Watching a good movie is an enlightening experience. But there’s something that people don’t know about good movies — they have to be paired with the best snacks for the full experience. You have to accentuate the subtle nuances of the movie with your choice of snack. Otherwise, your experience is simply subpar and not a truly great viewing experience.
Being a snack expert myself, I have compiled a list of the best snacks for different genres of movies. Hopefully, this will heighten your love for movies…and snacks.
Action — Popcorn
This one is pretty obvious, but some people still don’t know the proper snack to eat when watching a suspenseful, fast-paced action movie. Of course, popcorn is the only way to go when watching a heart-pounding action film.
Action movies tend to be loud and intense — much like popcorn-eating. While popcorn can be enjoyed in any movie (it’s just such a classic that it can be paired with anything), it is best enjoyed with the films that are known for high-intensity scenes, superior quality graphics, and ear-drum-bursting sound.
Try chomping down on your popcorn during The Notebook (2004) and you ruin the mood. Now, chow down on some of that same popcorn during The Bourne Identity (2002) and no one will notice. In fact, you may even get applause for your choice of snack.
Romance — Chocolate
Another obvious one — when you’re watching romance, you must have chocolate. Not only does chocolate create a similar emotion to love when you eat it, it is the traditional gift among lovers, so it’s perfect for movies all about love. Also, it tastes really good.
The best part about eating chocolate during romantic movies is that it can be enjoyed with others or solo. While you may be watching A Star Is Born (2018) with your lover, you may be alone too. No shame in that — just grab a Hershey’s bar and you’re good to go!
Maybe some wine wouldn’t hurt though.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy — Fruity Candy
Let me be very clear here: fruit flavor was never meant to be injected into anything. When humans decided to make little candies that tasted like green apples and bananas, we started the decline of civilization. Which may or may not be a bad thing.
Yet, I still enjoy little fruity candies. I enjoy them the same way I enjoy sci-fi films — it’s not natural or supposed to happen, but it sure is fun. Just because I find it unnatural doesn’t mean I’m not going to indulge in it to the fullest. If you don’t think I will down an entire package of Sprees, you are sorely mistaken.
Go ahead: grab some Skittles and watch Alien (1979). Pull apart some Laffy Taffys while orcs pull people apart. Suck down some Pixy Stix as some astronauts get sucked into the void of space by malicious aliens. You’ll be surprised how well they pair together.
Comedy — Dots, Gumdrops, or Anything Gummy
Here’s the thing y’all — gummy candies are the worst thing to ever exist. Whoever decided to make perfectly good candy into a horrible texture is probably forever regretting the monstrosity they created.
However, these little abominations go well with comedy for one reason: you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t really care. Comedies make us happy; if we’re laughing, it’s hard to be sad or disappointed. Thus, if you’re laughing you won’t care that you’re having to eat gummy bears or worms or whatever poor animal’s likeness was made into a snack.
So, if you still have a hundred boxes of Dots that the trick-or-treaters wouldn’t touch, break out that copy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Have a laugh and shove in a box or two of Dots. Pretty soon, you won’t notice the terrible texture on your tongue.
Or you could just watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), since it’s just as laughable.
War Film — Gingerbread Men
Yes, it’s a strange choice but I have a perfectly understandable rationale for my choice — you get to bite the head off of a little tasty man. That way, when you watch the violence on screen and feel left out, you can just bite a limb or other appendage off of your little gingerbread man.
The best movie to do this with is Glory (1989). There’s a famous scene where a guy gets his head graphically blown off. You don’t have to feel left out of that scene anymore! You can bite your gingerbread man’s head off and feel just like you’re there!
Or you can always hug your little gingerbread friend to comfort you when your favorite actor gets blown away on screen. I especially think this comes in handy for Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Platoon (1986). Everyone needs a buddy. Especially those of us who find validation in biting the heads off of gingerbread men.
Classic Films (Pre-1960) — Sen-Sen, Licorice, etc.
Okay, does anyone remember Sen-Sen? It’s like these tiny strong-tasting licorice bits. I have strong childhood memories of it.
If you don’t, do not fear — you have many options to pair with your classic film viewing experience. Maybe some lemon drops or licorice will do? Or perhaps just a bar of Hershey’s chocolate? Any classic candy will do to get you in the mood to watch some classic cinema.
Whatever you do, make sure that the classic film is worthy to be paired with your chosen candy. For me, a B-movie like Sylvia Scarlett (1935) doesn’t deserve to be paired with the almighty Sen-Sen; I would much rather pair Casablanca (1942) with my little licorice bits that I often end up choking on. Your snack should enhance your movie experience, not hinder it.
No matter what, make sure your candy really is a classic!
Kids’ Films — Popsicles
I don’t know what it is about children, but you always seem to happen upon them right after they’ve eaten a red popsicle. To me, popsicles and children go hand in hand. So, if you find yourself watching a kids’ movie — either with young children or just to remember your own childhood — make sure to grab a popsicle.
You may be wondering what kind of flavors go well with what movies. I’m so glad you asked. Generally, strawberry goes with any Disney movie. Tropical flavors — coconut, pina colada, pineapple — go with Dreamworks films better. And films that probably should have never been shown to children — like All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) or The Secret of NIMH (1982) — go perfectly with a nice grape.
If you don’t have popsicles on hand, any cold treat will do. An ice cream bar or cone would be the ideal second choice, but if all you have in your freezer is a bag of frozen peas, you eat that bag of frozen peas. All that matters is that the treat must be cold to represent the fact that your childhood is dead and gone and so are your hopes and dreams.
Avengers: Endgame — Nothing
The best way to enjoy Avengers: Endgame is to pay attention the whole time and not waste any time eating or drinking anything. Your full attention needs to be on the screen because this is the best movie ever. If you even take your eyes off the screen for one minute to snag a piece of popcorn or sip some root beer, the magic of the Avengers will be lost.
Okay, maybe some candy and a drink is okay, but seriously, Avengers: Endgame is such a good movie. If you really want the full, heartbreaking experience, don’t eat anything so you can feel as empty as possible when you leave the theater.
Although, to be honest, I felt pretty empty even after downing a box of Junior Mints when I saw it.
I love you, Marvel.
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