Monday, November 17, 2014

A #MovieNight4Less with Orville Redenbacher's and M&M's®...Featuring PB-Chocolate Popcorn "Wolf Pack" Snack Mix #CollectiveBias

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One of my very favorite things to do on a chilly Fall night is stay inside and put together a creative at-home #MovieNight4Less! It's fun to pop in one of our favorite movies and enjoy some yummy movie-watching treats to munch on during the movie. One advantage to at-home movie nights is the cost savings! To help stretch your budget, Warner Brothers is making movie night more affordable by putting some of their popular DVDs and Blu Ray titles on sale at participating Walmart locations. Through November 24th, you'll find a selection of $5 DVDs and $7.88 Blu Rays. Some of the titles on sale include The Shawshank Redemption, The Notebook, and one of our personal favorites: The Hangover. I recently visited my local Walmart for #CollectiveBias to pick up a copy of The Hangover so we could enjoy an adults-only quote-along movie night! The sale display was easy to locate in the store's Electronics department. Once the movie was selected, it was time to select some yummy snacks to enjoy with our movie. My personal favorite movie munchies include M&M's® and Orville Redenbacher's popcorn!
I could have simply popped up some buttery Orville Redenbacher's popcorn and eaten the M&M's® straight from the box -- but I decided to up my game a bit and create a delicious snack mix incorporating both items! My sweet and salty PB-Chocolate Popcorn "Wolf Pack" Snack Mix features two kinds of M&M's®, Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn, salty pretzel bites, sweetly salty honey-roasted peanuts, and a decadent chocolate-peanut butter glaze. This popcorn-based snack mix takes only a few minutes to prepare, and your personal wolf pack will go absolutely NUTS for it!

PB-Chocolate Popcorn "Wolf Pack" Snack Mix
a Weekend Gourmet Original
  • 1 package Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn
  • 2 cups bite-sized pretzels
  • 1 cup M&M's® milk chocolate candies
  • 1 cup M&M's® peanut butter candies
  • 3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts
For the glaze:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 and place parchment or foil on top of a large rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Pop the popcorn in the microwave per package directions. Add the popped corn and the bite-size pretzels to a large mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.
Step 2: Make the glaze by adding the butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup or honey, cocoa powder, and peanut butter to a 4-cup measuring cup or large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the mixture begins to boil -- about 3 minutes. Give the glaze a stir and microwave for one minute longer -- the mixture to be a full rolling boil. Immediately add the baking soda. The mixture will begin to foam, so don't panic!
Step 3: Pour the glaze evenly over the popcorn and pretzels in the mixing bowl. Work quickly to evenly coat the popcorn and pretzels with the glaze. Place the popcorn-pretzel mixture onto the reserved rimmed baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes, giving the mixture a stir every 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool completely on the baking sheet -- about 1 hour.
Step 4: Add the cooled popcorn-pretzel mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the milk chocolate and peanut butter M&M's® and honey-roasted peanuts. Toss well to combine and add to a towel-lined basket for easy serving. 
For peanut butter and chocolate lovers, this snack mix is the ultimate movie munchie! The Orville Redenbacher's popcorn pops up light and fluffy, the M&M's® provide a punch of chocolate, and the pretzels and peanuts add just the right amount of salt! The glaze is a cross between caramel and fudge, with a nice amount of chocolate and peanut butter flavors. Add it up, and you've got one addictive little snack mix.

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