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

KSqSq Food Screenshot

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

KDL Food MaximTomato  Maxim Tomato Max
KDL Food PepBrew  Pep Brew 2

Kirby's Dream Course

KDC Tomato sprite  Tomato 1

Kirby's Block Ball

Apple item  Apple 1000
Candy item  Candy 1500
Cupcake  Cake 2000

Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra

RottenpumpkinKSSU  Acorn Squash
BannanasKSSU  Bananas
BreadKSSU  Bread
CandycaneKSSU  Candy Cane**
CandycornKSSU  Crepes**
CarrotKSSU  Carrot
CheeseKSSU  Cheese
CherriesKSSU  Cherries**
CoffeeKSSU  Coffee
CookieKSSU  Cookie**
CornKSSU  Corn
KSS Food Dango  Dango*
EggsKSSU  Eggs
FrenchfriesKSSU  French Fries**
GrapesKSSU  Grapes
HamburgerKSSU  Hamburger
PancakesKSSU  Hotcake**
HotdogKSSU  Hotdog**
OrangejuiceKSSU  Lemon Juice**/Orange Juice**
LobsterKSSU  Lobster**
KSS Food MakiZushi  Maki-Zushi*
MaximtomatoKSSU  Maxim Tomato
TurkeyKSSU  Meat
MelonKSSU  Melon
MilkbottleKSSU  Milk Bottle
MilkKSSU  Milk Carton
KSS Food Unknown3  Mochi*
KSS Food Mushiki  Mushiki*/Tempura*
KSS Food NigiriSushi  Nigiri-Sushi*
KSS Food Mochi  Nikuman*
KSS Food Unknown1  Nori Senbei*
KSS Food Yakitori  Oden*
OmuriceKSS  Omelette*
KSS Food Onigiri  Onigiri*
OrangeKSSU  Orange
PeachKSSU  Peach
PeasKSSU  Peas**
PepbrewKSQSQ  Pep Brew
PopsicleKSSU  Popsicle
PuddingKSSU  Pudding**
SandwichKSSU  Sandwich**
SundaeKSSU  Shaved Ice
CakeKSSU  Shortcake
SodaKSSU  Soda
IcecreamconeKSSU  Soft Cream
StrawberryKSSU  Strawberry
KSS Food Taiyaki  Taiyaki*
KSS Food Unknown2  Takoyaki*
TomatoKSSU  Tomato
WatermelonKSSU  Watermelon

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

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

KTnT Hamburger sprite  Hamburger** 4
KTnT Maxim Tomato sprite  Tomato Max
KTnT Onigiri sprite  Onigiri* 4
KTnT Pep Brew sprite  Power Drink 1
KTnT Strawberry Shortcake sprite  Cake 5

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

Kirby Air Ride

KAR Food Apple  Apple 18
KAR Food Cereal  Chinese Noodles/Ramen 30
KAR Food Unknown  Curry 30
KAR Food EnergyDrink  Energy Drink 70
KAR Food Hamburger  Hamburger 25
KAR Food HotDog  Hot Dog** 25
MaxtomatoKAR  Maxim Tomato Max
KAR Food Turkey  Meat 35
KAR Food Omurice  Omelette 30
KAR Food Onigiri  Onigiri 20
KAR Food IceCream  Soft Cream 5
KAR Food Sushi  Sushi 25
KAR Food Tempura Soba  Tempura Soba* 25

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

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror/Kirby: Squeak Squad

KatAM Food Cherries  Cherries 1
KatAM Food Hamburger  Hamburger 1
KatAM Food MaximTomato  Maxim Tomato Max
KatAM Food Meat  Meat 3
KatAM Food Dumpling  Nikuman 1
KatAM Food Onigiri  Onigiri 1
PepbrewKSQSQ  Pep Brew 2
KatAM Food Pudding  Pudding 1
KSQSQ logo
KatAM Food Hamburger  Hamburger 1/2
KatAM Food Dumpling  Nikuman 1/2
KatAM Food Onigiri  Onigiri 1/2
KatAM Food Pudding  Pudding 1/2

