With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the family festivities. What better idea than an outdoor excursion with America-themed foods to enjoy while fireworks explode overhead? These patriotic picnic eats will have your guests singing “America the Beautiful” with their mouths full.
Betsy Ross Bundt Cake
Bundt cakes are rich on their own, but with a steady hand and little creative decorating they can be used as a springboard for a kids’ history lesson. Split your batter into three sections. Use food dye to dye one third red and one third blue. Starting with red, gently spoon alternating layers of each color batter into the bundt pan. After the cake is baked, frost the top with red, white and blue frosting.
Stars & Stripes Parfait
Fill each container with alternating layers of red berries, blueberries, granola and vanilla yogurt. Then, blend blueberries with vanilla yogurt. Stir white chocolate chips into the blue yogurt and top off your parfait with an American flag toothpick. Celebratory snack food has never been so deliciously decadent.
American Flag Fruit Skewers
These cute little American flag fruit skewers have only three ingredients, bananas, strawberries and blueberries. And of course, you will need some wooden skewers. Start off by threading 6 little blueberries on five of the skewers. Alternate strawberry and banana pieces to complete. Present on a white plate for extra effect.
Star Spangled Finger Sandwiches
All you need to make these tasty lunchables is a star-shaped cookie cutter and your favorite sandwich fixings. Simply make your desired sandwich, place onto a cutting board, and cut out your star-shaped sandwiches. Use American flag toothpicks to pin the finger sandwiches together. A good tip: use cutting scraps to fill the next sandwich and keep waste down.
White chocolate, blue sprinkles, and red berries combine in this perfectly patriotic summertime treat! These red, white, and blue strawberries are a variation on traditional chocolate-dipped strawberries and are perfect for the 4th of July.
Patriotic Pretzel Sticks
Food dye goes a long way for most holiday-themed snacks, and the Fourth of July is obviously no different. Melt three bowls of white chocolate. Add red food coloring to one, blue food coloring to another and leave one white. Dip your pretzels halfway into the white chocolate, then into the blue. Place white star sprinkles on the blue and drizzle the red chocolate in lines over the white. It’s a sweet and salty American treat. This one is so easy, you can even let the kids help.
Create a delicious and nutritious patriotic American flag salad. Layer a white serving tray with arugula then create your flag with cubed watermelon, feta and blueberries. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.
In layers, pour 1/2 ounce grenadine, 1/2 ounce Crème de Cacao (White), then 1/2 ounce Blue Curacao.