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Happiness on a Stick: 4th of July Food Ideas

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06.22.15

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The 4th of July: barbeque, beer, fireworks and … chopsticks? Sure, they may not be your first Independence Day association, but chopsticks will definitely have a lasting impression after you try a dessert or two that features them. 

In fact, all four of these wooden utensils can help you serve up some insatiably tasty treats for your 4th of July party. Whether it’s on a skewer or a toothpick, this roundup of party food ideas is a recipe for happiness:

1. Skewers. Along with some mouth-watering kabobs, skewers can be used to grill up desserts, vegetarian sides and even fruit. Let the skewers be your guide to holding together some of most interesting grill recipes this summer.

2. Popsicle sticks. You can use leftover Popsicle sticks to prepare homemade popsicles in ice cube trays or you can step things up a frozen notch and make boozicles! Boozicles (AKA boozy popsicles) are perfect if you’re throwing a more adult barbecue this 4th of July.

3. Toothpicks. How can you make sure your 4th of July food display impresses all the neighbors this year? Buy brightly colored toothpicks for an extra pop of color and get creative with what you put on a stick! These days you can find recipes for anything from mini-burgers to mini-pancakes. Decide what type of food you want to serve, and stick ‘em up!

4. Chopsticks.  This traditional Chinese eating utensil works great for appetizers that are too large or complex for bite-sized toothpicks. Pull together some natural red and blue foods (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are all great) as well as some not-so-natural sweets like marshmallows. Stack them one on top of each other for a delicious replica of the American flag.

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