A few months ago, our little girl decided that Ariel was her favorite princess and that The Little Mermaid was her favorite movie. Already looking forward to the upcoming release of The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray, we were thrilled to get an early copy to review. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to have a little movie night and make a few special treats. The star of our little party was this White Chocolate Popcorn Munch, or as we called it Mermaid Munch. Because of our busy week, that included sports practices and back to school nights, we had our movie night a little early. While the kids were at school, I mixed up the Mermaid Munch. I used a bag of White Chocolate M&M’s and separated out the purple, blue, and green candies because I thought they were the perfect Little Mermaid colors. I also made a few slice and bake sugar cookies and decorated them with purple frosting and sprinkles.
We enjoyed out treats and snuggled in to watch the movie. When the kids watch a movie, I’m usually up trying to get a few things done around the house. This means that I only see bits and pieces of the movies. This time, I decided to settle in and really watch The Little Mermaid along with them. There were so many parts I had totally forgotten about, and i just loved watching it through their eyes. Sadie is just completely charmed by Ariel, and especially loves the singing.
I have to say, Watching it again through a parent’s eyes is really different! As a young girl, I identified more with Ariel and how she wanted to follow her dreams of exploring life on land. Now, I see her father’s side of things more clearly: as a parent trying to set boundaries for his daughter to keep her safe rather than simply being over protective. As my own kids grow, I hope I can find the right balance. I’d like them to find their voice but be wise enough to know when to stop and listen.
White Chocolate Popcorn Munch
1 bag of microwave popcorn, popped
1 cup of white chocolate chips
White Chocolate M and M’s
Pop popcorn and remove unpopped kernels.
Lay popcorn out on baking sheet.
Mix in M and M’s.
Melt white chocolate chips according to directions on package.
Drizzle melted white chocolate over popcorn and stir to combine.
Refrigerate until white chocolate sets back up.
I’m so glad I sat down and watched this with my kiddos, we had so much fun! I’m pretty sure I’ll be planning a Little Mermaid themed birthday party soon, and this Mermaid Munch will definitely be on the menu.
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