Whether you’ll be hanging with friends or family for the 4th of July, there’s bound to be lots of delicious foods to munch on. You might be thinking “Oh, I can’t cook to save my life” – that’s why we’re here to help you!
From beginner to advanced, there are lots and lots of fun 4th of July themed recipes you can impress the people around you with. Here we offer you 10 food ideas to make for your upcoming 4th of July party.
1. 4th of July Flag Cake
What could possibly be more American than a cake that looks like the U.S. flag? Look no further than Ina Garten’s Flag cake recipe from Food Network. If you’re trying to stay on a budget and prefer to not spend bundles of money on all of the ingredients (or want to keep it simple), you can always buy a cake mix and frosting canister at your local grocery store.
2. Fruit kabobs
Create red, white and blue fruit kabobs for your get together. For the red fruit, you can go with strawberries (or watermelon); for the white, use bananas; and use blueberries for the blue. If you don’t feel like you want to create the American flag design with your kabobs, hey, that’s okay too! Just be sure to load up each kabob with each fruit you use.
3. Independence punch
Keep the red, white and blue theme alive with this multicolored punch. Angie Barrett of BigBearsWife.com shares her punch recipe on “Independence Punch.” It almost seems crazy that these drinks could all stack on top of each other, but please note the specific ingredients Barrett lists and do not try to substitute unless you don’t mind what happens to the color of the punch.
4. Rice krispie treats
Again, more than one way to go about making these. You can always go the route of creating your basic rice krispie treat, or you can make them red, white and blue themed. The only change you’ll need to make is add red and blue food coloring to the latter batch.
5. Red, white and blue ice pops
It’s the beginning of July, which means it’s more than likely that you’re in an area that’s quite warm. A refreshing treat could be these ice pops. You can find the Red, White and Blue Ice Pops recipe at MyRecipes.com. And if your current location is active on the screen where you’re reading the recipe, the article will tell you the nearest location to buy the ingredients you need. So cool!
6. Patriotic chocolate covered pretzels
If you happen to prefer savory treats over sweet, these are right up your alley. While I personally have more of a sweet tooth, I can never eat enough of these when they’re in my face! Be sure to use white chocolate while making these if you really want to go with the red, white and blue theme too.
7. Chips and salsa
While these are two different foods, they still go hand in hand so I posted them together. Go to your local grocery store and you are sure to find bags of chips containing red, white and blue colored chips – if not, find individual bags with each color and combine them in a bowl. From there you can create a salsa containing white corn and tomatoes to keep up with the 4th of July theme. I always recommend adding cilantro or garlic to give the flavor a little something extra.
8. Ice cream sandwiches
Let’s say you’re super pressed for time, but want to create something that still says 4th of July. Try making red, white and blue ice cream sandwiches. Simply buy the already made ice cream sandwiches at your local grocery store, sprinkles in patriotic colors and Popsicle sticks (optional). Cut each sandwich in half, roll them in the sprinkles and you’re ready!
9. Chocolate and popcorn
Combine the sweet and savory flavors of M&M’s and popcorn to make a patriotic concoction. Use only the blue and red M&M’s (of course), buttery popcorn and you can also drizzle the mix with red, white and blue chocolate and a few sprinkles.
10. Jello parfaits
And last, but certainly not least, 4th of July themed jello parfaits. HoosierHomemade.com shares their recipe in “4th of July Treat: Jello Parfaits.” If you want to get really fancy and use mason jars to hold the parfaits, go for it. If that isn’t a realistic concept for you, go ahead and use plastic cups instead. As someone who has made these before, I promise you it’s a super easy, yet delicious, treat that people will love!
What are some other 4th of July themed foods you like to make – or eat! – at parties? Let us know in the comments.