I am a big fan of Captain America, especially having had the chance to be on set with one of my favorite superheroes during the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year. I was so excited once the movie actually came to the theater and I was able to see the scene we witnessed come to life on the BIG screen! It’s amazing that hour and a half condensed to about 15 seconds.
Now Captain America: The Winter Soldier is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, so I set about rounding up some fun M&Ms™ recipes and an activity to kick back and have an enjoyable Captain America party at home. To get started, I headed to Walmart to gather my supplies.
Then I headed home to make my Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches. To make these easier, I used bakery sugar cookies, but you could make your own, of course!
Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe
Bakery Sugar Cookies
Vanilla Ice Cream
Decorator Frosting in Red, White and Blue
M&Ms in red and blue
Start out by preparing the ice cream. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Using an ice cream scoop, place scoops of ice cream on the sheet. Place a second piece of wax paper on top. Use your hands to push down and flatten ice cream scoops. Return to freezer.
Using the decorator frosting, pipe a shield design on each cookie. Start with a red ring on the outside of the cookie, and then a second red ring a bit farther in. Pipe a white ring between the two red rings. Fill the center circle with blue.
Cut out a small star in the center of a piece of paper. You can print out the shield image above and use that star – it’s what I used for my cookies! Place powdered sugar in a small sifter, hold paper over your cookie, and slightly shake sifter to let powdered sugar fall over stencil. These are kind of “free form” shields, so it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Let your cookies set for approximately 30 minutes or until icing has hardened. Then take two cookies and place a scoop of ice cream between them. Press red and blue M&Ms into the ice cream around the edges of your sandwich. Return to the freezer until you’re ready to serve.
I couldn’t leave you with just one recipe, so here is another for Captain America popcorn balls. These have that delicious sweet and salty taste that is always a favorite.
Captain America Popcorn Balls Recipe
2 c. sugar
2/3 cup water
1-1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 qts (16 cups) warm popped corn (Be sure to use white corn, not yellow.)
1/2 to 3/4 cup blue M&Ms
1/2 to 3/4 cup red M&Ms
Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking over low heat without stirring, until mixture reaches hard ball stage (put a few drops in ice-cold water and it will harden quickly) or 268 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.
Pour over warm popcorn.
Divide popcorn in two batches. Add red M&Ms to one batch and add the blue M&Ms to the other. Wet hands and form into balls. You may want to put a thin film of butter on your hands so the popcorn doesn’t stick.
While you are eating your yummy M&Ms treats and watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you can add to the fun with this printable Captain America Bingo Game. Print out the bingo cards and give one to each player (there are 10 in all). Each person gets a handful of M&Ms to use as markers. As you see items listed on your card on the screen during the movie, mark off the spaces until you have a complete line and can call BINGO! Remember, if you eat all of your M&Ms too soon, you won’t be able to win the game!
Be sure to visit the Heroes Eat M&Ms social hub where you can take fun quizzes to see which superhero or M&M you are, enter a giveaway and even print a coupon to save $5 when you buy any two M&M’s® Brand Chocolate Candies (15.4oz. or larger) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD at Walmart.
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