‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Power Rangers’ reveal an appetite for ’90s nostalgia at the box office

'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Power Rangers' reveal an appetite for '90s nostalgia at the box office

TAKE NOTE, “Baywatch” and “Jumanji”: This is a prime time for repurposed ’90s fare. Disney’s adaptation of 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” grossed a whopping $88.3 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday (final numbers are due Monday). That represents the fourth-biggest second weekend ever, not adjusting for inflation, behind only “Star […]

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Chefs’ Picks: Favorite Movie Treats

Spicy Chipotle Mixed Nuts with Bacon and Popcorn

Movie nights are the perfect excuse for nibbling on sweet and salty snacks. When it comes time to watch the action unfold on the screen at home or in the cinema, even chefs who spend their days making masterful dishes prefer to cozy up with low-fuss fare. Here are some of their flick-ready favorites.

It’s All About The Crunch
Though Executive Chef Tavis Rockwell and Chef de Cuisine Sarah Rockwell serve Southern-inspired small plates alongside bold wines at LouVino in Louisville, Kentucky, the married couple likes to kick back with a simple pairing of snacks and soda when enjoying some screen time at home. “We love popcorn, of course, popped on the stove not in the microwave. Also warm nuts with brown sugar, salt and bacon — anything crunchy,” says Tavis Rockwell.

Follow their lead for movie time and make your own crunchy munchies like this spice-packed snack that brings together nuts, bacon and popcorn.

 

Carbon Arc Popcorn
Flavored Popcorn
The newly renovated Davis Theater in Chicago is taking a new approach to snacking at the cinema. As part of the theater’s revamp, a restaurant called Carbon Arc has opened inside the same building. In addition to being able to dine at the restaurant before or after the show, moviegoers also have the option to order special items such as sliders to bring into the theater. As the creator of Carbon Arc’s menu, Chef Gilbert Langlois is a concession-stand connoisseur, enjoying a classic staple with a creative twist. “I’d have to say the fun and different combinations of gourmet popcorn that our team is creating are a lot of fun and always my go-to movie-theater snack,” Langlois says. The team is always churning out new flavors, but some of Langlois’ favorites include Cotton Candy, Truffle Parmesan, Sea Salt & Caramel and Sour Dill Pickle.

Sour Patch Kids
Sweet, Sour and Salty
Bringing together vibrant Mexican flavors may consume her day-to-day cooking at Southern California’s Puesto, but Chef Kathy Smith likes to keep it simple when she steps away from the kitchen and sits down at the cinema. Her favorite snack? A combination of two concession classics. “Whenever I go to the movies, I pour a box of Sour Patch Kids into my bag of popcorn,” she says. “Trust me, the saltiness of the popcorn combines perfectly with the sweet and sourness of the candy.”

 

Photography courtesy of Armando Rafael, Carbon Arc and iStock/pamela_d_mcadams

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White Chocolate Fans, Your M&M’s Will Soon Be Here

White Chocolate Fans, Your M&M's Will Soon Be HereWhite chocolate has its devout fans, who think it’s the best chocolate, and its equally dedicated detractors, who may even question whether it really deserves to be called “chocolate” at all.

Those who fall into the former camp will be happy to hear they’ve scored a victory that will melt in their mouth, not in their hand. White chocolate M&M’s (or M&M’s White Chocolate, as they will officially be known) will arrive in stores in May — and they will be there to stay.

Previously a pastel-candy-coated seasonal offering was released for a limited time each spring, but now M&M’s White Chocolate — in classic M&M’s colors — will be available all year long. Suh-weet!

“M&M’S White Chocolate will hit shelves at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores nationwide starting in May 2017 in Singles (1.5 ounces) packs that feature the brand’s iconic colorful candy shells,” a Mars spokesperson confirmed to FN Dish. “Fans of the brand will now be able to enjoy M&M’S White Chocolate year-round.”

Because why should the Easter Bunny have all the fun? Now you can dream of a white chocolate M&M Christmas. Or Thanksgiving. Or Fourth of July.

Photo courtesy of Mars, Incorporated

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