It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that there's a lot of association between a good movie and a good snack. Movie theater snacks might be super overpriced, but they're a key part of enjoying the show for a lot of people, especially since there's nothing quite like the taste of fresh, somewhat warm, buttery movie theater popcorn. Snacks are even an important part of watching a movie at home! A lot of movie nights are just excuses to buy or make a whole handful of snacks to chow down on because it makes a good movie even better. To be honest, even a mediocre movie can be boosted simply by having a good snack to munch on during the questionable parts!
The difference is that a movie theater often offers a limited range of snacks like candy, popcorn, nachos, soft pretzels, etc. Short of those movie theaters that have a proper dining establishment attached, the strangest thing to be had is pickles, which are available in certain parts of the United States. A movie night at home, however, offers literally infinite possibilities. Cupcakes? Yep. Chocolate chip cookies? Yep. Celery sticks and ranch dressing? Yep. Basically anything that a person can think of to pair with a movie can be dome in the comfort of their own home.
There even seems to be some correlation between a person's preferred snack and their preferred movie - or at least enough of one for us to try to take a guess at someone's favorite movie just by knowing their favorite snacks! Who wants to try?
Frosted Sugar Cookies, Take It or Leave It?
While the recipe might be a little on the simple side, sugar cookies are one of the most popular baked goods out there. They're probably one of the best snacks to reach for if you're trying to satisfy a sweet tooth - but do you know what makes them even better? Frosting! A generous helping of smooth, delicious frosting, with a handful of sprinkles, can make even the best thing in the world even better.
Soft Pretzels, Take It or Leave It?
Soft pretzels are one of the staple offerings for mall food courts, state fairs, carnivals, and pretty much anything along that vein, at least in the USA. They're usually soft enough to sort of melt in your mouth and dusted with the perfect amount of mouth-puckering salt. There are a few different options for dipping sauces, though the most popular are cheese or mustard, but they're good plain too!
Puppy Chow, Take It or Leave It?
Puppy chow is a quick, easy to make snack that goes by a lot of different names: monkey munch, muddy buddies, and reindeer chow, just to name a few. The base ingredient is cereal, usually Chex, Crispix, or something similar, and it's commonly peanut butter-chocolate flavored, but there aren't any actual rules. Flavors like birthday cake have been becoming increasingly popular!
Cake Pops, Take It or Leave It?
Cake pops can be made by using a special pan to bake miniature cakes into an orbicular shape, or by tearing up a sheet cake, mixing it with icing, and forming it into a circle. Just like full-sized cakes, there are about a million different possibilities when it comes to flavors, but it's common to see yellow or chocolate cake with vanilla or chocolate icing and cute decorations on the outside!
Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, Take It or Leave It?
Chocolate-covered pretzels are a popular snack in a lot of different places because they're the perfect mixture of salty and sweet with a crunchy texture. While all types of chocolate and even other meltable candies can be used, these delicious little delights are commonly made with white chocolate, milk chocolate, or a mix of the two.
Cookie Fries, Take It or Leave It?
Cookie fries seem like such an obvious snack that it's hard to believe that they're actually a pretty recent invention that's generally limited to state fairs and carnivals. The two most common combinations are sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles, served with a raspberry-flavored "ketchup" or chocolate chip cookies with chocolate sauce.
Black Licorice, Take It or Leave It?
Black licorice has a very distinct flavor that's incredibly strong, which is the subject of heated debate over whether or not it is pleasant. It's not a very popular treat in most places, including the USA, but it's actually a staple part of snacking in countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.
Candy Corn, Take It or Leave It?
Generally speaking, candy corn is a seasonal treat that's commonly found in the United States and Canada during the fall season, especially around Halloween. Originally known as Chicken Feed in the 1880s, this colorful candy is surprisingly polarizing, since everyone who's tried it has a strong opinion about whether it tastes good or not.
Graham Crackers, Take It or Leave It?
Graham crackers are one of the most popular parts of dessert-making in the United States. They play a crucial part in pies and cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts, and they're used to make many popular mass-produced snack cakes and cookies. It's also not uncommon to see graham cracker crumbles on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt!
Dunk-a-Roos, Take It or Leave It?
