15 American-Themed Foods to Make for Memorial Day

Staff Writer
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Pheobe Melnick

American flag jello shots, cheers! 

Summer is finally here, which means it time to indulge in the classic American summer foods, like watermelon, hot dogs, soda, and more.

With Memorial Day approaching soon and Fourth of July right around the corner, here are 15 ways to turn your favorite foods into American themed masterpieces.

1. American Flag Jello Shots 

A perfect and patriotic twist on the classic party treat. Cheers, America!

2. Red, White, and Blue Soda 


Mira Nguyen

Cool off from the early summer heat with this colorful Kool-aid drink by adding Sierra Mist, Sprite, or your favorite soda.

3. American Flag Fruit Sticks


Mira Nguyen

What’s a better way to kick off the summer than with this 4-ingredient, 5-step recipe?

4. Star Spangled Pigs in a Blanket

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Mira Nguyen

Cute, simple, and festive. Plus, what’s more American than mini hot dogs? Nothing, that’s what.

5. Patriotic Oreo Pops 


Mira Nguyen

Spice up America’s favorite cookie with this unique and delicious snack.

6. Festive Fruit-filled Panini


Tarika Narain

Ooey, gooey goodness. Need we say more?

7. Memorial Day "BBQ Grill" Cupcakes 


Dorothy Ballowe

It really is s’cute. Get creative with this delicious recipe inspired by Memorial Day cookouts and barbecue.

8. Red Velvet, White, and Blue Cake Pops 

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Megan Prendergast

Impress your Memorial Day guests with these patriotic, red velvet cake pops.

9. Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries 


Mira Nguyen

Valentine’s Day’s patriotic cousin. These little guys are fun to make, and are sure to go quick during the summer.

10. Memorial Day Cookies 


Kirby Barth

It’s as simple as adding food coloring to your favorite cookie recipe. Top it off with some sprinkles or icing.

11. Patriotic Pancakes 


Emily Albrecht

Start your Memorial Day Monday morning with a hot stack of patriotic pancakes. All you need is blueberries and strawberries – and don’t forget the whipped cream!

12. Red, White, and Blue Cocktail 


Mira Nguyen

A patriotic twist on the otherwise American cranberry vodka. Make it even more festive by adding star fruit or star-shaped ice cubes.

13. Spiral Hot Dogs

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Mira Nguyen

Because they’re so much cooler than normal hot dogs. Plus, they get really crispy on the inside and look like confetti with condiments.

14. Patriotic Cheesecake and Berry Parfait 


Katherine Richter

This no-bake sweet treat is perfect for early mornings or cooling off in the late afternoons.

15. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart


Natalie Van Brunt

Satisfy your sweet tooth and love for ‘Murica with this relatively healthy dessert. Top it off with some shredded coconut or lemon zest.

This article was originally published by Lindsay Odom from Clemson University

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