Happy Independence Day week to my fellow Americans!

I am a total sucker for holiday-themed food and recipes. The Target dollar aisle and seasonal section often prove to be the death of my budget, because I can’t resist the Candy Cane Oreos, the Reese’s Eggs, or the pink-and-red heart-shaped bunting that makes the perfect Pinteresting backdrop.

The 4th of July is no exception, although I often find that there are less recipes to choose from than I’d like. I don’t just want red and blue Jell-O Jigglers (although I consumed my fair share of those as a kid!); I want something unique. Cute, but tasty. Patriotic, but not from a boxed mix.

Here are a few recipes of my own that I’ve enjoyed in the past:

PRETZEL SPARKLERS

Pretzel Sparklers | Get Sweet Smart

 

PRETZEL SPARKLER CUPCAKES

Pretzel Sparkler Cupcakes | Get Sweet Smart

 

BERRY YOGURT PARFAITS

Berry Yogurt Parfaits | Get Sweet Smart

 

BLUE RASPBERRY CUPCAKES

Blue Raspberry Cupcakes | Get Sweet Smart

 

LAYERED STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT

Layered Strawberry Pretzel Dessert | Get Sweet Smart

 

EASY GLAZED FRUIT PIZZA (Bonus if you decorate it like an American flag with strawberries and blueberries!)

Easy Glazed Fruit Pizza | Get Sweet Smart

 

HEALTHIER BROCCOLI SALAD (Leave out the broccoli itself and double the cauliflower if you’re going for a strict red and green theme!)

Healthier Broccoli Salad | Get Sweet Smart

 

SPICY RESTAURANT-STYLE SALSA

Spicy Restaurant-Style Salsa | Get Sweet Smart

 

BERRY BURST ICE CREAM OREO CUPCAKES (Add more red food coloring to the frosting or even a layer of blue! And use any red- or white-filled Oreos you can find this time of year.)

Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreo Cupcakes | Get Sweet Smart

 

And here’s my Pinboard of other red, white and blue ideas I have yet to try!

What are YOU eating this July 4th?

Happy Independence Day everyone! And a special thank you to those who serve and have served to keep our country safe and provide the freedom we all enjoy! ❤🇺🇸


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