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Cherry Vanilla Popcorn Crunch

by Megan

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Back to School Healthy Essentials campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Popcorn in the evening was a staple, growing up in my house. And in my husband’s house, it was a Sunday night ritual. Whether we were playing cards, watching our favorite shows, or working on homework, the bowl of popcorn was right there with us.

Today I’m going to show you a super simple way to jazz up your popcorn for an extra sweet treat, with this Cherry Vanilla Popcorn Crunch!

Jazz up your movie night with Cherry Vanilla Popcorn! #CVSBackToSchool

My secret is in the ingredients. I had a pantry full of Gold Emblem Abound snacks from CVS, and saw that I had popcorn and a cherry vanilla almond snack mix.

Popcorn… cherry vanilla…



A match made in heaven? Yup! But I didn’t stop there.

I really wanted to have something to melt over the popcorn mix, to give it a sweet taste and sort of stick the two snacks together, so I stole the yogurt melts out of my Probiotic Trail Mix!


I stuck that concoction in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and everything had melted and heated up nicely!


So I stirred the cherry vanilla mix in with the popcorn, and it made for a fantastic combination!


As a busy, busy mom of three (who has limited skills in the kitchen), I love easy recipes like these, which you can put together in a matter of minutes, and which elevate the ordinary snacks we are used to.

I also love the convenience of the Gold Emblem Abound snacks. I can grab any one of their snacks and know exactly what I’m giving my kids, because they include the product benefits right on the front of the packaging, and they are free of artificial flavors and preservatives.

But of course all the kids care about is the taste…

Let’s just say it was kid-approved!


Oh you’re going to like today’s challenge. It’s Day 22 of our “Baby Steps to a Better You” series, and I think we are ready for a little R&R, don’t you?

Today’s challenge is to do something fun with your family. Take a walk, play a game, watch a movie- anything that you can do all together. Some evenings we just pile everyone in the van and take a drive. It gets us out of the house for a bit, we can chat, and occasionally ice cream is involved. Family date nights are the best nights!

Hooray for popcorn, hooray for baby steps, and hooray for you because one of my readers is going to win a $50 gift card to CVS to buy some Gold Emblem Abound snacks and anything else you need for a fun family night!


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Kate September 23, 2015 - 1:09pm

For Family nights we usually will do pizza and a movie, or go play miniature golf!

Seyma Shabbir September 23, 2015 - 8:33pm

We love to play cards or watch a movie, a cartoon!

RJ September 24, 2015 - 3:32am

We enjoy both movie and game night, although I tend to fall asleep during the movies.

Jeanna September 24, 2015 - 7:49am

We enjoy pizza & watching a movie together!

Adriane September 24, 2015 - 2:13pm

We love to play games!

Sandy Cain September 24, 2015 - 2:48pm

Family night is great for us when we go through all the old photo albums – some of the pictures go back to 1920 and before, It’s really strange, because the people in the pictures seem to be gazing out at us!

sarah s September 25, 2015 - 10:18am

I never thought of using the trail mix items and combining them with the popcorn that way it looks really good, I look forward to trying it. Some of my favorite family night things to do is having a pizza movie night or favorite tv show, playing board games and taking a walk with the dogs and anything involving ice cream:)

Sara Cunningham September 25, 2015 - 7:26pm

I love watching old Disney movies!

Dawn Monroe September 26, 2015 - 7:39am

We like to karaoke, go bowling or watch movies.

Charity September 26, 2015 - 9:21am

We’re all about Netflix and food over here!

Ashley @ Cute as a Fox September 26, 2015 - 9:22am

Our family loves to watch Cut throat Kitchen on Food Network. It’s one of the few things the whole family enjoys.

April Harris September 26, 2015 - 9:37am

Great recipe! Great giveaway!

Tausha September 26, 2015 - 9:57am

Family night is us taking dinner to the park :) We love to be outside & watching the sun set while Presley plays on the playground.

christine c September 26, 2015 - 10:17am

Family night is good food, swimming and movies!

Erika JM September 26, 2015 - 1:33pm

Our family night consists of watching old Disney movies on Netflix, or Nature documentaries, and eating caramel popcorn and Brookside cranberries.

Tracy Robertson September 26, 2015 - 5:10pm

We love to make homemade cookies and watch a DVD at home. That’s what we are doing tonight. So relaxing after a busy week!

Robin Abrams September 26, 2015 - 7:14pm

Family night we play board games and then watch a movie together

Laura J September 27, 2015 - 10:24am

Our favorite activity for family night is going to the bowling alley if we are going out and about, and at home…board games!!! We love playing board games!

Elena September 27, 2015 - 10:39am

we like to watch movies and eat pizza
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CR Williams September 27, 2015 - 12:02pm

My favorite activity is watching our fave movies together!

Jessica To September 27, 2015 - 12:34pm

We like to watch a movie and eat ice cream!

michelle September 27, 2015 - 3:01pm

We like to get out of the house; go to the park, hike, visit family, etc. At home we watch movies, play games, or have a lesson presented by one of the kids.

Norma September 27, 2015 - 4:34pm

I like to watch movies!

Megan September 27, 2015 - 6:07pm

We like family movie night!

Kat September 28, 2015 - 6:00am

Family night at the pool is always fun. They have a bbq grill there we can use. Kids always enjoy night swimming while the adults grill and chill.

Karen Glatt September 28, 2015 - 10:25am

We like playing board games and having snacks on Game night. It is so much fun and we get to laugh and spend time as a family!

janetfaye September 28, 2015 - 12:25pm

I like to watch movies on family night.

Elle P. September 28, 2015 - 1:33pm

I like baking together and having game night.

Dana Rodriguez September 28, 2015 - 3:56pm

We love pizza and movie night!

Jessica Mcfarlin September 28, 2015 - 9:03pm

We normally go for a walk and then ice cream and movies @ home

Karen Glatt September 29, 2015 - 8:07am

We love playing board games and eating snacks and having a good time of laughs together during Game night at my house!!

trish rowell September 29, 2015 - 4:32pm

Pizza and movie night!

Lailani September 29, 2015 - 4:38pm

Netflix/Hulu plus donuts and pizza

mandala September 29, 2015 - 4:40pm

We enjoy Friday movie nights and indulge on our favorite dessert. Thanks!

Kelly D September 29, 2015 - 4:47pm

We like to play board games like Monopoly and Scrabble and enjoy snacks.

Steven weber September 29, 2015 - 5:45pm

We love playing board games and cards.

Bridgett Wilbur September 29, 2015 - 9:04pm

Family night at our house we like to play boards games.

Amanda Sakovitz September 30, 2015 - 6:19am

We love watching movies.

Mary September 30, 2015 - 9:39am

We like playing Uno.

jenn b September 30, 2015 - 10:43am

we love to watch movies and make popcorn

Jenn H September 30, 2015 - 12:07pm

we love doing game night and a movie on occasion!

Tanya devenney September 30, 2015 - 1:13pm

My family and i watch a movie every friday night thru netflix

Jason September 30, 2015 - 2:07pm

Watching movies or playing board games

Rachel September 30, 2015 - 2:53pm

We love to play board games on family night.

Jessica September 30, 2015 - 3:39pm

Thank you for posting

Tabathia B September 30, 2015 - 3:39pm

We love to watch movies or play life/monopoly

Thomas Murphy September 30, 2015 - 9:32pm

we like to play games and watch movies.

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