves another purpose:

  • Kirby's health is represented by tomatoes in Kirby's Dream Course. Tomatoes are gained by hitting small enemies.
  • Food speeds up Kirby's cart in the sub-game Cart Run.
  • In all other non-platformers, collecting food adds to the total score.

Important Instances

Food as seen in Kirby: Squeak Squad

Kirby: Squeak Squad’s plot centers around Kirby's Strawberry Shortcake, which is stolen by the Squeaks, causing Kirby to set out to get it back. The chest with his cake eventually finds its way into Meta Knight's hands. When Meta Knight is defeated, Daroach steals the chest and opens it thinking it still contains the shortcake. However, instead of the cake, Dark Nebula is released and takes possession of Daroach, who is turned into Dark Daroach. After beating him and Dark Nebula, the Squeak Squad gives back the shortcake to Kirby as an apology for the trouble they caused.

The sub-game Gourmet Race in Kirby Super Star and its remake, as well as its "sequel," Cart Run in Kirby: Canvas Curse, is all about Kirby racing against King Dedede to see who can collect (or more likely eat) more food in the shortest time.

Kirby Mass Attack is another game in which food plays an important role. If the Kirbys defeat an enemy or destroy a block, they will get fruit, which will increase the fruit meter. The more fruit obtained, the higher the meter will be, which will give the player a higher chance of gaining ten Kirbys.

List of Food By Game

Kirby's Dream Land/Kirby's Adventure

Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato Max
Pep Brew  Pep Brew 2

Kirby's Pinball Land

Apple  Apple 1600
Bomb  Bomb +B
Cake  Cake +M
Candy  Candy 3000
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato Drain Stopper
Mint Leaf  Mint Leaf 1000
Outlane Stopper  Outlane Stopper 100
200
400
Spicy Food  Spicy Food 2000

Kirby's Dream Course

Tomato  Tomato 1

Kirby's Block Ball

Apple  Apple 1000
Cake  Cake 2000
Candy  Candy 1500

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

Baby Bottle  Baby Bottle
Bananas  Bananas
Bread  Bread
Candy Cane**  Candy Cane**
Crepes**  Crepes**
Carrot  Carrot
Cheese  Cheese
Cherries**  Cherries**
Coffee  Coffee
Cookie**  Cookie**
Corn  Corn
Dango*  Dango*
French Fries**  French Fries**
Fried Eggs  Fried Eggs
Grapes  Grapes
Hamburger  Hamburger
Hotcake**  Hotcake**
Hotdog**  Hotdog**
Ice Cream Bar  Ice Cream Bar
Lemonade**/Orange Juice**  Lemonade**/Orange Juice**
Lobster**  Lobster**
Maki-Zushi*  Maki-Zushi*
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato
Melon  Melon
Milk  Milk
Mochi*  Mochi*
Mushiki*/Tempura*  Mushiki*/Tempura*
Nigiri-Sushi*  Nigiri-Sushi*
Nikuman*  Nikuman*
Nori Senbei*  Nori Senbei*
Oden*  Oden*
Omelette*  Omelette*
Onigiri*  Onigiri*
Orange  Orange
Peach  Peach
Peas**  Peas**
Pudding**  Pudding**
Pumpkin  Pumpkin
Roast Chicken  Roast Chicken
Sandwich**  Sandwich**
Shaved Ice  Shaved Ice
Shortcake  Shortcake
Soda  Soda
Soft Cream  Soft Cream
Strawberry  Strawberry
Taiyaki*  Taiyaki*
Takoyaki*  Takoyaki*
Tomato  Tomato
Watermelon  Watermelon

* Only appears in the Japanese version
** Only appears in international versions

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

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* Only appears in the Japanese version
** Only appears in international versions

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Cake  Cake 5
Hamburger**  Hamburger** 4
Onigiri*  Onigiri* 4
Power Drink  Power Drink 1
Tomato  Tomato Max

* Only appears in the Japanese version
** Only appears in international versions

Kirby Air Ride

Apple  Apple 18
Chinese Noodles/Ramen  Chinese Noodles/Ramen 30
Curry  Curry 30
Energy Drink  Energy Drink 70
Hamburger  Hamburger 25
Hot Dog**  Hot Dog** 25
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato Max
Omelette  Omelette 30
Onigiri  Onigiri 20
Roast Chicken  Roast Chicken 35
Soft Cream  Soft Cream 5
Sushi  Sushi 25
Tempura Soba*  Tempura Soba* 25

* Only appears in the Japanese version
** Only appears in international versions

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror/Kirby: Squeak Squad

Cherries  Cherries 1
Energy Drink  Energy Drink 2
Hamburger  Hamburger 1
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato Max
Meat  Meat 3
Nikuman  Nikuman 1
Onigiri  Onigiri 1
Pudding  Pudding 1
Only in Kirby: Squeak Squad
Hamburger  Hamburger 1/2
Nikuman  Nikuman 1/2
Onigiri  Onigiri 1/2
Pudding  Pudding 1/2

Kirby: Canvas Curse

Bagel  Bagel N/A
Banana  Banana N/A
Candy  Candy N/A
Carrot  Carrot N/A
Corn  Corn N/A
Energy Drink  Energy Drink 2
Fried Eggs  Fried Eggs N/A
Grapes  Grapes N/A
Green Pepper  Green Pepper N/A
Hamburger  Hamburger N/A
Ice Cream  Ice Cream N/A
Ice Cream Bar  Ice Cream Bar N/A
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato Max
Meat  Meat N/A
Melon  Melon N/A
Orange  Orange N/A
Shortcake  Shortcake N/A
Soft Cream  Soft Cream N/A
Strawberry  Strawberry N/A
Tomato  Tomato N/A
Watermelon  Watermelon N/A

