One pastime I really enjoyed growing up was going to the movies.
It was those days of middle school, when there wasn’t much else to do at the ripe age of 12 or 13, that I found myself with a hoard of friends at the movies almost every weekend. Even in high school, my mom and I frequented the movies quite often… (at almost any given moment I could tell you what was playing at the box office or offer up my opinion on a newly released film).
However, I now find that unless it’s a big action film that benefits from a large screen and ultra surround sound, I don’t really make it out to see a movie in the theater anymore.
One of the things I do miss about the movies though is the snacking experience. Whether it was sneaking in candy from the dollar store, or buying big, buttery bags of popcorn from the concession stand — it was always nice to sit down to the previews with some salty and sweet goodies on hand.
Last weekend I decided to revisit some of my favorite movie-time snacks, but add my own little twist:
- Chili, Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins. A play on the good ol’ Raisinettes. I really love dark chocolate, and there’s always something exciting about adding a little heat to the sweet! You could add cayenne if you want to add a little more intensity, but I opted to just add some chili powder to the melted chocolate for an added layer of flavor and spice.
- Maple & Sea Salt Popcorn. Straight-up buttered popcorn is delicious, but I really wanted to try something a little different. The maple syrup and sea salt complimented each other really well for this salty and sweet combination.
- Sriracha Cheddar Nachos. My favorite of all may have been the sriracha cheddar cheese sauce. There was just enough heat to make my mouth dance, but not be overwhelmed. If you’re not on the sriracha kick, you could substitute your favorite salsa or hot sauce instead!
In the end, all three were delicious and made me excited to sit down and cozy up on the couch for a good movie!
While I may not frequent the movie theater too often these days, my love for watching a good movie (wherever that may be) is still great. Making all these snacks made me think about what some of my favorite flicks have been over the years, so I thought I’d jot my list here (in no particular order).
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Garden State
- Dances with Wolves
- Love Actually
- P.S. I Love You
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- American Beauty
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Office Space
What are some of your favorites?