20 American Flag-Themed Foods to Salute (Then Eat!)

06/25/2014 at 06:46 PM ET
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FLAG FEAST!

This Independence Day, you can fly a flag and eat one, too!

These 20 ideas turn everything from candy bars to Jell-O shots into a tasty tribute to America. Serve any of these at your barbecue and you’ll get more oohs and aahs than the fireworks show.

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SANDWICH COOKIES

O’ say can you see… how perfect it is to use cookies for a flag dessert? Blogger Megan of The Pink Flour used red, white and blue chocolate candy melts (available in grocery stores and online) to coat round sandwich cookies and create the patriotic display. The flag travels well, too. “I love this as a treat to bring to a party,” Megan says, “because once the chocolate hardens, you can stack the cookies — putting wax paper between the layers — for easy transport.”

Get the RecipeChocolate-Dipped American Flag

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FRUIT TART

We pledge allegiance to this delectable tart that will most certainly rank as one of the prettiest desserts at the picnic. Sarah Marie of dessert blog Sweetsonian used Smitten Kitchen‘s dough recipe but filled the finished tart with her own festive touches: raspberries, blueberries and vanilla whipped cream.

Get the Recipe: Star-Spangled Tart


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DOUGHNUTS

For Beth from cooking blog The First Year, making flag doughnuts “seems like a much better way to celebrate our country than dressing up like Uncle Sam.” Instead of dressing herself, she dressed the sweets! Use a squeeze bottle or piping bag to make the stripes.

Get the Recipe: American Flag Donuts

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CAKE

Thanks to the Plain Chicken blog, all you need to make this colorful confection is a white cake mix, frosting, food dye, sprinkles and a serrated knife (for cutting layers). You’ll have the most patriotic cake at your neighborhood barbecue!

Get the Recipe: American Flag Cake

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PIZZA

Show your support of veggies with this savory take on Old Glory. The pizza, from the blog Austin360, is loaded with plum tomatoes and spinach (the latter stepping up to the plate as a “blue” vegetable).

Get the Recipe: Pizza Flag

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WATERMELON

Why use a fruit salad bowl when you can use a watermelon-turned-flag? That’s what Nita from VegetableFruitCarving.com (yes, that’s a website!) did. After scooping out the insides to hold fruit, she created red and white strips by shaving off various degrees of the rind. The stars? Jicama!

Get the Recipe: Red White and Blue 4th of July Watermelon Bowl Salad

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SUGAR COOKIES

No fancy gourmet toppings for this sugar-cookie cutie. Instead, Sara from the blog Our Best Bites decorated the treats with M&Ms in Independence Day colors. Her time-saving secret? Press store-bought sugar cookie dough into a pan, bake and cut into squares. That way, you can put all of your effort into decorating!

Get the Recipe: Flag Cookies

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CUPCAKES

Enlist your little ones to help you decorate these cupcakes, created by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, which have good-for-you DNA thanks to applesauce, egg whites and reduced-fat cream cheese. Complementing the blueberry “stars” are red stripes made from kiddie-approved rolled fruit snacks.

Get the Recipe: Wave the Flag Cupcakes

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JELL-O SHOTS

These Jell-O shots are wholesome because of the theme, right? Well, maybe not — but they are a fun add to an adults-only snack table. Fill small, clear plastic cups with red and blue gelatin (probably made with vodka, although you don’t have to spike them) to re-create the flag; for the white stripes and the stars, use whipped cream.

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RICE CEREAL TREATS

What better way to honor America’s birthday than with a classic American dessert? The colorful coating is three different flavors of Airheads candy.

Get the Recipe: 4th of July Flag Treats

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CANDY BARS

Bite into this tri-colored beauty and fireworks may go off — who would ever expect a chocolate bar to be so cleverly colorful? Jana Erwin, a contributor to SheKnows.com, created this candy-cookie sensation using blue-tinted nougat and a striped cookie, all covered in dark chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Star Spangled Banner Bars

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FRUIT SKEWERS

Not a baker? Not a problem. This simple, refreshing dessert on a stick (strawberries, blueberries and bananas) requires nothing more than scoring the fruit on wooden skewers and assembling them in a flag pattern.

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CAKE POPS

Stars and stripes forever? Not likely when you serve these luscious cake pops (covered in colored chocolate) from blog Bee in Our Bonnet. They’ll be gone before you can say, “Happy Fourth of July!”

Get the Recipe: Patriotic Pops

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MARSHMALLOWS

Red, white and chew! These flags, made with “stacker” marshmallows and edible marker ink, take only 10 minutes to make. Amy of lifestyle blog Living Locurto created a batch with her young daughter, who loved making and eating them!

Get the Recipe: American Flag Marshmallow Pops

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PIE

“Not many things are more American than a pie…except maybe a pie that looks like the American flag,” says blogger Sarah of The Winthrop Chronicles. She used a combination of fresh fruit and pie filling (cherry, blueberry and strawberry) to fill her baked banner.

Get the Recipe: American Flag Pie

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TOAST

At breakfast, stylist Emily Henson got a delicious dose of national spirit by “flagifying” a piece of toast with cream cheese, strawberry jam and strategically placed bananas and blueberries. Bonus: This one’s simple enough for kitchen-loving kids to tackle.

Get the Recipe: 4th of July Breakfast

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CHEESECAKE BARS

We salute All You magazine for creating these creamy cheesecake bars with an elegantly simple design. A neat quintuplet of blueberries represent the stars, while thin lines of seedless raspberry jelly, piped from a plastic sandwich bag, stand in for the stripes.

Get the Recipe: American Flag Cheesecake Bars

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FRUIT PLATTER

This is proof that even a simple fruit and cheese platter can be a symbol of pride when it’s cleverly arranged. Use white cheese, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries to create this tasty tribute to America the Beautiful.

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WAFFLE

A waffle’s signature squares are usually reserved for melted butter and maple syrup, but on July 4 fill them with a patriotic-colored fruit trio — strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Drizzle maple syrup over the top for a sweet start to your day.

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COOKIE PIZZA

We’re sure our forefathers would have happily dug into this dessert, even with the pizza flag’s nontraditional blueberry “star” border! Blogger Sabby in Suburbia used refrigerated cookie dough, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping to make the sugary treat.

Get the Recipe: Flag Fruit Pizza

—Nancy Mattia

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DaisyMoon on

For #2…if you buy a very inexpensive mold from spinningleaf(dot)com, the plain ones (standard sandwich cookie mold), the chocolate on your cookies would look perfect and neat…
They have a tutorial on their site…
Super easy, super cheap, and look totally professional!

People on

Ain’t nobody got time for that

台灣大樂透 on

Wonderful article, thank You !!

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