Dunk-a-Roos were a staple of 90s culture that were sadly discontinued in the United States in 2012. However, they were still produced in Canada until 2018, and General Mills launched a Smugglaroos campaign in 2016 that encouraged Canadian citizens to bring the snack into the USA. It was a simple snack that consisted of cookies and icing to dip them in, which came in all different kinds of flavors, but the most popular was cinnamon-flavored graham cookies with vanilla icing.
Peanut Butter Cups, Take It or Leave It?
Peanut butter cups are admittedly pretty simplistic treats, but the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is literally incredible. Generally speaking, the peanut butter is silky smooth, but crunchy peanut butter has been becoming increasingly popular, as well as adding in other types of candy for some extra flavor and texture.
Granola, Take It or Leave It?
While it's not exactly the most complex thing in the world, granola is incredibly popular simply because of its diversity and the nutritional benefits that come along with eating it. It can be used as a type of breakfast cereal, as a snack by the handful, as a base ingredient for a delicious trail mix, and even a topping for frozen desserts.
Fruit Leather, Take It or Leave It?
Homemade fruit leather has got to be one of the tastiest sweets out there, and it's not even that hard to make! There are numerous mass-produced versions that are a lot more sugary and artificially flavored, like Fruit Roll Ups, but nothing compares to fruit leather made from fresh, real fruit.
Hello Panda, Take It or Leave It?
Originating in Japan in 1979, Hello Panda has become internationally beloved and can now be found in lots of places, including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, and most European countries. A Hello Panda biscuit is a hollowed out shortbread stuffed with strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, matcha green tea, or double chocolate filling.
Pizza Bagels, Take It or Leave It?
Pizza bagels are one of the most popular things to serve to kids and teens since they're readily available in most frozen food sections throughout the US and Canada. Generally speaking, the most popular flavors are pepperoni, cheese, and sausage, but there are others out there, and it's obviously an easy thing to make at home, so you can pretty much turn it into whatever you want.
Chocorooms, Take It or Leave It?
Chocorooms are a sweet snack that originated in Japan, where they are called Kinoko no Yama, which translates into Mushroom Mountain. The stem of the mushroom is a crispy, cracker-like biscuit (or cookie) that melts in your mouth, and the cap of the mushroom is made from a mixture of dark and milk chocolates.
Dill Pickles, Take It or Leave It?
Pickles are cucumbers that have been left in a salty brine until they soak the flavor up and become juicy. Though there are many flavors available on the market, dill is probably the most popular. Similar to candy corn and cilantro, pickles are pretty polarizing, since it seems like everyone has a strong opinion about whether they like them or not!
Twinkies, Take It or Leave It?
A Twinkie is a snack cake from the United States that is traditionally made up of golden sponge cake with a sweet, creamy vanilla filling. Throughout time, there have been plenty of color and flavor variations, including a cotton candy-flavored snack cake with a pink filling and a Shrek-themed snack cake with a green, oozy filling. They're often served deep-fried at carnivals and fairs.
Dry Instant Ramen Noodles, Take It or Leave It?
While the practice of eating instant ramen noodles dry might seem a bit odd to some people, it's actually a common way to eat them. It's handy for when you're in a rush since it's easy to just crush the noodles, sprinkle the flavoring packet into the bag, shake it up, and eat it just like that!
Marshmallow Treats, Take It or Leave It?
Marshmallow treats can be made using any type of cereal, but it's most common to see them done with crisped rice, such as Rice Krispies or something similar. The recipe is simple and consists of only three ingredients: butter, cereal, and marshmallows, but it's one of the most delicious treats out there, especially when it's eaten fresh so it's still ooey, gooey and warm.
Shrimp Chips, Take It or Leave It?
One of the most popular snack foods throughout Southeast and East Asia, shrimp chips are also known as prawn crackers, prawn chips, and shrimp puffs. There are some slight variations from country to country in shape, texture, and even flavor profile since some recipes make them spicy and others don't.
Cookie Dough, Take It or Leave It?
Sneaking a little bit of cookie dough is one of the best parts about baking, but it's actually not great to eat raw cookie dough because of the eggs. Luckily, determined snackers came together to create edible cookie dough, which tastes exactly like the real thing - but without all the risks!
Apple Slices, Take It or Leave It?
Apple slices are a simple, classic snack that have a ton of variety. In addition to different types of apples offering different flavor profiles, there are numerous ways to actually eat them, including serving them plain or with a caramel sauce or some peanut butter for dipping, just to name a couple!
