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 Dream Land 2
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. 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
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
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
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.|
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby: Mass Attack
Food serves a bit of a different function in this title. Instead of recovering Stamina, the Kirbys have to eat a specific amount of food in order to create another Kirby, up to 10 copies.
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 Epic Yarn/Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
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
In addition to the food items present in the games this collection features, food items from 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: 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.
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.
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