Looking for the world’s best munchies food ideas & stoner snacks to celebrate 420?
Our Midnight Munchies Guide features classic easy stoner snacks like pizza, burgrs, onion rings, popcorn, ice cream, cookies, and poutine.
Read our travel-inspired Ultimate Munchies Menu to find a wide selection of stoner friendly late night snacks.
We’ve traveled the globe in search of the best munchies food recipes: from decadent desserts to deep fried crispy snacks and healthy vegan and vegetarian dips and salads!
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What Are The Best Midnight Munchies?
One of the best known effects of marijuana is the spike in appetite, better known as “the munchies.” The term munchies comes from Charles T. Tart’s famous 1971 study, “On Being Stoned,” where 150 cannabis users were observed and their cravings for sweets were noted by researchers.
If someone “gets the munchies,” they often suddenly feel a strong desire to eat a snack or something sweet, especially when they have smoked a joint or eaten edibles.
Do you regularly find yourself craving a late night snack?
The Midnight Munchies refers to that feeling of overwhelming snack attack that often hits your belly between 10pm and 3am.
Whether you’re a nighthawk who gets crispy and crunchy cravings in the dark, or a stoner with a penchant for cooking gourmet each 420 holiday, the world’s best munchies are worth taste testing.
Travel In Search Of The Best Stoner Snacks for 420
As a professional food and travel writer I’ve had the opportunity to travel to over 80 countries.
I once wrote about the World’s Best Drunk Foods, and today I’ve been tasked at scanning the world’s best restaurant menus to showcase a truly global take on the best stoner snacks.
I want to dispel the myth that cannabis users and the late night Midnight Munchies crowd have basic cooking abilities. For years “best munchies lists” have described recipes that require the absolute bare minimum effort. I’m talking about microwave popcorn, an entire bag of candy eaten in one sitting and apples dipped in peanut butter.
The typical munchies menu features westernized snacks but I really do think you should let cannabis expand your global footprint by taking a sensory trip to taste unique regional dishes from India, Thailand, Mexico, Germany, Italy and beyond!
If you’re a globetrotting munchies enthusiast with culinary tourist listed as a special skill on your Linkedin profile you know what I mean. Some of the best stoner snacks include Indian street food, spicy Thai snacks, cheesy Italian pasta and sticky and sweet Korean chicken wings.
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Serving The Best Munchies Food Menu
Looking to create the ultimate Midnight Munchies menu?
The best stoner snacks do not follow a specific set of rules. Satisfying Midnight Munchies can include breakfast for dinner (pancakes or waffles at 2am?), decadent desserts, spicy stir fries and plenty of crispy and crunchy deep fried appetizers.
What do the best munchies food items all have in common? The dishes often feature big flavour and contrasting textures.
Best Munchies Menu Food Rules
- Do not let the time of day you’re eating limit your munchies menu. Enjoy a stack of pancakes at midnight or leftover pizza or Thai takeout noodles for breakfast.
- The best stoner snacks are typically crunchy and crispy. The iconic 420 mouthfeel satisfies the muscles in your jaw. We suggest striking soup off your munchies menu but creamy dips dunked with crispy nachos or crunchy pita chips is bliss.
- When composing a menu think about contrasting flavours like sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Dishes like Pad Thai are a wildly popular Midnight Munchies menu item because they include chewy noodles tossed in a spicy and sour tamarind sauce topped with crunchy peanuts and beat sprouts. A spritz of fresh lime gives the dish a desirable acidic zing!
Best Munchies Food Recipes List
If you’re reading this Best Munchies Food List at midnight you may want to stick to some of the dish ideas that are simple, quick and easy like ice cream, cookies and popcorn.
If you’re Type A and like to plan ahead, make a grocery list including a few of the best stoner snacks from this list and serve your friends and family a mouthwatering meal to celebrate the 420 holiday!
Who doesn’t love ice cream? I love sweet scoops so much I spent a year researching the Best Toronto Ice Cream & Gelato!
One can find many a stoner serving that Midnight Munchies vibe at 11pm while loitering in the frozen food aisle just as the grocery store is about to close.
Buy your favourite brand like Chapman’s, Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s, or make one of our easy homemade ice cream recipes!
