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Oh the weather outside is frightful. Literally. We’re in the negative degree wind chills already and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. These nights, though, are the perfect kind for a movie night.
For a great movie night, you need a great movie and fun treats to go with it. There are these great #MovieNight4Less pallets at select Walmart stores that have everything you need. Since my kids weren’t going to be joining us this time, I picked up The Dark Knight on my trip. While there, I also grabbed a 6 count box of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn as well as several boxes of M&M’s®. Just like we’re at the movies! Only better!
Only better for many reasons. Because we don’t have to leave the warmth of our home and trudge out in the cold for one. Our couch is much more comfortable than theatre seats, too. But we can also fix up our popcorn in fun ways that are more than just butter. I made ours 3 ways.
Peanut Butter M&M® Popcorn Ballsâ€¦ on a stick
These popcorn balls are made by melting a Â½ cup of butter and 1 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows together with Â¼ cup of oil. Pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, removing any kernels, and in a large bowl combine your butter and marshmallow mixture with your popcorn and M&M’s® until well coated. Press into a greased pan to cool slightly. Then, cut out small squares and form into balls. Keeping some cold water on hand helps with the stickiness a bit.
Dark as Night Popcorn
To go with our movie selection of The Dark Knight, I made M&M® popcorn using dark chocolate M&M’s®. Drizzled with a light coating of vanilla almond bark, I also included chocolate sprinkles for an extra dose of darkness. This is especially great served warm, before the bark has set.
M&M Popcorn Bark
This is probably the easiest of all. Pop a bag of popcorn. Spread the popcorn and a box of Peanut M&M’s® evenly on waxed paper. Cover it all with vanilla almond bark. Then, wait until it’s set. Waiting is the hardest part. Cut out pieces.
- 1 bag Orville Redenbacher Gourmet White Popcorn
- 1 theatre sized box Peanut M&M’s®
- 1 24 oz bar Vanilla Almond Bark
- Pop your popcorn in the microwave according to package directions
- Once popped, microwave almond bark according to package directions until melted.
- Lay out sheets of wax paper. Spread popcorn and evenly distribute M&M’s® in a single layer.
- Pour almond bark until covered.
- Let sit about 2 hours, until hardened.
- Cut into squares.
The Dark as Night Popcorn can be prepared and eaten immediately, but be sure to make the M&M® Popcorn Bark and Peanut Butter M&M® Balls a couple of hours ahead of time so you’ll have them ready with your movie. Then invite some friends over for a fun movie night. Or simply cuddle up in front of the warmth of your TV, press play, and enjoy!
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