Whatever your Independence Day plans, chances are there’s food involved. The holiday traditionally ends with a bang: fireworks. So make sure your holiday meal ends with a similar bang: dessert!
Here are some ideas for a festive holiday desserts, to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
Ice Cream - Want a dessert that’s quick, easy and refreshing? Simply mix and match ice creams or sorbets that are red, white and blue. Choices include strawberry ice cream or raspberry sorbet, blueberry ice cream, and vanilla ice cream or coconut sorbet.
Cupcakes - These small, single-serving treats have been all the rage in recent years. Simply pick up your favorite cupcakes, or better yet, make them from scratch. Get cupcakes with vanilla or another white frosting, or add the frosting yourself. Cream cheese is a delicious variation that will give you cupcakes added zest. Then top with blueberries and strawberries. As an extra bonus, berries are fresh, in season, and delicious in July.
Cake - Want a dessert center piece? Try a 4th of July cake instead. Make or choose a rectangular cake, so that you – or the kids – can decorate it like an American flag. Top left, create your star field: blueberries or blackberries are a tasty, fun way to make stars. For stripes, use raspberries or sliced strawberries, alternating with whipped cream or bananas for white stripes.
Pie - Few desserts are considered as American as pie. Make a berry pie with blue or red berries, then top it with berries of the other color. For white, try whipped cream, or top your pie with vanilla ice cream, for a star-spangled salute, a la mode.
Shortcake – Often overlooked, shortcake can be a tasteful alternative because it’s less sweet than most desserts. Simply pick up your favorite shortcake, or better yet make it – be creative and make it in the shape of stars. Then decorate with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream for a red, white and blue summer treat.
Parfaits – A uniquely delicious treat, layered parfaits are the perfect way to make a colorful desertUse blueberries , or dark berry jam or sorbet for the blue layer. For red, try raspberries, cherry jam, or strawberry ice cream. As for white, use vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or try sweetened cream cheese for a unique take.
Popsicles – For kids of all ages, popsicles are an awesome treat for a hot summer day. For a healthy dessert, use fruit juices such as cranberry (red) and grape (blue). Pour in one layer at a time, let it freeze, and repeat. For white, allow some vanilla ice cream to soften just enough to pour into molds, then freeze and enjoy.
Sprinkles – Red, white and blue sprinkles are an easy way to give any desert a patriotic look. Put them on cookies or cupcakes. Or drizzle them on the vanilla sides of ice cream sandwiches for a unique treat.
Berries – Start with blueberries, then choose from a wide variety of red berries such as raspberries or strawberries. Then decorate with whipped cream. For a fun alternative, melt some white chocolate, and dip your berries. Let them harden – and enjoy!
About the Author
This is a guest post by Mark Lynch. Mark recommends reading more about dessert ideas, tips, and recipes at Chefs.edu.