It’s the 50th anniversary Roald Dahl’s delicious classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” To commemorate this event, an unpublished chapter of Roald Dahl’s story, “The Vanilla Fudge Room,” can be read at The Guardian. The chapter was published online Aug. 29. Readers might be wondering why this chapter didn’t make it to the book in the first place. The reason being it was: “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral.” Hence, it was edited out of the book.
“The Vanilla Fudge Room,” was originally chapter five in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It wasn’t in the final draft of the book, which was published in the U.S. in 1964, the Guardian reported. The chapter in question will surprise fans of Dahl’s work. Charlie Bucket still finds the famous Golden Ticket. He gets to visit the famous chocolate factory, however he takes his mother with him instead of his grandfather. Initially the number of children who entered the factory was 15. This was later changed to five children. “The Vanilla Fudge Room” chapter speaks of nine children being present. In the chapter, Augustus Gloop is known as Augustus Pottle.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” evolved when Dahl was in the writing process due to the death of the author’s 7-year-old daughter Olivia. Dahl also almost lost his 4-month-old son Theo, the Guardian reported.
Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd., has released other versions of the story referencing the character Mirana Mary Piker, who was transformed into peanut brittle. The book’s sequel, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” was printed in 1972.
The book, which tells the tale of Charlie Bucket’s adventures when he visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, has sold millions. It’s inspired many film versions as well as a West End musical.
You can read the unpublished chapter from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at The Guardian.