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Coraline Food Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to a Movie-Themed “OTHER BOARD” Feast

by Ünal Güler

 

What’s Up, Hungry People

Today we’re plunging into the eerie and enigmatic world of Coraline Jones. With foods ranging from the iconic “Welcome Home” cake to exotic cocoa beetles from Zanzibar, we’ve got a board—aptly named “The Other Board”—teeming with culinary gems from this stop-motion masterpiece.

Coraline is perhaps one of the most unnerving children’s films to emerge in the late 2000s. The story trails Coraline as she navigates life in a new home with her preoccupied parents, who are hustling to launch their gardening magazine.

Feeling neglected and uninspired, Coraline discovers a hidden door that leads to an alternate universe. In this vibrant world, her “Other Parents,” especially the Other Mother, try to seduce her into staying forever.

And how does the Other Mother try to win Coraline over? Through food, of course! These are meals so sumptuous they make everyday grub seem utterly unappetizing.

And after dozens upon dozens of requests over on TikTok to make the different dishes seen throughout the movie, I decided to put them all in one place and create a whole new world of my own on what I am calling “The Other Board.”

Here’s What’s On My OTHER Board

  • “Welcome Home” cake
  • Roasted chicken
  • Peas, corn, and broccoli
  • Butter rolls
  • Mashed potatoes (and yes, a gravy train!)
  • Cocoa beetles from Zanzibar
  • Banana slugs
  • Mushroom omelette & bacon strips
  • Waffles with strawberry sauce
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Magic mud pies
  • Bobinsky’s pickled beets
  • Sample cheeses & crackers for the circus mice
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Jams and jellies
  • Saltwater taffy
coraline other mother dinner feast

Dinner with the Beldam

On Coraline’s inaugural night in the Other World, she feasts on a spread of roasted chicken, peas, corn, and more. She even gets mashed potatoes served from a gravy train’s caboose!

For my rendition, I used an air fryer to cook up a Cornish hen, which fit the board perfectly. Sides included peas, corn, and broccoli, served next to some warm butter rolls.

The gravy train was a whimsical experiment: I transformed an old Christmas train set into a gravy vessel. While it’s more of a conversation starter than a practical serving method, you can manually pull the train across the table to ladle gravy onto your plate.

One other thing I made that didn’t make it onto the board was a version of the Other Mother’s giant pineapple cake – but in miniature versions.

omelette and bacon from coraline

The Other Mother’s Omelette Breakfast

Coraline’s second Other Worldly meal consists of a flawless mushroom omelette with a side of bacon. I whipped up bacon and sautéed mushrooms before folding them into a two-egg omelette, accompanied by some homemade jam.

Would’ve added some toast to make it a complete breakfast, but space was tight. Maybe I should get my Other Husband to craft me a more spacious board.

Speaking of the board, did you notice that it looks like a button?

banana slugs from coraline

Wybie’s Banana Slugs

One of the many friends Coraline makes throughout the film is a boy who lives in the town. His grandmother’s sister disappeared near Coraline’s house. Coraline encounters Wybie looking for something on the ground… and turns out he was on the hunt for banana slugs!

For my version of the slugs, I mixed lemon Jell-O with some banana flavored pudding mix and a bit of gelatin then created custom molds by using a two-part silicone putty and fake slugs to create a mold. Then I poured the Jell-O/pudding mix into the molds and let them set in the fridge.

diy banana slugs from coraline

While the slugs set, I then mixed up a bowl of regular chocolate pudding. When the slugs were fully set, I carefully removed them from the molds (only accidentally pulling off the eyes of a few) and used a straw to dab brown spots of chocolate down the backs of the slugs to create a convincing effect – they certainly look like banana slugs to me!

salt water taffy from coraline

Mrs. Spink & Mrs. Forcible’s Fortune Telling Taffy

In the boring grey world that Coraline’s real parents live in, she meets Mrs. Spink and Mrs. Forcible who are former burleseque dancers and lovers. In the Other World, they are bedazzled stage performers. In the real world, they use salt water Taffy from Brighton to tell fortunes.