Kirby: Canvas Curse

KCC Bagel sprite  Bagel N/A
KCC Bananas sprite  Banana N/A
KCC Jalapeno sprite  Bell Pepper N/A
KCC Candy sprite  Candy N/A
KCC Carrot sprite  Carrot N/A
KCC Corn sprite  Corn N/A
KCC Egg sprite  Eggs N/A
KCC Grapes sprite  Grapes N/A
KCC Hamburger sprite  Hamburger N/A
KCC Maxim Tomato sprite  Maxim Tomato Max
KCC Meat sprite  Meat N/A
KCC Melon sprite  Melon N/A
KCC Orange sprite  Orange N/A
KCC Pep Brew sprite  Pep Brew 2
KCC Strawberry Ice Cream sprite  Pink Soft Cream N/A
KCC Popsicle sprite  Popsicle N/A
KCC Cake sprite  Shortcake N/A
KCC Ice Cream sprite  Soft Cream N/A
KCC Strawberry sprite  Strawberry N/A
KCC Tomato sprite  Tomato N/A
KCC Watermelon sprite  Watermelon N/A

Kirby Mass Attack

KMA Apple sprite 2  Apple 1
KMA Bananas sprite 2  Banana 10
KMA Grapes sprite  Grapes unused
KMA Green Apple sprite  Green Apple 1
KMA Maxim Tomato sprite  Maxim Tomato 100
KMA Melon sprite 2  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

  • Acorn Squash
  • Bananas
  • Bell Pepper
  • Bread
  • Carrot
  • Cherries
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Hamburger
  • Hotdog
  • Macaron
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Meat
  • Melon
  • Melon Soda Float
  • Milk Bottle
  • Milk Carton
  • Omelette
  • Onigiri
  • Orange
  • Pep Brew
  • Pink Doughnut
  • Popsicle
  • Pudding
  • Sandwich
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Soft Cream
  • Sushi
  • Takoyaki
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon

Food items obtained from Friends

When using Cook's Cook Potluck/Supper Party Friend Ability, certain food items correspond to a Copy Ability and that ability's Friend. This is also true for Dream Friends and when Kirby does not have an ability.

Ability Food
Adeleine & Ribbon Sandwich
Artist Melon Soda Float
Bandana Waddle Dee Strawberry Shortcake
Beam Eggs
Beetle Watermelon
Bomb Milk Bottle
Cleaning Corn
Coo Meat
Cook Omelette
Crash Hotdog
Cutter Bananas
Dark Meta Knight Coffee
Daroach Strawberry Shortcake
ESP Coffee
Festival Macaron
Fighter Hamburger
Fire Hotdog
Gooey Soft Cream
Hammer Bananas
Ice Popsicle
Kine Sushi
King Dedede Meat
Kirby Melon
Marx Bread
Meta Knight Coffee
Mike Pudding
Ninja Sushi
Parasol Watermelon
Plasma Melon Soda Float
Rick Carrot
Spider Eggs
Staff Hotdog
Stone Acorn Squash
Suplex Watermelon
Sword Bell Pepper
Water Milk Carton
Whip Hamburger
Wing Meat
Yo-Yo Pink Doughnut

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
  • Meat
  • Melon
  • Milk
  • Mushroom
  • Omelette
  • Onigiri
  • Orange
  • Pizza
  • Ramen
  • Rice Tray
  • Soft Cream
  • Spaghetti
  • Strawberry
  • Sushi
  • Unagi Rice
  • Watermelon

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tea
  • Tempura Soba
  • Turkey

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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  • Apple
  • Bananas
  • Cherry
  • Eggs
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lollipop
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Meat
  • Pancake
  • Peach
  • Pie
  • Skewer
  • Spaghetti
  • Steak

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


  • 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 since Kirby's Adventure. Despite this, it was not until 17 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 Jambastion mages are freed in Void Termina's second phase, they will drop food. Francisca will drop a melon soda float, Flamberge will drop a hotdog, Zan Partizanne will drop a pudding, and Hyness will drop a milk bottle.



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