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10 Iconic Movie Scenes With Food (And a Recipe to Go With Each)

Have you ever noticed how hungry you get when you see food onscreen? If these 10 movie scenes didn’t make you reach for your fridge (or at least a takeout menu) I will be genuinely shocked. On a daily basis, our screens are filled with characters eating deliciously moist chocolate cakes, carefully crafted choux pastries, and fast food hamburgers – but now, it’s our time!

Check out this list of 10 iconic movie scenes involving food – we've included a scrumptious recipe to go with each!

10 Matilda: The Chocolate Cake Scene

Who can forget the iconic scene in Matilda when that poor kid is forced to eat cake in front of the whole school by that evil principal? I must admit, as terrible as it is, it did make me hungry for some chocolate cake! Why couldn't have been me who had to cram chocolate cake into my mouth as punishment?!

Check out this Nutella Chocolate Cake that is a perfect fit for Roald Dahl’s wacky world. This four-layered triple chocolate cake contains a rich chocolate ganache and a Nutella buttercream. Delicious! Get the recipe here.

9 Ratatouille: All of the Food Scenes

A rat that loves to cook? What could be cuter? Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille takes viewers inside the world of a top-notch Parisian restaurant. There is food in most scenes, but it’s the famed ratatouille, after which the film is named, that takes the cake.

We all know French cuisine isn’t the easiest to master, so I’ll start you off with something easy – check out this classic ratatouille recipe that includes all of your favourites: zucchini, onion, garlic, tomato, and eggplant! Get the recipe here.

8 The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Courtesan au Chocolat Scene

For anyone that’s seen Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, how could you forget Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat? The beautiful array of pastries was truly a sight for sore eyes. Fun fact: the pastry was invented by Anderson for the film. While it may have been a fiction, you’re in luck – after some internet searching, I was able to find an amazing recipe for these sweet treats. It’s quite simple really, make a choux pastry, fill with a special chocolate sauce, top with frosting, and decorate extravagantly! Get the recipe here.

7 Harry Potter: The Great Hall Scenes

There are so many wonderful foods described in J.K. Rowling’s series, it was hard to pick just one, but these pumpkin pasties were always something that sounded especially delicious to me, particularly in the fall. These pasties are essentially hand-held pumpkin pies with a little twist. Make a basic pastry, fill with sliced apple, canned pumpkin, and a variety of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Bake in the oven, let cool, and devour. Get the full recipe here. 

6 Lady and the Tramp: The Romantic Spaghetti Scene

Ah, Lady and the Tramp. One of the great Disney classics. And of course, who could forget the iconic scene when Lady and the Tramp eat spaghetti. So romantic! Want to re-live the romance, Lady-style? Check out this divine spaghetti bolognese recipe. Not your regular old spaghetti recipe, this recipe contains pancetta, onion, carrot, tomato, red pepper flakes, wine, and fresh parmesan cheese. Yummy. Get the recipe here.

5 Waitress: The Pie Scenes

Jenna is seriously a wizard when it comes to dessert. The pies in this movie had me salivating the whole way through. Have you ever wanted to bake a homemade pie? Now’s your chance! And if you want to kick your pie game up a notch, this Cherry Bourbon Pie is perfect. A unique (and boozy) spin on an American classic, this recipe is filled with sweet cherries, nearly one full cup of bourbon, and a deliciously flaky pie crust. Make sure to create the lattice-top for the full effect. Get the recipe here.

4 Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle: The White Castle Scene

This is an entire movie based on the goal of two guys trying to make their way to White Castle to enjoy a White Castle hamburger. Seriously, that is the plot. There must be something spectacular about White Castle burgers then, right? See for yourself with this copycat recipe of White Castle Sliders. This easy recipe combines beef, Lipton onion soup mix, onions, cheese, dinner rolls, and peanut butter (yes, peanut butter) to make the perfect White Castle-esque slider. Get the recipe here.

3 Pulp Fiction: The $5 Milkshake Scene

This entire movie is a classic and there are so many memorable scenes, but my personal favourite is the $5 milkshake scene. So next time you’re watching this cult classic, be sure to make a batch of milkshakes for you and your friends – But not just any old milkshake! Take this opportunity to jump on the “freakshake” train and make your own version of these sugar-filled monstrosities for your viewing pleasure. This recipe for a Peanut Butter Oreo Freakshake is crammed with peanut butter, milk chocolate, heaps of ice cream, Reese’s peanut butter cups, full Oreo cookies, and any other Reese’s products you can get your hands on. And believe me, it’s better than “pretty good.” Get the recipe here.

2 When Harry Met Sally: The Diner Scene

Now I know the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally is not exactly famous for the food, but once you notice it, it does look pretty good. Check out this recipe for a Quick & Easy Hot Deli Style Chicken Sandwich. Made with french bread, roast chicken, salami, provolone, onion, avocado, tomato, mustard, and some fresh greens, this sandwich is hearty and delicious. Get the recipe here.

1 Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Blue Soup Scene

Rather than subjecting yourself to Bridget Jones’s infamous “blue soup” (and believe me, there are recipes out there), why not try this lovely broccoli and stilton soup? This one is sure to impress your dinner guests, and will hopefully turn out to be a nice neutral colour. Featuring stilton, fresh broccoli, onion, leek, celery, and potato, this creamy soup will become an instant classic. Check out the recipe here.

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