Toaster Pastries, Take It or Leave It?
Toaster pastries are more commonly known as Pop-Tarts. They used to be just a breakfast food, and they're still really popular to eat as the first meal of the day, but they've steadily made their way to being a fairly common snack! They come in classic flavors like strawberry, blueberry, and cherrk, but also unconventional ones hot fudge sundae, watermelon, and confetti cupcake.
Malted Milk Balls, Take It or Leave It?
Malted milk balls are generally known by specific brand names, such as Maltesers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and various European and Asian countries, or Whoppers in the United States. They're a popular sweet treat that has a thick creamy chocolate coating and a rich, crunchy malted milk core.
Goldfish Crackers, Take It or Leave It?
The snack that smiles back, Goldfish have been one of the most beloved snacks for years. Traditionally, they're cheese-flavored crackers in the shape of a goldfish, but there have been plenty of variations added to the line-up over the years, including pizza and nacho cheese, and even a sweet version that's made of crackers and comes in flavors like vanilla cupcake.
Oreos, Take It or Leave It?
Oreos are the best-selling cookie in the United States. They're sold in other places too, like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and various European countries. Traditionally, the cookie consists of two crispy chocolate wafers with a sweet, soft filling, but there are lots of other flavors, including vanilla and Reese's, and even some limited edition flavors like cotton candy, watermelon, and red velvet cake.
Funyuns, Take It or Leave It?
Funyuns are a crunchy, salty, tangy and ever so slightly sweet ring-shaped cornmeal snack that takes on the shape, flavor, and flavor of a deep-fried onion ring. The Original flavor is, of course, onion, but a Flamin' Hot variant was introduced in 2007, and there have been a few other flavors along the way, including Wasabi and Steakhouse Onion.
Pocky, Take It or Leave It?
As far as Japanese snacks go, Pocky is easily one of the most popular in terms of international success. Though chocolate and strawberry are the most common to find in places like the United States, it comes in tons of different flavors, including matcha green tea, and even some deluxe flavors that include hazelnuts or pieces of real strawberries!
Brownies, Take It or Leave It?
Brownies are baked goods that are incredibly popular throughout the United States and Canada, which are traditionally chocolate-flavored, although a vanilla-flavored variant known as a blondie exists. Brownies can be either fudge-like or cake-like, and there are a lot of slight ingredient variations that make a lot of difference, including nuts, caramel, chocolate chips, and frosting.
Popchips, Take It or Leave It?
Popchips are a brand of crispy snacks available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada that are similar to potato chips. There are a ton of different flavors available, including sour cream & onion, cheddar, barbecue, Thai sweet chili, sea salt & vinegar, and crazy hot, just to name a few.
Sour Gummy Worms, Take It or Leave It?
Gummy worms are super popular, but sour gummy worms are in a league of their own! They come in dual-toned pieces, with each color having its own flavor, and while there's a lot of debate about which one is the most tasty, blue and pink seems to be the most popular.
Vanilla Cupcakes, Take It or Leave It?
Sure, a slice of cake is pretty good, but do you know what else is good? A miniature cake with a heaping amount of frosting, created with just one person in mind. Just like full-sized cakes, vanilla cupcakes are one of the hardest flavors to get right, because their recipe's simplicity is deceptive, but they are one of the most beloved.
Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Take It or Leave It?
Cheetos are a cornmeal-based snack that come in two different styles: crunchy and puffy, which are each exactly what they sound like. Original flavored Cheetos are intensely cheesy, but their popular twin brother is the Flamin' Hot flavor, which is a deep shade of red that has an intense spicy flavor.
Sugar-Coated Chocolates, Take It or Leave It?
Sugar-coated chocolate candies that come in the shape of a button are known as M&Ms and Smarties, depending on what part of the world you're in. The original flavor is simply milk chocolate coated with a crunchy, sugary candy shell, but there are plenty of variations, particularly with the United States' M&Ms, which come with various fillings such as peanuts, caramel, and peanut butter.
Popcorn, Take It or Leave It?
Popcorn is pretty much a staple part of snacking culture. It's the most common thing to grab for munching on during a movie, whether it's in your own home or in a public theater. It's easy to see why, too: the crunchy, melt in your mouth morsels are totally addictive!
