I Ate Like Macaulay Culkin In Home Alone & It Was The Best Weekend Of My Life

Back in the '90s, pretty much every kid in America wanted to be Kevin McCallister from the Home Alone series. Not only did he get to pull intricate pranks on two evil adults, he also got to stay in the Plaza Hotel and explore New York City without any rules holding him back.

I'm sorry to report that as an adult, though, many parts of those movies don't hold up. For instance, during a recent re-watch, I actually compared those same childish tricks Macaulay Culkin's character played on the robbers to something out of a Saw movie because they looked so disturbingly painful. Seriously, someone explain to me how you don't die after being hit in the face with a hot iron and then having four bricks fall on your head. Despite having a slightly more cynical grown-up view of these movies nowadays, there's one part that endured the test of time and still managed to thrill me all these years later: Kevin McAllister's eating abilities.

I'm telling you, this kid is a junk food connoisseur. I remember being envious of his massive ice cream sundaes as a kid, and as a 24-year-old, I am no less impressed. The difference is, now I make my own money and buy my own groceries, so I, too, can eat like a queen of confections.

This past weekend, I eagerly took on the task of copying the most iconic meals and snacks that Macaulay Culkin enjoyed throughout Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. I was left way fuller than I started, and my sweet tooth was more than satisfied. Click through to see how my culinary adventures measured up to the movie.
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"I made my family disappear!" Celebratory Popcorn
When Kevin first discovers he is home alone, he grabs a bag of microwavable popcorn. Excellent choice.
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
My first Home Alone snack was also popcorn, and I enjoyed it while jumping on my bed, just like Kevin. Unfortunately, I had to get down after a couple cautious hops because I weigh more than 8-year-old Macaulay Culkin, and I really don't trust the integrity of my self-constructed Ikea bed. Still, the popcorn was a delicious start.
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"A lovely cheese pizza just for me."
After years of enduring his rude older brother eating all the cheese pizza and leaving him with toppings he doesn't like, Kevin takes advantage of his situation and orders "a lovely cheese pizza" all for himself.
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
Pizza is probably my favorite food, something I have in common with the grown-up Macaulay Culkin. I eat it at least three times a week, so this part of the experiment didn't feel that special. It has been a while since I ordered plain cheese, though. As I shotgunned slice after slice, I wondered how that tiny little boy ate a whole pizza by himself. I had no issues in this department.
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Photo: Photofest.
Ice Cream Sundae
In both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Kevin enjoys piled-high ice cream sundaes. In the second movie, it's expertly prepared by room service while he sits by watching TV. Now, that's the life.
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
I'm an adult who does not live at The Plaza, so I had to make the sundae myself. I begged my roommate to make it for me — I figured roommate service was at least kind of close to room service? — but she wasn't having it. Maybe I should have offered to tip her with gum.
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Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
Poor Kevin can't cook, so he has to make his first foray into the world of frozen dinners.
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
I, like Kevin, also cannot cook. Unlike Kevin, I've been living off frozen meals for years.
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Mini-Bar Snacks From The Plaza Hotel
Kevin opens the mini bar at the Plaza Hotel and gasps, "How convenient!"
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
I had to fashion my own mini-bar snacks by wrapping store-bought chocolate chip cookies in plastic wrap and pouring M&Ms into a jar. Less convenient, but still tasty.
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Limo Pizza
In the second Home Alone movie, The Plaza provides a limousine for Kevin, and it arrives with a cheese pizza. This scene, perhaps more than any other in movie history, was the definition of "life goals" for '90s kids everywhere.
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Photo: Courtesy of Olivia Harrison.
Limousines aren't really an option for me at this point in my life, so I had to settle for Uber pizza. It may not have been as roomy, but it was a very nice black Lexus, and we were driving the streets of New York City while I munched in the back seat. Good enough.

So, what did I learn from this glorious experience? I have to admit, it was kind of a bummer to realize that living as a grown-up means having to make your own ice cream sundaes and being glared at when you unwrap a chocolate cookie on the subway. Still, for the most part, my weekend of junk food was a joy.

And, I'm sure you noticed a bit of a pattern. Many of the key features of Macaulay Culkin's onscreen diet weren't too far off from what I already eat on a regular basis, which just goes to show, I'm totally crushing adulthood by any '90s kid's standards.
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