Fourth of July-inspired Desserts for Your Holiday Party

Fourth of July-inspired Desserts for Your Holiday Party

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What’s not to love about Independence Day? First, it’s the celebration of the birth of our nation. Second, there are fireworks. Third, we get the chance to gather with friends and family to celebrate America as it was meant to be celebrated—with a cookout.

If you’re throwing a patriotic party this year, we’ve got a few ideas for Fourth of July-themed desserts that are all decked out in red, white and blue. They’re sweet, tasty and beautiful—and they’re a blast to make. Serve them up and watch your guests’ faces light up over desserts that are as much a delight to the eyes as they are the taste buds. Here are a few ideas to inspire your creativity.

Red, White and Blue Floats
Whipping up a batch of red, white and blue floats is about as easy as it gets for a Fourth of July dessert. Choose plain old vanilla ice cream for the white section. For blue, try to find a blue soda, such as Big Red’s Big Blue soda or Jones Blue Bubblegum soda. Top it with strawberry syrup, and your patriotic float is complete. This recipe shows you how.

Patriotic Jello Salad
A red, white and blue Jello salad is a sight to see. Because the Jello and cream allow for layers, the result a beautiful dish of striking colors. Blueberries and strawberries add a little texture to bite into in this recipe that’s also a breeze to make. If you prefer individual Jello cups, this alternative recipe is for you.

Cherry Berry American Pie
Taking the patriotic dessert options up a notch is the Cherry Berry American Pie, a culinary rendition of the good old stars and stripes. So amazing is this Fourth-inspired dessert that you’ll have to resist the urge to stand up and salute before slicing into it and serving a piece with a scoop of ice cream.

Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake
Take an off-the-shelf box of cake mix, ready-made frosting and a little food coloring with a few colorful sprinkles, and you’ve got all you need for a Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake that looks like the dessert version of a fireworks show. Everyone will marvel at your baking skills, but it’s actually quite easy to make with this guide.

Red White and Blue Homemade Neapolitan Ice Cream
You can’t beat the flavor of ice cream when it’s homemade. By making three flavors—one strawberry, one vanilla and one blueberry—and layering each flavor in a loaf pan, you can make your own patriotic Neapolitan ice cream. This beautiful culinary creation can be eaten as-is or sandwiched between two Mother Rucker’s Chocolate Chippies for a patriotic ice cream sandwich.