6 Fun Snacks for Movie Night on the Couch

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Hippo Winter Food GuideThere’s nothing like a good movie, book, video game, or series to make the most of the last couple of cold and rainy weeks before the bliss of summer actually arrives. And, whether you’ll be curling up on the couch with the latest Netflix release or planning a gaming night with a few buddies, you’ve got to have great food to keep you going.

Here are some awesome things to snack on in your down time. If you’re clueless about what to read, watch or play, have a look at this Winter 2017 Entertainment Guide compiled by car insurance comparison site Hippo.co.za, with whom we’ve partnered to create this snack food guide.

Caramel Popcorn and Pretzel Bars

Traditionally the go-to snack for movies, there really is no limit on how creative you can get with popcorn. Ditch the usual flavours, and go for something more experimental. You can try this pretzel-and-marshmallow infused popcorn bar, which will take less than 20 minutes to prepare.

First, cover a baking dish with cooking spray. Mix 12 cups plain popped popcorn and four cups chopped salted pretzels in a separate bowl. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let the mixture cook for 8 – 12 minutes, remove from the heat, and add cream and marshmallows.

Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and pretzel mix and stir. Place the mixture in the baking dish. Use plastic gloves coated with cooking spray to press the mixture down evenly. Allow to cool, cut into bars and enjoy.

Sushi Biltong

Biltong is the signature dish of living room get-togethers, especially when it comes to watching sport and playing video games. You can go the traditional route and simply open up a packet of biltong strips. Or, make your own biltong and put a South African twist on sushi.

Take a cucumber and slice off thin strips of it with a potato peeler. Sprinkle the cucumber slices with salt and smear some wasabi mayo on them. Mix brown vinegar and biltong spice in a bowl and soak thinly sliced fillet steak in it for about 10 minutes.

Shake off the excess vinegar and place the fillet slices on top of the cucumber cuts. Roll them up, lock with a toothpick and serve.

Date & Almond Butter Granola Bars

Dried fruits like dried figs, apricots and dates provide wholesome nutrition, vitamins, and fibre and also warm up your body naturally. Bake these yummy Date and Almond Butter Granola Bars for a healthier treat.


Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Potato chips and chocolate are two snacks that will always be ‘on the menu’ whether you’re reading, watching a movie or playing games. You can be creative and whip up a symphony of sweet and salty that will almost look too beautiful to eat. Simply melt chocolate in a pan, allow to cool slightly and dip your favourite potato chips. Dust with rainbow sprinkles and voila.

Sour Jelly Gummy Drops

Everyone loves a sour jelly… don’t they? These beauties can be made at home buy you, yes really! And, because you’re in the privacy of your own home you can eat as many as you like. No judgies. Sour Jelly Gum Drops recipe.


DIY Pizza

Pizza is synonymous with fun activities at home so we had to feature it in this guide. Instead of ordering in, make your own pizza at home, it doesn’t have to be complicated, just delicious. We love this healthier caulipizza and this simple but delicious pizza Bianco, with loads of garlic (also great for warding off a last bout of flu!).

You have to fuel up before a big leisure marathon to help your body pull through. While the regular popcorn, chips, pizza, and nuts can easily do the trick, these delicious homemade snacks provide an even more sublime treat to accompany your next get-together or session of me-time


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