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Fun Facts About the Food-Conjuring Spell

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The wizards in "Magical Missions" are blessed with the possibility of being able to create food out of thin air. There are benefits to it, but also limits.

Here are the facts about conjuring food out of nothing:

1: Not all edible items can be magically made out of thin air. Those include complex foods, such as wedding cakes (there are too many steps and customization, so only the ingredients can be conjured), trademarked items (only public-domain replicas can be created, if they exist), raw meats (living things can't be conjured out of nowhere, including bacteria, like salmonella), or foods not authorized in a certain country. If a place forbids food or outside food, it can cast charms to block the food-making spell. If one tries to conjure something that cannot be made out of thin air, such as a trademarked food, nothing will happen. Then a holographic note will appear, saying that the specific item cannot be conjured due to the law behind it.

2: To create food out of nothing, wizards use the creation spell, hoc creo, followed by the name of the item they want to conjure. And the food type must be in the magician's natural language. For example, if a wizard who speaks English wants a slice of pizza, he or she would say, "Hoc creo pizza." Then colors would appear, solidify, and create the scents. Once the spell is complete, the person can eat the magically-conjured edible item. If a magician wants a specific kind of the food he or she creates, then he or she has to add that specification when magically making the item. So, if he or she wants white pizza or pepperoni pizza, then the words he or she would have to say would be "Hoc creo white pizza." or "Hoc creo pepperoni pizza." If nothing is specified, then the magic in the wizard's wand will create the default generic food. More skilled wizards can create food out of nothing without saying their spells out loud.

3: Creating cooked food out of thin air is very difficult. Not all wizards can master it. It takes more time, effort, and focus. While learning how to create raw food, such as an apple, is required in the magical education curriculum for child magicians (as part of the "survival" topic - i.e. if you are stranded on an island with nothing but your wand), learning how to create cooked food is optional. If a young wizard succeeds at conjuring a cooked item, he or she is encouraged (but not required) to move forward with it. In fact, wizards who can conjure cooked items have more career opportunities, such as being a chef in a wizards-only restaurant.

4: Raw fruits and vegetables conjured out of nothing does not have to be rinsed. It has not been anywhere. So, unless it's created on a dirty surface, it can be consumed once fully created.

5: If a person has a dietary restriction, such as a nut allergy, he or she can eat anything created out of nothing as long as it doesn't contain the ingredient that the individual cannot have. So, if a person allergic to nuts conjures a piece of chocolate or ice cream out of thin air, he or she can still eat it since it has not been anywhere before.

6: Raw foods include fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Cooked foods include brownies, steak, pasta, and even bread. If one can't find it in nature, it is considered a cooked item.

7: Wands and magic can detect the cooking styles in a certain area. So, if someone creates pizza in Chicago, he or she will get the traditional kind in that region. The same would happen if somebody conjured pizza in New York. He or she would end up with the NY style.

8: Specification is very important when creating food. For example, if a wizard says, "Hoc creo cupcake," he or she will end up with a plain vanilla cupcake and no icing. For frosting, one has not only include it when saying the creation spell, but also state how he or she wants it topped, whether spread flat, swirled, and so forth. The same goes for cupcake flavors, toppings like sprinkles and sugars. The magician must say them all at once or add them one at a time. Several specifications at once are more successful for experienced wizards than novice or intermediate-leveled ones.

For a default example, if one says, "Hoc creo cookie," he or she will end up with a hard chocolate chip cookie.

9: To create homemade food, one must learn how to cook without magic or be around someone who does know how to cook with no wizardry involved. And that other being can only be someone in a biological family member. So, if somebody lives in a home with non-related people, like a foster home, with godparents, a significant other, or roommates, he or she must learn regular culinary skills to conjure homemade food. It will result in the level of where the person is with cooking. Someone who is weak at cooking will conjure edible items he or she will likely throw away while someone who is good or excellent at cooking will create something many can enjoy. The person also must include the word, "homemade" when creating his or her edible item.

10: Conjuring food out of thin air takes several levels. The beginner level is where a student would create something flat, like roast beef or sugar cookies. The next level would be creating slightly thicker foods, such as brownies and crumb cake. The intermediate level would involve creating foods with fillings such as jelly doughnuts and dumplings. The next level would be bigger filled foods, such as cake slices with filings (i.e. Black forest cake) and lasagna. The most advanced level would be creating foods with more customization, such as chicken pot pie and spring rolls.

11: Certain magicians who can create cooked food out of nothing can develop specific styles for some foods, such as French toast. Others will end up creating the style of food that is closest to them in distance.

12: While some foods can't be created due to a lot of specificities, certain ones need them. Those include pies and lollipops. Just like with the other edible items that are unable to be conjured, the generic ones are part of that group.

If a wizard wants to create pie, he or she has to add what flavor, such as apple, blueberry, pecan, and so on. The same goes for lollipops and other general foods.

13: If one wants to create a certain style of food in another country, it may or may not happen, depending on the country's laws. For example, if one wants to create a doughnut from the US in Canada, it may work. But if they are in a country where the food laws a stricter, a holographic note will appear and say why it blocked the food's conjuring. In that case, the person would only be able to create that certain food in a private setting, like a hotel room or AirBnB.

14: If one wants to create something that contains at least 2 items, such as chicken and waffles or spaghetti and meatballs, unless they are highly skilled, it is easier if they make one item at a time. For instance, to conjure spaghetti and meatballs, it would be best to create the spaghetti, then the sauce, and then the meatballs.

15: Food conjured out of thin air does not last forever. It can expire or spoil just as fast as its same types that are grown, cooked, or hunted.

For example, if one creates watermelon chunks, those will need to be consumed within the same amount of days grown watermelon would. Perishable food created out of nothing will go bad if not refrigerated. And no spell can reverse the spoiling of food nor can it extend shelf life, expiration, or freshness of any food.

16: The amount of magic needed to create food has to develop a lot for it to be successful. The only way to do that is to practice. So, it is very normal for students to end up with just liquid pigments while trying to conjure food in the beginner. And no, the pigments are not edible.

17: After a student creates a food item, he or she is required to sample it to ensure that it tastes and feels the same as its grown, hunted, or cooked equivalent. They will be exempt from that if they are allergic to the specific item (in which case, they won't create it), it's against their religion, or if they have a voluntary dietary restriction, such as being vegan or avoiding gluten.

That being said, the instructors won't make them eat the whole item. In fact, a lot of times, they will discourage that during the lessons, even at the end, since they know that their parents or guardians won't want the conjured food to replace or spoil their dinners. Students also create smaller portions anyway.

18: For the final projects at the end of each semester or year, students are required to create meals for their families, whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their families then share their reviews on their kids' conjured food. They may say how it tasted, how it felt, or anything else they have strong feelings about. This determines the final grades for the students.

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