Okay, so the Fourth of July is finally on its way. We've already discussed easy food hacks so you can enjoy your party, the patriotic decorations you need to show your pride, and now we're moving onto the red, white, and blue snacks your guests should munch on. There are few holidays in which colored foods are socially acceptable for an elevated affair, and the Fourth just so happens to be one of them.
You see, there really and truly is no such thing as too much red, white, and blue on this day, so why not think up some fun snack ideas that fit in with the festive color palette? We've rounded up everything from savory to sweet to even frozen options decked out in the celebratory shades. Below, see our favorite red, white, and blue snack recipes to serve on the Fourth of July.
Goat Cheese Fruit Salad
We're considering this fruit salad with valbreso feta crumbles savory since it's not actually dessert and the cheese brings some saltiness. Watermelon, strawberries, blackberries, and pineapple are dressed with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, mint, and basil, and then tossed with the feta. We love the idea of serving the salad in a hollowed-out watermelon; it's pretty as a picture.
Red Flannel Hash
Red potatoes, translucent white onions, and almost-blue beets give this simple hash recipe some serious Fourth of July color. You can't only serve sweets to your guests, plus the carbs and salty slices of bacon will help fill them up.
No-Bake White Chocolate Strawberry Tart
Summer is hot enough as it is, so when we found a dessert recipe that didn't require us to turn on the oven, we were totally on board. This white chocolate tart with fresh strawberries is on point colorwise, and it has a graham cracker crust (so it's basically two desserts in one, right?).
Paleo Poke Cake
What is a Paleo poke cake? Good question—we didn't know either. After doing some research, we learned it's basically the healthier version of the good 'ole classic poke cake in which you make dents (or "poke" holes) in your cake and fill them with something tasty (in this case, a blueberry sauce). Coconut milk, coconut flour, and almond flour are a few minor ingredient substitutes that make this dessert oh-so-much better for you. Top with the brightest whole red strawberries you can find and your guests won't be able to wait to dig in.
Cherry Cheesecake Macarons
We've seen lots of gorgeous macarons in our day, but this one might just take the cake. It covers all the bases with gorgeous royal-blue and cherry-red meringue shells and a white cream cheese filling (and did we mention the edible glitter stars?). The star of this treat is fresh cherries, which give the filling a just-tart-enough flavor.
Tie-Dye Firework Pops
Is it truly the fourth without firecracker ice pops? Instead of the sugary-sweet boxed version, make your own red, white, and blue snacks from coconut yogurt and fresh berries. (Blueberries and strawberries provide bright pops of the patriotic hues.) Guess what? The little ones will love them, and so will you. If it's an adults-only party, mix in a bit of your favorite liquor to make the treats boozy.
Honey Semifreddo With Berries
Semifreddo means "semi-frozen," which is actually what this dessert is. It's sort of like a frozen mousse made with cream and sugar, but this version relies on honey and coconut milk (so you can give yourself a larger serving). It's packed with frozen strawberries and blueberries, and infused with fresh lemon juice. What's more, you can make this red, white, and blue snack a whopping three days before your guests arrive.
Which red, white, and blue snack do you want to whip up first for the Fourth of July? Up next: how to upgrade your Fourth.