Time moves differently in our socially distant world; the past year has somehow felt like an entire lifetime and just a couple weeks simultaneously, and before you know it, it will be summer again! What better way to welcome in the warm season than with some delicious Memorial Day desserts? Some patriotic delicacies will really sweeten your holiday. Granted, many of these desserts are made specifically for the 4th of July and in fact, many are named that way, but they work just as well for Memorial Day!
Rocket Jello Shots
Let’s keep it simple to start with. Jello shots are a great way to spice up any party, and these patriotic shots are an absolute no-brainer. Although if you do opt to put a candle or sparkler in them, you may need to keep an eye on your more inebriated guests; they may down these a little too aggressively, flame and all.
I’ve cycled through several bark-based puns, but I’ll spare you. The best Memorial Day desserts are the ones that don’t need explaining, so the less said about this one, the better.
Fireworks Push-It-Up Cakes
This recipe combines the childhood fun of push-pops with the sugary splendor of cupcakes, and this one looks like an absolute blast to eat.
July 4th S’mores Dip
If you like your Memorial Day desserts to be as gooey as possible, then this one’s for you! This S’mores dip is perfect for sitting around the bonfire and telling stories. Yes, part of the fun is usually roasting the marshmallows yourself, but what kind of host makes their guests work for their food?
4th Of July White Chocolate Fudge
Fudge is one of the most simple yet decadent desserts you can make, and this colorful recipe is perfect for a patriotic celebration or for any time you just simply have a craving for some fudge.
Firecracker Red, White, And Blue Cake
This flamboyantly festive cake just screams “America!” If you don’t want your Memorial Day desserts to be subtle in the slightest, then this cake ought to be your goal. The recipe doesn’t seem too difficult either, so if you want to impress your guests but aren’t exactly Gordon Ramsey, you might want to give this a try.
I feel like milkshakes are sort of a lost art. I can’t remember the last time I had one. Just one look at this stunning shake has me rethinking my life choices. I think I need a milkshake as soon as possible.
Red, White, And Blue Cupcakes
Now, this right here is a classic. Sometimes it’s best to not overthink things, and these cupcakes have you covered. Any trepidatious eaters you might be serving will likely be put at ease by the simplicity of this dessert.
If some of these Memorial Day desserts have been a bit too in-your-face with their bright hues, then this delectable dessert might be a good alternative. It fits into the holiday theme but is a viable option the entire year.
Red, White, And Blueberry Chex Bars
This tasty treat gives your guests a slightly healthier option and gives you a relatively simple recipe to try out. Not every dessert needs to be so flashy. This is the no-nonsense option. No hassle, no fuss, just delicious.
Patriotic Cherry-Stuffed Oreo Truffles
Alright, let’s get fancy again. Truthfully this is one of the most mouth-watering options I have ever seen. This bite-sized behemoth is the perfect treat for your guests to munch on while doing other things. This one won’t become the focal point of the party, but I doubt your guests will forget it any time soon.
Red, White, And Blue Layered Flag Cake
This might be the most overtly patriotic of the bunch. America is a land of decadence, so why not make a cake that lays the freedom on thick. This recipe leaves some room for creativity as well since the top is so lightly decorated. You can really have some fun with your own ideas to top this one or leave it relatively minimalistic. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, after all.
Red, White, And Blue Cake Pops
What a versatile and fun treat for your Memorial Day celebration. These pops can be used for so many things. You can hand them out to the kids to keep them quiet for a little while, you can arrange them like a bouquet and so much more.
Triple Berry Pie
Pie is about as American as it gets, and this dessert is a gorgeously vintage-looking option for your celebration. Its flavors dare far beyond your basic apple pie. Captain America would be proud.
Mixed Berry Tiramisu
An Italian dessert may seem like an odd choice for this American Holiday, but there is no doubt that this dish cannot be bound by cultural borders. Simply put, tiramisu is incredible, and this recipe is sure to impress your guests. Or if you have no guests, it’s sure to impress your own taste buds. They deserve it.
Red-White-And-Blue Berry Delight
Now if at this point you’re thinking that this list is sorely lacking in dishes that look positively bouncy, then I’ve got a little something for you. This gelatinous delicacy looks great and must taste even better.
No-Bake Watermelon “Cake”
Now I love watermelon, and I love cake, but admittedly this one broke my brain a little bit. It would have never occurred to me to serve watermelon in this way in a million years, but this looks incredible. Introduce your guests to a whole new world of watermelon consumption.
Berry White Ice Pops
If the weather is too hot to handle this Memorial Day, you’re going to need something to cool off with. These popsicles are the perfect solution. To these delicious-looking treats, I say “You’re the first, the last, my everything.” That’s a Barry White joke. You’re welcome.
Uncle Sam Hat Cake
Let’s finish off this list with some style. How could you not smile if you saw this baked fashion statement at a party? I can’t think of a sillier way too inspire a little holiday spirit than this dessert.