There is an article in The Guardian about what may be a new trend in film-watching: edible cinema. The article titled, “Is Edible Cinema a Tasty New Way to Enjoy Films,” chats about how a sold out night of entertainment at Electric Cinema in London involved a screening of the film Pan’s Labyrinth and movie-inspired eats served throughout the film. For example, when the main characters traveled through the woods, pine-scented popcorn and napkins were passed out. The idea is that the food actually enhances the movie-watching process by making it a total sensory experience through taste, touch and aroma. The viewer may actually pick up less obvious notes and accents from the film or feel connected to the scene in a whole new way. Some may argue that this may be distracting, but I totally love this idea – so here are 11 of my recipe/flick ideas for how you could have your own edible cinema night at home..
Twilight Blood Orange Drinks 1 of 11A deep red-colored, blood orange beverage is the perfect way to enhance your favorite Twilight Saga flick. Pass around these ginger-infused fizzy citrus spritzers and call them the "Cullen Special." You could also use cranberry or pomegranate juices.
Make a Fizzy Blood Orange Drink, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Titanic Dinner Roll 2 of 11During the dinner party scene of Titanic - when Jack feasts with Rose's group - he chomps down on a fluffy white dinner roll as he speaks. As the scene is playing, you could pass out freshly baked rolls or biscuits and join the dinner scene.
Make vegan biscuits, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Pirates’ Coconut Oil Popcorn 3 of 11Pirates of the Caribbean movies would be enhanced by serving up some coconut oil popped popcorn with an island-inspired aroma filling the house. Toss warm popcorn in some coconut flakes for extra coconut-y appeal.
Make coconut oil popcorn.
The Santa Clause Cocoa 4 of 11Remember that scene in Disney's The Santa Clause when the girl elf makes Scott and Charlie her secret blend of North Pole cocoa? Well you may not have the exact "secret recipe" but you could pass around some of your favorite cocoa. Turn the temperature down - to mimic the 'warm cocoa in a cold place' feel. My favorite homemade cocoa is this dark minty blend with creamy whip on top.
Make Minty Cocoa, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Dirty Dancing Watermelon Frosty 5 of 11The famous line in Dirty Dancing "I carried a watermelon" could be easily enhanced by serving these frosty watermelon frosty bevies during that scene. This would be a fun flick for an 80's movie date night.
Make a Watermelon Frosty, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
The Breakfast Club Brown Bag Lunch 6 of 11My favorite part of the classic 80's flick The breakfast Club is when they all pull out their brown bagged lunches and you get to see what each of the very different students brought. There was Molly Ringwald's infamous sushi lunch, a pb&j with the crusts cut off and more. Serve your own "brown bag" lunches - you could give everyone a different crazy lunch combo. Write character names from the movie on each bag.
Get sandwich and lunch recipes on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Aladdin Melon Bowl 7 of 11One of my favorite Disney movies, Aladdin, starts out with Aladdin and Abu running through the market - all to snag some breakfast - fresh melon! Serve melon bowls or melon skewers during this scene.
Make a melon bowl, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Pleasantville Cookies 8 of 11If you have ever scene the Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire 50's-set, retro movie Pleasantville, you know that there are quite a few scenes featuring thick, homemade chocolate chip cookies. I always want to reach out and grab one off the screen! Now I can with edible cinema night.
Make vanilla chocolate chip cookies, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Castaway Coconut Water 9 of 11Tom Hanks drinks a lot of coconut water in the movie Castaway! You can serve some ice cold coconut water or blend coconut water into a frosty fruit beverage like this pink lemonade-inspired sip.
Make a coconut water frosty, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party 10 of 11Bring the Mad Hatter's tea party to life as you serve up tea and tea sandwiches during Alice in Wonderland.
Make cucumber mint tea sandwiches, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
One Fine Day Sundae 11 of 11There is a fun scene in one of my favorite movies, One Fine Day, where Michelle Pfeiffer's character takes the kids out to have ice cream sundae's at Serendipity in NYC. Join the sundae fun as you serve up mini chocolate sundaes as you watch the flick. Just try not to spill some fudge on your shirt like she does!
Make a hot fudge sundae, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
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