March 03, 2010 at 07:45 PM EST

If your childhood dreams ever bordered on psychedelic thanks to Gene Wilder, a bubble room, and some Oompa-Loompa friends, then you are in for a de-licorice-ious treat. Wonka Candy, the real-life Nestle-owned brand, is bringing its golden ticket contest to life! While thousands of instant-prize tickets are up for grabs, 10 grand prize winners will get $12,500 for a four-stop trip around the world with three guests. Let the manic, rabid opening of Wonka Bars begin! Of course, such a movie-magic prize means some tough choices — namely, where to go and whom to bring. I’ve always wanted to check out the street food in Thailand, so who better to join me than Augustus Gloop himself? Because if anyone indulged in deep-fried crickets with me (and help me devour the thousands of SweeTart packets I’d put in my suitcase), it would be that lederhosened young bon vivant.

What about you, PopWatchers? Which Wonka character — from 1971 or 2005 (or the Roald Dahl book, if you are not familiar with “movies”) — would you take with you around the world?

Image credit: Paramount Pictures/Photofest

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