Movie Snack Recipes for a Warm Night In
Temperatures are about to drop across North Carolina—what better reason to huddle up with your family at home and check out a good film?
More importantly, what better reason for everyone to spend an extra 30 minutes or so preparing a homemade movie-night snack? Not only does this prevent you from shelling out money for options at the store, it provides everyone with yet another opportunity to be together.
Here are two of my favorites, for which you likely already have most of the ingredients. Next step? Pick your movie!
Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 4 ounces good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
1. In a medium pot, heat the oil and 3 kernels of popcorn, covered, over medium heat until all 3 kernels pop. Pour in the remaining kernels, cover pot again, and shake to distribute. As the popcorn pops, shake pan occasionally, removing from heat once the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between pops. Pour popcorn into a large bowl, removing any unpopped or partially popped kernels you see.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place the chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate is very soft and becomes a liquid when stirred. Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir to coat as thoroughly as possible.
3. Spread popcorn evenly onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until chocolate has hardened.
Note: If making for a vegan eater, simply use a dark chocolate with no dairy in the ingredients.
From-Scratch Soft Baked Pretzels
- 1 package (.25 oz.) active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1-2 tbsp coarse kosher salt or cinnamon sugar
1. In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, brown sugar, and salt. Test water temperature with thermometer. When it reads 110 degrees, add to bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add both types of flour and stir well.
2. Place dough on floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. (To knead dough, press down on dough with your palm, fold the dough over and rotate 1/4 turn, repeat until dough is ready.)
3. Grease a large bowl. Place dough in bowl then turn dough upside down to coat the surface. Cover with a towel and let rise for one hour in a warm spot.
4. Combine 2 cups warm water (test again for 110 degrees) and baking soda in an 8-inch square pan. After the dough has risen, divide it into 12 pieces.
5. Roll each piece into a 1 1/2-foot rope, 1/2-inch wide. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place on cookie sheets and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Bake at 450°F. for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with coarse salt or cinnamon sugar, and let cool.
Better yet—do you have recipes for movie-night snacks your kids like? Share them here!
Andrea Fisher is a Triad-based writer, movie lover, and content specialist for 4tv. She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Check out more of her tips @andreafisher007.