Better Than Fireworks: 8 Sparkling Desserts You Can Make for the 4th

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Upstage the fireworks with these patriotic sweets
Better Than Fireworks: 8 Sparkling Desserts You Can Make for the 4th

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Add some sparkle to your Fourth of July bash.

It’s impossible to imagine the Fourth of July without the fireworks — there is something truly exciting about those colorful, glittery lights in the sky. If you’re looking for a way to add more sparkle to your Independence Day bash, why not serve some shimmering, fireworks-inspired desserts?

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You don’t even need a special recipe to make a fireworks-themed dessert for the Fourth of July — there are lots of ways to make your favorite recipes twinkle. Whether you frost your cupcakes with a Champagne buttercream and top them with edible gold stars or embellish your famous triple-berry pie with food-safe sparkler-style candles, you only need a handful of special supplies and ingredients to make a festive dessert.

Just be sure to always use edible sparkles and glitter (available at many baking supply stores) and food-safe sparkling candles (as opposed to regular sparklers). And use caution whenever you’re lighting candles — especially if there are children or pets nearby.

Need an idea to get you started? We’ve got eight great sparkling desserts you’ll want to try.

Champagne Ice Cream Floats

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Combine your favorite fruit, some Champagne, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass and you’ve got sparkling ice cream floats! You can even garnish the rim of the glass with coarse sanding sugar for extra shimmer.

Fourth of July Jell-O

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Replace the cold water in your Jell-O recipe with sparkling water and you’ll have a cup full of red and blue gelatin that’s studded with a miniature fireworks display!

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

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