- Tropical Coconut Mango Ice Cream Sundae
- Espresso Coffee Java Chip Ice Cream
- Maple Black Walnut Ice Cream
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Earl Grey Ice Cream
- Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream with Caramel
- Chocolate Chip Caramel Banana Nut Ice Cream
Cookies are at the top of this Midnight Munchies menu because they are so versatile.
You’ll likely have nibbled on delicious chewy or crunchy cookies. The ideal texture really is a personal preference.
Grab a box of Oreos or make one of our popular homemade cookie recipes!
- Dark Chocolate Lindt Lindor Cookies
- Vegan Flourless Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chewy Gay Pride Skittles Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies
- Chewy Easter Toffee Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Gevulde Speculaas Dutch Cherry Almond Spice Cookies
- Oat Flour Cookies with Chocolate Chips
- Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Walnut Cookies
Microwave Popcorn is an OG Munchies menu favourite but why not get a little gourmet about it?
I grew up in a family who plugged in an air popper each weekend whenever we’d watch movies.
Be sure to toss your popcorn in melted butter and add a little cracked pepper and shredded parmesan cheese.
My family’s most famous munchies food is a seasonal recipe we make at Thanksgiving through Christmas and for New Years Eve.
Nuts & Bolts are a classic American and Canadian holiday snack mix featuring cereal, pretzel, nuts and a dressing made with butter, garlic, and smoked paprika.
Definitely one of the best stoner snacks for the holiday season.
Ever since traveling to India I’ve had a love affair with Bombay Mix, also known as namkeen, chanachur and chivda.
You can buy a variety of Bombay Mix bags at shops in Little India, or make your own homemade recipe featuring chewy raisins, crunchy fried peas, crispy curry leaf and nutty cashews.
We also enjoy snacking on onion rings on their own with a selection of dips and sauces.
Fully loaded nachos are always on the top of our best stoner snacks list.
Garnish with cilantro, sour cream, salsa and guacamole for the best Mexican Midnight Munchies.
If you’re a fan of roast chicken you’ll love this easy drumsticks recipe.
The meat is fall off the bone tender while the seasoned skin is crunchy and finger-licking-good.
If you’re a fan of Southern BBQ add smoky pork ribs to your must-have munchies menu.
These are the best munchies food to eat while wearing a bib. Have plenty of napkins handy to clean up the sticky rib sauce on your fingers and chin.
Move over French fries! Sweet potato fries are so much more flavourful and we love their subtle sweetness.
Most store bought sweet potato fries are lightly battered so they come out of the oven crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
These are the best munchies to serve with chicken fingers or fried sticks.
Potato fans rave for this traditional pub grub midnight munchies recipe.
Our easy Potato Skins recipe features shredded cheese, crispy bacon, and fresh chives. Serve with a few dollops of sour cream.
In 2021 TikTok users went wild and dubbed Pasta Chips the years best munchies food.
Food bloggers around the world used their air fryers to transform al dente pasta into seasoned chips that can be dunked in a variety of creamy dips.
Cheesy Garlic Bread is a very nostalgic food for kids like me who grew up in the 90s. It’s one of the best stoner snacks for fans of Italian American cooking.
We like to make homemade cheesy garlic bread on crusty ciabatta and serve with a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs!
Having a craving for traditional breakfast dishes like Eggo Waffles is a classic Midnight Munchies move!
Simply grab a few frozen waffles out of the freezer, pop them in your toaster and top with fresh berries and maple syrup.
This is the best stoner snack when affordability and time take precedence.
If you’ve got a few slices of stale bread in the freezer all you need is a little egg and maple syrup to make a quick and easy munchies meal.
Those following a Gluten Free diet can enjoy Banana Oat Flour Pancakes. We love to make these Blueberry Mango Crepes for Mother’s Day. Dutch Baby German Pancakes made with rhubarb and strawberry make for the perfect seasonal summer munchies menu.
French Canadians can be thanked for inventing one of the world’s best munchies food recipes.
The simple and iconic poutine from Quebec features crispy fries, cheese curds and gravy. The dish is often served into the wee hours of the morning in Montreal and Quebec City so party goers can fill up on carbs before passing out.
