Movie nights can be pretty awesome which is perhaps why most of us make sure to have one pretty regularly. If we're in a good mood we might even take it up a notch and host one (basically, invite our friends over).
However, while movie nights are super entertaining, they can also be a lot of work. For example, one has to not only find the perfect film (a task that sounds fun in theory but is actually very stressful in real life) but also choose and purchase all the snacks.
Even if we usually lead a healthy lifestyle, most of us tend to go all out for a night in. Forget hummus with baby carrots and oven roasted chickpeas. What we want is junk food. Think pizza, burgers, brownies, popcorn, milk chocolate and the like.
Luckily, there are plenty of deliciously unhealthy snacks that we can choose from. All we have to do is walk into our local grocery store and check the junk food aisle or else ring our local pizza takeaway (if we are in a super indulgent mood, we'll probably do both).
Choosing snacks for a night in is probably easier than choosing the perfect movie. Don't worry though. Go ahead and choose the best snacks from the 50 options below and be matched with a movie for tonight.
Everyone loves fried chicken (except for vegetarians and vegans, of course). It's a popular fast food dish that consists of chicken pieces that have been battered (usually in a milk and egg mixture) and then either deep-fried, pan-fried, or pressure fried (Wikipedia). The breading makes the chicken nice and crispy on the outside. If done correctly, fried chicken should be juicy on the inside. More often than not, fried chicken is served alongside French fries. Fried chicken is one of the most popular offerings at most fast food joints.
Most people will probably agree that cheesecake is an irresistible dessert. According to Wikipedia, it consists of one or more layers. The thickest layer, which is also the main layer, consists of soft, fresh cheese (usually cream cheese or ricotta cheese), sugar, and eggs. The bottom layer (if there is one - the bottom layer is not required but most people include it anyway) consists of a crust made from cookie crumbs (in other words, crushed cookies). Sometimes cheesecake is flavored and other times it is also topped with whipped cream, fresh fruit, or nuts.
Who in their right mind could pass on donuts? Donuts are a fried dough confection popular in countries all over the world. Donuts are available for purchase at specialized bakeries, grocery stores and food stalls at markets. Those who are into baking often make their own donuts (the process is time-consuming but the resulting donuts divine). According to Wikipedia, donuts are usually ring-shaped. However, they can come in other forms too (for example, some donuts come in the shape of a ball).
Apple pie doesn't really need explaining. It's just pie that contains apples. Oftentimes, apple pie is served warm with whipped cream or ice cream. Some people also eat it with cheddar, according to Wikipedia. The cool thing about apple pie is that it can be made using a variety of different apples. For example, the more popular cooking apples used in apple pie include Granny Smith, Bramley, Gala, Braeburn, and Cortland (who knew that there were so many types of apples out there?)
Caramel shortbread, also known as Millionaire's Shortbread, is incredibly delicious. Unfortunately, it is also guilt-inducing. As most people who have a sweet tooth are probably well aware, caramel shortbread is one of the least healthy desserts you could purchase at the store or order at a cafe. It consists of a crunchy shortbread biscuit that is topped with a soft and chewy caramel filling. As if that wasn't quite enough calorie-wise, the whole thing is also topped with milk chocolate (Wikipedia).
French fries are a great snack. They are tasty and filling. If only they were healthier! French fries are usually served hot and can be either crispy or soft (in general, most people prefer it when they are crispy). When not eaten as a snack, they are consumed as part of another meal, such as lunch or dinner. More often than not, they are salted. Furthermore, they tend to be served with condiments such as vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise, or tomato sauce (Wikipedia).
If you love mozzarella and fried, crispy things, then you will without a doubt want to pick mozzarella sticks. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, mozzarella sticks are nothing more than elongated pieces of breaded or battered mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella sticks can be eaten on their own or dipped into ketchup, marinara sauce, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, plum sauce, ranch dressing, or honey mustard sauce. So, who would like to go ahead and pick mozzarella sticks? And who would like to pass on them?
A cheeseburger is a type of hamburger that is topped with cheese. According to Wikipedia, traditionally the cheese is placed on the meat patty. However, nowadays no two cheeseburgers are the same. They differ in their structure, composition, and even in their ingredients. However, the cheese is almost always added onto the patty right before serving so that the cheese has enough time to melt. Apart from cheese, cheeseburgers tend to also contain lettuce, onion, pickles, tomato, bacon, and various condiments.
