Sugar Swings! Serve Some: simple 4th of july snacks....!

Monday, June 27, 2011

simple 4th of july snacks....!

4th of july snacks as soon as i spotted these liberty goldfish at my local Targé...i knew i had to do something for the upcoming 4th of july holiday....and these snacks are super simple....pretzels, chocolate kisses, and the baked red, white, and blue goldfish crackers....(i've done these before with pretzels, candy melt, and plain m&m's on top....very easy and quick to put together)....for these i had a ton of hershey's kisses from an impulse buy at decided to go with them instead of candy melts....

....line a baking sheet with pretzels (i used the square shaped ones but whatever shape you like as the base)....add a hershey's kiss, and pop in a preheated 170 degree oven for about 5 mins or until the kisses are just melted....'s where i had a bit of a impatient about 3 minutes....the chocolate was not really getting squishy enough to add a goldfish cracker i increased the heat to about 250....after a couple more minutes, still not what did i do...yeah...cranked the heat again to about 300...(yep i did)....and thought....oh no maybe that was not a good idea with real chocolate......

...i ended up with crunchy hershey's kisses....which in case you were wondering refuse to melt anymore even if you attempt to nuke them in the microwave.... i went with plan B, or my favorite stuff....chocolate candy melts or wafers.....and this worked much better.....put the pretzels topped with a candy melt into a 170 degree oven for about 3 minutes and then immediately top with the goldfish cracker (or any other topper you have on hand...)

....and you get a bunch of red, white, and blue sweet and salty snacks for the 4th of july holiday.....!

....oh and it seems pepperidge farm is making the colors with natural ingredients too....the box says the colors come from beet juice concentrate, huito juice concentrate, watermelon juice concentrate, paprika, and paprika extract.... afterwards i googled "melting hershey's kisses" and it seems like they should melt just fine in a low temp lesson learned....i need to be much more patient with chocolate...! if anyone has other stories of melting chocolate badly please share them with me so i can blame the chocolate and not me... :)

....have a great week and 4th of july weekend!

36th Avenue


  1. On more than one occasion (and it pains me to admit) I was impatient with merkens chocolate and burned it in the microwave.

    I have also carelessly destroyed melted candy melts with water.

    It only takes one time and you'll never make the mistake again ;)

  2. What an adorable idea with the red/white/blue goldfish! LOVE it!

  3. How fun!
    I'd love for you to share this at my link party... I am doing a post about red, white and blue treats and this would be perfect!

  4. Just pinned this :) Love it! Great twist on the pretzel/chocolate idea. Too cute!

  5. What a fabulous idea...totally addicting, too :D

  6. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I love sweet & salty together, & I think those liberty Goldfish are just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks delish. We'd love you to share your recipe with us at
    Simply Delish.

  8. I love this idea! I featured it on my blog today, feel free to swing by and grab a featured button :) I'd also love for you to link up to my sweet treats party! It runs through Sunday, hope to see you there!!

  9. These are so cute! The kisses keep their shape but get soft enough after a few minutes to squish your cracker/candy on top. I make these every year at Christmas, and they are always a big hit (except I use M&M's). I can't remember what temp I use, but I think it's around 250 or so.

  10. Those look so good and super simple to make!

  11. I think the Hershey Kisses were probably ready to come out of the oven the first time....they look like they haven't melted but after you take them out and put a fish on top and push down, they go into the softened kiss. They won't ever melt into a puddle on top, just squish, this is also cute by squishing a "M&M" on top.


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