Buddy the Elf Pasta; inspired by the movie ‘Elf’, a recipe and taste test of everyone’s favourite cotton-headed-ninnymuggins’ breakfast pasta! (Full of candy!)
Yes. It happened.
In honour of my favourite Christmas movie, Elf, I made Buddy’s sweet breakfast pasta.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know exactly the scene I’m talking about. If not, let me paint the picture. (SPOILER ALERT)
Buddy the Elf (played by Will Ferrell) is a human orphan, who accidentally finds his way to the North Pole as a baby, and is subsequently raised by an aging elf. As he grows up, Buddy finds out that he is far too big to be an elf, and Santa informs him of his true identity. Buddy makes his way to New York to meet his real father, and once living with him, tries his best to adapt to human customs, but doesn’t quite grasp them all that well. After he first sits down to a meal with his new human family, in which they ate spaghetti, he gathers that ALL humans must eat spaghetti ALL the time!
The following morning, Buddy whips up a batch of spaghetti for his new family for breakfast, adding an Elf twist: maple syrup. Once they set off for work and school, Buddy sits down to his own version of the breakfast spaghetti, adding another of the elves’ four main food groups: candy.
Lo and behold, Buddy concocts a dish made of spaghetti, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, M&Ms, marshmallows and a chocolate fudge Pop Tart. He mixes it with his hands before devouring it happily.
The scene is iconic, and having watched the movie EVERY Christmas Eve since 2003, it just rings of Christmas to me. So guess what? Of course I had to try it.
But how was it?
You can find out how this Buddy The Elf Pasta was by watching me make and eat it in this video from my YouTube channel below, or scroll a little further for the full recipe!
As stated in the video above, I tried my best to get similar ingredients, but living in North East Scotland, its not always easy to find American foods at short notice.
I’ll admit, as nauseating as the combination sounds, it could be a lot worse!
A welcome surprise was how delicious the smell of the maple syrup was as it rolled through the warm pasta. A cosy and inviting smell, almost festive on its own.
The chocolate sauce melted into the warm pasta and swirled its way through the syrup, making for a slightly unpleasant colour but another lovely smell wafting from the dish. Chaos ensued as the rest of the ingredients hit the plate, melting and merging with each other in a less than pleasing way. At this stage, I was sceptical.
Slurping up my first mouthful of Buddy The Elf Pasta, I was very pleasantly surprised. Once your head gets round the fact that you’re eating pasta, you can just enjoy the sheer sweet ridiculousness of this indulgent concoction.
The chocolate flavours of the sauce, M&Ms and biscuits mingle well together, with the pasta making the syrup slightly less overwhelming than you’d think. The marshmallows and M&Ms add nice contrasting texture, even when they do start to melt a little. It’s very sweet, but not disgustingly so.
Obviously, this isn’t the best dish to make for dinner, but as a fun dessert or a silly Christmas breakfast treat, I wouldn’t be against having this again!
The portion I made was enormous (as it is in the movie) so I’d recommend dividing this recipe into 2 or 3 servings.
If you’re brave (or mad) enough to whip this Buddy The Elf Pasta up for yourself, you’ll need to start by adding your dried spaghetti to a pan of salted boiling water.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8-11 minutes until cooked to your liking.
Drain your pasta in a sieve or colander and allow to cool slightly for 2 minutes.
Tip your pasta out onto 2 plates (or 1 if you’re feeling hungry!).
Pour all the remaining ingredients over the pasta.
Use your hands to mix everything together well. You can use a spoon or some tongs if you don’t mind the inauthenticity…
Enjoy, wholeheartedly and unashamedly!
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If you tried the recipe out, let me know in the comments below or on social media, I’d LOVE to know what you think!
Buddy the Elf Pasta; inspired by the movie 'Elf', a recipe and taste test of everyone's favourite cotton-headed-ninnymuggins' breakfast pasta! (Full of candy!)
- 160-200g of dried spaghetti (depending on how much you can eat!)
- 80ml maple syrup
- 50ml chocolate syrup or sauce
- Handful of M&Ms
- Handful of mini marshmallows
- 1 chocolate Pop Tart or 3 chocolate Bourbon biscuits
- Add your dried spaghetti to a pan of salted boiling water.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 8-11 minutes until cooked to your liking.
- Drain your pasta in a sieve or colander and allow to cool slightly for 2 minutes.
- Tip your pasta out onto 2 plates (or 1 if you're feeling hungry!).
- Pour all the remaining ingredients over the pasta.
- Use your hands to mix everything together well. You can use a spoon or some tongs if you don't mind the inauthenticity.
*MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Simply replace the pasta with a gluten free pasta, and the chocolate Pop Tart or biscuits with a similar gluten free equivalent!
THIS IS A PARODY RECIPE, INSPIRED BY CHRISTMAS MOVIE, 'ELF'
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