The Most Festive Red, White, and Blue Foods You Can Buy for the 4th of July

updated May 1, 2019
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If you’re planning on hosting a patriotic party this 4th of July and want to make sure whatever’s on the menu is super festive, you have two options: You can make a flag cake from scratch, or you can seek out some holiday-appropriate ready-to-eat snacks. Or you can do both! Either way, we’ve got you covered.

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  1. Original Bomb Pop, $13 for 12 at Big Boy Concessions: Give your guests a hearty helping of nostalgia by serving up the red, white, and blue pops they enjoyed from the ice cream truck as a kid.
  2. Terra Blue Chips, $40 for 12 (5-ounce) bags: While every other 4th of July party in town is serving up greasy generic potato chips, you can class your affair up with these gourmet chips that are made from blue potatoes.
  3. Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker Bar, $6 for 2.8-ounce bar at Chuao Chocolatier: An incredibly appropriate sweet treat for when you’re watching the 4th of July fireworks, this chocolate bar contains Pop Rock-like candy that will set off “firecrackers” in your mouth as you eat.
  4. Wondermade Fireball Marshmallows, $8 for four ounces at Wondermade: Fireball whiskey has quickly become a prominent feature of any summertime soirée, so why not add it to your 4th of July party in marshmallow form? These are crafted with actual Fireball to give them a spicy cinnamon flavor.
  5. Pop Art White Pepper Parmesan Popcorn, $5.50 for a four-ounce bag at Jet: Popcorn is always a good addition to any party — especially the 4th (pop and fireworks … get it it?). We love this White Pepper Parmesan flavor because it reminds us of those iconic stars and stripes.
  6. Rogue American Amber Ale, $13 for six (12-ounce) bottles at Total Wine: Sure, you can invest in a case of whatever light beer has an American flag on it this year, but if you’re into craft beer, this American Amber Ale made by Portland-based Rogue is a great, patriotic choice.
  7. Patriotic Candy Sticks, $12 for 80 at Oriental Trading: Good for kids and adults alike, these patriotic candy sticks prove that candy canes aren’t just for the winter holidays.
  8. Victoria Amory Champagne Ketchup, $8.50 for an 11-ounce jar at Mouth: There’s no way you can have a 4th of July party without America’s favorite condiment. This Champagne ketchup gives a subtle nod to all things sparkling.
  9. Gummy Watermelon Rings, $5 for a one-pound bag at Sweet, sugary, and totally irresistible, these gummy watermelon rings are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And they’re less messy than real watermelons.
  10. Drunken Tomatoes, $35 for three, 16-ounce jars at Doux South: If you’re looking to jazz up the standard pasta salad you’re serving, toss in a bunch of these Drunken Tomatoes, which are pickled in red wine, basil, and garlic brine.