I have always loved to make fun treats with my son during the holidays, and the 4th of July is no exception. Even though he’s getting older, he still likes to help me, and I am grateful for that.
Almost every 4th of July, we have a BBQ with my family at my parent’s house, and it’s pretty much a given that I’ll be bringing the following treats:
- White Chocolate-Covered Cookies – I have used regular Oreo cookies in the past but decided to use the Golden Oreo Cookies this time, just for a change. I bought three bags of white chocolate chips at the grocery store along with some red and blue sprinkles (sprinkles make everything better…that’s always been my motto). I poured two of the bags into a microwave-safe bowl and heated the bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring each time. I had a cookie sheet lined with wax paper ready to go so as I dipped my cookies into the white chocolate, I could immediately lay them onto a non-stick surface. Even though I have covered the whole cookie with chocolate in the past, I have found that this is usually pretty messy if you have kids helping you. When my son was younger, I was usually the one to dip the cookies in the chocolate since it stayed pretty warm, and I didn’t want it to be too hot for him. Because I don’t want the chocolate to harden before I can add my decorations, I usually pause after dipping four or five cookies to allow my son to add the sprinkles. After the cookie sheet is filled with cookies, I place it in the refrigerator to help harden the chocolate.
- White Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, Ice Cream Cones and Strawberries – with the leftover white chocolate, I decided to coat the top of some waffle cones with the chocolate and used the same combination of sprinkles. I love eating these type of waffle cones when I’m at an ice cream store…and really, who wants just a plain cone? Not me. Same goes for strawberries. While it isn’t often that I dip strawberries in chocolate, I figured the holidays are the perfect time for a little indulgence.
I heat up the third bag of white chocolate chips to dip the long, thick pretzel sticks. I find that it is so much easier to pour the white chocolate into a tall drinking glass and dip the pretzels that way – it helps coat the pretzels better.
- Red Licorice wrapped with paper – yes, you can just eat the licorice out of the bag, but it looks so much cuter wrapped in little bunches. I pre-cut the paper using my paper trimmer and had a tape runner ready for my son to use to secure it around the licorice. A great way to get the little ones involved is to ask them to count out the licorice for you ahead of time (in groups of four or five).
What are some fun 4th of July treats that you and your kids like to make?