This easy poutine recipe is the best munchies recipe for tater tot fans!
If there was one dish I feel like I’m known for it’s this Mac & Cheese recipe. I’ve been perfecting it since I was in Grade 8!
Looking to serve an impressive gourmet munchies menu at your next 420 party? Make this decadent layered mac and cheese in a springform pan stuffed with pulled pork!
Is there any snack more nostalgic than crispy breaded chicken fingers?
As a kid I always used to order these from a restaurants “kids menu” dipped in sweet & sour sauce or plum sauce.
No Midnight Munchies menu is complete without a hat tip to the perfect pizza.
Whether you want to make your own sourdough pizza at home or order from your favourite neighbourhood pizzeria, cheesy bread covered in sloppy sauce and toppings is without a doubt one of the best stoner snacks.
My passion for Italian pies is so great I spent months researching the Best Pizza Delivery in Toronto.
If you’re feeling lazy skip the delivery guy and pop a box of frozen pizza rolls into the oven.
Or if you’re feeling gourmet, assemble your own homemade pizza rolls stuffed with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni and fresh basil.
The best munchies food for sandwich addicts is the ooey gooey grilled cheese.
Traditional grilled cheese recipes are simple and affordable, featuring 2 slices of buttered white bread, Kraft singles processed cheese and Heinz ketchup for dunking.
Some of the best munchies in the world can be found in Eastern Europe.
I particularly have a penchant for the plump potato and cheese pierogies served at restaurants in Krakow.
They can be served boiled or fried in butter. The latter is always preferred as the fat creates a crispy exterior and tender interior.
Dunk Polish dumplings in sour cream and sprinkle with chives.
If you’re hosting an elegant 420 dinner party or cocktail hour we think this decadent crostini recipe is one of the best munchies to impress discernable guests.
Crunchy baguette crostini are topped with creamy Italian burrata, homemade tomato chutney, toasted pine nuts and sliced basil.
One of the best munchies to enjoy on a vacation to India is the street food favourite Paneer Kathir Roll.
This vegetarian stoner snack features marinated paneer, zippy herb chutney, and roasted peppers and onions. The cutlery-free treat is wrapped with flaky paratha.
This mango pico de gallo recipe is the best munchies food for those looking to make a healthy side dish bursting with flavour.
We like to scoop the salsa with crunchy nachos for a sublime and satisfying midnight munchies snack.
Guasacaca is a healthy vegan recipe from Venezuela. The vibrant green sauce is traditionally served as an accompaniment to grilled chorizo or barbecued meat.
We love to serve this easy Venezuelan Guacamole recipe with crunchy nachos and carrots and celery as a healthy munchies menu option.
Battered thinly sliced eggplant are deep fried and served drizzled with sweet honey.
Enjoy a late night flamenco show then order this midnight munchies dish with a pint of cold craft beer at a local tapas bar.
If you’re looking for a spicy munchies recipe a classic homemade aloo fry is an affordable and satisfying option.
Crispy potatoes are fried with onions and topped with a spicy chutney and crunchy chow mein noodles.
Many of the world’s best munchies can be found in the Middle East.
One of our favourite midnight munchies from Lebanon are Arayes, spiced minced beef stuffed pita. The pita is grilled, creating a crispy exterior.
The best munchies food from North Africa is tossed or slathered in spicy harissa paste.
If you’re got a penchant for fiery hot food late at night make these quick roasted potatoes inspired by a road trip of Morocco.
One of the best munchies food dishes to order off a Korean restaurant menu is Buchimgae Buchu-Jeon.
Traditional chive pancakes in Busan feature a crispy exterior and chewy interior. We love serving slices dunked in a sesame soy sauce.
A healthy Munchies Menu inspired by Persian cuisine should always include Zeytoon Parvardeh.
Plump marinated olives are tossed in chopped walnuts and crunchy pomegranate seeds, making for an addictive finger food.
Step aside Baba Ghanoush, Mutabbal has arrived!
Mutabbal is made with eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and tahini, while its close cousin Baba Ghanoush is made with eggplant, onion, tomato, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and no tahini!
We prefer mutabbal as it has a creamier consistency and the perfect munchies food pairing with crunchy toasted pita chips.
