4th of July Popsicle Recipes, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

4th of July Popsicle Recipes, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here’s a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. And these popsicle recipes make it easy.

Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you’re holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That’s because they’re ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle.

We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. The first popsicles are champagne-infused (adults only!), mimicking the colors in a bomb pop. The second are kid-friendly (but equally delicious) lemon-flavored fruity popsicles.        

Recipe 1: Adults-Only Champagne “Bomb Pops”

A couple of bananas sits on a surface with some berries and strawberries.

INGREDIENTS


  • Champagne*
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Ripe bananas
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Simple syrup

*Use a champagne with an ABV below 12%. 

What you need to make fruity champagne popsicles
How to make champagne and fruit popsicles

Mash each fruit separately in a bowl, using a blender, food processor, or with a fork. Add a dash of simple syrup, and mix in some champagne. The ratio of champagne to fruit should be one to four. Too much champagne and the popsicles won’t freeze! 

Make your own popsicles at home - with champagne!

Layer the fruit mixes in a popsicle mold, and let freeze for at least 6 hours, or over-night. Enjoy!


Ice treats sit on a surface with berries.
Blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and CHAMPAGNE! Perfect popsicles for the Fourth of July
Blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and CHAMPAGNE! Perfect popsicles for the Fourth of July

Recipe 2: Kid-Friendly 4th of July Popsicles

Berry popsicles with lemon Italian soda

INGREDIENTS


  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Lemon-flavored Italian soda*

*To cut back on sugar, you can substitute the Italian soda with lemonade

Strawberries and blueberries mix for a colorful Independence Day treat!
Strawberries and blueberries mix for a colorful Independence Day treat!

Cut the strawberries into slices. Set strawberries slices in the popsicle molds, then add a few blueberries until the molds are 75% full. Fill to the top with lemon-flavored Italian soda (you’ll probably need to pour a little bit first then wait for the fizzing to settle before filling to the top). Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.


Fresh and sweet 4th of July popsicles
How to make this cool treat for your 4th of July party
How to make refreshing popsicles for your upcoming 4th of July party!
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This Fourth of July, I’m glad I have a freezer stocked with popsicles ready for when the sun comes out. What’s your favorite way to stay cool in the heat? 

This Store-Bought Dressing Makes a Perfect Pasta Salad Every Time

This Store-Bought Dressing Makes a Perfect Pasta Salad Every Time

One clink of this glass and I’m brought back to my aunt’s backyard on a hot summer day, surrounded by family at a table shaded with a fraying, sun-faded umbrella. The glass, though, isn’t a flute filled with Champagne or sparkling wine. In fact, it isn’t a drinking glass at all. This is a black-lidded glass cruet and it contains my favorite herb-laden dressing, made with a packet of Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing & Recipe Mix.

Developed in 1954 at the Brown Derby Restaurant by chef Robert Kreis, Good Seasons dressings (originally called Four Seasons) were available in four flavors and sold by mail order, according to the Kraft-Heinz consumer relations director. The company’s signature fluted glass cruet was sold alongside the dressing packets, which contain a blend of herbs and spices. (Fun fact: On the front of the cruet you’ll find the etchings of a dressing recipe; three lines — each with a corresponding letter (O, V, and W) — signify how much oil, vinegar, and water to add to the herb blend. The recipe can also be found on the packet.) 

The company had its moment in the spotlight in the early ’90s, with new flavors introduced as late as 1997, but has since faded into the backdrop. The bright yellow box, though, has had its place in every pantry I’ve known since my childhood. And now, as an adult, it’s the one I grab whenever I need an easy, delicious dressing for pasta salad.

Once mixed, the dressing is a thick concoction with a taste that’s unmistakably tangy, subtly sweet, and vaguely reminiscent of chopped salads from my local pizzeria. When tossed with your favorite pasta shape (I love a classic rotini!) and various pasta salad accouterments (thinly sliced olives, red peppers, halved cherry tomatoes, some fresh herbs, even bacon), it’s a star at any backyard buffet.

