|Food restores energy. Whenever you find food, take it.|
— The Beginner's Show, in Kirby Super Star
With each major iteration of the Kirby series, more varieties of food items are made available, though they all serve the same function, to restore varying amounts of Kirby's (or one of his friends') health. Additionally, in Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and Kirby Star Allies, it is possible to share food items by performing what is officially called a Face-to-Face, wherein, after one character eats a food item, if they quickly touch a friendly character, they will share the food with that character. This is an optimal strategy, as all participants are healed the full amount, as if each one obtained their own food item.
Kirby's Dream Land
Only two food items appear in Kirby's Dream Land. They are the Energy Drink, which restores two points of health, and the Maxim Tomato, which restores all health. While the Superspicy Curry and the Mint Leaf are technically food, they do not recover any health, and instead serve a different function. In storyline, the reasoning behind why there are scarce food items is because King Dedede stole all the food from Dream Land. Kirby's goal is to get it back, along with the Sparkling Stars.
Whispy Woods drops apples as part of his attack, but these also do not recover health.
Kirby's Pinball Land
In Kirby's Pinball Land, food items do not restore health, as there is no health system in this game. Instead, Energy Drinks and Maxim Tomatoes can be seen at various places on the pinball boards, acting as temporary stopgaps to prevent Kirby from falling into the gutter below.
Kirby's Dream Course
In Kirby's Dream Course, the only food available are Energy Tomatoes, which are smaller variants of Maxim Tomatoes that are used to measure Kirby's stamina. He starts with 4 on each life, and will lose one each time he makes a shot or collides with a dangerous enemy or hazard. Defeating enemies restores one tomato each, as does entering the cup at the end of a hole.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Kirby's Block Ball
Food items do not restore health in Kirby's Block Ball. Instead, they are merely worth points when collected.
Kirby Super Star
This game was the first Kirby game to have more food items than just the Maxim Tomato and the Energy Drink. These food items however don't heal as much Stamina as the other two.
Collecting food is given greater importance in Gourmet Race, where each piece of food obtained is worth one point.
The following are all the various food items that can be encountered in Kirby Super Star:
|Food Items in Kirby Super Star|
Kirby's Dream Land 3
As in Kirby's Dream Land 2, there are only two types of food in this game: Energy Drinks and Maxim Tomatoes. Energy drinks restore two points of health, while Maxim Tomatoes restore all of it. Kirby can also recover 2 points of health by eating Gooey (this is handy for bringing Kirby back from the brink, as calling Gooey is not capable of K.O.ing Kirby outright).
Additionally, Kirby gains a point of health whenever he eats the enemy Apolo.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, there are relatively few varieties of food when compared to Kirby Super Star and later games in that style. Standard food items always restore 1 bar of Kirby's health, while Maxim Tomatoes restore all of it. Food can be found at various locations in stages and in the Bonus Game, and consist of the following varieties:
- Maxim Tomato
- Leg of ham
- Sandwich (no crust)
- Shortcake slice
- Vanilla popsicle w/ chocolate drizzle
The Ice-Spark Power Combo is capable of producing food as well, though the food produced by this ability is different from the items found in stages, as follows:
- Cheese wedge
- Milk carton
- Hot dog
Unlike regular food, this projectile food will disappear after a short amount of time, and can be used to attack enemies.
Aside from these interactable food items, there are a couple others seen in cut-scenes or eaten by other characters:
- Apples - painted by Adeleine and eaten by Kirby in a cut-scene
- Strawberries - Ribbon resembles a strawberry in a cut-scene where Kirby is hallucinating from hunger.
- Onigiri - eaten by Waddle Dee in cut-scenes and at the Bonus Game.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
There are four different kinds of food in this game, as follows:
- Power Drink - Restores 1 HP
- Hamburger - Restores 4 HP (replaced by an onigiri in the Japanese version)
- Strawberry Shortcake - Restores 5 HP
- Maxim Tomato - Restores all HP
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Air Ride
In Kirby Air Ride, food can be found in blue boxes or out in the open in the City Trial game mode. Each distinct food item heals Air Ride Machine durability by a slightly different amount, with ice cream and apples healing relatively little, and Maxim Tomatoes providing a complete refill.
The food items that can be found are as follows:
- Energy Drink
- Hot dog
- Ice cream cone
- Maxim Tomato
- Roast turkey
- Sushi plate
There are a number of different Checklist objectives revolving around food as well, as follows:
|City Trial: In one game, drink 3 or more Energy Drinks!|
|City Trial: In one game, eat 2 or more Maxim Tomatoes!|
|City Trial: In one race, eat 3 or more Hot Dogs!|
|City Trial: In one race, eat 3 or more plates of Sushi!|
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
|Food items in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
|Image||Name||Amount of stamina recovered||Notes|
|Maxim Tomato||all life bars||This is the only item except Vitality Heart that replenishes all life bars.|
|Energy Drink||2 life bars|
|Drumstick||3 life bars|
|Cherries||1 life bar|
|generic food||1 life bar||An enemy has a chance to drop this item when defeated. Food types include a hamburger, omurice, onigiri, and dumpling.|
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, the only food items that can be found in stages are Energy Drinks (which restore 2 HP) and Maxim Tomatoes (which restore all HP).