Looking to create a healthy vegan munchies menu?
One of our favourites is Parippu Vada, a South Indian deep fried snack featuring crunchy lentil fritters dunked in coconut chutney.
If you’re looking for the best munchies food in Japan you’ll find it at late night beer bars.
Okonomiyaki, which translates to “as you like it,” is often referred to as “Japanese Pizza,” as diners get to choose the toppings they want cooked on top of savoury cabbage pancakes.
I like to order the crispy bacon topped version, which is served topped with tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo, bonito flakes and scallions.
Cong You Bing is one of the best stoner snacks from China.
If you’re planning a Turkish munchies menu and are a cheese lover you’ll rave for Mihlama Kuymak.
The humble Turkish dish is often served at breakfast and features toasted cornmeal, Turkish cheese and fresh cream.
Serve the stringy melted cheese with crunchy and chewy sourdough bread.
During the holiday season one of the best stoner snacks for poultry lovers is addictive chicken cracklings.
For the best results we bake crispy and crunchy chicken cracklings using bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder…these chicken skin crackers are truly decadent.
If you’ve got the midnight munchies when on holiday in Germany do yourself a favour and order a big bowl of Schwäbische Käsespätzle.
The German noodle dish features chewy spaetzle tossed in caramelized onions and topped with melted gruyere cheese. It’s Germany’s take on mac & cheese but can also be enjoyed in neighbouring Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
The best stoner snack for tofu lovers is this easy Vietnamese recipe.
Tofu chunks are stir fried until crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. The tofu is tossed in a mixture of flavourful Asian sauces, finely chopped lemongrass and spicy chilies.
Our favourite munchies menu item to order on a Chinese restaurant take out menu is Singapore Noodles.
Thin vermicelli noodles are stir fried with crunchy vegetables, succulent prawns, strips of Chinese BBQ pork and a spicy curry sauce.
If you’re hosting a 420 dinner party with a Thai munchies menu theme be sure to include this eye-popping fried rice dish served in a pineapple.
Easy stir fried rice is paired with plump prawns and fresh chunks of pineapple. It’s the perfect side dish to impress guests.
If you have a craving for Southern brunch you’ll love this easy Smoked Baked Beans recipe.
Baked beans are one of the best stoner snacks to place on a breakfast spread. Tender beans cook with a sweet and spicy molasses sauce are topped with crispy bacon.
French Dip Sandwiches are the perfect midnight munchies menu item to make the day after you’ve feasted on a prime rib dinner.
Grab the leftover roast beef out of your fridge, thinly slice the meat and serve with caramelized onions, melted cheese and horseradish mayo between two crunchy toasted buns.
We can all agree that a juicy burger is one of the best stoner snacks but why not up your gourmet game?
This French Burger recipe features a crispy thyme beef patty, oozing melted comte cheese, crunchy gherkin pickles, dijon mustard and brandy caramelized onions.
The perfect Middle Eastern Midnight Munchies menu features a DIY buffet so late night 420 party guests can assemble their own healthy chicken shawarma plate.
Middle Eastern spiced chicken is served with hummus, deep fried croquettes, fresh salad and zippy garlic toum.
Looking for the best midnight munchies in Scandinavia?
You can pop by your local Ikea food court or make your own Swedish Meatballs.
Plump meatballs simmer in a creamy sauce and are served with mashed potatoes, quick pickled cucumbers and lingonberry jam.
Creamy bechamel and beef are rolled into balls, breaded and deep fried. The crispy and crunchy appetizer is often served with mustard for dipping with a pint of cold beer.
This simple pasta dish is the best munchies food for vegetarians looking to whip up a last minute late night snack.
Shallots are caramelized in an easy butter, dry sherry and lemon juice cream sauce. After tossing the sauce with al dente noodles top with crunchy fried shallots and chives.
Whether you call them kafta, kofta or kebab, spiced meat on a stick grilled over a barbecue is one of the best munchies to make during the the summer season.
Typically served as a street food across the Middle East, Beef Kafata are crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.
Kibbeh are Lebanon’s most famous deep fried snack.
