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It’s Oscar season! For your consideration, may we submit: Oscar party recipes inspired by classic movie snacks?

After all of the amazing movies you went to see this year, you’re ready to sit down with a bunch of your friends and find out who is crowned the best of the best on Oscar night. If you’re hosting the Oscar party this year, you may be wondering what the best kinds of snacks are.

One option is to assemble a menu based on the actual nominees, which is always fun, but also maybe a bit more work than you want to put in on a Sunday.

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Another option is to really class up the joint. I mean, the Oscars are a high-class, fancy event, so you want to serve more elegant snacks than just chips and dip, right? So you might want to look to classic Hollywood or just throw a fancy cocktail party (edible gold leaf and all).

But here’s an easier idea that’s also really fun: The Oscars are all about movies, so you should be serving classic movie snacks! But because it’s true that the Oscars are no ordinary night, here are some ways you can put a more complex and delicious spin on some of your favorite movie theater treats.

Popcorn, Chowhound Style

Spicy Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


While buttered popcorn is the most perfect snack for going to the movie theater, it’s just way too plain for your Oscar party. Luckily, it’s super easy to add bold flavor to popcorn. I can’t decide between the French-style popcorn recipe and the spicy cinnamon sugar popcorn recipe. Guess I’ll just have to make both! See all of our Popcorn recipes. Or try this Gilded Popcorn recipe to bring the glitz and glam.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Cake

You can also use the popcorn as part of another dish, like classic popcorn balls, or—even better—a gilded caramel popcorn topping on a salted caramel cake. This dessert, which has peanut butter sponge cake layers and brown butter buttercream frosting, also happens to be gluten-free, so it’s definitely worthy of a major award. Get the Salted Caramel Popcorn Cake recipe.

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Cookie Dough Truffles

You know those boxes of bite-sized, chocolate-covered cookie dough they sell at the movies? Why can’t I find those anywhere else? Cookie dough is delicious, and it makes for a great snack. And truffles are always a fancy dessert, so put the two together and you’ve got a beautiful, tasty dessert for your Oscar party! Don’t worry, the cookie dough in this recipe is eggless and totally edible. Get the Cookie Dough Truffles recipe.

Oatmeal and Chocolate-Covered Raisin Cookies

Just like cookie dough bites, I never really see anyone eating Raisinets unless it’s at the movies. In case you’re skeptical, I did look it up, and “chocolate-covered raisins” seems to be one of the most universally popular movie theater snacks. Go figure. Honor the ever-popular Raisinets at your Oscar party by making these oatmeal and chocolate-covered raisin cookies. The recipe suggests just using chocolate-covered raisins instead of chocolate chips, but you can feel free to prepare the chocolate-covered raisins on your own and bake them into your cookies! Get the Oatmeal and Chocolate-Covered Raisin Cookies recipe.

Sour Patch Grapes

Sour Patch Kids are a classic, fruity candy that snuck their way into many a movie theater in my pocket. They’re absolutely delicious, but there is a way to make them both Oscar-worthy and healthy (oh yeah, you read that right). According to this extremely creative recipe, all you need to do is coat a green grape with a thin layer of flavored Jell-O mix, and you’ve got a grape that tastes just like a Sour Patch Kid! Get the Sour Patch Grapes recipe.

No-Bake Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Bars

Once Reese’s Pieces were featured in the Oscar-winning film “E.T.,” people started bringing them to the movies and haven’t looked back since. Instead of just eating the candy, get your peanut butter fix with these babies—which also bring in mini peanut butter cups because when is that ever a bad idea? Get the No-Bake Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Bars recipe.

Sno-Cap Pretzels


Two popular movie munches are pretzels and Sno-Caps, so why not have both in the same snack? There are two ways you could go about making this mash-up. First, you could dip a pretzel or pretzel stick in chocolate and cover it with round white sprinkles so that it looks like a Sno-Cap. Or, you could dip one in chocolate and then cover it with actual mini Sno-Caps. Either way, this should take you all of about two minutes, and it’s a guaranteed Oscar party favorite!

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Milk Dud Cake Mix Bars

Chocolate and caramel are a classic combination anywhere, especially at the movies! Take a box of Milk Duds to the next level with these Milk Dud cake mix bars. They are chocolatey, gooey, and an absolute necessity! Get the Milk Dud Cake Mix Bars recipe.

Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies

butterscotch potato chip cookie recipe

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If I’m writing the article, there is a 100 percent chance something salty will pop up. And, well, here it is! It’s so easy to eat a billion potato chips while watching a movie, but to spruce it up for the Oscars you’ll need a little something sweet to balance out all that salt. The sweetness in butterscotch chips does the trick, according to this recipe. This could very well be the most addicting snack at your party! Get our Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies recipe.

Skittles Cupcakes

Believe it or not, there are people out there who don’t like chocolate, so Skittles are another popular movie snack. If your party guests like super sweet desserts, you can’t go wrong with a Skittles cupcake! The rainbow frosting is beautiful, and the buttercream and Skittles are guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Get the Skittles Cupcakes recipe.

Junior Mints Cupcakes & Peppermint Patty Brownies

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I was actually surprised that Junior Mints and Peppermint Patties were such popular movie snacks. But thank goodness they are, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have these amazing Junior Mints cupcakes to munch on at our Oscar parties. The chocolate shell and Junior Mint garnish on top make for a cupcake that looks as fancy as it tastes. And while our Peppermint Brownie recipe is a bit more unassuming from the outside, it tastes just as great and is even easier to make.

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Toniann is a full-time legal assistant who expresses her love of food and eating by blogging for Chowhound. Her passions include spicy foods, hard seltzers, and Ariana Grande. Toniann spends her free time doing bar trivia, playing competitive volleyball, and studying for the LSAT (because foodies can be lawyers, too!) Follow her on Instagram @toniannpasqueralle and Twitter @NOTtoriann.
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