The 4th of July is all about celebrating the USA by donning red, white and blue attire, gathering for family picnics and staying up late for fireworks. When I have Alex and Soph for the 4th, we usually head west to Grandma and Wayne’s house. We’ll cook-up a bunch of food and once it starts getting dark, head to whichever small town will have the best fireworks show that year.
The next night we usually head out to stay at Grandpa’s isolated farmhouse and stay up late, again, for our own fireworks display. Minnesota only allows the sale of the smaller fireworks, but the kids and I have fun putting on our own little extravaganza for Grandpa.
Alex an Soph didn’t get to assist with the fireworks until they were about eight years old and they still only get to help with direct supervision, of course. The fact is, fireworks can be dangerous. BUT, one of the fireworks that most kids actually do get to touch is the sparkler. Mom or Dad will carefully instruct their child on the proper use of a sparkler. They demonstrate how to hold it far away from the body and how to move it around in the air while the kids anxiously await their turn. Then, Mom or Dad light the end and the sparks start flying.
I always loved sparklers…actually I still do. They were the inspiration for this patriot dessert. It’s meant to mimic the sparks that glitter off the end of a sparkler. The chow mien noodles point every-which-way and the candy sugar twinkles, just like the glowing sparks on the end of a real 4th of July sparkler.
And, like all of our recipes, these treats are easy to make with kids of all ages. Older kids can melt the chocolate and younger kids can stir and sprinkle. It’s a simple recipe, perfect for keeping the kids busy during your 4th of July celebrations.