coconut cherry bitesWelcome to our monthly FilmMunch pairing, were AmyLeCreations brings us a yummy snack, and we pair it with a movie. This month we have a decadent snack that is so tasty and easy to eat. Coconut Cherry Bites are the perfect accompaniment for any film, but perhaps more suited for an easy romantic comedy, with a dash of dramatic flare. That is why we have paired it with Reality Bites. This snack reminds me of a Cherry Ripe, it has a similar taste and texture and the only drawback is they are so darn delicious that they quickly disappear! Amy’s recipe makes use of ingredients that remarkably make this snack a touch healthy too, so enjoy!

coconut cherry bitesCOCONUT CHERRY BITES

Makes about nice bites

Centre:

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup cherries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp rice malt syrup

1 heaped tbsp almond meal

Chocolate outer layer:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp rice malt syrup (or to taste)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Place baking paper on a baking tray. Combine all ingredients for the cherry centre into a food processor or blender, and mix until the cherries are just broken down, but not completely smooth. The mixture will be quite soft but should hold together when you shape into a ball.

Pour the mixture into a bowl, and shape into 9 balls, and place onto the baking tray. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil and rice malt syrup on low heat until melted. Take off heat and mix in cocoa powder. Using two forks, dip a ball into the chocolate, and coat evenly, making sure to let any excess chocolate to drip off. Place back onto the baking tray and continue with the rest of the balls. When complete, place the tray into the freezer for 5 minutes.Give the chocolate a mix. If it’s too thick, place it back on the heat for another 30 seconds. Take out the tray, and repeat the process ending with freezing the balls for another 5 minutes to set. Enjoy!

Over to Mr. FilmMunch –>

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So, once you have your Coconut Cherry Bites ready, and if you manage to still have them before the movie starts, you’re set for a trip down memory lane along with your taste buds having a moment of celebration. Reality Bites is a film that mostly everyone that has grown up, can relate to, and it also represents beginnings. It’s an easy watch.

We all go through the process of dreaming, dreaming about what we would like to do, career-wise or other-wise, and it’s Lelaina Pierce’s dream that we follow in this film. She dreams of becoming a documentarian. With any dream, you have to start somewhere, there has to be a beginning. The main thing is that you start the path of getting to your end gaol, and that is why Reality Bites is a film that contains some meaningful expressions, in movie form. We could be extremely critical of how good or not a documentarian Lelaina (Winona Ryder) really is, but the focus should be on the fact that she has a camera, and she is filming. If we dream something, we actually have to take action, dreaming alone will not achieve much.

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Another beginning celebrated in this film is Ben Stiller. His career was barely starting when this film was made, and he really looks dorky, especially with that oversized suit that he wears. Regardless of how bad the fashion was back in 1994, this film is Ben Stiller’s directional debut. Certainly a dream of his, and Reality Bites, makes that dream a reality for him. His work is good, and even though signs of inexperience are evident in this film, he got on a movie set, and directed. It’s great to take the time to pause and evaluate how we are going with our goasl, and to check if we are satisfied with the way things are going.

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Ethan Hawke is the star of this film, his performance is very strong. As Troy Dyer, he reminds us of the moments when we ourselves are faced with apathy and instances where we have no clear objectives. It’s hard sometimes to know what it is that we want out of life, but in Troy’s character we are filled with some sense of confidence that the moment of clarity will come, and we will know. After this film, Ethan Hawke’s career was catapulted for some seriously iconic roles, such as in Training Day.

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Helen Childress wrote the script for this film, and the script is the weakest thing about this romantic dramedy, there doesn’t seem to be a clear direction about the films intent. Yes it’s a love story, but it also try’s to cleverly express philosophical ideas through it’s characters, but isn’t able to mesh these two, therefore the romance part feels shallow. But, it was also Helen Childress’ first script, and although she hasn’t written much of anything else since, she gave it a go, and a high five to her for putting her work out there, for us to enjoy years on.

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FilmMuncher’s, grab your Coconut Cherry Bites and enjoy Reality Bites!

TRIVIA COOKIE: There are rumours that Reality Bites is going to be adapted into a TV Series. The series will be set in the 90’s, and follow the same characters. What do you think about this rumour? Would you watch the TV Show?

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