Having family movie time is a weekly tradition. We used to watch movies on Friday nights, but with evening sports starting up we needed to find another time. Sunday afternoons have become our spot. We treat the family to a sweet snack and sit down to watch a movie together. Since you can only watch so many animated movies in a row, we’ve taken to putting a few classics in our rotation like The Sandlot. Have you seen it lately? Let me just remind you it is soooo good for the 8 year old crowd.
While we movie watch, I’ve tried to be a bit more creative with our treats lately and have taken inspiration from the classic movie selection of the week and from whatever season we are in, like Easter right now. Because serving the same bowl of popcorn every Sunday gets a little boring. The kids have started to really look forward to this creative snack + movie time. Here are 3 of my treat ideas perfect for a Sandlot viewing on Easter weekend.
Sweet Bunny Ear Pretzels
If you don’t remember our awesome trick for really great soft pretzels, be sure to refresh yourself right here. I was noticing when baking them the other day that the ears seem to look a lot like bunny ears. Perfect for this time of year! We used corn syrup to act as our food glue and sprinkled Easter themed sprinkles along the pretzel turning an everyday snack into one that is totally fun.
Open Face Peep S’mores
S’mores being a big deal in The Sandlot and in every 8 year old’s life, we tend to go back to having them as treats again and again. I mean, how can you beat a good s’more? For spring we found these little peeps that already have a layer of chocolate melted to the bottom. The kids loved eating this fun Easter treat open faced. It was a big hit.
Zebra Caramel Popcorn
Reminiscent of all that is American Baseball to a kid we made a batch of Zebra popcorn to mimic the Cracker Jacks of our childhood.
To make the Zebra Caramel Popcorn you will need:
- 3-4 quarts white popped popcorn
- 2 cups of caramels
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Drizzling chocolate in dark or white (Find this in the bakery section)
1. In a medium saucepan, melt the caramels being careful not to boil as you stir constantly.
2. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir until fully combined.
3. Lay popcorn out on two cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and pour the caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir to cover the popcorn.
4. Bake in a 200° oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
5. When caramel corn is completely cooled, soften the chocolate in hot water as the package describes and drizzle the chocolate over popcorn.
6. Allow chocolate to cool and harden before serving.
A good classic movie and fun treats like one of these ones makes for a family afternoon that is sure to be remembered. And my take on the classics says The Sandlot is a great movie to pick, especially as we are kicking off baseball season and dreaming of long summer days ahead. The movie will capture your kids’ hearts without the need to sit through 2 hours of animation. Amen! With memorable performances from nine terrific young actors, it’s a family-friendly film and perfect for everyone in the family to watch together on Easter. Available now on Digital HD.
Do you watch family movies together? If not, let me encourage you to whip up a treat and go grab a copy of The Sandlot today. You’ll need something to do after the Easter baskets have been opened – so it’s a great day to start this new family tradition.
This post is done in partnership with Fox Home Entertainment.