The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Not only do you get to spend time with family and friends, but it's also a time for watching classic holiday movies. From heartwarming comedies to whimsical stories, these movies provide the perfect backdrop to the season.
While you’re watching your favorite holiday movies this year, why not add something special to the experience? Well, this article will explore some festive treats that are perfect for enjoying while watching each of these popular holiday movies.
Grinch Punch - The Grinch
Grinch Punch is a non-alcoholic festive holiday drink that can be enjoyed by adults, teens, and kids. It is perfect for Grinch-themed parties or just sitting at home and watching The Grinch. Also, this drink is very easy to make.
To make it, combine cranberry juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice in a punch bowl. Add in a splash of grenadine and some ice cubes. You can then garnish it with mint leaves and lime slices, and you’re all set! Plus, you can add red sprinkles to the rim of the glass for some extra festive cheer!
Having a delicious glass of Grinch Punch while watching the classic movie, The Grinch is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Not only does it have a festive look with its bright red and green colors, but it also has a refreshing flavor that will make even the “Grinchiest ”of people feel merry.
Rich Hot Cocoa - The Polar Express
No holiday season is complete without some chocolate, specifically hot chocolate! A glass of rich and decadent hot cocoa is the best snack to have while watching the heartwarming holiday film The Polar Express. In The Polar Express, there is a scene where the selected children on the Polar Express are given hot chocolate by some tap-dancing serves.
The kids enjoy it immensely and are filled with joy as they sip the delicious beverage. As a result, there is no better drink to have than hot cocoa when watching The Polar Express.
Now, there are many hot chocolate recipes, but there is one recipe that guarantees a delicious and creamy mug of hot cocoa. To make this comforting and rich hot cocoa, first gather unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Next, in a small bowl, add the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.
Whisk the ingredients until they're combined. Slowly add the milk and whisk continuously until the mixture is smooth. Heat the mixture and whisk occasionally until it comes to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and add in the vanilla extract. Then let the hot cocoa simmer and pour it into your favorite mug. Enjoy!
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Maple Spaghetti - Elf
Elf is another staple holiday movie in my house and for good reason! It's festive, and fun, and will get you into the holiday spirit. A great way to further get into the holiday spirit and connect with Buddy's (the main character) love for sweets is by eating some maple spaghetti.
Maple spaghetti is a simple and delicious dish that will make you feel like you're part of the movie. Not only because the main character Buddy is an elf and is obsessed with sugar, but also because there is a memorable scene in the movie where he makes a spaghetti dish with maple syrup, candy canes, marshmallows, and chocolate sauce. It's a fun and creative way to enjoy a holiday classic while making a delicious treat.
To make maple spaghetti, start by boiling a pot of water and adding a package of your favorite type of pasta. I recommend spaghetti. While that's cooking, heat a large skillet on medium heat, and warm up some marinara sauce. (You can either make your sauce by scratch or buy some at the grocery store.) Next, stir the sauce until it is warm.
When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and add it to the skillet with the tomato sauce. Stir everything together until the pasta is fully coated. Lastly, drizzle some maple syrup over your spaghetti. The maple syrup may taste unusual, but it's a fun way to add some sweetness to your pasta dish.
If you really want to add some sugar to your dish, try adding candy canes, Skittles, chocolate syrup, and marshmallows, just like Buddy the Elf.
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Chocolate Pudding - A Christmas Carol
Eating chocolate pudding while watching A Christmas Carol is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and it is a perfect treat to enjoy while enjoying the classic holiday tale. The creamy texture and sweet chocolate flavor of the pudding is an easier and simplified recipe than the figgy pudding (or plum pudding) that is enjoyed in A Christmas Carol.
Chocolate pudding is a sweet, creamy dessert that is made from cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and either cornstarch or eggs. It is usually served chilled and is often topped with whipped cream or chocolate shavings. The flavor of chocolate pudding is similar to hot chocolate, but it is much lighter and creamier. All in all, it is delicious!
Making chocolate pudding is extremely simple and. can take as short as 20 minutes. To make chocolate pudding, whisk 2 egg yolks for one minute, before adding in cornstarch and milk. Next, heat sugar, cocoa, milk, and salt in a saucepan.
When this mixture is extremely hot, slowly whisk it into the egg and cornstarch mixture. Make sure to whisk the whole time! Then pour everything back into the pan and heat it up again. Lastly, stir in the chocolate extract and refrigerate it for an hour.
Overall, chocolate pudding is an enjoyable and easy-to-make treat that is perfect for the holiday season. Whether you are watching A Christmas Carol or just feeling festive, chocolate pudding is a great way to make the spirit of the holidays come alive!
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Homemade Cheese Pizza - Home Alone
Lastly, is the famous movie Home Alone. In both the first Home Alone movie and the second movie, the protagonist Kevin Mcallister enjoys some steaming and delicious cheese pizza. This is why there is no better treat than homemade pizza to enjoy when watching the Home Alone series.
To make a delicious homemade pizza, start by gathering all the necessary ingredients. You will need pizza dough, your favorite pizza sauce, and grated cheese. In the movie, Kevin prefers just plain cheese pizzas, but you can gather any other toppings of your choice.
Next, roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and transfer it to a greased baking sheet. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough and top with the grated cheese and any other toppings. Bake the pizza for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Lastly, enjoy your homemade pizza while watching the fun and hilarious Home Alone series!
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Winter is a great time to sit back, relax under comforting blankets, and watch some cheerful holiday movies. No matter what movie you choose, be sure to treat yourself to some delicious snacks to make the experience even more enjoyable. Whether it be a cup of hot cocoa, a plate of pizza, or some Grinch punch - you're guaranteed to have an even more enjoyable time watching your favorite holiday movie, with the treats outlined above. Happy holidays!
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