From family backyard BBQs and fireworks, there is no shortage of Fourth of July activities. But, let’s be real: the best part about America’s Independence Day is the food. Turn your parties into a fun red, blue, and star-sprinkled occasion with Insta-worthy dessert that can be easily whipped up in no time. We have rounded up two delectable desserts that will surely liven up your party.
American Flag Fruit Tray
For those who are trying to keep things healthy, this refreshing twist on the fruit tray will surely be a smash hit!
- 5-6 cups of red fresh fruit (raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon)
- 2 cups of blueberries
- 3 cups of yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels
Step 1. Wash fresh fruit and let it dry
Step 2. Lay out the fruit and pretzels to look like stripes on a serving platter
Step 3. Place a small bowl of blueberries on the top left
S’mores are a summertime staple, and these have an Americana flair just for the 4th. Take some time with the kids to spruce up those classic marshmallows, and then enjoy with the whole family under a sky of fireworks.
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce packets)
- 1¼ cup water, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Gel food coloring (red and blue)
- Graham Crackers
- Chocolate bars
DIRECTIONS – MAKES 15-20 SQUARE MARSHMALLOWS
Step 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the powdered unflavored gelatin with ¾ cup cold water. Let sit.
Step 2. In a small-sized pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and remaining ½ cup of water. Heat over medium and bring to a boil. Once boiling, raise heat to high and cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees.
Step 3. Completely cover the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with a solid layer of powdered sugar. Have three bowls and three spoons ready before whipping the marshmallow.
Step 4. Turn the stand mixer to low and carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin. Turn the speed up to high and whip for 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla and mix till combined.
Step 5. Once you have whipped the mixture, quickly pour ¼ of the mixture into one small bowl and add blue gel food coloring, ¼ of the mixture into another and add red food coloring, and leave ½ of the mixture white. Work quickly as the mixture will set fast.
Step 7. Pour blobs of the 3 different colored marshmallows randomly into the dish till the dish is full and all of the marshmallows are in the dish. Try to keep the white between the blue and red.
Step 8. Using a stick of any kind (a chopstick works perfectly), begin to swirl the colors into each other, careful not to completely mix the colors together. (This is the fun part! Every batch will be different.)
Step 9. With the fine mesh sieve, cover generously with powdered sugar and flatten the surface with your hands. Let sit uncovered overnight to set.
Step 10. Run a knife along the edges. Remove the marshmallows from the pan and cut them into squares. (Dust with powdered sugar to reduce stickiness.)
Step 11. Roast a marshmallow over the fire (or use a microwave or an Electric S’mores Maker if you don’t have a fire) and sandwich with a chocolate bar and two graham crackers.
Add some red, white, and blue to your delicious spread (at least till you gorge on them) this Fourth of July. Make this day slightly different with these recipes and take loads of pictures to capture the special moments. Share your pictures with us by tagging #AllAtJCP. Then, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you are featured.