Independence Day is all about fireworks, friends, family, and food. A few of those things might get crossed off your list this year due to COVID-19, but you can still enjoy the holiday. Instead of hanging out with friends watching the fireworks at Huntington Beach or the parade in Anaheim Hills, you can have a Fourth of July bash at home with your family while enjoying good, festive food. Try one or all of these Independence Day-inspired treats, and you may find you have a new Fourth of July tradition to enjoy.
1. American Flag Sheet Cake
This patriotic cake has got plenty of style and flavor to please every palate. Reviewed by nearly 200 people and rated five stars, this sheet cake recipe is an absolute hit. You can use just about anything red and blue for the stars and stripes, but you’ll love the healthy, fresh touch of fruit if you have it. Grab some raspberries and blueberries or strawberries and blackberries and customize the cake as you please.
2. French Toast Casserole
Start your Independence Day with a bang with this colorful twist on French toast. This blueberry strawberry French toast casserole with homemade whipped cream is easier than it looks, and you can even get a bit done before the big day. Start the night before so that the egg custard mixture can soak into the bread. In the morning, pop it into the oven, and voilà! You have yourself the perfect Fourth of July breakfast dish.
3. Patriotic Popsicles
The July heat can kill your festive mood, but these cold red, white, and blue popsicles will keep you in the partying mood. Any picky eater in your family will gladly try one of these frozen concoctions, and they might not even notice that you snuck some fruit in. In lieu of lighting fireworks, your kids can have an icy, colorful sweet that resembles firecrackers. Give them a few to munch on throughout the day, and they will be happy campers.
4. Popcorn Mixed with Dried Fruit
Your Fourth of July spread may not have much in the category of health food, but this snack can lighten things up a little. This popcorn mixed with dried fruit is a delight, and you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating it. Pop some kernels and mix them with dried cranberries and blueberries. You can easily adapt this recipe to be as healthy (or not) as you wish. Follow the directions and add butter, honey, and maple syrup, or ditch the sugary sauce and simply pour melted coconut oil on your corn.
5. Homemade Corn Dogs
Is it really a Fourth of July celebration if you don’t have a barbecue and greasy food? These homemade corn dogs may not be red, white, or blue, but they will prevent you from reminiscing about last year’s Fourth of July barbecue bash you had with the entire neighborhood. Consider throwing some grass-fed beef patties on the grill and having a side of potato salad to make the meal complete.
Display your patriotism—and then eat it—with one of these red, white, and blue foods. Your Fourth of July will be a delicious holiday to remember. Snap a pic, share it on social, and tag us at #SummerCrest. Happy Fourth!