One of the best ways to celebrate Independence Day is through the creation and consumption of 4th of July treats. If you want to make the holiday feel a bit more special, though, you can always bring the whole family into the kitchen and make delicious food together. Making simple yet delicious treats with your kids is a memory they will cherish forever.
Tasty and Festive 4th of July Treats for Kids
The Fourth of July is a holiday best celebrated with friends and family. You can have a backyard barbecue, watch movies together, and end the night by watching a gorgeous fireworks display. Kids, in particular, love this holiday because they get to experience all the fun and excitement with their families. To make the holiday truly memorable for your kids, consider including them in the prep.
Here are the best kid-friendly July 4th treats you can make with your little ones.
If you’re looking for simple yet sweet 4th of July recipes for kids, these chocolate-covered pretzels are always a crowd-pleaser.
- 1 pack pretzel sticks or rods
- 1 pack candy melts drizzle pouch, white
- Chocolate candy discs (in red, white, and blue)
- Star sprinkles, white
- Place the red and white candy discs in separate bowls. Heat the bowls in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each time, until the discs melt all the way.
- Separate the pretzel sticks or rods into two batches. For the first batch, dip each pretzel halfway into the white candy melts. Do the same for the second batch but into the red candy melts. Set aside to harden.
- Melt the blue candy discs in the same way as the red and white discs. Working one at a time, dip the covered pretzels into the blue candy melts halfway down the first layer of white or red. Sprinkle white stars onto the blue layer while it’s still wet. Set aside to harden.
- Melt the white drizzle pouch and pipe stripes onto the red layers of each pretzel. Let harden.
- Take the rest of the red candy melts and place them into a piping bag. Pipe stripes onto the white layers of each pretzel. Let harden.
These marshmallow pops are one of the best patriotic desserts 4th of July has to offer.
- Large marshmallows
- Red, white, and blue candy melts
- Skewers or cake pop sticks
- Stick 3-4 marshmallows on each skewer or stick.
- Melt the candy melts in separate bowls according to the package instructions.
- Dip each stick of marshmallows into the bowl of red candy melts, coating completely. Let harden.
- Pour the blue and white candy melts into separate piping bags. Drizzle them over the hardened red layer. Let harden.
These patriotic monster cookies are the perfect 4th of July treats to make with your kids.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 24 oz peanut butter
- 6 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp white Karo syrup
- 4 tsp baking soda
- 9 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 lb red/blue chocolate candies or Patriotic M&M’s
- 1/2 lb chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup pecans, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a blender, mix the peanut butter, shortening, and two sugars. Add the eggs, syrup, vanilla, and baking soda. Blend again.
- Stir in the oatmeal, candies, chocolate chips, and pecans (optional).
- As an optional step, refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 12 hours.
- Scoop the cookie dough and place them onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Who says that 4th of July treats all need to be sweet? This patriotic pasta salad is the way to go if you want something savory.
- 4 cups cooked bow tie pasta, dyed blue
- 1 cup cooked star-shaped pasta
- 5 thin slices of mozzarella cheese, cut into star shapes
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 20 cherry or grape tomatoes cut into slices
- 1/2 cup mini pepperonis or large pepperonis cut into star shapes
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Set aside 5 to 7 mozzarella star slices.
- In a large bowl, combine the two kinds of pasta and stir.
- Mix the balsamic vinaigrette, salt, grated parmesan, and garlic in a separate bowl.
- Pour the salad dressing over the pasta. Add the rest of the ingredients. Toss to combine.
- Top the pasta salad with the leftover mozzarella star slices before serving.
Rice Krispie treats are a classic kid-friendly snack. Put a 4th of July spin on them with this recipe!
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, divided
- 16 oz marshmallows, divided
- 3 tbsp margarine or butter, divided
- Food coloring, red and blue/turquoise
- Divide the marshmallows into three microwave-safe bowls.
- Add 1 tbsp of margarine into each bowl before placing the marshmallows into the microwave. Heat for a few minutes or until the marshmallows puff up.
- Remove the marshmallows from the microwave and stir well. Add the blue food coloring to the first bowl and the red food coloring to the second bowl. Leave the last one with no food coloring.
- Add 2 cups of Rice Krispies into each bowl with the melted marshmallows. Stir well.
- Press the blue layer of Rice Krispies into the bottom of a greased 9×9 pan. Press the layer of Rice Krispies with no food coloring on top of that and then the red layer at the top.
- Allow the treat to set before cutting and serving.
There are many classic Fourth of July-themed desserts, but this cupcake top recipe is a cut above the rest.
- 24 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes baked and cooled
- 1 can 16 ounces of vanilla frosting (or vanilla frosting from scratch)
- Blue food coloring
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- 12-24 strawberries or raspberries
- Bake and cool the cupcakes according to the directions on the package.
- Dye the frosting blue before placing it into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip.
- Place the cool whip into a ziploc or sandwich bag. Cut the tip.
- Frost the cupcakes by starting with a layer of blue frosting before piping cool whip on top.
- Top each cupcake with half or a full strawberry or raspberry before serving.
When it comes to 4th of July treats, you can never go wrong with a tried-and-tested dirt cup.
- 2 boxes Cheesecake Pudding (3.4 ounces)
- 4 cups Milk
- 19 Oreo Cookies, crushed
- 1/4 tsp red gel food dye
- 1/4 tsp blue gel food dye
- 8 red and blue gummy worms
- 4 flag toppers
- 4 plastic dessert cups
- Add the two boxes of pudding and milk into a bowl. Whisk until the pudding turns into a thick consistency.
- Divide the pudding into separate bowls: 1 cup into one bowl and 1 1/2 cups into another. Set the rest of the pudding aside.
- Dye the 1 cup pudding blue and the 1 1/2 cups pudding red. Make sure to stir well to get rid of any color streaks.
- Place 1 tbsp of crushed Oreo cookies into the bottom of each dessert cup. Create an even layer.
- Place 2 tbsps of blue pudding on top of the Oreo cookie layer. Spread evenly.
- Add another tbsp of crushed Oreo cookies on top of the blue layer. Spread evenly.
- Add 3 tbsps of white pudding on top of the Oreo cookies layer. Spread evenly.
- Add 1 1/2 tbsps of crushed Oreo cookies again on top of the white layer. Spread evenly.
- Add 4 tbsps of red pudding on top of the Oreo cookies layer. Spread evenly.
- Add 2 tbsps of crushed Oreo cookies on top of the red layer.
- Top each dessert cup with two gummy worms and a flag topper.
An Unforgettably Yummy Independence Day
When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, 4th of July treats are a staple. These treats, though, don’t have to be boring or bland. Creating festive yet mouthwatering dishes with your kids can add some excitement to the experience. It’s a great way for your little ones to get involved in the prep work and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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