January 5, 2016

The Perfect At-Home Date Night + Sweet Chili Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

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The Perfect At-Home Date Night

As Baby Wardo’s due date inches closer and closer, spending time with my husband, just the two of us, has never been more important. While I love getting all dolled up and going out for dinner, baby-on-the-way also means we’re on a mission to save the funds wherever and whenever we can. One of our favourite ways to combine spending time together and saving money is by creating an at-home date night. Considering the growing babe is an energy sponge and I’m usually out cold by 9:30pm, staying in is also the safest option. 

Here are 5 things needed for the perfect at-home date night:

1.. A sweet treat. Because chocolate is a must, and M&M’S® Chocolate Candies fit the bill. 

The Perfect At-Home Date Night

2.. A salty snack. And because I prefer salty over sweet, Orville Redenbacher popcorn it is. I like to kick mine up a notch by creating a delicious popcorn seasoning recipe. The possibilities are endless, but this sweet chili popcorn seasoning is a favourite and so simple to make at home. The perfect salty meets sweet, with an added kick. 

Sweet Chili Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

Sweet Chili Popcorn Seasoning
Makes: enough seasoning for 1 bag of popcorn

        1 bag Orville Redenbacher movie theatre popcorn, popped
        1 tbsp sugar
        1/2 tsp salt
        1/2 tsp chili powder (*omit if you don't like spicy food)
        1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili flakes (*omit if you don't like spicy food)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup butter, melted (optional)

1. Stir together sugar, salt and spices in a bowl.
 2. Make popcorn according to directions on the bag. Transfer to large bowl.
3. If using, melt butter and drizzle over hot popcorn.
 4. Sprinkle seasoning over hot popcorn and toss to combine.
 5. Enjoy!

Sweet Chili Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

3.. A refreshing beverage. Coca-Cola over ice is my husband’s go-to, and since I’m watching my caffeine intake, I opt for Sprite. 

4.. A good flick. Our taste in movies changes depending on our mood, but it’s safe to say we’re always in the mood for a good comedy. This time we chose the new Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. Almost 15 years since the original, David Spade is back to reprise his role as Joe Dirt, the mullet-sporting, acid wash denim-wearing white trash janitor. In this sequel, Joe is married with triplets and suddenly finds himself transported on an epic journey back in time. If you were a fan of the original, or just a fan of mullets and rock & roll, you’re sure to get a good laugh from Joe Dirt 2.

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

5.. A good movie watching partner. No explanation needed.

The Perfect At-Home Date Night

Visit your local Walmart and look for Orville Redenbacher Movie Theatre popcorn in the snack aisle, Coca-Cola 6-pack 1/2-liter in the soft drinks aisle and M&M’S® Chocolate Candies in the checkout aisle. 

The Perfect At-Home Date Night

Don’t forget to take advantage of the $10 VUDU offer on your next movie when you buy the Movie Night package at Walmart, with these 3 simple steps:
  1. Buy all 4 participating products (Orville Redenbacher popcorn, Milk Chocolate and Peanut M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, Coca-Cola 6-pack, 1/2-liter) in one transaction at your local Walmart between December 22 and February 2. 
  2. Snap a picture of your receipt. Visit uploadreceipt.com/movienight to submit by February 9.  
  3. Get your $10 Vudu movie code by email. *While supplies last. Limit 1 per person.

What is your perfect at-home date night? Be sure to check out more fun movie night ideas here and take advantage of the VUDU offer!

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