Willy Wonka’s children story hides a sexual joke

Tiphaine Paucot-Landelle

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Have you planned to please your child by buying him Charlie and the Chocolate Factory DVD? Maybe you already have, but did you know that this film so much appreciated by your toddler, holds a dubious joke?

ImageCredit: Warner Bros
ImageCredit: Warner Bros

Chocolates, lollipops, candies and sweets of all kinds, what kid has not dreamed of going into the very attractive world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Indeed, it is childish, it is funny and it is dreamy.

Published in 1964, the children’s novel, written by Welsh-Norwegian Roald Dahl is known all around the world. Most of the people from this generation know the Charlie Bucket’s adventures. Thanks to the second film adaptation, produced by Tim Burton and to the Johnny Depp’s very quirky acting as the famous factory’s owner, Willy Wonka, it was a huge success.

Well, Willy Wonka’s wacky, but no less childish, eccentricities hide a filthy joke that no parents would dare to show his children, should they realize the enormity of the image.

In one scene, the king of chocolate presents his latest invention, the lickable wallpaper: it is a wallpaper one can actually have a taste of the fruit just by licking the wall.

 In this sequence, Willy Wonka says: “Lick an orange. It tastes like an orange. […] The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries! “.

Obviously it is funny because nobody knows what the snozzberries are. Well … except Roald Dahl.

In reality, in the author’s mind, snozzberries represent the penis! So yes gentlemen, the taste of your family jewels is on the wall of the famous confectioner. And children are there to enjoy it!

The inventor himself, reused the term in a second novel, My Uncle Oswald. But that time, it was not a book meant for children.

ImageCredit: letslookupandsmile (flickr)
ImageCredit: letslookupandsmile (flickr)

In this story, the narrator tells the autobiography of his deceased parent, a wealthy and wicked man who has never had to work. Yasmin Howcomely follows Uncle Oswald in his depravity by sleeping with famous men and by selling the used condoms to women who wish to have a child from a celebrity.

The word “snozzberries” is back again when Yasmin Howcomely talks about sex. When her friend asks her how she put the condoms, she answers: “There is only one way when they get violent. I grabbed hold of his snozzberry and hung onto it like grim death and gave it a twist or two to make him hold still”.

Clearly, we are far from children’s literature…

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Tiphaine Paucot-Landelle