Kirby Mass Attack

Apple  Apple 1
Banana  Banana 10
Grapes  Grapes unused
Green Apple  Green Apple 1
Maxim Tomato  Maxim Tomato 100
Melon  Melon 30

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

  • Bananas
  • Candy
  • Cherry
  • Chinese Noodles/Ramen
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Cupcake
  • Curry
  • Doughnut
  • French Fries
  • Fried Rice
  • Grapes
  • Gyoza
  • Hamburger
  • Hotcake
  • Hotdog
  • Ice Cream
  • Juice
  • Lemon Juice/Orange Juice
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Nikuman
  • Omelette
  • Parfait
  • Pineapple
  • Pink Doughnut
  • Pink Soft Cream
  • Pizza
  • Pudding
  • Sandwich
  • Sausage
  • Shortcake
  • Soft Cream
  • Spaghetti
  • Tea
  • Tomato

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

  • Blue Punch
  • Cherry
  • Grapes
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Milk
  • Pizza
  • Snap Peas

Kirby: Planet Robobot

Kirby Star Allies

Super Smash Bros. series

In the Super Smash Bros. series, food will sometimes appear during the battle so that fighters can restore their damage percentage, although it is classified as a Smash Bros. item, rather than a Kirby one. These are all the types of foods that can appear:

Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • Apple
  • Bananas
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Curry
  • Dango
  • Donut
  • Fried Rice
  • Grapes
  • Gyudon
  • Hamburger
  • Lemonade
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Roast Chicken
  • Melon
  • Milk
  • Mushroom
  • Omelette
  • Onigiri
  • Orange
  • Pizza
  • Ramen
  • Rice Tray
  • Soft Cream
  • Spaghetti
  • Strawberry
  • Sushi
  • Unagi Rice
  • Watermelon

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Apple
  • Bread
  • Cake
  • Cheese
  • Chicken Drumstick
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cookie
  • Donut
  • Fried Rice
  • Grapes
  • Hamburger
  • Ice-Cream
  • Lollipop
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Melon
  • Melon Soda Float
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Parfait
  • Peach
  • Peanut
  • Pie
  • Pineapple
  • Pizza
  • Sausages
  • Shumai
  • Soft Cream
  • Steak
  • Strawberry
  • Shortcake
  • Sushi
  • Tea
  • Watermelon

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

  • Apple
  • Bread
  • Cake
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Grapes
  • Hotcakes
  • Hotdog
  • Kabocha Squash Soup
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Lollipop
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Milk
  • Noodles
  • Onigiri
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pie
  • Popcorn
  • Salad
  • Shish Kabab
  • Shumai
  • Soft Drink
  • Spaghetti
  • Steak
  • Shortcake
  • Tea
  • Tempura Soba
  • Turkey

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Apple
  • Bread
  • Cherry
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Corndog
  • Daisy
  • Doughnut
  • Eggs
  • Grapes
  • Hamburger
  • Hotcakes
  • Hotdog
  • Kabocha Squash Soup
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Lollipop
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Milk
  • Nikuman
  • Noodles
  • Onigiri
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Pie
  • Pineapple
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Shish Kabab
  • Shumai
  • Soft Drink
  • Salad
  • Shortcake
  • Spaghetti
  • Steak
  • Tea
  • Tempura Soba
  • Turkey

Related Quotes

These food items will restore your health when you eat them. There are 28 different types of food, and the nutritional value and yumminess quotient differs slightly with each type. Party Balls tend to hold the largest amount of food items. You may be vulnerable when gorging yourself, but you do need to eat to survive.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Melee
Treats that decrease your damage. The nutritional value of each food, and how much damage it heals, is carefully measured. What's better for you, sushi or a donut? Party Balls contain a lot of food, so if you eat it all yourself, you can really lower your damage. There may be times when you laugh and walk away from food, and times when you watch someone else eating and cry.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Pick up food and eat it to restore health. There are 28 kinds of food in all, including bread, which heals 10 damage, roast chicken which heals 15, and so on. The fancier the food, the more damage it will heal. Keep and eye out for Party Balls-they may drop a whole buffet for you to nom.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Unless you summoned Ashley, eating food while within her dark field will cause damage instead of healing it. It's Pit's worst nightmare!
— Tips • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Press the attack button while you're prone to eat a food item that's fallen nearby.
— Tips • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
You can eat food even when you're lying on the ground. It's not considered the best table manners, but at least it'll heal you.
— Tips • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Trivia

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  • Some food items in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra are exclusive to the Japanese version, and are replaced by other foods in the international releases. The picture to the right shows the foods in the Japanese version on the top row and the corresponding foods in the international versions are in the bottom row.
  • According to Daroach, the bananas that grow in Volcano Valley are the sweetest in the universe. The Oohroo from Green Grounds become advanced technologically and build a spaceship in order to obtain them.
  • Food has been used frequently as a naming convention in the series. Despite this, it was not until 18 years later that Kirby visited a location made entirely of food: Sweets Park in Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • In Kirby Star Allies, when Hyness and The Three Mage-Sisters are freed in Void Termina's second phase, they will drop food. Francisca will drop a melon soda, Flamberge will drop a hotdog, Zan Partizanne will drop a pudding, and Hyness will drop a baby bottle.
    • Similarly, when Hyness has the shield of the Three Mage-Sisters on, and it is broken, it also drops a baby bottle.

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