Fourth of July Parfait

Your child can enjoy their own independence in the kitchen with this kid-friendly dessert!

The time to celebrate our nation’s independence is fast approaching! While your little ones may not fully understand the history behind Fourth of July yet, that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy the holiday. For many of us, Fourth of July has become synonymous with backyard barbecues and spending time with friends and family. And who is better to help you plan your barbecue than your own little patriot?

This fun Fourth of July activity gives you a perfect way to end your barbecue - plop down to watch those fireworks with a delicious patriotic parfait that you and your child made together! You can even turn the grocery shopping into a learning experience for your child. While picking out the fruit for the parfait, ask your child which colors you need to represent the American flag. Then, it can be a scavenger hunt to find the berries that have the appropriate color and taste appeal for your family.

To construct your parfait, you will need:

  • 2 small packages of blueberries or blackberries
  • 2 small packages of raspberries or strawberries
  • Premade angel food cake
  • Whipped cream*

Now that you have your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! Before you start constructing the desserts, you can teach your child the importance of cleanliness when preparing food for others. It’s important not only to wash your hands with soap and warm water before you start, but also to rinse and dry the fruit as well.

First, remove the angel food cake from the container and have your child carefully tear the cake into bite sized chunks. (You can pre-cut the cake into chunks as well, but it is sure to be more fun to let your little one make their own mound of cake bits!)

Next, pull out four clear glass cups and squirt a dollop of whipped cream into the bottom of each.

Now, let your child take charge and fill the cups by layering the red fruit, the cake chunks, the whipped cream, and the blue fruit, until the cup is filled to the top.

And voila! Your child has just created a delicious dessert all by themselves! Not only will they be proud to share their creation with friends and family, but it is a relatively healthy dessert that you can feel good about serving to your children.

*If you are feeling particularly inspired, you can create your own whipped cream. Beat a small carton of heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Then add several tablespoons and sugar and a dash of vanilla to taste. Continue beating until soft peaks form. You can even use food coloring to dye your whipped cream blue or red to complete the parfait!

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