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, a slice of the Strawberry Shortcake is the main plot device of the game's Story Mode, where Kirby must chase the Squeaks in an adventure to get back his shortcake slice from them.
All food items from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror make a return in the game, with some of them found in bubbles that can be stored in the Copy Palette. Food stored in the Copy Palette can be mixed to create a food item that restores more health, like mixing two Cherries to create an Energy Drink.
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Due to stamina not being a thing in Kirby's Epic Yarn, there are no food items in stages which restore health. However, food does feature in the game in other ways, as follows:
- Several Furniture and Fabric items resemble food.
- Food appears a couple times in cut-scenes, mainly in the Treat Land scene.
- The Metamato is a food item of sorts, though this is not certain.
Kirby Mass Attack
- Main article: Fruit
To recover Stamina, the Hero's Heart must toss a blue Kirby into a special pink bin to bring him back to a healthy pink hue.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In the opening cinematic, Kirby is seen running with a slice of strawberry shortcake, as King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee pursue him before the Lor crashes and begins the story proper. This particular food item can also be found in-game in various places, along with numerous others.
The following are all the various food items that can be encountered in Kirby's Return to Dream Land:
|Food Items in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
In addition to the food items present in the games this collection features, food items from Kirby's Return to Dream Land also make an appearance in the Fighter and Smash Combat Chambers in the New Challenge Stages Sub-Game.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Additionally, some food items can be stored as an Assist Star after being collected, and can be used at any time to heal Kirby or King Dedede when deemed necessary.
The following are all the various food items that can be encountered in Kirby: Triple Deluxe:
|Food Items in Kirby: Triple Deluxe|
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
|There are eight varieties in all. Each food item restores one health bar.|
— Kirby and the Rainbow Curse electronic manual, page 12
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse features 8 distinct food items (not counting the Maxim Tomato) which each restore one point of health. They are as follows (names taken from the electronic manual):
- Blue Punch
- Hot Dog
- Ice Cream
- Snap Pea
In addition to recovering health, each food item grants 500 points when collected. Interestingly, besides the white milk, each food item corresponds to a color in the rainbow. These food items are also depicted in Elline's Secret Diary and the Kirby's Feast Figurine.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot shares many of its food items with its previous iterations, but also introduces some new ones. Additionally, some food items, like the calamari, can only be found off certain enemies.
The following are all the various food items that can be encountered in Kirby: Planet Robobot:
|Food Items in Kirby: Planet Robobot|
*This item only appears as an Assist Star
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe & Super Kirby Clash
Food items sometimes appear during battles in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash. These items are reused from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
Food appears as an optional collectable in Kirby's Blowout Blast, to top off Kirby's health if he needs it.
Kirby Battle Royale
Food items do not appear during battles in Kirby Battle Royale, but Kirby's entire motive for participating in Dedede's Cake Royale is the eponymous cake awarded to the champion. Apples are also collected (but not eaten) in the Apple Scramble game.
Kirby Star Allies
Many food items from the previous Kirby games return in Kirby Star Allies, but like the other more recent Kirby games, more food items have been added. There are several food items that correspond to specific Dream Friends, which were added alongside those friends and can be found in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! and Heroes in Another Dimension.
Kirby Fighters 2
Various pieces of food can appear in Kirby Fighters 2 which can be used to recover a small amount of HP. In standard battles, all food aside from Energy Drinks and Maxim Tomatoes restore 24 HP when consumed. Food can appear a variety of ways, as follows:
- appearing randomly on stage, or in Containers and Ice Containers.
- appearing as a result of the Action Star being activated.
- being dropped by stage events, such as the Waddle Dees in Gourmet Go Go.
- being selected in Story Mode: The Destined Rivals as a story item (only the Cherry, Energy Drink, and Maxim Tomato appear in this form).
In Story Mode: The Destined Rivals, picking up Recovery Stones will allow the player's fighter and teammate to gain more HP back when eating food items during battle.
The following are all the various minor food items that can be encountered in Kirby Fighters 2:
|Food Items in Kirby Fighters 2|
Games which do not have food
The following Kirby games do not have food items:
- Kirby's Avalanche
- Kirby's Toy Box
- Kirby's Star Stacker
- Kirby's Star Stacker (SNES)
- Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "Recovers some health."
Kirby Air Ride
- North American instruction booklet bio (page 27): "Restores a little damage[sic]."
Names in other languages