If we are feeling like eating something very sweet, we might opt for fudge. When it comes to desserts, fudge falls under the category of sugar candy. It consists of ingredients such as sugar, butter, and milk. These ingredients are then mixed together, placed over a high heat and beaten with a whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Sometimes the fudge that we buy is plain. Other times, it contains inclusions such as fruit, nuts, sweets, chocolate, and caramel (Wikipedia).
Deep-fried Snickers is a variation of deep-fried Mars bar. It sounds complicated but it is actually pretty simple to make. Indeed, it is nothing more than an ordinary Snickers bar that is fried in a batter that is usually reserved for deep-frying fish and other battered foods. According to Wikipedia, the chocolate bar is generally chilled before it is battered. This prevents the bar from melting into the frying oil. Curiously enough, this dish first originated in a chip shop in Scotland but for some reason never went mainstream until it was reported on by mass media.
If we are not feeling particularly hungry but find ourselves at a fast food restaurant we might opt for chicken nuggets. Chicken nuggets are small pieces of chicken (hence the name) that have been either battered or breaded and then baked or, more likely, fried. According to Wikipedia, most fast food outlets fry their chicken nuggets in vegetable oil. While chicken nuggets make for a great snack, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't have them if we are super hungry. We might just have to order a double portion.
Chocolate brownies are what most of us reach for when we are having tea or coffee. It probably goes without saying but: chocolate brownies are a type of dessert. They are usually either cakey or fudgy. The main ingredients that make up brownies are flour, eggs, butter, sugar, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Sometimes, nuts and chocolate chips are also added into the batter. Other times, brownies are topped with frosting or cream cheese. They are often served warm with ice cream or whipped cream (Wikipedia).
You don't necessarily need to be a fan of all things Italian to know that focaccia is a type of bread. To be more specific, focaccia is a flat oven-baked bread product. According to Wikipedia, focaccia is quite similar to pizza dough as well as to the Greek flatbread lagana. Focaccia can be eaten on its own as a snack or served as a side to other meals. Sometimes it is also treated as sandwich bread. Not all focaccia is plain. Some focaccias are topped with vegetables, cheeses, or meats.
Chocolate chip cookies?
When it comes to cookies, chocolate chip cookies are king. They are the most popular cookies out there and they are the cookies that most of us go for if given a choice between a few different varieties. Chocolate chip cookies can be purchased at your local grocery store or at your local cafe. They are also very simple to make at home. All you need to have on hand is eggs, sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and of course, chocolate chips (Wikipedia).
String cheese is the snack of our childhood. It is delicious and it is fun. In other words, it ticks all the boxes. According to Wikipedia, string cheese is made via a manufacturing process that aligns the proteins in the cheese, thus making it as stringy as it is. String cheese is popular in many countries around the world, including Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and North America. Curiously enough, we tend to reach for string cheese less and less often as we grow older.
Garlic bread, also known as garlic toast, is an incredibly popular snack, and for good reason. It is tasty and filling. And it also looks appetizing too which means that it's a great snack to serve at parties. It is made up of bread (more often than not baguette or sour dough bread such as ciabatta according to Wikipedia) that is topped with garlic as well as olive oil (or alternatively butter). Sometimes it is also flavored with herbs before it is grilled.
Who's up for a snack? These are usually grilled (or, alternatively, steamed) link-sausage sandwiches. They are somewhat unusual in that the sausage is placed in the slit of a sliced bun that is of a similar size to the sausage (Wikipedia). Apart from the sausages, these sandwiches are often served with garnishes such as onions, chili, cheese, sauerkraut, olives, and coleslaw. Furthermore, you can also usually choose between various different condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or relish. Yum, yum, yum!
Cheese boards, sometimes referred to as charcuterie boards, don't really need an explanation. A cheese board is simply a variety of different cheeses. These cheeses are usually of contrasting flavors and textures. Furthermore, they are often served alongside other accompaniments such as grapes, crackers, nuts, biscuits, chutney, or celery (Wikipedia). A cheese board is often served after a meal, either before or after dessert (although it sometimes replaces dessert). A cheese board is also a popular snack that friends order on a night out to have along with their wine or other drinks.
Fish and chips?
According to Wikipedia, fish and chips originated in England. As the name probably makes it quite clear, fish and chips consists of battered fish that has been fried and a side of chips. Salt and vinegar are usually sprinkled over the fish and chips at the time when the dish is being served. This dish is especially popular in England and Ireland. There are countless takeaways that specialize in fish and chips. They usually serve other accompaniments too, such as mushy peas, gravy, and even curry sauce.
