Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Enjoy some Halloween fun anytime of the year with a Hotel Transylvania 2 Family Movie Night

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Halloween is such a great time of the year with all its spooky fun and treats.  That fun doesn't have to be limited to October with the January 12, 2016 release of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 on Blu-ray and DVD. Show your Halloween spirit anytime of the year by enjoying a Hotel Transylvania 2 Family Movie Night.

My kids just adored Hotel Transylvania 2 when we saw it last year at the movie theater so my wife and I didn't hesitate picking up the film as soon as it was available to add to our family's home entertainment video library.  With its cast of monsters that really are more silly and wacky than horrific and frightening making this a great family friendly comedy parents and kids can spend an evening howling in laughter at together.  We always like to have a special snack that ties into a movie we will be watching so we made our favorite Halloween treat, caramel apples, for our Hotel Transylvania 2 Family Movie Night.

We drove over to our local Walmart to purchase Hotel Transylvania 2.  Of course you need popcorn for any family movie night so we grabbed a six pack of Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Popcorn.  I always enjoy drinking an ice cold refreshing Coca-Cola and munching on M&M'S® Chocolate Candies so we stocked up on them as well during our visit to Walmart.

Walmart has a nice deal that if you purchase one of each of the four products I just mentioned together in one purchase between now and 2/2/16 you can get a $10 Vudu movie code by email.* To redeem just snap a picture of your receipt with a smart phone and visit uploadreceipt.com/movienight to submit your photo by 2/9/16. To make sure you are purchasing the right items to qualify you for the Vudu deal CLICK HERE for a list of products along with their UPC numbers that you can print out and take along with you on your shopping trip. For more details on this offer visit http://cbi.as/1fihg

*While supplies last. Limit 1 per person

As I mentioned, in addition to snacking on Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Popcorn during our Hotel Transylvania 2 family movie night we made ourselves some caramel apples.  They actually are pretty easy to make and here is a recipe so you can do it yourself too:

 A Geek Daddy's Awesomely Scrumptious Caramel Apples


4 apples;
1 package of caramel bits (11 oz);
2 Tbsp of water;
4 wooden popsicle sticks;
 **Optional** Mars M&M'S® Chocolate Candies  3.4oz Theater Size Box


Take the number of apples you want to candy and wash them. Then thoroughly dry them.  For our demonstration we took two large Red Delicious apples for my wife and I to eat and made two caramel apples out of smaller Granny Smith ones for our kids.

Insert wooden popsicle stick into the stem end  of each apple.  Cover a plate with waxed paper.  Spritz the wax paper with cooking spray to avoid the apples sticking to the plate when covered with caramel.

Place your caramel bits into a microwave safe bowl.  Add two tablespoons of water.  Place in microwave for 2 minutes on HIGH.  Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until caramel bits are completely melted.

Alternatively, you can also place the caramel bits in a medium saucepan and use a stove instead.  Add the two tablespoons of water and place the saucepan on a burner set at medium-low heat for 3 minutes.  Stir the caramel bits constantly until they are completely melted.

Next before the caramel cools dip the apples into it.  Use a spoon to evenly coat the apples and make sure their entire surface is covered with caramel.  Allow excess caramel to drip off back into your bowl or saucepan. Handle with care as the caramel should be very hot.

To make your caramel apples extra special smash up some Mars Chocolate M&M'S® Chocolate Candies in a plastic sealable snack bag.

Spread the Mars M&M'S® Chocolate Candies on a plate and roll your apples while the caramel is hot across them.  This will coat your Caramel Apple with a delicious crunchy covering.

Place the caramel covered apples on your wax paper covered plate(s).  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Remove your caramel apples from your refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Voila! there you have it a tasty Halloween themed treat to enjoy during your Hotel Transylvania 2 Family Movie Night.  Or as my kids would say mimicking me "Blah-Blah-Blah-Blah-Blah."  We grabbed a pop up bowl of Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Popcorn and our caramel apples to snack on while we enjoyed our show.

My wife and kids stuck with the plain caramel apples while I scarfed down the one coated with M&M'S® Chocolate Candies and drank a bottle of Coca-Cola.  We had a very good time enjoying our snacks while watching Hotel Transylvania 2.

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  1. How fun! We love a family movie night with treats! My girls also really enjoyed Transylvania 2.

  2. Hey you go to the same Walmart I do :) are you in the Troy area?

    I actually have yet to see the first Hotel Transylvania, once I do I want to see the sequel. Both look cute. That caramel apple looks really good too, yum.

  3. You guys have the most fun! Those caramel apples look delicious. I haven't seen the first or second Hotel Transylvania.

  4. Man, it's been so long since I've had a caramel apple! I just love that you dipped it in crushed M&M's! Yum! #client

  5. Too fun! We haven't seen the movie yet. I'd love to find a two-pack with part one and two ;)

  6. WOW, those apples look amazing! Send some my ways! Thank for sharing!

  7. This is an awesome idea! Halloween party every night ain't a bad idea at all!

  8. We just had a pizza night and watched that movie. We also saw it at the theater.

  9. I've never done caramel apples. What a great idea. We may do this, this weekend.