The 90th Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, March 4 and if you are hosting a viewing party, it’s important to be prepared with some serious snackage. Try out these Oscar-winning snacks that are sure to make your party a hit.
1. All That Glitters is Golden Donuts
The Oscars are all about glitz and glam, so why not make your snacks the same? Buy some of your favorite donuts and some edible luster dust from your local craft store. Sprinkle or brush the glittery goodness on top and stack them into a golden pyramid.
2. Popcorn Cake Pops
Popcorn and your party ain’t the only things poppin’ with these cake pops! Make some cake pops disguised as popcorn kernels with some white chocolate melts, mini marshmallows, vanilla frosting, yellow food coloring, lollipop sticks and your favorite cake mix! Make cake mix according to box directions, and once baked and cooled, break into small pieces. Mix with icing, and then roll into small balls. Melt chocolate melts in the microwave until liquid and stir in yellow food coloring until slightly yellow, dip in lollipop sticks and put into balls. Dip ends of mini marshmallows into melts and add to bottoms of cake pops, and freeze for a minute. Once cool, dip entire cake pop into chocolate melts, and voila, you have popcorn cake pops!
3. Award-Winning Cookies
All your guests are winners with these Oscar cookies! Buy pre-made sugar cookie dough and your own Oscar cookie cutter or make your own out of tin foil; and procure ingredients to make royal icing (recipes can be found online), black and yellow food coloring, piping bags, and gold glitter sprinkles. Roll out sugar cookie dough on a flour-covered surface until they’re 1/8” thick. Cut out circle bases for awards with a cookie cutter or trace a circular object, and make sure to cut a slit in the center for the statue to go into. Make it a little bigger than needed in case your cookies puff up during baking. Bake cookies according to instructions on package, and make two batches of royal icing, adding yellow and black food coloring to separate bowls of icing. Once your cookies are ready, pipe yellow outlines on the Oscar cookies, and black outlines on the circle base cookies. Once outlines are done, add a little extra water to your royal icing so it becomes runnier, and fill in those outlines! Once finished, you can add gold glitter to the trophies and assemble your perfect Oscar.
4. Fancy-Schmancy Strawberries
The Academy Awards are a formal event, so dress your strawberries up to the nines. You will need some strawberries, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and some piping bags. First, wash and dry your strawberries for optimal chocolate dipping. Melt white chocolate in the microwave for 30-second increments, taking it out after each and stirring. Repeat this until white chocolate is liquid. Dip strawberries into white chocolate mixture almost to the stem, and set on parchment or wax paper to dry. Next, repeat the microwave procedure with the dark chocolate until liquid. Take your strawberries and dip them into the dark chocolate at a 45-degree angle, leaving a V-neck or jacket at the top. Let them dry again. Once dried, add a liquid dark chocolate mixture into a piping bag and add details like buttons, ties, and bow ties.
5. DIY Popcorn Bar
Popcorn: the age-old snack companion to the silver screen. Provide your guests with the beloved movie snack classic and add some DIY pizzazz. You’ll need pre-popped or home-popped popcorn, and whatever toppings your heart desires. You can provide savory toppings like salt, pepper, cheese, ranch powder, buffalo wing powder, Sriracha and melted butter. Or for your sweet-toothed guests, provide sprinkles, chocolate candies, mini peanut butter cups, chocolate and caramel drizzles, and any candy you can think of. Bonus points if you present them in classy bowls with labels and popcorn bags for guests!
6. Star-Studded Snack List
The Oscars are all about the stars, and lucky for you, just about anything can be made star-shaped. Cut different types of cheese into star shapes and serve with crackers, bake your own star-shaped tortilla chips and serve with guacamole, or bake star-shaped cookies and make them golden. Use just a little creativity and imagination and you can make your snack bar full of stars!