My classic combo is olive oil and red wine vinegar, but I’ll also swap in other ingredients to give my pasta salad a refresh: Apple cider vinegar gives the dressing more punch, and sesame oil lends a unique toasty flavor. For a creamy dressing, I’ll add a dollop of Dijon mustard or a few tablespoons of tahini. (Try drizzling some over vegetables hot off the grill!)

Beyond salads and bowls of leafy greens, the mix makes a great base for a marinade or dip, and serves as a piquant addition to broths or soups. It’s also worth noting that the packets are shelf-stable and can be stored longer than other refrigerated salad dressings. In all my decades of using it, though, that has yet to be an issue.

What’s your favorite store-bought pasta salad dressing? Tell us in the comments below.

Jessica Prudenti-Montalvo

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Jessica is a home cook and baker with a background in science and an insatiable hankering for a good cup of coffee. She is forever on a quest to engineer her perfect chocolate chip cookie and dabbles as an amateur chocolatier. She lives in Las Vegas with her Shih Tzu, Armani.

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What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!

For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. So I’m sticking with a theme of seasonal produce and flowers, accented with white lights and candles. You can keep it simple, or you can go all out with DIY projects if you’ve got the urge.

The Food

Grilled pizzas are a great way to showcase summer produce, and it would be fun to let people pick their own toppings.

This beautiful heirloom tomato and grilled vegetable salad is perfect for those tricky party guests who don’t eat meat, dairy, or gluten (and if you plate it this nicely, it might entice everyone else into eating more veggies.)

A summer solstice party wouldn’t be complete without berries. This summer berry cake is a showstopper.

Another option is this Swedish midsummer cake. Or you can always keep it simple with a classic strawberry shortcake. Adding edible flowers makes almost any dessert look midsummer-worthy. (Here’s a long list of edible flowers.)


The Drinks

If you want to go the cocktail route, making up batches of drinks saves you the trouble of bartending during the party. Strawberry rhubarb sangria, made with sparkling wine, sounds light and refreshing.

For a more savory cocktail, try cucumber-lime-infused gin and tonics.

Don’t forget the non-drinkers in the crowd. Sparkling lavender lemonade or thyme lemonade sound like lovely options.


The Decor

These herb napkin rings are simple and organic, and probably smell wonderful, too.

Solar-powered Mason jar lights are a charming option, and practical if you don’t have easy access to outdoor outlets.

DIY floral ice buckets are a gorgeous way to keep your wine cool, and double as decor. Make as many as your freezer can handle, and scatter them throughout your yard, or use them as table centerpieces. For a much simpler variation, freeze fresh herbs and edible flowers into ice cubes for drinks.

Strings of white cafe lights are perfect for that evening fairy-light ambiance.

String lights

Go all out with a handmade floral chandelier. Bonus points if you grow your own flowers. If you’re not feeling quite so ambitious, just pile your tables with vases overflowing with flowers from the store.


The Entertainment

Whether you turn it into a drinking game or not, giant Jenga is nearly always a hit at outdoor parties, and is the only entertainment you’ll need at your summer solstice party. With some 2×4’s, a saw, and some sandpaper, you can easily make your own giant Jenga set. You can always buy a set if you’re not inclined to make one.


Summer solstice party ideas
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I’ve Been Using This Nonstick Skillet for Years and It Still Works Like a Brand-New Pan (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

I’ve Been Using This Nonstick Skillet for Years and It Still Works Like a Brand-New Pan (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

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The very thing that makes nonstick skillets great is also what makes them tricky. See, unlike cast iron — which can last forever and almost always be restored after mistreatment — nonstick skillets have a finite lifespan. Even the best ones will start to become less and less nonstick over time. Typically, a Very Good nonstick skillet will last for around five years or so. And that’s what brings me to this Toughened Nonstick PRO Fry Pan from Le Creuset — because I’ve had it for more than five years and it’s still just as nonstick-y as the day I brought it home.

The company touts the pan as being four times stronger than usual, with a triple-reinforced PFOA-free surface that wipes clean and is even tough enough to stand up against metal utensils. The pan is also said to be dishwasher safe. Now, I have never used a metal utensil on this pan (I naturally reach for wood or silicone, just out of habit!), and I’ve never put it in the dishwasher, but I’m not sure that my caution is the reason for the pan’s longevity. 

