A movie isn’t a movie without a plethora of snacks.
Whether you’re watching a single movie or doing a marathon of Lord of the Rings, you need to prepare yourself and your guests with endless snacks beforehand so nobody gets hungry during the movie.
The best part about having a movie night at home is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much money on snacks as you would in a movie theater.
In fact, you might not even have to go to the grocery store, because you can make the snacks yourself.
Here are 24 best snacks for movie night!
Everybody loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not bake a quick batch to serve at your movie night?
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is ideal for movie night, as it encompasses all the popular flavors of snacks – chocolate chips, M&Ms, popped kettle corn, and pretzels.
The inclusion of pretzels provides a lovely blend of savory and sweet, making for a batch of heavenly cookies.
It’s not a movie night without popcorn. Popcorn can come with a multitude of toppings, so even though butter might be the go-to, you can experiment with a range of toppings.
Some topping examples include chocolate, hot sauce, caramel, bacon, cinnamon spice, and more.
Serve this popcorn with a range of toppings to make your own popcorn bar.
3. Trail Mix
Trail mix is great for snacking during a movie or while working, but buying bags of trail mix for a movie night can be expensive. So, why not make your own trail mix? It’s incredibly easy to make and can be altered to your liking.
This trail mix recipe includes raw almonds, dried cranberries, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate M&Ms.
One of the most popular snacks of all time are potato chips. While they might not be too expensive at the grocery store, did you know it’s actually cheaper to make homemade potato chips?
This recipe takes you through how to make rustic potato chips with a deliciously salty garlic, celery salt, salt, and pepper seasoning.
Serve with some dips, including salsa and guacamole.
If you want something a bit more filling, you should make a batch of nachos for everyone to enjoy. Nachos are a popular snack sold at movie theaters, but they’re even tastier when you make them by yourself.
This recipe is easy to follow and incorporates a range of ingredients and flavors, including black beans, corn, bell peppers, ground beef, and lots of cheese.
This recipe can be made vegetarian by skipping the ground beef.
Nothing is quite as mouth-watering as mozzarella sticks. While you can buy a frozen pack at the store, did you know that they’re actually really easy to make at home?
The key is to prepare them ahead of the movie night so they have time to solidify in the freezer before frying them.
Serve with homemade marinara.
If you’re making snacks with the kids for movie night, check out this Rice Krispies Treats recipe.
This is a no-bake recipe that consists of a handful of ingredients, including Rice Krispies Treats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and your favorite movie theater snacks, such as M&Ms.
It’s mostly a matter of melting, placing, and cooling, but this is a good way to get the kids to “bake”.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a true favorite movie snack, but you can also make them at home! The best part about making these delicious cups of joy at home is that they only require two ingredients – peanut butter and chocolate.
Plus, you can easily make this a vegan recipe by replacing the dairy chocolate with vegan chocolate.
Fries are nice, but there’s something really special about potato wedges. If you’ve never made them before, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need a deep fryer to make these wedges.
Instead, this is a great oven-baked recipe that makes satisfyingly crispy wedges with fluffy, white insides.
Serve with a range of dips, such as ketchup and sriracha mayo.
Another super easy no-bake movie snack is the humble chocolate-covered pretzel. You can cover both pretzel rods and pretzel twists with chocolate chips or candy melts, decorated with an assortment of sprinkles.
It doesn’t take long for the chocolate to harden, but allow enough time before the movie starts for the snacks to set properly. Plus, when stored properly, they can last up to 2 weeks!
It’s so easy to crave crispy chicken wings when you’re having a movie night, but luckily for you, you don’t have to spend money on ordering food to your house. Instead, make your own with this baked buffalo wings recipe!
This recipe makes a batch of surprisingly crispy wings drizzled in buffalo sauce, and it’s all cooked in the oven. Serve with a blue cheese dip.
If you want to soothe your popcorn snackish cravings, check out this salted caramel popcorn bars recipe.