Cinnamon rolls, also known as cinnamon buns, are sweet rolls that are particularly popular in Northern Europe and North America. The main ingredients that make up cinnamon rolls are flour, butter, sugar, and of course, cinnamon. The dough is no ordinary dough however. It's actually an yeast-leavened dough onto which sugar and cinnamon mixture is sprinkled over a layer of butter. Then, the dough is rolled, cut into individual pieces, and baked (it can also be deep-fried according to Wikipedia).
Cupcakes, also known as fairy cakes, are small cakes that are supposed to serve one person only. According to Wikipedia, they are usually baked either in an aluminum cup or else in a disposable paper cup (the latter are obviously more convenient, especially if you are making cupcakes at home). The ingredients that are required to make cupcakes are pretty simple. All you need is sugar, butter, flour, and eggs. Some people also add flavorings or chocolate chips into the batter.
Let's be honest: tortilla chips are one of the best snack foods out there. They are made from corn tortillas (which in turn are made from corn, water, vegetable oil, and salt) that are cut into distinctive wedges. These wedges are then fried (or alternatively, baked for a slightly healthier snack option). According to Wikipedia, tortilla chips come from Mexico where they are known as tostadas or totopos. Interestingly enough, they were apparently first mass-produced in Los Angeles sometime in the 1940s.
Crostini (which, according to Wikipedia, in Italian mean "little crusts") are a popular Italian appetizer and snack. Crostini consist of tiny slices of grilled (or alternatively, toasted) bread that are usually topped with various other food products, such as vegetables (and in particular tomatoes), meats, and cheeses. However, the toppings are not necessarily vital. Indeed, sometimes crostini are served plain (although they tend to be brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs). Crostini are very similar to bruschetta, another common Italian appetizer.
Salted peanuts are a snack we might reach for when we want to stay on top of our healthy diet. Unfortunately, a bit of research reveals that salted peanuts are not actually very healthy at all. In fact, they can be classed as junk food, just like the rest of the foods that appear on this quiz. It's not just the sodium you have to watch out for (Live Strong). At times, salted peanuts might also contain other undesirable additives.
What are your thoughts on croquettes as a junk food? Would you pick them? Or would you rather pass on them? Croquettes are delicious fried food rolls that usually contain ingredients such as meat, vegetables, cheese, ham, potatoes, and even fish. These ingredients are generally mixed with either brown sauce or bechamel sauce and egg, soaked white bread, onion, herbs, spices, milk, or beer. Croquettes are sometimes also filled with mushrooms, sauteed onions, and weirdly enough, even eggs according to Wikipedia.
White chocolate is different from dark and milk chocolate in that it is very sweet. It is also neither black nor brown in color, but rather white. According to Wikipedia, white chocolate is generally made from cocoa butter, milk solids, and sugar. It lacks cocoa solids, an ingredient that is found in other types of chocolate. As such, white chocolate is not really chocolate at all. Furthermore, it does not contain caffeine (and if it does, you'll find only trace amounts of it).
If you have ever been on holidays to Spain or Portugal, you were almost certainly tempted by churros. Of course, you don't necessarily need to go to Spain to indulge in this delicious fried dough pastry snack. Today, you can purchase churros at quite a few cafes and restaurants in the U.S. And if you are not afraid of a little bit of experimentation in the kitchen, you can even make them yourself! According to Wikipedia, in Spain churros are generally consumed for breakfast.
Muffins are very similar to cupcakes except that they are larger. However, just like cupcakes they are individual-sized. According to Wikipedia, there are actually two types of muffins: quickbread muffins and flatbread muffins. The majority of us are most familiar with quickbread muffins which originated in the U.S. sometime in the 19th century. Whereas cupcakes are almost always sweet, muffins come in both sweet and savory varieties. They are often served for breakfast or as a treat with tea or coffee.
As most foodies are probably well aware, tiramisu is a tasty dessert that originated in Italy. It is coffee-flavored which means that coffee lovers have a difficult time trying to resist it. Its main ingredients include egg yolks, mascarpone cheese, coffee, cocoa powder, and ladyfingers (a type of biscuit). Tiramisu is quite easy to make at home. All you have to do is dip ladyfingers in coffee and then layer them with a mixture of sugar, eggs, and mascarpone cheese (Wikipedia).
