It seems every time I’m gearing up for a holiday, I think that specific holiday just may be my favorite. But, then the next holiday comes along and I start thinking the same thing all over again. Honestly though, the Fourth of July is different. It truly is one of my favorite holidays not only for the love of my country, but also because of my obsession of the American flag.
Anything patriotic, I’m all over the red, white and blue. And, being that food is centered around every holiday, for the Fourth, I always incorporate patriotic themed eats that are fun to eat, kids love, are delicious, and more importantly easy to make. These special Fourth of July treats only look complicated to create, but oh so easy. Here’s how:
For the Strawberry Bomb Fizz, in a goblet or lowball glass, pour seltzer half way. Add one tablespoon strawberry preserves, followed by a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top the drink off with a couple blueberries and you have a refreshing sweet drink.
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes can easily be the star of the show and they start out with a boxed cake mix. I chose a white cake mix, but whatever flavor you want, works. Follow the package instructions and pour the cake batter in to ice cream cones, filling three quarters of the way up. Bake according to cupcake directions. Let the cake cones cool. Fill a Ziploc bag with white frosting (again, mine was store bought), and push the frosting to one corner of the bag. Twist the top tightly to make a pastry bag, and cut the very edge of the corner to make the pastry tip. Pipe the frosting on to each cone, forming the shape of soft serve ice cream. Sprinkle with patriotic sprinkles and top with a cherry. So cute, so fun, and so easy.
In addition to watermelon, strawberries are a must have for the Fourth of July. These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are almost too pretty to eat.
For each strawberry, cut the stem off and lay it flat on a plate. Cut an X in each strawberry, being careful not to cut all the way through. Using the same technique I described above for a makeshift pastry bag, fill the bag with cheesecake frosting. Carefully separate the quartered strawberry and pipe the frosting down the center. Top each filled strawberry with a blueberry. Arranged on a patriotic platter, these can be served at room temperature, chilled or even slightly frozen, which is my preferred way of serving.
This Fourth of July, let your guests only think that you worked tirelessly on these delicious and pretty treats. Only you will be the wiser.
Have a very safe and Happy Fourth of July!