These bars blend the sweet and salty flavors of salted caramel together beautifully, and with the inclusion of popcorn, they’re surprisingly filling. All you need are caramel candies, marshmallows, unsalted butter, popcorn, and salt.
This will make up to 50 bars, which can keep for up to 1 week when stored properly.
13. Homemade Queso
If you like cheese, you’ll love this homemade queso recipe. Queso is a Mexican cheese dip that is typically eaten with tortilla chips, though we won’t judge you for eating it with a spoon.
It’s richly flavored with tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, onion, and a variety of spices, making for a mouth-watering dip to eat over the course of a movie.
Serve with tortilla chips and a range of sliced vegetables, such as celery.
Milk Duds are a classic movie theater snack, but if you don’t have a box of them in your cupboard, or if you fancy a nice challenge, you can make them at home.
Milk Duds are basically just balls of caramel coated in chocolate, and it’s actually quite easy to make them by yourself.
Plus, this gives you the freedom to make as many Milk Duds of varying sizes as you want!
Butterfingers are a beloved vending machine snack that can easily be made at home. This recipe makes a batch of satisfyingly crunchy and chewy Butterfingers, perfect for those who love this candy.
These Butterfingers are the perfect mixture of crispy and chewy, making it the most realistic copycat recipe available.
They are also great without the chocolate coating – not like we discourage the use of chocolate.
16. Puppy Chow
Whether you know it as puppy chow or muddy buddies, it’s no secret that this movie snack is absolutely addictive.
This no-bake snack consists of Rice Chex cereal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, and is simply a matter of melting and cooling.
This classic snack is often served at birthday parties for its colorful and fun appearance, but it’s also great for movie nights.
As the name suggests, this popcorn features crushed Oreo cookies (flavor of your choice) and sprinkles of your choice, but it also includes marshmallow or vanilla melts to make for a slightly sticky, melted bowl of popcorn.
18. Mini Hot Dogs
If you’re having movie night before dinner, you can technically have a starter while watching the movie. These mini hot dogs are super easy to make and a great way to fulfil your snackish cravings during the movie.
Plus, they’re a hit with parents and kids!
Did you know that you don’t just have to make chocolate chip cookies in the oven? This recipe takes only about 20-30 minutes to make a massive cookie that everyone can delve into.
It’s best served warm and with several scoops of ice cream in the middle for everyone to enjoy during the movie.
20. Easy Guacamole
Guacamole is a beloved dip, and for good reason. This is an easy dip to make and goes brilliantly with tortilla chips and sticks of vegetables.
Another popular movie snack are Junior Mints and – you guessed it – they can be made at home! In fact, some might argue that they taste better than the store-bought ones. These candies are great for light snacking during a movie.
Blondies can be enjoyed at any time, but they’re particularly delicious during a movie. These gooey blondies are filled with mini M&Ms, another beloved movie night snack, and are surprisingly easy to make.
This recipe is easy to follow and makes a batch of chewy, golden blondies that can be served alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you’re binging horror films for Halloween, why not get into the spooky spirit with some salted caramel apples?
The best part about these apples is that they are covered in a gooey salted caramel covering (which works beautifully with the sweet apple) and crispy popcorn. You’ve basically got the main ingredients for a Halloween movie night!
If in doubt, just make a huge snack board filled with everyone’s favorite snacks! This can include a big bowl of popcorn (of course), chocolate, a range of candies, crackers, fruits, and whatever else you might want.
So, there you have it! There are countless snacks for movie nights, so you don’t just have to settle for a bag of plain popcorn or chips.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Bring To A Friend’s Movie Night?
Movie nights are all about snacks, so here are some snack ideas you can bring to your friend’s movie night:
- Soda (or an alcoholic beverage)
- Chips and dips
- Ice cream
- French fries or wedges
- Cheese board
- Fruit salad
- Snack board with all of the above!
Of course, make sure to bring whatever makes you feel most comfortable, such as blankets, pajamas, fluffy socks, and even face masks for everyone to enjoy!