Immerse Yourself In Your Favorite Fall Film With These Easy Recipes
This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s senior fall editorial intern Maggie Lardie. Find her on Instagram at @maggielardie. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It might seem like the fall season is over for many as we near Halloween and the end of October, but those of us at the Zillennial would argue that it’s just beginning! We absolutely adore October, don’t get us wrong. But there comes a time when some of us just want to sit back and enjoy a peaceful, less scary autumn. The question is: how can we do that? Although it does include Thanksgiving, the month of November is notorious for being a lull in between the two months jam packed with Halloween and Christmas activities. It also can cause a bit of a conflict in terms of what to do next. Some people prefer to keep the fall vibes going, while others immediately rush into Christmas decorations.
Despite all this confusion, it’s universally agreed upon that the “-ber” months are perfect for cooking and baking! On top of this, so many great pieces of media have been created around/about the family-oriented holiday seasons that the last few months of the year bring. If you find yourself caught in a late-fall lull, we recommend spending some time with family or friends, turning on the television and trying one of these fall movie snacks that coordinates with it. Not only will you have a great time with those you love, but you’ll be further immersed into your favorite autumn film! Here are just a few recipes to get you started.
Butterbeer – Harry Potter
Quite possibly the most iconic item on our list, butterbeer is a beverage served to the characters of the Harry Potter franchise in both the books and the movies! It also can be found in the Universal Studios theme parks as a hot, cold or frozen drink. What you decide to do with this recipe is up to you, (spiked Butterbeer, perhaps?) but here are the basic ingredients you’ll need. (Courtesy of @gabby.jaye)
- ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp rum extract
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup marshmallow creme
- 1 tsp caramel extract
- 2 tsp salted butter (melted)
Pour the butterscotch around the bottom of your class, followed by a can of cream soda. Top with the whipped cream and you’re set!
Otherworldly Dinner – Coraline
…Which is really just your classic meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy and corn on the cob! We would argue that the special part of this meal is not the main course, however, but the dessert. Here’s how to make Coraline’s mango milkshake according to @chasemychef.
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 4 oz frozen peaches
- 1 cup mango nectar
Top with whipped cream after blending.
We also can’t forget the iconic “Welcome Home” cake Coraline receives upon her first night in the Otherworld. Here’s a recipe from @katieblake for you to try it yourself! (This is a strawberry cake recipe)
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups blended strawberries
- ¾ cup melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Use cream cheese and strawberries in between each layer of cake you make, then decorate with the pink icing and red cursive “Welcome Home!”
Marshmallow Spiders – Halloweentown
Despite the name of the movie they’re from, these little guys can be enjoyed long after Halloween is over and throughout the winter months! @gabby.jaye had everything you need:
- White candy melts
- Mini pretzel rods
Break the mini rods in half, dipping them in the candy melts. Arrange them on parchment paper however you want the spiders’ legs to look. Next, you’ll need:
- Mini candy eyes
Use the leftover candy melts to “glue” the eyes onto your marshmallow. Stick the pretzel legs to the marshmallow body of your spider and enjoy!
Shrimp Hands – Beetlejuice
This recipe will have you wanting to say delicious three times in a row! Here’s how to make it (courtesy of @chefgenevieve).
To a large pot of water, add
- A bay leaf
Let that simmer for 30 minutes, then turn the heat off. Next, use 2 oz shrimp and pierce them with a skewer, just above the tail. Add them to the pot for 3 minutes, then transfer them to an ice bath upon taking them out.
For the sauce, you’ll need:
- 2 lemons (zested and juiced)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce
What are your favorite fall movie snacks? Let us know in the comments!