7 Independence Day treats the kids can (almost!) whip up without you

No need to get fussy this Fourth of July. We’ve found seven patriotic snacks that are super cute, festive and easy to make. So easy, your kids can do most of the work, leaving you to celebrate your sweet independence! -Stacie

Star Spangled Marshmallow Pops on Cool Mom Picks

These Star-Spangled Marshmallow Pops (above) from My Sister’s Suitcase are adorable and perfect for the younger set. Dip in chocolate, then roll in sprinkles: almost as exciting as fireworks!

Fourth of July Marshmallow Pops on Cool Mom Picks

If you can’t get your hands on star-shaped marshmallows, try these 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Wenderly. You should be able to pick up red and blue candy melts at your supermarket or local craft store. If not, there’s always Amazon Prime.

Candy Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches on Cool Mom Picks

If you prefer ice cream sandwiches to marshmallows (or want to serve both), these Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches from Taste of Home are the way to go. Same principle: dip in chocolate or candy melts, roll in sprinkles, dazzle your guests.  

Fourth of July Pretzel Sparklers on Cool Mom Picks

You can also dip and roll to make these 4th of July Pretzel “Sparklers” from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Adorable, right?

Watermelon and Blueberry Flag on Cool Mom Picks

Want a red-white-and-blue treat minus the Red 40? No problem! It can’t get easier–or cuter–than this Watermelon and Blueberry Flag snack, spied on Lisa Storms. Having a party? Give the kids a platter to make a big version, or have them plate a bunch of little flags for individual guests as a patriotic amuse bouche. Fancy, eh?

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Stars on Cool Mom Picks

You can skip our national colors all together and get star-spangled with these Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Stars from Cheeky Kitchen. Sure, you’ll need to help with these, but kids can certainly toss the freshly fried tortilla stars in cinnamon sugar. (I’m thinking you might be able to bake these, too.) Yum.

American Flag Cake on Cool Mom Picks

I can’t help myself: If you’re willing to help, I must include this gorgeous Flag Cake from Deb at Smitten Kitchen. If your kids are little, you’ll have to make the batter and bake the cake. But kids of any age can get decorating with fresh berries and powdered sugar. Happy Fourth!

Stacie

Stacie Billis is a popular food blogger known for focus on nutrition and organics, and her non-judgy approach that does not preclude Nutella.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 8, 2013

    Karen in Ireland

    Thanks for these ideas. As a fun thing and to get the kids to sit in front of the laptop on skype for longer than 2mins to our family in America, we made the marshmallows and the kids eat them whilst we skyped :-)

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