Watermelon, Take It or Leave It?
Sure, it's just a fruit, but honestly, there are few things comparable to cutting into a nice, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day, especially if it's ice cold. Southern people from the United States like to sprinkle salt onto their watermelon to give it a nice tang, and a popular fruit flavoring from Mexico called Tajín offers a salty, spicy twist.
Tim Tams, Take It or Leave It?
Tim Tams are a popular type of biscuit from Australia, which are made up of two malted milk biscuits filled with light chocolate cream, coated with a thin layer of chocolate. It's a key part of successfully performing a Tim Tam Slam, which involves biting off opposite corners of a Tim Tam and drinking through it like a straw.
Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips, Take It or Leave It?
The combination of salty and sweet isn't exactly a new thing, but chocolate-covered potato chips were once a subject of heated debate. Luckily, they've evolved into a much less polarizing snack in recent times, and it's far from unusual to see a bag of crunchy original-flavored potato chip coated in creamy milk chocolate.
Fairy Bread, Take It or Leave It?
Though it might seem a bit unusual to foreigners, fairy bread is a super popular and common snack in Australia. It consists of a base of plain white bread that's been coated in butter and then sprinkled with a generous amount of hundreds and thousands - aka those tiny, crunchy circular sprinkles.
Peanut Butter and Celery, Take It or Leave It?
Peanut butter and celery might not be the most complex snack in the world, but it shines in its simplicity. It's popular among children and people who are trying to stick to a certain type of lifestyle, because it's a crunchy, slightly sweet and salty, and above all else, filling snack.
Craisins, Take It or Leave It?
Raisins might be one of the most popular dehydrated fruit snacks out there, but their #1 competitor has got to be craisins, which are basically the same thing, but with cranberries instead of grapes. The original flavor is always a classic but it's also common to see them infused with juices from other fruits, like blueberries and strawberries.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Take It or Leave It?
Chocolate chip cookies are a popular baked good that was originally created in the United States. There's a lot of debate about what kind is the best, since they can come chewy, crunchy, ooey gooey, and all kinds of other ways in terms of texture and density, but most people can agree that they're one of the all-time best sweet treats.
Fruity Donuts, Take It or Leave It?
Each of these delicious, aesthetically pleasing desserts consists of a soft, melt in your mouth vanilla donut topped with creamy, light pink frosting. Each one is uniquely decorated decorated with flowers, sprinkles, and a wide variety of fresh fruit, including peaches, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds!
Trail Mix, Take It or Leave It?
Don't let the name fool you, trail mix is an incredibly popular snack for anyone to eat anywhere - though it's definitely got some solid nutritional benefits that make it the perfect companion for hiking and camping trips. In the United States, most popular trail mixes consist of a mixture of different nuts, raisins, dehydrated fruits, and some kind of chocolate, like M&Ms, chocolate chips, or both.
Grapes and Cheese, Take It or Leave It?
Grapes and cheese are one of the most popular things to serve at a wine-tasting event, since both of them are internationally known for pairing famously with the fermented grape beverage, but it's also a popular great snack for younger children and people of all ages. The sweet, juicy grapes and the creamy, softness of the cheese work together perfectly.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, Take It or Leave It?
Regular strawberries are great, but covering something in a rich, creamy milk chocolate always seems to make it just a little bit better. These delicious snacks are widely considered to be one of the most romantic snacks, and thus the perfect gift for an anniversary, Valentine's Day, or a romantic partner's birthday.
Cherries, Take It or Leave It?
Cherries might not be one of the most popular fruits to eat as a snack because of their sweet and sour tang, but cherry-flavored things are immensely popular and anyone in the United States would be hard-pressed to find an ice cream shop that doesn't feature them on at least one of their creations.
Peaches, Take It or Leave It?
Is there anything better than a sweet, juicy peach on a hot summer day? Probably a sweet, juicy peach on a crisp fall day - or maybe on a chilly winter day, or a rainy spring day. The point is that peaches are the kind of thing that are good year round.
Macarons, Take It or Leave It?
These light, airy pastries are one of the most popular desserts from France, which is a considerable feat, since France is one of the leading countries for the culinary arts! A macaron is two soft, delicate meringues with a smooth cream filling, which can be made in literally hundreds of possible flavor combinations.