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It’s a holiday! There will be no dieting or calorie counting today. Put down the iPhone and pick up a martini glass because I’m going to give you a few recipes for sweet treats and delicious drinks to get you through your 4th of July party plans!

Declaration Drinks

Here’s what you’ll need:
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Star-Spangled Splash

Always remember, Pinterest is your friend! This is a drink idea my coworker and I found on the site, and it looks and tastes great.

All you’ll need for this delicious drink is Ocean Spray Cranberry-Apple Juice, blue Gatorade, Lemon-Lime soda, a tall glass and lots of ice. Pour the cran-apple juice until it fills about one-fourth of the glass. Then fill the glass about three-quarters of the way with ice. This next part is SUPER important: pour the blue Gatorade straight onto the ice until the glass is filled about two-thirds of the way. This will ensure that the cran-apple juice and Gatorade don’t mix because purple is not very patriotic. The next step is to add some Lemon-Lime soda for that fizzy taste. Finally, decorate your drink with a cute umbrella and fancy straw!

And adults, please feel free to add a little Smirnoff vodka.

Gummi Bear Delights

To add a little extra something to your fizzy drink, try making these cool gummy bear ice cubes!  Grab an ice tray and fill them about a third of the way with water.  Set it in the freezer for about an hour or until the water has frozen.  Take them out, set a Gummi Bear on top and fill the rest of the way with water.  Put it back in the freezer for another hour or so.  Add them to your favorite drinks and enjoy!gummi_bear_ice_cubes_no_text

Blue Star Martini

While the gentlemen hold onto their brewskis, and the kids enjoy their fizzy drinks, here’s a simple and delicious recipe for the ladies in the group. You’ll need blue curacao, Smirnoff vodka, Lemon-Lime soda, honey, red cherry Gummi Bears and red strawberry Pop Rocks.

Rim your martini glass with Pop Rocks using honey to make them stick. Then combine two ounces of vodka, one ounce of blue curacao and a handful of ice in a drink mixer. Shake well. Strain the mixture into your martini glass. Top it off with Lemon-Lime soda and finish with a Gummi Bear on a toothpick. Then stare at your creation in awe. Your guests will love the creativity and simplicity!

Soldier Snacks

Here’s what you’ll need:


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Strawberry Sparklers

Let’s start the snack portion of this post with a fruity fiesta! Strawberries are in season, so head to your local grocery store and buy a bunch (or a punnet) for a low price. Wash, dry and set them off to the side.DIY_3

This next part is going to take a little work. Take about a cup of vanilla A’peels (coating chocolate wafers) and pour them into a glass bowl. Pour about a cup of water into a separate glass bowl. The water will create steam in the microwave, helping to melt the chocolate as opposed to burning it. Put both bowls into the microwave for 5-10 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate thoroughly each time. When you are satisfied that the chocolate is properly melted, take it out of the microwave and set it next to your strawberries.

The final step in the preparation of this treat is to pour some sparkly blue raspberry Candy Crumbles into a bowl. You are now ready to start decorating!

With a pair of tongs, pick up each strawberry and dip about three-fourths of the strawberry into the melted A’peels chocolate. Then immediately dip that same end of the strawberry into the bowl of crumbles. Set your finished product onto a plate to harden. Repeat this step with as many strawberries as you need. It’s refreshing and makes for a great grab-n-go party dessert!

Note: We wanted to dip the strawberries into blue raspberry or tropical punch Pop Rocks. Though it gave the strawberries a great taste, they were more of a turquoisy-green color, rather than a patriotic blue. If you don’t mind the color, make your dessert pop with Pop Rocks!

Pop Rocket Pretzels

In the mood for something more salty-sweet? Try this recipe!

With this, you can do a lot of different things. You’ll definitely need a bulk bag of yogurt-covered pretzels; everything else is optional. Here’s a grocery list of the various products you may (or may not) need to make this tasty treat: white vanilla A’peels; red vanilla A’peels; blue, blue-raspberry-flavored Crumbles; blue-and-white, vanilla-flavored Crumbles; and/or pink, strawberry-flavored Pop Rocks.DIY_2

With the red A’peels: microwave, stir and repeat until you get the melted texture you desire, just like with the strawberry dessert. Take your tongs and dip the pretzel into the melted A’Peels, then into the Crumbles or the Pop Rocks. Set them off to the side to dry and harden.

You could also take the melted product of red or white A’Peels and drizzle it across the pretzels. Then sprinkle the Crumbles or Pop Rocks on top.

These delicious desserts are created by people who think outside of the box, so you should too! Trial-and-error is a great method, especially when you can eat whatever doesn’t look good enough to serve at the party; everybody wins!

Independence Cakes

Our final snack suggestion is a batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes decorated with patriotic candy! You’ll need a box of Red Velvet cupcake mix, cream cheese icing, Gummi Bears and a few of your favorite candies.  Bake the cupcakes according to the directions printed on the box. Take them out of the baking pan and allow them to cool. That’s the easy part.inside_red_velvet_cupcake

Take a sharp knife and cut off the top of a cupcake and set it aside. Then hollow out the middle of the cupcake using a knife to cut and a spoon to scoop it out. Feel free to use that cut-out piece as a snack while you work! Buy your favorite candy in bulk and fill the now hollowed-out cupcake with it.  We used Candy-Coated Chocolate Gems and strawberry-flavored Pop Rocks. Place the top of the cupcake back on position.

Fill a gallon-size plastic Ziploc bag with cream cheese icing. Cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners. This is your homemade piping bag. Use it to ice your cupcakes. Top off your cupcakes again with your favorite candy. We decorated ours with blue Sixlets. Repeat these steps with the other 23 (or more) cupcakes you baked and serve on a large platter or 3-tier cupcake stand.red_velvet_cupcakeNow it’s your turn! Tell us about some of your awesome dessert recipes! 

 

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Published by Ken Shenkman

I am one of the owners of Bulk Candy Store, a true omnichannel candy store. We have a retail store in West Palm Beach, FL., a website at bulkcandystore.com and state fairs and festivals across the U.S.

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