When most of us think of pancakes we think of lazy Sunday mornings. However, pancakes are not just a breakfast food. You can also eat them as a snack or as a dessert (or indeed, even for lunch, especially if they are served with other savory foods). According to Wikipedia, pancakes are flat cakes. They are usually thin and round and are more often than not made from a batter that contains eggs, flour, butter and milk. Most people like to top pancakes with maple syrup, jam, honey, chocolate, or fresh berries.
There are three main categories of chocolate out there: dark, milk, and white. Dark chocolate can be too bitter whereas white chocolate can be much to sweet. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, falls somewhere in between. It is neither too strong nor too sugary. In other words, it is perfect. As such, it makes sense that it is the most popular category of chocolate available on the market. According to BBC Good Food, milk chocolate is made from cocoa solids, sugar, and milk product.
According to Wikipedia, brittle is a type of confection. It consists of pieces of sugar candy that is often embedded with nuts such as peanuts, almonds, and pecans. Brittle is popular in all four corners of the globe. For example, you'll find it (or some variation of it) not only in the U.S. but also in France, Greece, and Bangladesh. The main ingredients that are required to make brittle are sugar, butter, water, and nuts. Peanut brittle is the most popular type of brittle in the U.S.
Who'd go ahead and pick custard tarts and who'd go ahead and pass on them? As far as junk food and desserts go, custard tarts are certainly not for everyone. Most people either love them or seriously despise them. As is probably obvious from the image alone, custard tarts are pastries that are filled with egg custard. They are especially popular in Portugal where they are known as pastel de natas. According to Wikipedia, custard tarts are usually served at room temperature (as opposed to warm).
Grilled cheese sandwich?
Most of us can't imagine our lives without grilled cheese sandwiches. They are super simple to make yet they are incredibly delicious and filling. As most people are probably well aware, the main ingredient in a grilled cheese sandwich is cheese. According to Wikipedia, most grilled cheese sandwiches are heated by putting the buttered slices of bread, with the cheese between the slices, on a griddle or on a frying pan. You know that the sandwich is ready when the bread is toasted and when the cheese melts.
S'Mores are popular campfire treats but of course, you don't need to be out in the wild to enjoy them. You can also make them from the comfort of your own home (according to Wikipedia, you can use either a microwave, an oven or a S'Mores making kit to make them). S'Mores consist of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. A marshmallow piece and a chocolate piece are placed between several pieces of graham crackers. S'mores are especially popular in the U.S. and Canada.
Waffles are a popular breakfast food. That being said, you can also enjoy them for lunch or dinner too. Furthermore, waffles make for a delicious snack. Waffles are typically made from leavened dough that's baked between two heated plates. These heated plates give the dough a characteristic shape, size, and even surface impression. While fresh waffles are without a doubt the tastiest, you can also purchase frozen and precooked waffles and then heat them up at home in a toaster or a microwave (Wikipedia).
We doubt that anyone will want to pass on pizza. Still, just in case, we'll give you that option. Pizza is a savory dish that originated in Italy. It consists of a round, flat base that is made from wheat-based dough. This dough is usually topped with tomatoes, vegetables, meat, cheese, and other ingredients such as olives, anchovies, and even seafood, and is then baked at a high temperature. According to Wikipedia, the word "pizza" was recorded for the first time as far back as the 10th century.
Samosas are fried (or alternatively, baked) pieces of dough that are filled with savory ingredients. For example, lentils, onions, peas, and spiced potatoes are popular fillings. According to Wikipedia, samosas can come in different forms. For example, some of them are shaped like triangles whereas others are cone-shaped. Samosas are particularly popular in India, Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean region. However, they are also common in other parts of the world too (thanks to emigration as well as cultural diffusion).
Mac and cheese?
Macaroni and cheese, better known as mac and cheese, is a savory dish that consists of cooked macaroni pasta as well as a delicious cheese sauce (the cheese used is almost always cheddar). Sometimes other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, vegetables, and meat are also added (and make this dish more filling). According to Wikipedia, traditionally mac and cheese is made in the oven. However, nowadays it is not at all unusual to make it in a sauce pan, perhaps even from a pre-packaged mix.
Most of us can't imagine watching a movie without a bowl of popcorn to munch on. As most people know, popcorn is made from a corn kernel, which, when heated, expands and puffs up. Today we can choose from ready made popcorn, microwavable popcorn, or popcorn kernels. The last option is the healthiest in that it guarantees us that we are not consuming any other unhealthy additives or large amounts of salt. Plain popcorn and salted popcorn are probably the most popular but it is not unusual to see people flavor their popcorn with caramel or spices.
