Friday, May 27, 2016

Red, White, and Blue. Add an Easy Patriotic Touch to Any Treat!

I have a little tip for adding an easy patriotic or festive touch to almost any dessert.  A simple homemade red, white, and blue candy garnish can make any dessert more American, or you can use the colors of whatever country/event/club/organization that you are celebrating.

Make any treat more patriotic or special with this easy touch

Treats such as cherry pie, strawberry-rhubarb pie, a flag cake, or red, white, and blue muffins are always a hit on an American holiday such as Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day. 

However, you are not limited by these choices. You can make almost any dessert special for the occasion with a quick little candy treat. Cakes, pies, cookies, and bars can all be made patriotic and festive with them, and you can even place a candy garnish or two gently on the top of a pudding or custard (or on a plate beside them.)

A snowflake garnish makes chocolate mousse even more special for a winter party.
I decorated individual servings of white chocolate mousse with snowflake candy decorations for a fancy winter party.

Even if you buy a dessert instead of making one, you can make it more special with this decorating trick!

How to Make Candy Garnishes for Desserts

All that you need is a few minutes and:
  • some white chocolate chips or candy melts you like. 
  • a stove or microwave
  • a frosting bag or zip-lock bag
  • scissors
  • wax paper or parchment paper
  • food coloring (oil-based or powdered food coloring only) 
NOTE: Adding a water-based product to melted chocolate will make it seize.)  I used the powdered kind of edible coloring. If you are okay with your decorations being chocolate-colored, using milk, dark, or bittersweet chocolate works well for this too.  

Melted chocolate can be tinted with powdered or oil-based coloring.

If you prefer not to draw the decorations with the melted chocolate freehand, you can easily trace them: Draw or print out the shape you want to make on a piece of paper. Place this underneath the parchment paper so it shows through.  You can either just make one drawing and move it around to create each shape, or you could make a full page of multiple images to trace.

How to trace a drawing with melted chocolate onto parchment paper.


  • Slowly melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Fill and prepare your piping bag or zip-lock bag. (Use a small round decorating tip or snip a very tiny corner off of the zip-lock bag.)
(For a great tip on how to neatly fill a decorating bag, see my Red Velvet Pretzel Heart Candy Recipe.)

Piping chocolate is easy when you trace a paper template

  •  Softly squeezing the bag, create your shapes (freehand or traced) from the melted chocolate (or candy melts)  onto the parchment paper. 
  • Let these set up until firm.

Melted candy stars need to set up before removing them from parchment paper.
  • Gently peel the shapes off of the parchment paper, and place them on your dessert. 
You may need to melt a little extra chocolate and use a small dab to adhere the shape to cookies and bars.

If some of your shapes did not turn out, you can even crumble them up and use them as extra sprinkles for your dessert. 

Patriotic Rice Krispies Squares - perfect for any American holiday party.

I'm not kidding when I say this is quick.  It took me under an hour from set-up to finish to make my garnishes and do the photo shoot for this post. Actually, I probably should have spent more time on the photo shoot, but the chocolate sets up fairly quickly so I had to work fast. Using one hand to draw the stars and the other to take the pictures did not produce my best efforts.  I am sure your stars would turn out even prettier than mine did this time!)

Red, white, and blue stars are the perfect choice for an American holiday, but the colors of any country, organization (i.e. school colors for a graduation treat!) can be used - and the shape doesn't even have to be a star! Use this little trick to make any dessert look extra special. 

These edible red, white, and blue decorations add a patriotic touch to any treat.

Who doesn't love an extra little bite of chocolate or candy?

What colors and shapes would you use to make your desserts extra- special?

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  1. You are sooooo much more dedicated than I am. Decoration doesn't happen here.

  2. I'm always amazed at how all-out patriotic you Americans get with the red, white and blue.
    It's different here in Australia. We love our country and enjoy the holidays it brings us, Australia Day etc, but not many people go all-out decorating with the green and gold. There's a bit of flag waving, some green and gold baseball styles caps and aprons at barbecues, but that's about it.

  3. These are so fun! They would be great for 4th of July too.

  4. What a cute idea. I'm leary of baking at all but I'm going to learn. I actually bought yeast the other day for the first time ever haha!

  5. What a cute idea. I'm leary of baking at all but I'm going to learn. I actually bought yeast the other day for the first time ever haha!

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