Independently Sweet

We’re in full party mode around here this special Fourth of July Saturday. We will be celebrating our country’s independence with a bang. Snap, crackle, and pop to exact! Indulging in our Patriotic Popcorn Bar is sure to ignite our taste buds. What makes this even more festive and fun is the FREEDOM of choice in creating your own popcorn mix. It’s sure to be a melting pot of flavor in your mouth! Happy Birthday America!

Patriotic Popcorn Bar

  
Ingredients

  • 12 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 bag of Patriotic M&Ms
  • 1 bag of Patriotic Peanut M&Ms
  • 1 bag of Patriotic Star Marshmallows
  • 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag mini Starburts
  • 1 box Reese’s cereal
  • Assorted popcorn seasonings

Directions

Pop popcorn. Fill a bag with popcorn. Spoon in favorite mix-ins. Sprinkle with desired seasonings. Let the fireworks begin! 

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Sweetly Celebrating the USA

It’s Independence Day and we are celebrating the good ole USA! What’s more American than pie? However, we’re not making your ordinary, run of the mill apple pie. We need a treat so tasty it’s worthy of sending firecrackers to our taste buds. We can’t think of a better way to show our patriotic spirit and honor our country than with our red, white, and blue festive Fourth Of July Chocolate Chip Pie! Time to party!

Cookie Pie

Fourth Of July Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
    1 large egg
    3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    pinch salt,
    1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
    about 1/2 cup M&Ms (We picked out the red, blue, and brown ones)
    about 1/4 cup Mini Rolos

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
    3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, sugars, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
    4. Add the flour, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    6. Add about 1/4 cup M&Ms and stir to combine; reserve remainder.
    7. Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
    8. Evenly add the remaining M&Ms to the top of the batter, pushing them down slightly to anchor.
    9. Evenly insert the Mini  Rolos into the batter, pushing them down so the top is almost flush with the surface of the dough.
    10. Bake for about 24 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.  If your pie has risen in the center, it will deflate as it cools. Allow pie to cool in dish for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

 

*Recipe adapted from www.averiecooks.com