Snacks to Glow Up Your Movie Night
Snacks are one of the best parts of movie night. But, instead of munching on whatever stale chips you have in the back of the cupboard, glow up your movie night snacks with fresh ideas. Whether you are looking for healthier alternatives to the preservative-laded movie candy or just looking to mix it up with some new treats, there are tons of options to upgrade movie night.
Before you get too deep into over-the-top Pinterest-worthy snack ideas, remember that the best approach to movie night treats is to keep them simple and realistic. Below are snack ideas for each kind of movie, but only tackle one or two of them at a time so you don’t become so overwhelmed with cooking and baking that it ruins the relaxing evening.
For a RomCom
Whether you’re putting on a romantic comedy for date night or just a relaxed night in, the right snacks can complement the love story. Try some Hot Chocolate Popcorn, a sweet and salty snack that goes great with grand gestures of love. Simply mix in mini marshmallows with the popcorn, drizzle on melted chocolate, and immediately shake in hot cocoa powder while the chocolate is still liquid, to coat.
Another treat you’re sure to lust over is red velvet cookies – you can even use a cookie cutter to make them heart-shaped if you’re going all-in on the theme! Or, if you plan to Netflix and chill with a significant other, create a sultry fruit plate with fresh cherries, strawberries, and grapes.
Action & Adventure
Pump up your action movie snacks with a spicy kick. Sriracha popcorn will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just mix Sriracha in with melted butter (the ratio can vary to suit your spice preference) and drizzle over plain popcorn. For a healthy option, try substituting roasted spicy chickpeas, which will give you the popcorn crunch with more protein.
For an adventure movie, put together Trail Mix Popcorn. Combine nuts, chocolate chips, and pretty much anything else that could go in trail mix with popcorn and drizzle with peanut butter and honey. Keep the wet wipes handy, as this snack will get sticky!
Whether you’re working your way through Disney+ or your teens are obsessed with Marvel Universe, there are hearty snacks that can make the whole family happy during movie night. Try healthier versions of comfort food classics for snacks that taste more indulgent than they are. Air Fryer Meatballs are easy to make ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate, and then pop in the air fryer when you’re ready. These are delicious served with marinara sauce, as long as you don’t have a white couch or carpet to worry about.
Instead of ordering a pizza, make your own homemade, snack-sized pizzas. If you don’t have any pizza dough on hand, try using English Muffins or French bread as the base for individual pizzas. Just toast and then top with pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Since these are individual, your family won’t have to fight about whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza!
If you like the suspense of watching a mystery movie, you’ll love pairing it with movie snacks that also offer a surprise! Fill croissants with a variety of fillings, from Nutella to goat cheese, and you won’t know which is which until you bite in. For your dessert, discover your inner bad guy with peanut butter-filled Devil’s Food cupcakes.
Peanut Butter-Filled Devil’s Food Cupcakes
Ingredients (Makes 24)
1/2 cup softened butter
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs (large)
1-1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the over to 325°
- Combine butter and sugar and then add vanilla. Beat in eggs, mixing each one in completely before adding the next.
- In a separate mixing bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and baking powder
- Add dry mix to creamy mixt along with buttermilk
- Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners and fill each cup half full
- Bake 15-20 minutes and then cool completely
- While baking, make the filling by whisking peanut butter and butter together and then slowly beat in powdered sugar
- After cupcakes are cooled, scoop out some of the inside of each cake and then spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of each cupcake
- Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.
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