Noah Schnapp on pizza, ‘Stranger Things’ and his range of vegan snacks
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Since bursting onto the scene in 2016 as Will Byers on the ultra-popular Netflix show, stranger things, Noah Schnapp has been a household name. The ’80s-themed thriller is set to return on July 1 for the second half of its fourth season, and fans are sitting on their couches waiting to see what happens to their favorite ragtag group of friends.
And just like the most recent season of stranger things, food and all things tasty play a huge role in the life of the 17-year-old actor. One of his favorite things to eat? Pizza.
But what kind of pizza would Schnapp want to deliver from the Surfer Boy Pizza van? While his favorite order is a classic cheese pie, he also likes to heat things up. “If I’m feeling a little spicy, I like a Buffalo Chicken Pizza,” he says. “I think it’s so good.”
Off-screen, Scnhapp’s guilty pleasure is munching on applesauce packets on a homemade serving table. “I also like goldfish and of course my to know (vegan hazelnut spread),” he adds. “I like crunch and I like a mix of sweet and salty. So like, for tbh – [I’d dip] something salty in it, like a cracker or something.”
Schnapp’s vegan hazelnut spread, tbh, led to his partnership with cupcake brand Sprinkles: Together they’re launching an exclusive, limited-time cupcake flavor featuring the “better for you” version of a classic. snacks. The tbh Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes are only available on July 1 and 2 and will be sold at all Sprinkles bakeries nationwide. “It’s a dark chocolate cake and then in the middle it’s like oozing,” he says of the sweet treat. “So [there is] cream cheese frosting on top. I tried it and it’s so good.”
Although Schnapp doesn’t follow a vegan diet himself, he wanted everyone to be able to enjoy it. “I love that my hazelnut spread is vegan because I get so many comments from people saying they’re looking for a good spread that’s also vegan,” he says.
Schnapp’s love of sweet-salty snack combinations would also come into play on his ideal TV night out with friends. Her treat table would include fries and salsa and a fun popcorn mix. “Obviously popcorn, and I think something sweet,” he says, “maybe like M&Ms to put with the popcorn. Honestly, popcorn and a show for me, and I’m ready.”
Although he has been playing for several years, Scnhapp is still anxious at times. What calms his heightened nerves is a comforting snack before bed. “Toast with peanut butter and tbh,” he says. “I always have this before bed.”
If he’s looking for a taste of home, Schnapp tries to channel a childhood favorite: his mother’s pasta. “I like everything like a good dough,” he says. “Beautiful pasta with red sauce, it’s just perfect.”
Schnapp says he’s not a picky eater and will eat anything, but there are two things he absolutely won’t touch. “Canned anchovies and tuna,” he says. “I think that’s it. I’m pretty open to eating most things.
So what’s on this ’80s-inspired actor’s dinner playlist? “I think ‘Running Up that Hill’ deserves mention,” says Schnapp. “I think it’s also my favorite song. And ‘The NeverEnding Story’ will always be a stranger things classic.”
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