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 freedom with some sweet treats in patriotic red, white, and blue.
All-American red, white, and blue
[above left to right] 1. Stuffed strawberries—filled 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)
Stars and Stripes Cake Pops
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.
Makes 50 pops.
(Recipe and photo: Party City)
Opt for simple decorating on the outside, knowing the “wow factor” will be on the inside.
[above left to right] 1. For a sweet treat that doesn’t pack on the pounds, try this Red, 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)