The days are getting shorter, and the air is crisper… it’s time to move some of your family fun indoors, and who doesn’t love family movie night? Movie nights are great for cuddling up with the kids on the couch - both human and furry! So, stoke up the fire, get comfy, and enjoy the show!
Before you turn the lights down, no movie night is complete without movie-themed snacks! Here are some delicious snack ideas you can make before enjoying your family’s favorite flicks!
“Okay, people, hair we go!”
Trolls movies have been a hit with kids since 2016. DreamWorks’ Trolls are animated comedies filled with heart, music, and hair-raising adventures. The characters are based on the puffy-haired popular ‘80s kids toys with the same name. Trolls are colorful, vibrant, and great inspiration for movie-themed snacks! Think purple, yellow, pink, green, blue, and orange.
Easy-peasy Trolls popcorn. Pop up some corn on the stove or in the microwave, then add Skittles, Smarties, or M&Ms for a delicious salty-sweet combo.
Trolls flowers. Arrange eight or nine square pretzels at a time on a microwave-safe plate. Place a candy melt in the centre of each pretzel, then place in the microwave and heat them until the candy melts are at the beginning stage of being melted (about 40 seconds). You want them soft to the touch and melted enough to press a M&M down into it but not so melty that the candy is running off the pretzel. Then add Smarties to create beautiful, delicious daisies! Have the kids choose one color of Smarties for the disc and another color for the petals. There are endless combinations of colors to choose from!
Healthy Trolls. For a healthy snack, choose any flavor of soft cream cheese and create a ball, which will be the Troll’s head. Add olives for the eyes, a carrot for the nose, then use different colored peppers cut into strips for the hair. So cute!
Recreate Disney magic!
You can get specific with your Disney movie theme or if you are watching a variety of Disney classics, go with Mickey Mouse themed food.
Moana. A great Disney film to watch time and again, and the themed snacks are easy to make! Order Hawaiian pizza for delivery while you are making some delicious Hawaiian punch: pineapple juice, Hawaiian Punch, Orange juice concentrate, limeade concentrate, and Ginger Ale. If making the punch ahead of time, leave out the Ginger Ale until you are ready to serve. Along with pizza and punch, serve up a large bowl of Maui Onion Chips, too (available to purchase at London Drugs). Bing, bang, boom, done!
Disney classics with Mickey Mouse munchies. The iconic Mickey Mouse logo is made up of three circles, so you can create your own homemade version of Mickey Mouse with just about any food: Cheese, fruit, crackers, pizza, cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispies treat balls, pancakes. Get the kids involved with creating their favorite Mickey Mouse snacks to enjoy any classic Disney movie with.
Fright and delight!
Halloween is right around the corner, so I have conjured up some spooktacular treats - if you dare to enjoy!
Arachnophobia. A cult classic. For those who enjoy watching - and eating - creepy crawlies, use chocolate chips for the spiders and place them all over chocolate chip cookies. Then use little piped chocolate for the spider’s legs. A triple chocolate threat!
The Addams Family and Addams Family 2. Perfect timing, the sequel is out now! If you want to go all out, buy squid ink pasta and add sun-dried tomatoes for little witch’s hair with bloody scabs. Then create eyeballs out of lychee fruit and pop in blueberries for pupils and cover in a raspberry sauce for a frightfully disgusting dessert.
Hocus Pocus and next year, enjoy Hocus Pocus 2 (release date: autumn 2022). Carrying on with the witch theme, a healthy snack to add to your Hocus Pocus movie fright night is witches broom sticks. Cut a white cheddar cheese string in half and frey the one end into strips to create the broom bristles. Take a stick pretzel and stick it into the other end of the pretzel to create the broom stick handle. These fun and tasty snacks will fly off the plate!
Another healthy snack idea I’ve conjured up just for the fun of it: Stuff cherry tomatoes with pesto or cottage cheese for pimples in varying stages of infection (these will get an ‘eeew!’ or two).
Back to the basics
Movies are synonymous with popcorn and no matter what movie or theme you choose, you must munch on popcorn! Invest in popcorn bags or bowls that each child can decorate. Your popcorn can get fancy, too. Flavor your butter with herbs, chocolate, spices or check out different flavored salts to level up your popcorn game. They can be found in specialty grocery stores or online. I have found everything from Thai Ginger to Chocolate Caramel.
Movie nights are great, but even better with the right snacks to make it an experience. And whether they are store-bought or homemade, it doesn’t matter, your family will love movie night!
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