Hooray for the Red, White and Blue. Now, Pass the Tums.
For everyone else, we realize that July 4 has strayed from its a-few-guys-signing-the-Declaration roots to something that requires obnoxious hats, singed or blown off hands and a variety of campy foods. Here are our five favorite foods to celebrate Independence Day, with a corresponding level of camp.
Snacking on soldiers offends me the way chocolate crosses should offend Christians. But if a bowl of these substitute even one plate of star-shaped sugar cookies with red, white and blue sprinkles, then I say it was worth it. I guess. It still kind of seems like something terrorists gnaw on in their holes.
This coming-to-a-state-fair-near-you snack has rocked Twitter and food blogs for the past couple weeks, and it's still steadily climbing the charts. And with good reason: Tf there is anything more down-home (read: delightfully trashy) American than balls of "Kool-Aid batter" dunked in hot oil, please, tell us. Besides Rocket Pops, I can't think of a thing.
Which begs the question: why eat anything if it doesn't resemble something else? Sure, your beef may be grass-fed and home-grown, but what does that matter if it's not in the shape of one of the original colonies?
Just about anything you can do with Pop Rocks
Without getting into fizzy drinks, Pop Rocks are the closest we can get to eating fireworks (except for those guys who swallow sparklers, but I don't know if we can legally recommend that.) It turns out that there are plenty of recipes that call for Pop Rocks, such as using them on the rim of a margarita glass (You're drinking margaritas on American Independence Day? Traitor. Have a Heineken instead.) They're also used in cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and cookies (look! Those are star-shaped!). Or just have a packet with a can of Coke. We dare you.