5 Movie Theater Inspired Snacks Perfect for Home


Concession Counter at Movie TheaterIt’s Oscar season. Have you seen all the films up for awards? “I’ll catch it on Netflix,” is the newest, most common answer. In this day and age, when feature films are downloaded or streaming on everybody’s home computer, we have lost a lot of the drama and fun that people used to love about the movie theater experience. One of them: the delicious, addictive, totally decadent snacks we all used to eat at the theater. Now, you can make your own, upgraded versions of those salty, sweet and chocolaty snacks at home – perfect for catching the newest blockbuster on your Apple TV.

Here are recipes for some delectable snacks inspired by the old-school treats you used to get at the multiplex in its heyday.

Twizzler Ice Cream

An almost gourmet upgrade of the popular licorice snack bar staple, this recipe combines refreshing strawberry ice cream with chunks of Twizzlers. You could easily add fresh fruit for extra style and flavor.


5 Twizzlers, chopped into small pieces
1.5 cups milk
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 tbsp strawberry extract


1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt Twizzlers in milk, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens and Twizzlers appear as tiny specks.

2. Transfer the melted mixture to a measuring cup, top it off with milk until you have 1 cup. Pour this new mixture back into the saucepan and stir in egg yolks, sugar, and salt. Keep stirring. Cook until the mixture has thickened significantly (approx. 5 minutes).

3. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Stir in heavy whipping cream and strawberry extract. Freeze in an ice cream maker. Proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Kit Kat Brownies

The amazing chocolate wafers we all love get packed in between mouth-watering layers of cheesecake – giving the whole cake an interesting combination of texture and crunch.


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter
1.5 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 packages Kit Kat bars
Cream Cheese Topping
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs, room temperature
16 oz package confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13 X 9 pan. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.

2. Melt the butter in a plastic bowl for a few minutes in the microwave. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs and vanilla, until fully mixed. To this bowl, add the previously combined dry ingredients. Stir until combined fully.

3. Pour the mixture into the greased pan. Place 16 individual Kit Kat bars on top of the batter.

4. To make the topping, beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until combined. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour on top of the Kit Kat-topped brownie batter.

5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the top of the cake is golden. To avoid burning, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil on top of the pan for the last 10-15 minutes until the lower brownie layer is fully baked.

6. Remove from the oven and let cool. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Popcorn Nuggets

This simple recipe manages to combine three of the greatest things on earth: popcorn, chocolate and peanuts. All you need to do to prep is just pop your own popcorn before starting.


6 cups popcorn (¼ cup un-popped)
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste


1. Simmer water in small pot over medium heat. In a metal bowl above the water, add chocolate and coconut oil. Stir until melted.

2. Spread out a layer of popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle chocolate over it with a spatula or spoon. Next, sprinkle with salt and peanuts. Add another layer of popcorn and repeat.

3. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour. The hardened chocolate will create nuggets of popcorn.

junior_mints_theater_1400Double Chocolate Junior Mint Cookies

This treat takes the snack we all used to love having at the movies and incorporates it right into a delicious cookie.


1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 (4 oz) box Junior Mints


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl mix the butter and sugars and beat until well mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla, while mixing. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, also while mixing.

2. Stir the chocolate chips into the mix. Smash the junior mints in a Ziploc bag, and then add them into the mixture as well. Chill the dough for a few hours.

3. Place spoonfuls of dough at least 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Milk Dud Nutella Cookies

Has anyone ever eaten Milk Duds outside of a movie theater? Who cares? You can bring the theater treat to a new level, at home, with this cookie recipe – combining the best of different worlds of chocolate goodness.


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/4 cups Nutella
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
4 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 package (10 oz) Milk Duds
1/2 cup granulated sugar


1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, Nutella, and sugars. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, stirring all the time, until well mixed. Cover the dough mixture and refrigerate for one hour.

2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spoon a tablespoon of dough from the mixture and wrap it around one Milk Dud. Roll into a ball and cover with granulated sugar. Repeat until all the dough is used. Place balls on a dry baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.