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Snack Attack! The Best Munchies for Movie Night, and More

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Snack Attack! The Best Munchies for Movie Night, and More

Want a special treat for Dad? Just turn on the Roku 3 player, make a few of Dad’s favorite snacks, and settle into some quality TV time with these favorites.


Score Big with Major League Snacks

No matter what sport or team is Dad’s favorite, every day is game day with Roku. Gear up for an afternoon of streaming with MLS, NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter™, and MLB.TV channels—and get the snacks amped with a recipe so simple that the kids can help make it!  These mini pita pizzettes are packed with delicious flavor and super nutrition to help your little athletes stay strong.


Mini Pita Pizzettes


8 whole-wheat pita pockets (each 4" diameter)

2 tbsp olive oil

¾ cup mozzarella cheese, grated

½ cup goat cheese

½ cup marinara sauce

½ cup spinach, roughly chopped

½ cup red pepper, sliced into strips

½ cup white mushrooms, sliced

? cup pepperoni, chopped

Salt, to taste



Preheat oven to 350°. To make red pizzettes, spread 2 tbsp marinara on pita, cover with 3 tbsp. mozzarella cheese, a few red pepper slices, and some pepperoni pieces. To make green pizzettes, spread 2 tbsp goat cheese on pita, top with sliced mushrooms and spinach, drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Arrange the pitas on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 8 minutes; reverse the sheet and bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese and crust are golden brown at the edges.


Family Movie Night

If Dad is a bigger movie buff than a sports fan, movie night with the family is a fun way to sneak in some snuggly togetherness. Stream the latest animated flick on Netflix, a favorite comedy on Amazon Instant Video, or a current hit TV series on Hulu Plus. But first get the snacks jumping! After all, nothing pairs better with movie night than popcorn. Spice up the old standard with one (or all three!) of these fun recipes.


Start by popping a large batch of popcorn, which will serve as your base. (Note: A half cup of kernels makes about 15 cups of popcorn, or roughly 5 servings).


Pop 1: Honey Butter Corn

In a saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter, then stir in 2 tbsp honey. Pour mixture over 6 cups popcorn. Sprinkle in 1 tsp salt (or to taste).


Pop 2: Masala Mama Crunch

In a saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter. Stir in ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp curry spice, and 1 tbsp honey. Pour mixture over 6 cups popcorn mixed with ½ cup chopped, dry-roasted almonds.


Pop 3: Chocopop:

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp granulated sugar with 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and ¼ tsp salt. Melt 2 tbsp butter and drizzle over 6 cups popcorn. Sprinkle cocoa sugar mix over the popcorn and toss to combine.



Life Is Sweet

Put the cherry on top of Dad’s special day with a classic movie and dessert, courtesy of the kids. Ask him to choose his favorite movie for the whole family to watch and let him sit back while the kids surprise him with their own dessert concoctions. Turn your kitchen counter into a build-your-own-sundae station and let the kids get creative. The usual suspects (sprinkles, chocolate sauce, cherries) should make an appearance, but include some unusual items as a wacky surprise!


What you’ll need:


1. The base:

2 different flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt (have vanilla or chocolate on hand, plus one unusual flavor, like peanut butter)


2. Standard Toppings:

Chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cherries, chopped nuts, chocolate candies


3. The Works

Diced fruits (for example, mango and banana), berries, cereal, gummy worms, potato chips, honey, sesame sticks, mini pretzels, crumbled bacon (sure…why not?)


Place the toppings on the counter in small bowls with spoons. Put a scoop of each flavor ice cream into the bowl and let the kids go crazy with the toppings!


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