I am fortunate to have a small old fashioned candy store nearby so it was easy to source the stuff locally. If you can get your hands on authentic salt water Taffy, you won’t regret it! I picked out different flavors and colors to match the movie as closely as I could.

cocoa beetles from zanzibar from coraline

Cocoa Beetles from Zanzibar

In the movie, Coraline’s Other Mother – also revealed to be known as the Beldam – recharges in her room full of insect-shaped furniture that may or may not be alive. As Coraline attempts to escape, the Other Mother offers Coraline a cocoa beetle from Zanzibar (which Coraline refuses to eat). The Other Mother takes a bite and shows a gooey center.

For my take on these beetles I used a silicone beetle mold and tempered chocolate to create a shell that I then filled with dulce de leche. It was the perfect, ooey-googey middle to bite into. Then I used a bit of gold luster dust mixed with a drop of vodka and a pastry brush to paint on the golden parts, just like they how they are seen in the movie.

mini welcome home cake from coraline

The Infamous “Welcome Home” Cake

The most iconic dish from the movie just may be the “Welcome Home” cake where Coraline realizes with horror that the Other Mother and Father intend to keep Coraline in the Other World forever – and give her buttons for eyes.

For my cake, I simply used a box cake mix to make a miniature version of this cake. The res of the cake batter went to making another dish seen in the movie – the cupcakes with white icing and a cherry on top.

Other Dishes from Coraline

I love how Coraline uses food to convey different messages throughout the film. One scene they have breakfast for dinner (Other Father’s FAVORITE meal) with waffles smothered in strawberry sauce.

Another character Coraline meets who has an interest in a very specific food is Mr. Bobinsky who is always seen snacking on beets, so naturally I had to add pickled beets to my board in his honor. Bobinsky trained a circus of mice who he gave scraps of cheese and crackers as meals and rewards for performing.

Here’s What You Need For EVERYTHING

  • Cornish Hen: The star of Other Mother’s Dinner Feast, provides a juicy, tender meat.
  • Steamed Peas & Corn: Veggies to round off the dinner feast, adding color and nutrition.
  • Butter Rolls: Soft, fluffy side for soaking up gravy and balancing the meal.
  • Mashed Potatoes: A comfort food classic that complements the Cornish hen.
  • Gravy: Adds savory richness to the mashed potatoes and Cornish hen.
  • Broccoli: An additional green vegetable to vary the nutrients and color on the plate.
  • Chocolate Cake Mix: Base for Coraline’s “Welcome Home Cake” & Cupcakes.
  • White and Pink Icing: For decorating the cake and cupcakes, adds sweetness and visual appeal.
  • Red Writing Icing: To personalize your cake with “Welcome Home” text.
  • Pink Candles: Sets a festive tone for the cake.
  • Glace Cherries: A visually striking topping for cupcakes.
  • Lemon Jell-O & Banana Pudding: Foundation for Wybie’s Banana Slugs.
  • Unflavored Gelatin: Adds structure and firmness to the slugs.
  • Chocolate Chips & Dulce de Leche: Main ingredients for Cocoa Beetles from Zanzibar.
  • Gold Luster Dust: For giving the beetles a shiny, attractive finish.
  • Eggs & Mushrooms: Essential for Other Mother’s Omelette Breakfast.
  • Chives & Bacon: Flavor enhancers for the omelette.
  • Waffle Mix: Provides a quick and easy waffle base for Other Father’s Breakfast for Dinner.
  • Strawberry Pie Filling: A fruity topping for the waffles.
  • Chocolate Pudding & Crushed Oreos: The primary ingredients for Magic Mud.
  • Gummy Worms: An eerie but fun addition to the Magic Mud.

Coraline-Themed Feast Tips and Tricks

  • Meal Prepping: Since there are many components, try doing some meal prepping a day in advance. For instance, you could make the banana pudding, the chocolate pudding, and the cake base the day before to save time.
  • Substitute for Silicone Slug Molds: If you can’t find or make silicone molds for Wybie’s Banana Slugs, small ice cube trays with unique shapes can serve as a good alternative.
  • Egg Cooking: Be cautious while cooking the omelette; cook on low to medium heat to ensure it doesn’t burn while still letting the inside cook well.
  • Chocolate Tempering: If you’re not confident in your chocolate tempering skills for the Cocoa Beetles, consider using candy melts as a more forgiving alternative.
  • Serving Board: Use a large, flat serving board to display all the treats and snacks. This will make it easier for everyone to grab what they want while keeping the presentation neat.
coraline snack board ideas

Unfortunately for Coraline, there is a theory floating around online that she doesn’t make it out of the Other World at the end of the film. While I’d like to think she makes it out and saves her family, it’s hard to say after reading the theory and watching the movie!