Beef or lamb is stuffed inside a flavourful bulgur mixture. Enjoy the crunchy croquettes as midnight munchies dipped in creamy tahini.
The slender pizzas feature a crunchy crust, chewy dough and are topped with Turkish cheese and an assortment of toppings.
Whoever said a homemade salad isn’t one of the best stoner snacks was lying to you. Or they’ve never feasted on fatteh.
The popular Middle Eastern salad is healthy, affordable to make and has a perfect balance of flavours and contrasting textures.
Make this layered salad at your next 420 party featuring crunchy toasted pita, tender roasted eggplant, creamy tahini, chickpeas and pine nuts.
I first tasted antojitos at a pub in Guelph when I was in university and quickly realised it was a local restaurant menu favourite.
The snack is based on the idea of Mexican appetizers but is truly a Canadian creation, you certainly won’t find it served in Mexico City!
At a lot of Ontario pubs and casual family restaurants you’ll find antojitos on appetizer menus beside nachos and chicken wings.
The finger food features flour tortillas slathered in creamy cheese and topped with shredded cheese, onions, bell peppers, and hot sauce. They’re rolled up, sliced and baked until ooey and gooey.
Serve this finger-licking-good munchies food with sour cream and salsa for dipping.
Looking for the best stoner snacks in Korea on a budget?
Bibimbap is a cheap dish you can often find for lunch at local restaurants for under 2 dollars.
Grabong are the best munchies from Northern Thailand.
The deep fried pumpkin fritters can be made with shredded squash, sweet potato and carrots. They are mixed with coconut milk and red curry paste and deep fried until crunchy.
Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Crispy Ginger Beef is one of the most famous Chinese restaurant dishes developed in Canada.
Thin strips of beef are battered and deep fried until crispy then tossed in a sweet and sour ginger sauce with onions and peppers.
Jalapeno Poppers are the best munchies food to serve at Super Bowl parties.
You can use frozen store bought jalapeno poppers or have fun making this unbreaded version filled with a cheesy chorizo filling.
When I first made this Cheese and Onion Pie I thought it tasted like cheese fondue stuffed in a croissant.
Bakers should add it to their best stoner snacks must-try list!
A mountain of onions are caramelized and then tossed in shredded cheese. The mixture act as the filling for a buttery pastry that comes out of the oven perfectly flakey.
Egg Rolls are the best munchies food to order when dining out at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Shrimp and pork stuffed Egg Rolls are deep fried until crunchy and served with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
If you’ve got a craving for Tex Mex we love making these easy Chicken Fajita Tacos.
Both fajitas and tacos are often listed as the best stoner snacks so why not create a blissful marriage between the two?
Traditional chicken fajitas ingredients are stuffed inside a hard taco or soft tortilla for the ultimate cutlery-free midnight munchies moment.
I bet you didn’t think pickles in a pie was a thing but it is and we’re better for it.
This savoury pie recipe features one of the world’s best munchies as a star ingredient, crunchy dill pickles.
Prepare a flaky pie pastry then fill with a creamy mixture inspired by classic cheeseburger ingredients like ground beef, onions, cheese, and mustard.
Koreans love their chicken wings and would likely win a gold medal in a global competition.
The key to making the best wings is by ensuring the skin is crispy and meat is tender and falls off the bone easily.
These Korean chicken wings are tossed in an addictive sticky sauce featuring spicy gochujang paste and honey.
Velveeta processed cheese is the best munchies food ingredient for Mexican queso dip lovers.
Velveeta has the unique ability to melt into a liquid sauce without clumping when it cools. Serve as a spicy dip on game day or as an afternoon stoner snack on the cottage dock with nachos for scooping.
Looking for a quick & easy dessert to serve at your 420 party?
Creamy Marshmallow Fluff Dip is always a crowd pleaser. We’ve even seen guests try and lick the bowl clean.
Whip together cream cheese and a jar of Marshmallow Fluff and serve with a pretty selection of fresh fruit and cookies.
Wondering what to do with that leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas?
This layered dip is one of the best munchies food recipes to use up leftover roast turkey or chicken.
The fusion dish pays homage to Mexican and Korean flavours. Layers include sour cream, guacamole, ssamjang tossed roast turkey, cheddar cheese and kimchi.
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