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Raising the Stakes on Family Game Night

Family Game Night

Family game night has taken on an expanded role now that families are spending more time at home together or with others in their social bubbles. There are a variety of products retailers can offer to help families make their recreational time a bit more special. These products include:

Popcorn Poppers: Popcorn is a snack that goes well with fun family activities, and there are a multitude of poppers available for consumers to choose from, ranging from stovetop models like Wabash Valley Farms Whirley Pop, to air poppers like Cuisinart’s EasyPop Hot Air Popper, to tabletop versions that evoke memories of concession stands at movie theaters, such as the Great Northern Little Bambino Tabletop Retro-Style Popper.

S’mores Makers: Another fun snack, typically made around the campfire or the firepit, is the s’more. Now, this outdoor treat can also easily be made anytime inside, making it a fun, gooey dessert for a fun family evening (or a pick me up snack after a Zoom meeting). Indoor products include:

  • Sterno S’Mores Maker and S’Mores Maker Jr.: Both utilize Sterno’s S’mores Heat® fuel and are designed to raise the heat source above the tabletop to protect the surface. The S’mores Maker comes complete with maker station tray which can hold ingredients when in use.
  • Progressive® International  Microwave S’Mores Maker: For those who just want the s’more without having to start up an open heat source, this product from Progressive® International utilizes the microwave to melt the tasty ingredients together. The convenient “hands” hold everything together during heating, and the unit can also be useful in creating other snacks, such as cheese melts. 
  • And if it’s an outdoor model that a customer is looking for, Coleman’s S’more Maker can hold up to three s’more stacks at a time for open fire cooking.

Games: What is family game night without the games? For outdoor fun, activities such as cornhole, ladder toss, or Spikeball™ are popular choices that can help shoppers burn off energy while maintaining safe social distancing practices.

About Hans Cummings

Hans Cummings
Born in Indiana and raised in Indiana, Germany and Virginia, Hans has worked for NRHA since 2001. He has a B.A. in English from Indiana University and is a published fantasy and science-fiction author. His hobbies include cooking, especially smoking meats, tabletop and video games and supporting space sciences and science education.

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