Stacey McMaster

Northern Lights Top 10 Christmas Movie Snacks

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Christmas is here again and we at Northern Lights know that means movies galore with family and friends. However, the time old question has been what on earth do we snack on?

Clearly you want something that’s either sweet or savoury but not a full meal. Have no fear we have scoured our recipe books and found the perfect collection for this movie night in!

1. Popcorn

Now I hear what you’re saying “isn’t that overdone?” Yes it is, but it is a staple of movie night and none would be complete without it. We do suggest adding a twist to this regular classic, however. Drizzle caramel over the top for a new unique flavour, or even chocolate if you’re that way inclined.

2. Falafel

If sweetness is not your game then this savoury treat should hit the spot. “Excuse me”, I hear you say, “I don’t want to cook”, but trust me it is easy and only takes 10 minutes to do. That’s plenty of time then for all those annoying adverts to be over.

I have tried a recipe from BBC’s Good Food website which is available here and it’s a great all round pleaser. Not only is it vegetarian but it is also healthy, cheap and definitely tasty.

3. Pretzels

Delicious in their own right, these salty snacks really make a movie just that much better. If you wanted to add a little something extra, try chocolate covered pretzels. They are sold in most stores or it is easy to melt a little dipping chocolate. Salty and sweet is a combination you don’t want to be missing out on.

4. Pizza

We know that technically pizza could be regarded as a full meal, but with a bunch of friends I am sure that we can bend the rules a little. Easy to take out of the freezer and put in the oven, pizza is a great simple way of sharing some taste bud delights.

For those who like to make everything from scratch, a variety of toppings can be used so your snack is entirely customisable, but for a starting point I would recommend having a look at this quick BBC recipe.

5. Potato Wedges

Chips are nice, but why not go for something with a little more of a full figure. Potato wedges are a great snack food in on a cold winter night. My personal favourite is having them with a garlic dip, but everyone’s tastes will be easy to cater for. If you want to try your hand at making your own with a little more zing, rather than buying at the shops take a look at this recipe we found.

6. Chocolate covered potato chips

This may seem to be over doing it, but when you have had a hard week you can indulge every now and then. Most stores stock these beauties, but you could always just get a pack of ready salted crisps and a bar of chocolate and make your own.

7. Cinnamon Cookies

Cinnamon cookies are one of my favourite snacks at this time of year. They really get me in the mood for Christmas and are the perfect partner to a steaming mug of hot chocolate during a movie. Here is a simple recipe if you want to try making some.

8. Roasted Chestnuts

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is one of those songs that just sticks in your head at this time of year. I am not a personal fan of them, as I like a little more flavour. I suggest this recipe to cure your craving.

9. Brownies

Once I smell brownies I just can’t stop eating them. These delicious snacks are the perfect accompaniment to a cosy night in around the fire. With a variety of recipes that can include even those who are vegetarian or even gluten free, this is one for all the family. For those who are trying to watch what they eat this winter here is a great recipe with a few less calories.

10. Chips and Salsa

Last but most certainly not least is chips and salsa. With just a little kick of heat to keep you warm on those cold nights you can bring a little bit of life to your movie night. If you’re feeling adventurous here’s a recipe for you to try making your own.

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