@thestarvingchef Replying to @rachieraindrop1 so many incredible meals in Coraline, it was hard to settle out just one. this “Other Board” is straight from the Other Mother’s kitchen, no button eyes required #fictionalfeast #reciperequest #thestarvingchef #foodfromcoraline #coralinefood #othermotherrecipes #coralinerecipes #otherboard #halloweencharcuterie #foodfrommovies #moviefoods #reciperequests #fictionalfeasts ♬ original sound – LAIKA Studios

What fictional recipes should I make next? Head on over to TikTok to leave your suggestion!

If you’ve been yearning for a night of movie magic mixed with kitchen wizardry, this Coraline-themed feast is your ticket to a truly memorable evening. Trust me, your taste buds will be doing a happy dance, and your guests will think you’re some kind of culinary sorcerer! From Other Mother’s Dinner Feast to Magic Mud, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into the movie. So, Hungry People, grab your ingredients and let’s create a feast worthy of Coraline Jones herself. And remember, the real magic is sharing these meals with people you love. Enjoy!

A Coraline-Inspired Feast: Recipes for a Magical Movie Night

The Starving Chef

Dive into the whimsical world of Coraline with this scrumptious, movie-inspired feast that even Other Mother would envy.

Prep Time 1 day

Total Time 1 day

Course Charcuterie, Fictional Feasts, Halloween

Cuisine Halloween, Movies, Party, Snack

Servings 1 Other Board Spread

For Other Mother’s Dinner Feast

  • 1 cornish hen
  • ½ cup steamed peas
  • ½ cup steamed corn
  • 3 butter rolls
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes from bagged mix
  • 1 cup gravy on a train
  • 1 cup broccoli blanched

Coraline’s “Welcome Home Cake” & Cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix + ingredients required on box
  • 1 tub white icing for cupcakes
  • 1 tub pink icing for cake
  • 1 tube red writing icing for cake writing
  • pink candles for cake
  • glace cherries for topping cupcakes

For Wybie’s Banana Slugs

  • 1 box lemon Jell-O
  • 1 box banana pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate pudding (use pudding from Magic Mud, below)
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • two-part silicone putty
  • fake slugs

For Cocoa Beetles from Zanzibar

  • 8 oz chocolate chips divided into 4 oz
  • 4 tablespoons dulce de leche + more as needed to fill chocolate molds
  • 1 teaspoon gold luster dust
  • 1 drop vodka NOTE: VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED
  • pastry brush

For Other Mother’s Omelette Breakfast

  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • 3 strips bacon cut in halves so there are 6 smaller pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese optional, for filling

For Other Father’s Breakfast for Dinner

  • 1 box waffle mix + ingredients required on box
  • 1 cup strawberry pie filing/topping

For Magic Mud

  • 1 box chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos
  • 10 gummy worms

For Other Characters

  • 1 cup saltwater Taffy
  • ½ cup pickled beets
  • 1 bag everything Ritz crackers
  • 1 bag wheat crackers
  • 3-4 pieces cheese samples, blocks, cubes, etc
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam, blackberry jam, apricot jam

I recommend preparing the board items in the following order:

Coraline’s “Welcome Home Cake” & Cupcakes

  • Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Preheat the oven per the instructions for cupcakes and prep a cupcake tin with liners. Grease a mini springform pan for the cake.
  • Pour enough batter into the mini springform pan to fill it 2/3 full. Use the remaining batter in the prepared cupcake tin. Bake with the cupcakes on the middle rack and the cake on the rack above. Cool completely. Start preping other elements of the board while the cakes cool.
  • Use a piping bag with the end snipped off about 1/2 inch to pipe white frosting swirls on top of the cupcakes. Place a single glacé cherry on top. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Spread the pink icing on top of the mini cake. Use the remaining white icing to make dollops of icing to form flowers on top of the pink icing around the top edge of the cake (where the candles will be placed). Write “Welcome Home!” in the center of the cake with the red writing icing. Add candles in the middle of each white flower. Chill until ready to serve.

