Fourth of July is a festive holiday in the U.S. commemorating the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
The holiday falls in the midst of summer; and calls for family gatherings with picnics, barbecues, fruity cocktails, fireworks, and relaxed outdoor fun.
So, gather the family . . . get out the grill . . . sit back . . . and celebrate your independence with some sweet treats in patriotic red, white, and blue.
All-American red, white, and blue
[above left to right] 1. To create Melon Stars
, slice watermelon and use a cookie cutter to shape the stars. Super easy! (Photo: Hip Hip Hooray!
) 2. You can put together a colorful Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad
, with melon, blueberries and sliced strawberries, 1-2-3 . . . or try the melon stars with blackberries and pineapple chunks for more color. (Photo: Wit and Whistle
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[above left to right] 1. Stuffed Strawberries
—stuffed with Mascarpone cheese and topped with a blueberry—are a delightful little treat that WILL disappear fast. (Photo: Gina Marie’s Kitchen
) 2. Strawberries, dipped in chocolate and drizzled with patriotic color or coated in star sprinkles, are wonderfully decadent. (Photo: Bright Bold Beautiful
) 3. For an awesome variation and red-white-blue perfection, dip two-thirds of the strawberry in white chocolate and the bottom with blue sparkles. (Photo: All Recipes
Add a few red and blue sprinkles (or jimmies) to vanilla cake batter and frosting, and you have a festive Fourth of July Cupcake
that could not be easier to make. (Photo: Bakerella
Stars and Stripes Cake Pops
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1 box of your favorite cake mix
1 can prepared vanilla frosting
Wilton Candy Melts (Blue)
Wilton Candy Melts (Red)
Wilton Candy Melts (White)
- Bake cake as directed on package.
- When cake is finished, break it into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in a full can of frosting until well-blended.
- Roll cake mixture into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
- Melt candy melts as directed.
- Dip a lollipop stick about 1/2 inch into white melted candy, and insert the stick into rounded part of cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.
- Place cake pops in freezer for about 10 minutes, or in refrigerator for 20 minutes, to firm.
- Once cake pops are firm, remove from frig-freezer and dip each into melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off. For 15 stars, use blue . . . for stripes, red.
- Prop up pops, cake end down on waxed paper while chocolate is still slightly warm, so candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (to help pops stand for serving).
- Finish blue pops with white nonpareils before chocolate hardens.
- Drizzle melted white candy melts over red pops after chocolate has hardened.
- Line pops up on a tray to create the flag.
(Photo: Party City)
Makes 50 pops.
Celebrating the Fourth
Decorating your table in red, white, and blue
[above] Welcome the 4th of July with colorful pre-cut Flag Shape Cookies
[right] Red, White, and Blue Cookie Bark
, a combination of white chocolate, pretzels, Oreos, and M&Ms is a colorful, festive, sweet and salty treat. (Photo: Love Stitched
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[above left to right] 1. For a sweet treat that doesn’t pack on the pounds, try thisRed, White, and Blue Parfait
with layered blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and strawberries. (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens
) 2. Two kinds of smooth gelatin—red currant and panna cotta, which is made with cream—are topped with currants and blueberries in these Patriotic Parfaits
(Photo: Martha Stewart
) 3. Show your pride with these Red, White, and Blueberry Sundaes
. You can prep the gelatin in advance and finish them off with the whipped cream, meringue, and fresh berries right before serving. (Photo: Disney Family
) 4. For a classic Jell-O Firecracker
, two layers of bright, berry-flavored gelatin enclose a center layer of creamy vanilla. (Photo: Delish
What American celebration is complete without pie? All-American apple is great, but try this delicious deep-dish Raspberry-Lemon Pie
for an awesome
change of pace. (Photo: Traditional Home