Whenever I think about the 4th of July, fireworks always come to mind. I've been going to see them since I was a kid. I'd walk to a local lake with my family and all the other families (some first or second generation from places like India, Germany, China, Philippines, Taiwan and so on) then curl up in a blanket while I ate some snacks and waited for the nighttime fireworks to start. Though that city doesn't host fireworks anymore, Bay Area families of all cultures still come together to gaze in wonder at the celebration of USA's independence. I've taken my daughter to be a part of this tradition since she was a baby, but she usually fell asleep, so last year was her first July 4th fireworks show and the first time we could start a tradition to carry over this year — the July 4th snack. A fun S'mores spinoff to be exact. Keep reading for my July 4th family tradition, and an easy recipe the kiddos can help with (if they don't eat all the ingredients first).
This post was originally published on June 30, 2015.
Baked Berry S'mores Recipe
Because my daughter absolutely loves S'mores (camping or not), I made some tasty oven S'mores with strawberries and blueberries for a red, white and blue S'mores that is unbelievably delicious. This is now our 4th of July classic — A snack beloved by everyone, just like fireworks (recipe below).
- Honey graham crackers
- Organic, fair-trade real chocolate chips
- Organic Strawberries
- Marshmallows (vegan, organic or otherwise)
- Blueberries (maybe some you picked at a U-Pick Farm)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- Snap graham crackers in half and lay the halves out on a cookie sheet
- Place marshmallows and chocolate chips on the halves (either a bit of both on each facing side or just marshmallows on one and chocolate on the other)
- Place cookie sheet in the oven
- Start timer for 8 minutes (These could take 8-10 minutes and should appear soft but not completely melted when you take them out)
- Slice strawberries (and blueberries if you would like)
- Take out the S'mores and arrange strawberry slices and blueberries on one half of each S'more set. (My daughter doesn't like blueberries so I made them without blueberries then added some blueberries from our blueberry tree to a few of the S'mores she's not eating after the S'mores had set for a bit.)
- Let cool for a minute then put one half on top of the other for each S'more set.
Once assembled, place your S'mores in the fridge to cool for a few hours before eating (the berries can leak some juice, so the fridge helps with that and keeping everything together). Be careful to not stack the S'mores on top of each other when refrigerating. These are the perfect treat to take with you to enjoy fireworks with family!
What's your favorite 4th of July treat?