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  • Published on Jun 21, 2017
    Top Fourth of July Party Treats

    Planning a great Fourth of July party with the perfect red, white and blue treats can be overwhelming, especially if you are short on time. We have rounded up some of the most mouthwatering and easy to make party treats just for you!


    Firecracker Popcorn

    Love the way Pop Rocks crackles and pop in your mouth? When you add it to popcorn, the mix will be like a fireworks party in your mouth. The sweet and salty flavor combos are unbeatable.



    1 bag of plain microwave popcorn, popped

    1 square of melted white chocolate

    2 Pop Rocks packets (Red and Blue colors would be ideal)



    1. In a large bowl, drizzle the melted white almond bark over the popcorn and stir well until popcorn in evenly coated.

    2. Stir in Pop Rocks until it is mixed throughout the popcorn.

    3. On a baking sheet, spread the popcorn mixture out in a single layer. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes or until almond bark has hardened. Serve.


    Flag Fruit Pizza

    The patriotic pizza may look like a work of art, but it only takes 20 minutes to prep! The guilt-free dessert is made with a Pillsbury crust, topped with yogurt and decorated with bananas, blueberries and strawberries.



    1 Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet

    2 cartons (8 oz total) vanilla or greek yogurt

    3 cups of blueberries

    3 bananas

    1 pound strawberries

     Powdered sugar for dusting



    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

    2. On a greased baking sheet, lay out the Crescent Seamless Dough Sheet to make a rectangle. (Gently shape the edges if need be, and push down the corners so that they do not flare up.) Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked and lightly golden. Remove and let cool to room temperature. Dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired.

    3. Spread the yogurt on top of the dough sheet so that the entire pizza is covered, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the outside. Place the blueberries all around the outside to make a border, and then fill in the upper-right quadrant with a rectangle of blueberries.

    4. On a cutting board, slice the strawberries and bananas into thin coins, and halve them if needed so that they are about the same size. Layer the strawberries and bananas onto the pizza to make red and white stripes.

    5. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a few hours.


    Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

    A light and fluffy angel food cake combined with white chocolate pudding, whipped cream and fresh berries give this trifle a patriotic flare. A heavenly mixed berry trifle made with summer fresh blueberries, strawberries, white chocolate pudding, angel food cake and whipped cream.



    10 oz angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes

    2 pints strawberries, sliced

    2 pints blueberries


    For the Cream Filling:

    6 tbsp fat-free sweetened condensed milk

    1 ½ cups cold water

    1 (4 oz) package white chocolate or cheesecake instant pudding mix

    12 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed



    Whisk the condensed milk and water in a bowl. Whisk in the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; fold in the whipped topping.


    Arrange half of the cake in the bottom of a 14-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Spread half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread (I piped it using a plastic bag and cut the corner off). Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then add more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a pretty pattern. Cover and refrigerate at least one 1 hour.


    Red Velvet Fourth of July Cupcakes

    These red velvet cupcakes are not only our favorite, but they are a perfect Fourth of July dessert with the whipped cream topping with blueberries on top. You can also play around with the decorations by topping the cupcakes with raspberries and sprinkles for more red, white and blue!




    Red Velvet Cake:

    1 box red velvet cake mix

    3 eggs

    ⅓ cup oil

    1 cup milk

    ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt

    2 tsp. Vanilla extract


    Whipped Cream Topping:

    8 oz. cream cheese, cold

    1 cup powdered sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 pint heavy whipping cream, cold

     Blueberries for decoration



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.

    2. Sift cake mix into a large bowl.

    3. Add eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.

    4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

    5. Let cool.

    6. Whipped Cream Topping: Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer (make sure bowl is cold), beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add in heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form.

    7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with blueberries to give a red, white and blue look!


    Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa

    This fresh fruit salsa has a sweet flavor from the strawberries and blueberries and a refreshing crunch from the jicama. Add some cilantro, red onion and lime to make this easy and delicious party snack. Add this festive Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa to your 4th of July menu! And if you can’t wait until the 4th, no worries. It is a great snack for any summer day.



    1 cup fresh blueberries

    1 cup diced strawberries

    1 cup diced jicama

    1/3 cup chopped cilantro

    1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

    2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded

    Juice of 1 large lime

    Salt, to taste

    Tortilla chips, for serving



    In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature or chilled.


    Note-this salsa is also great with grilled fish or chicken. It is best eaten the day it is made.


    Flag Dessert

    Take a big tray, some yogurt covered pretzels and fresh fruit to make this clever and cute party platter. Spread each fruits and pretzels into separate rows make a flag shape. A bowl of blueberries at the top left corner complete the look.



    5-6 cups of red fresh fruit

    2 cups of blueberries

    3 cups of yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels



    Wash fresh fruit and dry. Lay out fruit and pretzels to represent the flag stripes, and place a small bowl of blueberries on the top left.


    4th of July Rice Krispies Balls

    Rice Krispies cereal, butter, marshmallows and white melting chocolate is all you need to make this delicious bite-sized snack.  Add some red, white and blue sprinkles for the perfect topping.



    6 cups rice krispy cereal

    3 Tbsp. salted butter

    40 regular-sized marshmallows

    16 oz. white melting chocolate

    Red, white, and blue sprinkles



    1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter and marshmallows and heat over medium heat. Stir until there are only a few lumps of marshmallows left and butter is completely melted.

    2. Add the rice krispies and stir until the krispies are completely coated.

    3. Roll rice krispies into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper.

    4. When all the krispies are rolled, melt chocolate according to package directions.

    5. Dip the krispy treats in the chocolate and place back on the wax paper.

    6. Before the chocolate hardens all the way, shake some sprinkles on top and then let sit until chocolate is hard.


    Brownie and Fruit Kebabs

    Have fun with this clever idea to dress up kebabs with brownies, marshmallows and fruit. This recipe is a perfect dessert that requires minimal effort but has maximum taste.








    Fudge Sauce to drizzle on top



    1. Start with a pan of baked and cooled brownies (preferably thrown in the refrigerator to chill and firm up to glorious decadent proportions),

    2. Choose a few other kebab-worthy items, such as fruit (strawberries and blueberries in this case), marshmallows, etc – the sky's the limit here,

    3. Thread the brownies and fruit onto the skewers, drizzle with chocolate sauce if desired (why not??) and eat.


    Happy Independence Day from Carson City RV!

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