For Wybie’s Banana Slugs

  • OPTIONAL: Ahead of time, create silicone molds of the toy slugs with the two-part silicone putty and set fully. Otherwise, find a similarly shaped bug mold to use for the slug shape. Place the molds on baking sheets to make moving them in and out of the fridge easier.
  • Mix the lemon Jell-O mix with the dry gelatin. Whisk in water according to the instructions on the Jell-O box. Set aside – you will have a few minutes to work with the Jell-O in a liquid state. If it sets too quickly, microwave the Jell-O for a few seconds until it is liquid again.
  • Prepare the banana pudding according to the instructions on the box. Measure out about 1/4 cup of pudding and reserve the remaining pudding for another recipe.
  • Measure out about 1/2 cup of the liquid Jell-O. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Jell-O and pudding until a thin, opaque liquid forms. Make enough of this liquid to fill the desired number of molds.
  • Pour the lemon Jell-O banana pudding mix into the molds and transfer to the fridge to set.
  • Prepare the chocolate pudding. Set aside all but a few tablespoons (the larger amount will be used for the Magic Mud).
  • When the slug shapes have set, carefully remove them from the molds. Use a straw or spoon to dab dots onto the backs of the slugs to make them look like little bananas. Place onto a plate and chill until ready to serve.

For Cocoa Beetles from Zanzibar

  • Prep one baking sheet with a cooling rack for dripping the chocolate. Place the silicone mold onto a second baking sheet.
  • Temper the chocolate by microwaving half of it in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted and stirs together easily. Then pour in the remaining chocolate and stir constantly until the chocolate is glossy. If you have a candy thermometer, it should read 110°F when ready to pour into the molds.
  • Carefully pour the melted chocolate into the molds so that they are filled. Then quickly place the baking sheet with the cooling rack on top and flip it so that the chocolate-filled molds are upside down on the cooling rack. Drip out all but enough of the chocolate to create a thin shell, then flip the molds back upright. Reserve the melted drippings—they will stay melty while the molds set. Chill to set the chocolate for 5 minutes.
  • When the chocolate has set, scoop enough dulce de leche into the cavity of each mold so they are nearly full. Pour the melty chocolate drippings over the top and scrape off the excess. Place the molds back into the fridge to set the top.
  • After the chocolate has fully set, mix together the luster dust with a drop of vodka or similar alcohol to create a paste. NOTE: VERY LITTLE ALCOHOL IS NEEDED. A DROP WILL LIKELY DO.
  • Paint the wings and heads of the beetles with a pastry brush. Chill until ready to serve.

For Magic Mud

  • Use the remaining pudding from the banana slugs and scoop it into individual cups so they are filled about halfway.
  • Push a few gummy worms into each cup and sprinkle crushed Oreos on top. Chill until ready to serve.

For Other Mother’s Dinner Feast

  • Use an air fryer set to 350°F to air fry the Cornish hen for 18 minutes, breast side down. Then flip the bird and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the breast reads 160°F and the skin is golden and crispy.
  • While the bird is air frying, steam the peas and corn according to the instructions on the packaging.
  • As the peas and corn are cooking, make the mashed potatoes and gravy according to the instructions on the packaging.
  • Warm the rolls and prepare a side of butter for the rolls. Keep everything (except the butter) warm until ready to serve on the board.

For Other Father’s Breakfast for Dinner

For Other Mother’s Omelette Breakfast

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, then whisk in the chopped chives. Slice the bacon in half and fry it in a large skillet. Prep a second smaller skillet over medium heat.
  • Melt the butter in the smaller skillet and sauté the mushrooms until they are golden, about 3-5 minutes. Pour the eggs over the mushrooms. Pull the sides into the middle and let the uncooked egg pour over into the skillet. Repeat until no more egg easily moves to the sides but is still wet on top. In one fluid motion, flip the omelette.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add cheese on half of the omelette (the side that will hit the plate first when you slide it off the skillet). Cook for about 90 seconds more or until the cheese is melted. Plate the omelette and use the pan to flip the omelette in half.
  • Dry the fried bacon on paper towels. Keep bacon and omelette warm until ready to serve.

Assembly

  • Arrange plates on a circular board to look like buttonholes on a giant button. Fill the plates with the cooked items and arrange the side items like crackers and cheese, beets and strawberries, jellies and jams, taffy and cocoa beetles around the plates and cooked items. Serve while watching Coraline and avoiding the Beldam. Enjoy!

Keyword cheese board, Halloween

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