It’s almost that time of year again—when movies that make you cry, movies with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and movies that have a lot of lines uttered by old white dudes that end in “damn it!” are all pitted against each other in a battle royale of cinematic prestige. That’s right, the Oscars are airing on March 12. And if you’re anything like us here at Sporked, you’re already planning your watch party. And if you are really like us here at Sporked, you are already planning your Oscars party snacks. So, without further ado, the award for “best foods for an Oscars watch party” goes to…the ones on this list!
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- Kirkland Breaded Panko Shrimp
I know, why is Kirkland panko shrimp on this list of best Oscars party foods? Because they’re fancy, complex, and golden (like an Oscar), that’s why. Also, the first Oscars ceremony I ever paid attention to was the one where The Shape of Water won, and, to be honest, I’m still a little scarred by that movie, so eating shrimp as opposed to watching them do the deed makes me feel like I have more control of my life. Anyway… they also taste amazing and had Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart noting that they are “crispy rather than soggy,” and that “the oil they’re fried in is super fresh tasting.”
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- El Monterey Extra Crunchy Southwest Chicken Taquitos
You know what other snacks are golden like an Oscar? Taquitos. But these aren’t just any taquitos. No, no these taquitos won best taquitos in a starring roll (get it? Roll and role? I crack myself up). Jokes aside, these taquitos really do steal the show. They made Gwynedd shout “holy shit!” when she took her first bite. Their crispy and bubbly fried coating gives them a great crunch and Gwynedd pointed out that their filling (which includes chicken, cheese, peppers, and beans) makes these taste like “Southwest chicken egg rolls from a chain restaurant” in the best possible way.
- Classic Lay’s
What’s this? Another golden snack on the list of best foods for an Oscars watch party? Why, yes indeed it is. But that’s not the only reason these are here—sometimes you want to hear what the people are actually saying so you can catch who the winners are, and of the potato chips we’ve tried, these are on the quieter side (ever try eating a kettle chip quietly?). Not only are these a quiet place…er…chip, they also taste “so delightfully fatty and rich.” These chips have so much going for them you could almost say they are Everything Everywhere All at Once.
- Parmesan Pastry Pups
Hey, what can I say, these are on here because they are cute and chic, perfect for a home-brewed black-tie event such as your Oscars watch party. These are so nice you could almost call them an hors d’oeuvre instead of just a snack or an appetizer. But don’t worry, the taste is anything but stuffy, these are in fact just pigs in a blanket but better. How are they better? Well, Gwynedd described them by saying, “juicy mini hot dogs and buttery puff pastry combine to create a delicious, greasy slurry, and the parm on top gives them even more savory flavor.” I don’t know about you but these are for my consideration…in that I’m thinking about buying them. I attempted another Oscars joke, y’all. I know, that one was a stretch.
- Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
This Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is on this list because, much like the movie stars winning awards at the Oscars, it has an insane amount of dough. And not only that, the dough is good. Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling described the cookie dough in this ice cream (which almost takes up more real estate in the pint than the ice cream itself) as highly genuine. “It has that nice bite of salt on the finish and crunchy chocolate shingles for texture,” she wrote. Damn it! Now I want some ice cream.
- Double Stuf Oreos
You can’t spell Oscars without Oreos, which is how these bad boys made it onto our very exclusive list of best Oscars party food. I mean what can I say that hasn’t already been said about Double Stuf Oreos? They are classic, classy, versatile, and beloved. They are the Meryl Streep of cookies, and while their packaging is far from cerulean (more of an Air Force blue, really), their taste shall remain en vogue for eternity.
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