I can remember countless times when I’ve watched my favorite celeb chow down on some amazingly photogenic food and desperately wished I could have what she was having. (When Harry Met Sally reference, anyone?) To save you this same longing, I’ve wracked my brain for the most salivating movie moments and compiled the recipes here for convenience. Who needs popcorn when you can fully immerse yourself in these classic movies, while enjoying the same foods as the characters themselves?
1. Cuban Sandwich – Chef
You simply can’t tell me you don’t get some serious hunger pangs while watching this movie. Jon Favreau and his adorable son make these drool-worthy Cubanos, and now you can make your movie-watching experience that much better by enjoying them, too.
2. Pecan Pie – Waitress
Hopefully you won’t have to make Kerri Russel’s “Pregnant Miserable Self Pitying Loser Pie” or the “Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having an Affair Pie.” Just a simple pecan pie will do for me, thank you very much.
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs – Lady and the Tramp
A bad boy and a good girl come together over a single strand of spaghetti. If that’s not puppy love, then I don’t know what is. Lady + Tramp = Forever. This meatball recipe is perfectly complemented by any variation on pasta and marinara sauce.
4. Chocolate Cake – Matilda
Even though Brucey’s cake looked mostly disgusting and inedible in this flick, our recipe is far from that. Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake – especially one packed with dense, fudgey goodness like this flour-less one?
And for a few easy bonus options…
5. Orange Mocha Frappucino – Zoolander
Are you really, really ridiculously good looking? Then this drink is definitely for you. Blend two cups ice, 1 cup brewed coffee (chilled), 1/3 cup chocolate syrup, 2 tablespoons orange syrup and 1-2 tablespoons sugar until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream (if that’s your thing) and share with a few friends (but avoid gasoline fights at all costs).
6. Grilled Cheese – The Devil Wears Prada
Adrien Grenier’s grilled cheese for Anne Hathaway looks almost as fancy as Adrien himself. Although Miranda Priestly would never eat a greasy grilled cheese, I know you definitely want to go make one for yourself right now. The key to a perfect grilled cheese is to butter both sides of the bread and make it in a pan over the stovetop, instead of in a toaster oven.
7. Butterbeer – Harry Potter
After tasting real life Butterbeer at Harry Potter World, I knew I had to find a way to recreate it for myself back home. This recipe comes pretty darn close: combine 1/4 cup condensed milk, 1/4 cup butterscotch topping and 2 tablespoons whipped butter with cream soda and let chill for 10 minutes. Share with a friend and it’ll be almost like you’re sitting in Three Broomsticks with Harry, Ron and Hermione.
And if you’re feeling especially lazy, but still want to enjoy a snack from a classic movie, I suggest going for the peanut butter and Oreo combination made famous by Hallie Parker and Annie James in The Parent Trap.
Sisters? Hallie, were like twins!
Want more on foodie movies? Check these out:
- Dinner and Movie: Chef the Film
- Which Hero Movie Food (or Drink) Are You?
- Cafes Turned Into Movie Sets
- Movie Munchies
- 8 Movies in A Relationship with: Food