M&M’s Oscars Party & Red Carpet Ready Popcorn Mix!

DisclaimerCan you believe it’s already time for the Oscars? This Sunday while celebrities gather for the 87th year of the Oscars, my girlfriends and I will be gathering around the TV to watch them. Everyone knows that the real show happens on the red carpet – where us mere viewers gets to pick apart who we think will feature in the mornings best/worst dressed section of the news. This year, I’ll be having my girlfriends over for a viewing party where I’ll be happy to accept the award for the evenings best treat with these M&M’s Dipped Bananas featuring M&M’s new Crispy M&M’s and Red Carpet Ready M&M’s Popcorn Mix!

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I feel like M&M’s are the most versatile candy out there – you can bake them into cookies, cakes, bars, etc. But this year I thought I’d leave the oven off, because I think I can only fully appreciate all the work that goes into the Oscars and all the primping and prepping that actors and actresses go through by being as lazy as possible. Also I think the Crispy M&M’s do half the work for me – they’re already so good and have delicious crunchy texture, and when you have perfection then why mess with it?

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For the Red Carpet Ready M&M’s Popcorn Mix, you just pop your favorite butter popcorn and mix in M&M’s (I recommend going for the peanut), nuts, and dried cherries. It’s so, so, good! Mixing in M&M’s into the popcorn with dried fruit is probably the best idea I’ve had in ages! This is actually now my ideal movie watching snack. I can’t get enough of this mix.

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For the M&M’s Dipped Bananas, basically, you take the ripest bananas that you can get your hands on, and cut them in half. Then you take about 1/3 cup of peanut butter – if your peanut butter is too hard then you can heat it up in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds or until soft – and dip/roll the banana in peanut butter. Then you’ll want to cover the peanut butter banana in whatever toppings you like best – making sure not to forget your M&M’s! My favorite toppings are M&M’s and raisins. Raisins add that little tart bite – it’s amazing, trust me. You can also dip the bananas in chocolate instead (or in addition to the peanut butter if you’re feeling wild). You can stick the bananas on popsicle sticks, skewers, or sturdy straws if you like. I recommend that you refrigerate your dipped and topped bananas for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the peanut butter and your toppings to settle and avoid anything falling off. Enjoy!

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My friends and I will most likely be “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” over a starlets gown from my couch with face masks on and not-yet-dry polish on our nails. We might not be an example of the height of glamour, but at least our M&M’s treats will be up to Academy standards!

This year M&M’s is commemorating the biggest night in Hollywood by debuting a commercial on national TV that shows our favorite M&M’s characters invading the movies! How do you plan on viewing the Oscars? Do you usually watch the awards solo or with friends? Do you have any winning predictions? What is your favorite way to enjoy M&M’s??? Let me know in the comments below!

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies Recipe!

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Who needs a boyfriend this Valentines Day when you can have a brownie?! Or, in this case, a blondie! I’m one of those rarities known as a single lady who loves Valentines Day. My little odd family have a VDay tradition where we all choose a name out of a hat and get that person a super special gift and let them know (verbally or via the written word) why they’re so special to you. It’s like secret santa, but with cupid. And while having a special someone is lovely, thanks to my family tradition I’ve always felt like I can have an epic solo Valentines Day so long as I have friends and family who I love, and who love me back. So to celebrate the day of love, I got my hands on M&M’s® Red Velvet candy as well as DOVE® Promises and made a treat worth writing a sonnet about!

Blondies are the blonde cousin of the brownie. Sort of. Essentially, you don’t add cocoa to the mix, the consistency is thicker, and your flavor primarily comes from the brown sugar and vanilla. In all honesty they’re not a far stretch from the standard chocolate chip cookie (assuming you’re adding chocolate morsels of some kind into your blondie). Now, these would be fine without adding chocolate or any other garnishment, but it’s Valentine’s Day and I for one am not opposed to gilding the lily. So when I went to Walmart to pick up those new M&M’s® Red Velvet candies and DOVE® Promises I knew full well that these blondies were going to reach a new height of decadence.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

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After mixing all your ingredients together (butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla first) the batter/dough should have a thick cookie-batter consistency. Then you want to unwrap about 10 DOVE® Promises and roughly chop them, spread the batter on a buttered square brownie pan (I recommend you use aluminum foil), sprinkle the chocolate on top and then add on a fair amount of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 325 degree oven and you’re done!

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These sweet M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies are the ultimate way to say “I love you” – without having to break a sweat. I shared them with a few friends & classmates, as well as my family. The M&M’s® Red Velvet candy add such festive color to these blondies, as well as that hard shell ‘crunch’. I prefer the sweetness of milk chocolate, but you can also or alternately use dark chocolate DOVE® Promises.

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M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (½ cup) of unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1 cup of light brown sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  5. 1 cup of all-purpose flower
  6. 1 bag of DOVE® Promises
  7. 1 bag of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  2. Add in the flour to your butter & sugar mixture, folding it in until it’s just combined.
  3. In a buttered square brownie pan, spread your blondie mix. The mixture should be thick, like cookie dough, so you’ll want to get every last bit.
  4. Roughly chop 10 DOVE® Promises and sprinkle on top along with as many M&M’s® Red Velvet candies as you like.
  5. Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden along the outermost edges. Cool & enjoy!
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You can pick up a bag of M&M’s® Red Velvet M&M’s at Walmart – they have a massive Valentine’s Day selection right now!

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For more M&M’s® Red Velvet inspiration, be sure to visit the Red Velvet Love Recipes page. Join the #RedVelvetLove Pinterest Party taking place at http://www.pinterest.com/SoFabChats/ on Saturday, January 31 at 12:00pm ET for your chance at winning a $1000 Walmart gift card!

Festive, Fun and Games with Forza 5!

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A couple weeks ago my brother and I were doing some early Christmas shopping downtown. The mall we were at was demoing the Forza Motorsport 5 and Xbox One system – any hope of getting him to walk around the store with me was soon abandoned. I left him testing out the system while I sorted through holiday sales. Suffice it to say that he is completely in love with the Forza 5 game and the Xbox One system. This Christmas I happen to know that he’s actually getting the Xbox One system from Santa (I know, how crazy lucky is he?), so I thought I’d head to Walmart and make his Christmas complete by picking up the Forza Motorsport 5 game for him!

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What’s really great is that Walmart and M&M’s have a Buy, Snap, Redeem offer going on that gives you a $10 eGift card to Walmart when you buy the Forza Motorsport 5 game and participating M&M’s products.

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That’s not where the fun ends – M&M’s is also running a Pixel Art instagram contest! I’ll include a link to all the details here, but essentially you’ll create your own pixel art using M&M’s, snap a pic and share on instagram using the #FueledByMM & #Contest hashtag’s and you’ll be entered to win an XBox One entertainment system! Check out what I came up with:

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Well, I may not be the very best artist, but it was extremely fun! I tried to go with a car theme here – if you have a chance, definitely check out the hashtag on instagram – some people are extremely talented!

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The M&M’s make great stocking stuffers (if I don’t eat them up before Christmas) and I can’t wait to for my brother to find his Forza Motorsport 5 underneath the tree! The game look’s amazing – with brilliant graphics, and the XBox One system is supposed to be fantastic! Oh, and I don’t want to brag or anything but I think that this gift pretty much solidifies my reputation as best sister ever ;) Happy holidays everybody!