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Four Tasty Treats for the 4th of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner! Celebrate Independence Day with cool ice pops or a classic layer cake. Which patriotic treat will you try?

Photo: What's Cooking With Ruthie

1. Star-Spangled Watermelon. For a kid-friendly treat, try star-shaped watermelon! It’s best to use baby seedless watermelon because they’re sweet, mess-free and stay together when they’re cut. First, slice your watermelon into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Then cut out the star shapes (a cookie cutter works well for this). It’s that simple! To see more images, visit Cooking With My Kid.

2. Patriotic Ice Pops. Beat the heat this Fourth of July with these festive and refreshing ice pops. These easy-to-make treats are perfect for poolside relaxation or as dessert after a delicious grilled meal. The ingredients for the red and blue layers are pretty obvious – Kool-Aid is a classic ice pop ingredient – but the white layer might surprise you! To see the secret ingredient, visit: Pennies on a Platter.

3. Red, White and Blue Trifle. For a guiltless Independence Day treat, try this berry trifle. The mixture of fresh blueberries, strawberries, white chocolate pudding and angel food cake is low-cal and delicious. Layer up your ingredients and enjoy! For measurements and detailed instructions, visit Skinny Taste.

4. Fourth of July Cake. Go classic with your 4th of July treat and impress your guests with this red, white and blue four-layer cake. Cut into the snow-white icing in front of your family and friends to reveal vibrant red and blue layers. To make this cake, start with a simple white cake mix and then add food coloring for the layers. It’s that simple! For step-by-step instructions and more drool-inducing photographs, visit Krissy’s Creations.

More Fourth of July inspired recipes:

Fruit Pops @ Baker's Royale

Fourth of July Marshmallow Sticks @ The Wicked Noodle

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes @ She Knows

4th of July Toast @ Taste and Tell

Fourth of July Flag Cake @ Secret Life of a Chef's Wife

Patriotic Push Pop Cake @ Love From the Oven

4th of July Cake Pops @ My Juice Cup

Mini Berry Pies @ Yummy Mummy

Star Spangled Punch @ Fab Frugal Food

Patriotic Lollipops @ Couldn't Be Parve

4th of July Covered Strawberries @ Cupcakes Kisses'n' Crumbs

Red, White and Blue Parfait @ BHG

Chocolate Covered Strawberries @ AllRecipes

Stained Glass Jello @ Gimme Some Oven!

Spangled Sandwich Pops @ Family Fun

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes @ Betty Crocker

4th of July Ice Cream Sundaes @ Bake at 350

Red, White and Blue Cocktail @ Pink Martinis & Pearls

Fourth of July Cutouts @ SnackPicks

Red, White and Blue Jello Salad @ Real Mom Kitchen

Candied Apples @ Tidy Mom

Patriotic Cones @ Noble Pig

Fruited Cheesecake Flag @ Martha Stewart

Patriotic Shot @ ECurry

Fireworks Cookies @ A Cup Of Sugar...A Pinch of Salt

Star Spangled Banner Treats @ Snack Picks

Ice Cream Sandwich Pops @ Living Locurto

Guy Fieri's Fourth of July Drink @ EventSolutions

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