Because I do put this skillet through the ringer. I use it to make Jacques Pépin’s Garlic Chicken Breasts on a near-weekly basis. I use it to make a boatload of scrambled eggs almost every single weekend. I use it to make fish filets, scallops, bacon, and more. It’s never let me down. It actually impresses me — especially when I make those scrambled eggs. It’s true. After all these years, I’m always convinced that this weekend is going to be the weekend that my eggs start sticking to the pan. And yet, they never do. Even when I use a very minimal amount of oil to get things started. 

The best is when I start scrambling the eggs with my spatula (my beloved spatula from Material, which is worthy of its own post). I brace myself to find a stuck-on film of egg mess left behind. Instead? The wake of the spatula leaves a perfectly clean pan. I probably wouldn’t even have to wash it, if I didn’t want to. I could get away with wiping it out and putting it back in the cabinet. Of course, I do wash it. Then, I thank it for a great brunch and tell it I’ll see it soon. What? You don’t talk to your cookware? Maybe that’s the secret for its longevity? Or maybe it’s just a great pan. I’ll let you decide.

Do you have a nonstick skillet that’s lasted you a while? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Lisa Freedman

Executive Lifestyle Director

Lisa Freedman is the Executive Lifestyle Director at The Kitchn. She has never met a cheese or a washi tape she didn’t like. She lives in New York state with her husband and their pup, Millie.

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I Tried Rubbermaid’s First-Ever Bakeware Collection — and I’m in Love

I Tried Rubbermaid’s First-Ever Bakeware Collection — and I’m in Love

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There are some companies out there that, when word comes down the pipeline that a new launch is coming, you can’t help but get excited. For me, one of those beloved brands is Rubbermaid. My family has been a Rubbermaid household for as long as I can remember, and when I first moved out on my own, you can bet I outfitted my place with Rubbermaid everything, from kitchenware to (of course) storage containers. So when I heard the brand was making its first foray into the bakeware space, I was more than excited to put the new pieces to the test — and let’s just say the DuraLite Bakeware collection lives up to the hype.

What’s so special about the DuraLite Bakeware line? Described as “a high-end line of baking dishes that combines the best of glass and ceramic bakeware into one,” this collection is made from a revolutionary type of glass that’s designed for high heat tolerance. Plus, it boasts an oven-safe temperature of up to 550 degrees — which is 100 degrees higher than any other glass or ceramic bakeware on the market. To top it off, these dishes are also nestable, lightweight, resistant to chips and breaks, and safe for the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. All of this information seemed quite impressive, but what I really wanted to know was how well these babies performed.

I tested the 9″ x 13″ and 10″ x 10″ dishes on a variety of recipes, including a casserole, a roast, and no-churn ice cream, and everything performed wonderfully. The bakeware held up well to the high heat of the roast and cold temperature of the freezer, came out of the dishwasher unscathed, and looked beautiful while doing so — a big selling point for me.

Having a baking dish that can act as prepware, bakeware, and serveware is a revelation for anyone who likes to entertain but is small on space. To find that said piece also comes with a lid for easy left-over storage? Well, I’m just about ready to replace all of my bakeware with the DuraLite collection. That being said, there is one quirk I should mention: temperature sensitivity. Because the pieces can reach such high temperatures, it’s important to take care not to move them directly from the freezer to the microwave or oven.

Rubbermaid’s DuraLite Bakeware is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, from ramekins to casserole dishes to assorted sets. Personally, I’m a fan of the eight-piece set, which comes with a 9″ x 13″ dish, a 10″ x 10″ dish (both with lids), and four ramekins, all for under $50. Not interested in a bundle? Individual pieces start at just $19.95.

I love that, even after all these years, Rubbermaid is continuing its legacy of innovative, must-have, affordable kitchenware. Snag yours ASAP, and you’ll be all set for spring and summer baking, and beyond.

Sarah M. Vazquez

SEO Commerce Editor

Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and Cubby helping you find the best deals and the best products for you and your home. A Brooklyn-born Jersey Girl, she loves a good playlist, a good bagel, and her family (but not necessarily in that order).

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