Labor Day is the last holiday to end a fun and crazy summer. This is the last chance to get in any pool parties, barbecues and waterpark visits. In Colorado, the weather turns to fall with a snap of a finger after Labor Day. Check out these 8 festive Labor Day desserts to make the most of your final summer barbecue.
1. Patriotic Rice Snacks
Rice Krispies are always a hit among kids and adults. These dessert snacks are super easy to make with the option to use store-bought Rice Krispies. To dress up those Krispies you’re going to need some red, white and blue candy melts. Once the candy melts are warmed up, dip each Rice Krispie in half way to get them fully coated. You have the ability to get creative with this dessert. The decorations is where gets really festive. Add some star shaped sprinkles to the chocolate dipped Rice Krispie and you now have a super festive dessert that’s fun and easy to eat.
2. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Take advantage of those strawberries while it’s still in season. For this dessert you only need a couple crates of strawberries, instant cheesecake mix and a couple crates of blueberries. This dessert is quite simple but very delicious and festive for Labor Day. Cut the top off the strawberries and gently hollow them out. This will act as a sweet vessel for the cheesecake mix. To garnish those strawberries, add one little blueberry and voila, now you have a tasty and festive dessert.
3. Red, White and Blue Cake Pops
Cake pops are super easy and tasty to eat at a Labor Day barbecue. Cake pops also offer a lot of creativity when it comes to designing them. You can make your own cake pops but if you’re on a time crunch it’s just as easy to pick them up from the store. Melt some red, white and blue candy melts and dip each cake pop in its desired color. Decorate them randomly or decorate them in the shape of the American flag for a special Labor Day look.
4. Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Those red, white and blue colored candy melts are coming in handy this Labor Day. Chocolate covered pretzels are always a favorite because it’s easy to eat and the balance between sweet and salty is just perfect. You will need a pack of giant salted pretzel rods and red, white and blue candy melts. The creativity of this dessert is up to you. These pretzels are blank canvases, the melted chocolate is paint and you are the artist. Your friends and family will love this festive Labor Day dessert no matter how you decorate them.
5. Chocolate Covered Oreos
There is nothing more patriotic than Oreos. One of America’s favorite dessert cookies is here to make its festive and delicious debut. Take those same red, white and blue colored candy melts and dunk those Oreos. Again, get creative with your designs and keep it to the patriotic Labor Day theme with stripes and stars resembling the American flag.
6. Angel Food Cake Skewers
Angel food cake is delicious and sweet but trying to serve that at a barbecue might get a little messy. Chop up the angel food cake into cubes and pierce them with a skewer along with fresh strawberries and blueberries. This simple dessert is the classic American dessert that it perfect for your festive Labor Day barbecue.
7. Festive Ice Cream Sandwiches
This Labor Day dessert will be the easiest type of dessert you have ever prepared—and it will still look fun and patriotic. All you need is store-bought ice cream sandwiches and red, white and blue sprinkles. Unwrap those frozen gold mines and dip the edges into a mixture of patriotic sprinkles. Make sure you coat every edge so there aren’t any plain ice cream spots peeking through. When you’re done coating them, they go back in the freezer. When everyone’s is craving a delicious dessert bring those festive ice cream sandwiches out to play.
8. Red, White and Blue Fruit Salsa
The summertime is perfect for a fresh fruit salsa and it’s quite simple to make. All you need is a couple crates of strawberries, blueberries, fresh Jicama, honey, lime juice and a little bit of fresh cilantro. You can eat this fruit salsa with a spoon but if you want to get a little more adventurous—sopapilla chips would be super delicious to dip into this fresh fruit salsa. You can buy sopapilla chips at the store but if you wanted to make them by scratch it is quite easy. All you need is flour tortillas and canola oil. Deep fry those tortilla triangles—once those chips are golden brown take them out and shake them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. This festive dessert is perfect to celebrate Labor Day weekend.