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Well, here it is again, my birthday. You know, it seems to me like birthday’s should be celebrated even MORE as you gain in age instead of being celebrated heavily as a child and then taper off as we get older. I mean, wow, you made it another year! That’s pretty awesome! So this year, for my birthday, I decided to invite a few of my friends and family over for a retro themed movie night to celebrate. Why a movie night? Well for starters, it is REALLY cold outside in November and being snuggled up on the couch just seemed like a pretty good option. Reason #2, Walmart has a great deal right now on movie night supplies such as Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, M&M’s® and Warner Bro’s so this little party wasn’t going to break the bank and I could just enjoy the time spent with friends.
Preparing for this party was a blast and if there is anything that you should know about me it is that I adore vintage marketing, a great story line and yummy food. So, it just seemed right to bring all of these things together for a night with friends to commemorate my birthday.
We all have unique characteristics, don’t we? Why not embrace them?
So as I was gathering up supplies for the evening and picking out the movie choices, I decided that I needed to also come up with a snack that would put a new spin on the traditional movie theater snacks. Because there’s no use being boring, is there? Check out what I did.
Popcorn Treat Bars
Oh yeah! These flavor packed treats are a combination of everything that I love about going to the movies all wrapped up into one easy to eat treat: popcorn, M&M’s®, butter and marshmallows. Happy birthday to me! And let me tell you, these little bars were the perfect combination of salty, buttery and sweet. The only problem with them? I didn’t make enough to match demand and this entire serving was gone within three seconds of being sat down on the coffee table. I guess I’m not the only adult who likes revamped throwback treats. 🙂
So, I’ve got your mouth watering with that last pic, don’t I? Ok, I’ll spill the beans, here is how I made them. It’s simple.
1/4 cup butter
10 oz. of mini marshmallows
Melt butter in large sauce pan or pot over medium heat. Once the butter has completely melted, pour in the marshmallows. Stir continuously over medium/low heat until all of the marshmallows have melted. While the marshmallows are melting, pop the popcorn in the microwave then transfer the popped popcorn to a new bowl. Shift the popcorn around to try and drop the unpopped kernels to the bottom of the bowl (you want to try and avoid mixing these into your treats). Remove the melted marshmallows from the heat and quickly drop in handfuls of popcorn and stir to coat. Be sure not to over-stir the popcorn. Next transfer the popcorn to an 8×8 greased dish. Press the mixture into the dish slightly. For best results, top the bars with the M&M’s® while the popcorn mixture is still warm.
Now, the snacks are out, the decorations are up, so the only question is which movie
should we watch first? Which would you choose?
You can find all of the supplies you need to get started with your very own movie night by looking for the kiosk below in your local Walmart store from November 11th – 24th. There are some really great deals here for a super fun (and cozy) movie night at home with friends. Have fun!
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