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My husband and I are like many parents in the fact that a night out with only the two of us is extremely rare. We try to have a date night, but something always doesn’t work out right. Either we can’t find a sitter, or another event pops up, or he has to work. A few weeks ago, I heard someone on a TV show talking about date moments. Date moments are those little times that pop up throughout the day or week that are not planned dates but are still times for couples to reconnect. Hearing about date moments made me feel better about our “dating” life because we actually get several of those during the day. We are actually getting pretty good at date moments! One of our favorite date moments are at-home movie nights. We put the kids to bed and enjoy a fun movie with a snack. As a former library worker, I’m a sucker for movies based on books, especially books that I’ve read. And the movies don’t have to be geared only towards adults- I like them all! This past week, it was my turn to choose the movie for movie night. I decided on a movie that I’ve seen countless times but never gets old: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. And this week, I spiced it up with a special snack to correlate with the movie. This M&M’s® Popcorn Crunch is great for any movie night, regardless of the theme, because it can be colored to go along with any movie!
The M&M’s® Popcorn Crunch is salty, buttery, sweet, and chocolately. It’s made to fit anyone’s taste buds! But one of the best things about the recipe is that you don’t have to use the entire bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn or the whole box of M&M’s®. So, if you have someone who wants to stick with traditional popcorn and candy, there’s still leftovers for them.
- Orville Redenbacher’s Ultimate Butter microwaveable popcorn, 1 bag popped
- 3 M&M’s® theater size boxes in any variety (milk chocolate or peanut butter work best)
- Colored candy melting discs in the desired colors
All the Harry Potter fans out there will know that Hogwart’s is divided into four houses: Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Gryffindor. Each house has it’s own color, which conveniently corresponds with M&M’s® colors. Lucky me! I made four batches of popcorn crunch. Each batch matches one of the Hogwart’s houses with colors of red, green, yellow, and blue. To make sure that each batch was uniform, I divided the M&M’s® from each box and took out the colors that I needed.
If making all four colored varieties, begin by separating the popcorn into four separate bowls. Melt a half a bag of each color candy melting discs as directed on the bag. Stir one color over each bowl of popcorn. Stir in the M&M’s® that match each batch and immediately place the mixture on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for five minutes for the chocolate to harden. THE MELTED CANDY DISCS WILL COVER THE M&M’s®, I want to make a point of that because my husband wanted to know where the M&M’s® were in the crunch. They’re in there but hidden. For one batch I used white candy melting discs with blue M&M’s®, and I deliberately photographed that one below so that you can visualize it.
After five minutes, remove the M&M’s® Popcorn Crunch from the refrigerator and break into snack sized pieces.
This is an easy, colorful snack that makes a sweet and salty movie night snack! It’s so fast that I can even make it at the last minute before movie night. I made a quick Instagram video just to prove how simple it is.
If you’re feeling crafty, make a few little labels and items that reference the movie to go along with the snack. I made labels that have the beginning letter of each of the Hogwarts’ houses on it, as well as a card stock saying that is a throwback to the sorting hat. I wish I had an actual sorting hat. We’ll just have to use a cowboy hat for now.
After it’s finished, settle in for a date moment with a classic movie or a new found favorite.
If you’re looking for a movie for date night, Walmart is offering several titles for a special promo price from 11/11/14-11/24/14. I picked up this Harry Potter movie for $5. Blue Ray Discs are $7. In addition to several Harry Potter titles, there are several others, such as The Dark Knight, I Am Legend, and Ghost. These movies will be at selected stores on a special pallet along with M&M’s® and Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
What a fun idea! We love Harry Potter…and M&Ms. This would be fun to do together over Thanksgiving break!
This is such a fun way to have movie and popcorn night! I think we just might to this over the holiday! 🙂
Aimee @ Like mother like daughter says
yum! popcorn is one of my favorite snacks and adding m&ms to it looks perfect! Love the harry potter house colors too!
I see this in our Friday night plans this week!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
It looks delicious! We love anything with M&Ms. 🙂
This looks like a fun idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
Such a fun idea!! My daughter would love it!!
What a cute idea!! This sounds really yummy… and I must know, what house are you?? 😉
Of course Gryffindor! Aren’t all the smart people in Gryffindor? haha! 🙂
Evelyn @ My Turn for us says
A perfect snack for a perfect movie night!!! YUM!!
Looks like a lot of fun! We are popcorn fanatics over here so this would be awesome!
Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
I love at home date nights and this looks like the perfect one!
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
Now I’m starving! I love how colorful they are!
super fun! I love the color popcorn treats! And I’m a fan of Harry Potter!!
Stephanie Pass says
A great snack for movie watching! We just watched the same movie!
Yummy! I love Harry Potter, too, so this idea totally would be a hit in our house!
Jen @ Simple Nails and Beauty says
Love the looks of this popcorn!
Katie Pierce says
YUM! This is different from what I’ve done with m&ms and popcorn in the past, it almost seems like a popcorn krispy-treat! This looks so good!
Sara Merritt says
We have a hard time scheduling date night — love the “date moments” and the extra touches you put on your movie night at home! So fun! #client
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
Such a fun idea – perfect for our next movie night!
Oh my goodness! What a great idea! My kids would go bonkers! They love popcorn and Harry, it’s the perfect combo! 🙂
amy @ one artsy mama says
Yum! Looks so fun and tasty too!
Rebecca @ Living Better Together says
This is such a fun idea!! I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so of course I love the idea of supporting house colors!
Shauna - The Best Blog Recipes says
Looks like you guys had a fun night! And I’m loving the popcorn idea! So cute 🙂