(clockwise from left) ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy Stock Photo; courtesy Maverick Chocolate Co.

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SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition Goes Sweet with “Willy Wonka” and Sleepy Bee Café

Posted on April 28, 2021


What better way to watch a chocolate river than while eating than a chocolatey shmear? Get the recipe and other details here.


A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.


There’s always room for dessert. And SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition heeds the sugary call with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and a sweet, brunch- or dessert-ready recipe from Sleepy Bee Café‘s Chef Frances Kroner.

I. The Film

April SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition is coming at you sweet and whimsical with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory paired with a Crunchy Creamy All Day Every Day Good On Everything Chocolatey Shmear recipe from Chef Frances Kroner of Sleepy Bee Café. It’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch with your favorite treats and watch this sugary sweet classic film.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory depicts the power of food to transform and uplift — from the bite of a scrumdidilyumptious bar and lickable fruit-flavored wallpaper, to the changing flavors of an everlasting gobstopper. What went from a contest to win a lifetime supply of chocolate and exclusive factory tour transforms one little boy’s life forever, as he learns that vision, hard work, and a little bit of imagination can truly make “the world taste good.”

Find the film here.


II. The Food

As a kid, Chef Frances Kroner would daydream about the chocolate river and candy mushrooms found in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and now you can daydream about the Crunchy Creamy All Day Every Day Good On Everything Chocolatey Shmear she made (and her kids named) to pair with this month’s SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition film.

Kroner shares how the whimsy and fun of Willy Wonka has played into her restaurant ethos, then shares tips for making her scrumptious chocolate treat. And, because we’re here for the eating: ways to serve it, for brunch or for dessert.


III. The Fun

You probably already know that Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) is based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Less known: Roald Dahl also wrote the screenplay. Dig deeper into Dahl’s literary world to relive your youth — or select the kid’s version of his site so yours can explore more of the classic books-turned-movies with activities, videos, and yes, even more recipes.

(right) ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy Stock Photo

IV. More Food

Sure, Cincinnati puts chocolate in its chili, but it’s also home to some top-notch chocolatiers. Be your own golden ticket and stock up for SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition viewing time with Maverick Chocolate Co.’s small-batch, ethically sourced, and extremely tasty chocolate. The family-owned biz has been supplying the Queen City since 2014, now with locations at Findlay Market and Rookwood Commons. And if we may so compel you: Do not skip out on the spicy Fahrenheit 513 bar.


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