It's almost the Fourth of July, but people have been planning their party decorations and their red, white, and blue foods for weeks. And as with most holidays, a lot of that planning is happening on Pinterest. According to the site, hundreds of thousands of people have been pinning things like alcoholic cherry bombs, patriotic Rice Krispies balls, and flag-themed fruit salads.
Most of these holiday recipes are pretty simple, too, so even if you haven't made plans yet, there's still time to buy food coloring if you hurry. Here are the year's 10 top trending Fourth of July-themed foods on Pinterest.
People like alcohol, candy, and things that are red, white, and blue. These buzzy cherry bombs from Frosting and a Smile have been saved more than 171,000 times. All you have to do is soak Maraschino cherries in vodka overnight, then dip them in melted white chocolate and blue sugar.
Rice Krispies treats are full of sweet nostalgia, and they can be made in advance and don't have to be refrigerated, so they're perfect for picnics and outdoor get-togethers. These red, white, and blue Rice Krispies balls have been saved 155,000 times.
Most people are probably already at least passably familiar with the recipe for Rice Krispies treats, but getting these to be actually red and blue instead of pink and pale turquoise is a bit tricky. This recipe from Two Sisters Crafting uses blends of different food coloring to make the treat more vivid.
These red, white, and blue dipped pretzels are actually a lot easier than they look, which is probably why they've been saved more than 134,000 times. You don't even need to buy food coloring, which is good because it seems like there's going to be a run on red and blue food coloring in the next couple of days. These dipped pretzels from the blog The 36th Avenue make use of pre-colored candy melts, so all you have to do is melt, dip, and decorate.
These "fireworks pudding cookies" have been saved on Pinterest 86,000 times. And while they might look like ordinary chocolate chip cookies made with the patriotic M&Ms instead of chocolate chips, they're really a brown sugar pudding cookie from baking blog Crazy for Crust. They're made with all brown sugar and instant vanilla pudding mix to yield soft and pillowy cookies.
This cake has been saved on Pinterest more than 81,000 times. Twenty-seven people have shared photos of their own successful attempts at pulling off this recipe from Love Bakes Good Cakes, which starts with white cake mix colored red, white, and blue and carefully layered in the pan before baking. Get the good food coloring, though, because no one wants to end up with a pastel firecracker cake.
These strawberry and blueberry cheesecake bites are basically just like that time Justin Timberlake put a blueberry inside a raspberry, except these have the benefit of also including cheesecake. This easy recipe from The Kitchen Is My Playground has been saved 73,000 times on Pinterest, and it includes a good tip: If you can't get the halved strawberries to sit nicely on the plate, cut a piece off the bottoms so they have something flat to rest on.
These fruit-filled ice cubes are an excellent way to dress up water and other beverages. The recipe from Pip and Ebby has been saved 63,000 times. They're colorful for the Fourth of July, and they're also a good thing to do if you have berries in the refrigerator and you don't think you'll be able to eat them before they go bad.
I am a huge sucker for fancy-looking Popsicles with things floating in them, and these healthy coconut water and fresh berry pops look as festive as they are refreshing. The recipe from Back to the Book Nutrition has been saved 53,000 times on Pinterest.
The Fourth of July's red, white, and blue color scheme is convenient, because it's very easy to find good fruit this time of year. This Fourth of July fruit salad from Eating on a Dime has been saved more than 41,000 times on Pinterest. It might look like a basic bowl of sliced fruit, but it's tossed in a glaze of honey and lime juice to dress it up a bit.
A Fourth of July party calls for a pitcher drink like this red, white, and blue sangria made with strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple that's been cut into star shapes. This version from DIY Projects has been saved 39,000 times. It's made with white wine, triple sec, and berry-flavored vodka, so it packs a bit of a punch.