Gummy bears are fruit gum candies that are shaped like a bear. According to Wikipedia, gummy bears were invented in Germany. The original base ingredient was gum arabic hence the name "gummy bears." In the U.S., Haribo gummy bears come in five distinct flavors. These are orange (orange colored gummy bears), raspberry (red colored gummy bears), strawberry (green colored gummy bears), lemon (yellow colored gummy bears), and pineapple (colorless gummy bears). According to Wikipedia, other companies emulate Haribo's color-flavor combinations.
Potato chips, also known as crisps, are perhaps the most popular junk food out there. Potato chips, which are basically just thin slices of baked or deep fried potatoes, are very tasty. However, they are also quite bad for your health. They are most often consumed as a snack but can also be served as a side dish or as an appetizer. Basic chip varieties are simply cooked and then salted. Other chip varieties are flavored with herbs, spices, and cheeses (Wikipedia).
According to Wikipedia, pretzels, which are a baked bread product, originated in Germany. Most pretzels are made from dough that is shaped into very distinctive, twisted knots. However, they can also come in other shapes too. Salt is the most popular seasoning for pretzels but other seasonings are common too (think cheese, chocolate, and sugar flavorings). Not all pretzels are the same. Some pretzels are hard-baked (see the image above) and thus last longer whereas others are soft-baked and thus have a short shelf life.
Rice Krispie Treats?
Rice Krispie Treats, also known as Marshmallow Squares according to Wikipedia, are a confection that most of us brought to our school's bake sales. They are made from Kellogg's Rice Krispies, butter (or alternatively, margarine), and marshmallows. Rice Krispie Treats were first invented sometime in the late 1930s. Traditionally, Rice Krispie Treats are homemade. However, in the mid-90s Kellogg's began to market these delicious treats themselves. If you've ever tasted Rice Krispie Treats we've no doubt that you'll want to pick them.
Nougat is a type of confection that is made from sugar (or alternatively, honey), whipped egg whites, roasted nuts, and chopped candied fruit. If you have ever tried nougat you are probably well aware that it is quite chewy. According to Wikipedia, it is often used as an ingredient in candy bars and chocolates. There are three types of nougat out there: white nougat, brown nougat, and German nougat (also known as Viennese nougat). White nougat is made from honey and egg whites, brown nougat omits the egg whites, and German nougat is essentially a nut and chocolate praline.
A milkshake is a sweet beverage that is served cold. Milkshakes are made using milk, iced milk, or ice cream, as well as flavorings and sweeteners such as caramel, chocolate syrup, and butterscotch to name just a few. Milkshakes are often served at fast food restaurants and cafes. They are not commonly made at home. That being said, it is possible to prepare them at home too. Furthermore, you can also make a milkshake by simply adding flavored powder into fresh milk (Wikipedia).
Vanilla ice cream?
Ice cream is a treat that most of us simply can't resist in the summer months (although ice cream fiends can't say no to it even in the freezing cold winter months). Ice cream is usually made from milk or cream. Vegan versions also exist and are made from cashew, soy, almond, or coconut milk. Of course, milk is not the only ingredient you need to make ice cream. Indeed, ice cream is also flavored with sweeteners and spices (Wikipedia). The most popular ice cream flavor is probably vanilla.
Onion rings are a popular snack. They are also commonly served as an appetizer or a side dish. Most of us order onion rings along with our pizza or our burger when we're eating out. According to Wikipedia, onion rings consist of a cross-sectional "ring" of onion (hence the name) that is battered and then deep-fried. However, some onion rings are made with a special onion paste instead. Onions rings are especially popular in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, parts of Asia, Latin America and Europe.
We'll be very surprised if anyone chooses to pass on Oreos. Oreos are a type of cookie that consist of a sweet creme filling sandwiched between two chocolate wafers. According to Wikipedia, Oreos were invented more than a century ago. Indeed, to be more specific, they were introduced to the market all the way back in 1912. It did not take long for Oreos to become a bestselling cookie in the U.S. Of course, they're not just sold in America. Today you can find Oreos in more than a hundred countries around the world!
Peanut butter cups?
We doubt that there's anyone out there who doesn't know what a peanut butter cup is. And even if you don't, the image above probably makes it quite obvious that peanut butter cups are chocolate candy that contain a peanut butter filling inside. According to Wikipedia, peanut butter cups are one of the most popular chocolate candies in the U.S. Most peanut butter cups are made using milk chocolate although there are no rules against using dark or even white chocolate.