Flamin' Hot Cheetos Grilled Cheese Is the Perfect Recipe for a Virtual Cooking Party

The spicy grilled cheese ingredient you never knew you craved.
The spicy grilled cheese ingredient you never knew you craved.
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April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and there's no better way to enjoy the comfort food than with the cheese-loving people in your life. If you're quarantined away from loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can use the social streaming platform Airtime to make the same recipe together from anywhere in the world.

Airtime is an app that merges Group FaceTime and YouTube onto one screen, so you can watch and react to videos with your friends while social distancing. You can use the app to watch memes, music videos, or, as the app suggests for Grilled Cheese Month, instructional videos everyone can follow along with in real time.

The recipe below for a Flamin' Hot Cheetos grilled cheese sandwich is one of the videos recommended by Airtime. If you're looking for a fun, indulgent recipe to make at home, assemble the ingredients beforehand (bread, butter, Velveeta, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos) and join a video session with your friends where you can watch and follow the recipe together. When it's over, you can see whose masterpiece best matches the video—and who's brave enough to eat the whole thing. Even if you don't feel like cooking along, watching over-the-top recipe videos online with friends can be a fun activity on its own.

Airtime is recommended for four to five friends per session, and you can download the app for Android or iOS. For more virtual activities to do with loved ones when you're apart, check out these board games you can play online.

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Never Got a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine as a Kid? You Can Still Buy One This Holiday Season

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Even as toys have gotten more complex in recent decades, one low-tech item has held a perennial spot on holiday wishlists. The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine was a hit when it debuted in 1979, and kids and nostalgic adults can still get their hands on one this December.

People who grew up in the 1980s may remember commercials promoting the “yum-yum fun” plastic appliance. Like the Easy Bake Oven and the Frosty Sno-Man Sno-Cone Machine before it, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine allowed kids to make edible treats at home. The Peanuts branding made the toy popular with kids, and despite the elbow grease required to crank a couple of ice cubes into shaved ice, it's stuck around.

If you asked for a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine for the holidays as a kid and never received one, you can still make your childhood dreams come true. The retro product is available practically unchanged from how it appeared in the 1980s. The biggest changes are that the hand crank is now easier to turn and there's a clamp for stabilizing the machine while you use it. Get one for yourself or a loved one from Amazon today for $30.

Looking for more nostalgic gift ideas? Here are some items the Millennials in your life will love.