And if you happen to be near Hershey, PA, be sure to pick up some of these specialized Hershey's Kisses to round out your theme. So cute, right? I found these at Hershey's Chocolate World!
The little white papers inside the Kisses actually say "thank you" in honor of our service men and women. So sweet.
Okay, so in celebration of the holidays, here's a quick and fun dessert you can make to bring to the barbecue. Patriotic cupcakes!
Red, white and blue cupcakes are so easy to make, you won't believe it. Here's what you need:
-a box of white cake mix (yellow won't work- you'll wind up with red, yellow and blue instead)
That's it! Follow the box instructions to mix up the batter for your cupcakes.
Then divide the batter into three equal bowls.
Keep one bowl white, but dye one bowl red (use 18 drops to make the perfect shade, trust me on this one). Dye the other batter bowl blue (use exactly 12 drops, I assure you!!). Now you'll have three different colors of batter.
Put your cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Start by putting blue batter at the bottom of each cupcake liner (I used a cookie scoop to make it go faster), then add white on top of each blue.
VERY IMPORTANT: try to spread each area of white out with a spoon so it covers the blue entirely (or as best you can). If you leave too much blue showing, it will eventually leak up the sides of the cupcake when baking. It will still look cool, but the end effect looks much better if it's just layered red, white and blue. Then add your red on top of the white (make sure the red covers the white the same way you did with the blue).
Now bake according to the box instructions. Frost with whatever vanilla frosting you have. Ta da!
Have a great holiday, everyone! Eat, swim and be merry, and remember that our country is an awesome place to live, and we should be thankful every day for those who fought (and are still fighting) to keep us free.