Out Of This World Snacking

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Gummy aliens fly their cupcake UFOs through the cosmos. (Photos by Christina Claus)

Alien movies have shown a variety of alien eats from live insects in Titan A.E. and Klingon Blood Wine in Star Trek to alien grubs in Enemy Mine and humans in Return of the Jedi. But what should be eaten while watching these outer space favorites?

For a true alien feel, green food coloring can become one’s best friend. Grab that bottle and get ready to make a plethora of alien snacks and desserts.

UFO alien cupcakes are a must for every alien-themed party, with a green Sour Patch Kid at the center of the sweet treat, under the roof of a plastic shot cup UFO. Make chocolate cake either from scratch or a boxed mix from the store (for a soft and airy chocolate cake, grab the Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge cake) and white Pillsbury icing. Divide the icing container into two bowls; color one bowl of icing with green and the other with purple (about five to six drops of coloring should suffice).

Slather each cupcake with some icing, gently press a green or blue Sour Patch Kid into the center (use a black decorating marker to draw eyes for an extra touch), pop a plastic shot cup on top of the candy and place either decorating stars or spherical candies around as UFO lights.

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Popcorn is the perfect movie food. Alien invasion popcorn can be made two ways for some casual movie chomping. For the first, microwave a bag of salted popcorn, melt a 12-ounce bag of white chocolate chips (use a double boil, so it doesn’t burn in the microwave) and make sure to have a bag of candy eyeballs as well as that trusty green food coloring handy. When the popcorn is done, spread it out on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Mix the green food coloring into the melted chocolate and pour it over the spread popcorn. Toss in some eyes and you have little alien popcorns.

For the second alien-style popcorn, just pop some corn and toss in green sour patch kids, chopped space-themed bars like Milky Way or Mars and moon rocks aka Whoppers or Duds.

For a quick throw-together snack, whip up a dip of your choice (my preference is French onion) and add a few drops of green food coloring. Put two green plastic spoons in the dip, sticking up so the handles are peeking out, with googly eyes hot-glued to them. Dip any chips of your choosing, but try green veggie chips to stick with the alien theme.

If looking for a healthier alien snack option, make a rocket ship out of fruit skewers. Cut a large strawberry in three, so the tip of the strawberry can act as the nose of the ship. Place a cubed melon of your choice (or marshmallow) in between each strawberry piece, ending with a piece of cantaloupe cut out like the bottom of a rocket ship.

If these sound a bit over the top, buy an alien cookie cutter and make some sugar cookies to decorate. Fill a jar of green candy, create a green vegetable or fruit tray, or just serve up some slender chicken finger and fries with a placard that reads alien fingers.

Celestial Cocktail: Alien Extract

Ingredients:

• 2 oz. coconut rum
• 2 oz. melon liquer
• 3 oz. pineapple juice
• Blue sugar
• Cherry

Instructions:

1. Rim the edge of the glass with blue sugar and set aside.

2. In a shaking glass with ice, combine coconut rum, melon liquer and pineapple juice.
Shake well.

3. Strain the mix into the rimmed glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.

—Recipe from Tipsy Bartender

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