The Fourth of July is not only a time to celebrate America's independence, but it's also a time to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. Here are a few fun facts about this patriotic holiday:
Did you know that the first Fourth of July celebration was actually held in Philadelphia?
The Liberty Bell, one of the most iconic symbols of the United States was rung during that first celebration in 1776.
Today, Americans all over the country celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, picnics, and fireworks. In fact, it's estimated that over 14,000 fireworks displays take place on the Fourth of July each year!
So whether you're watching fireworks or grilling out with friends, remember to have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Looking for a fun and easy Fourth of July recipe? Patriotic popsicles are the perfect solution! These popsicles are simple to make and taste great. Plus, they're festive and patriotic - perfect for Independence Day celebrations.
Red, White and Blue Patriotic Popsicles
Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a popsicle. Whether you prefer fruity or sweet, there's a popsicle flavor for everyone. And what's more, popsicles are ridiculously easy to make. Here's how to make these red, white and blue patriotic themed popsicles:
Makes: 10 to 12 popsicles
Ingredients Needed to Make these Patriotic Popsicles
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You will need a popsicle mold, popsicle sticks and glass mason jars or any glass jar.
10 oz strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup water
1-2 tbsp sugar, depending on sweetness of strawberries
12 oz coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cup warm water
3 tbsp sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
3 tbsp raspberry extract
3-4 drops blue food coloring, depending on how deep you want the color to be.
Instructions to make the Red Layer:
In a blender, puree the red layer ingredients. Fill the popsicle mold 1/3 of the way with the mixture and then Freeze for at least three hours.
Instructions to make the White Layer:
Coconut milk will separate when frozen, so whisk it before measuring. In a blender, combine all of the white layer ingredients and blend until smooth. Fill the popsicle mold another third of the way with this mixture and freeze at least another three hours
Instructions to make the Blue Layer:
In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in raspberry extract and food coloring. Fill the popsicle mold to the top with this mixture and freeze for at least six hours, or overnight.
Carefully remove the popsicles from the mold and enjoy!
If you find it hard to remove popsicles from mold, then you can run hot water over the outside of the mold for about 10 seconds, not too long or else the popsicles will start to melt.
Patriotic popsicles are the perfect addition to any Fourth of July celebration. They're simple to make, taste great, and are sure to impress your guests. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the Independence Day festivities with these delicious patriotic popsicles!
If you don't have or don't like strawberries, you can use raspberries in the red layer.
If you don't have coconut milk, you can substitute whole milk or yogurt.
For a non-dairy popsicle, use almond milk or soy milk.
And finally, you can use any fruit juice you like for the blue layer - just make sure it is the desired blue color
Q: Can I make these popsicles ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make them a day or two in advance. Just be sure to store them in the freezer until you're ready to enjoy them.
Q: What if I don't have a popsicle mold?
A: You can use small paper cups or even plastic cups. Just be sure to insert popsicle sticks or straws into the cups before freezing.
Q: Can I make these popsicles without food coloring?
A: Yes, you can omit the food coloring if you prefer. The popsicles will just be less colorful and you will need to use some fruit or food that uses the color blue in it so the popsicles will turn out looking patriotic.