Make Sparks Fly This July 4th With These 8 Patriotic Treats!

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There’s something purely magical that happens to us when the 4th of July rolls around every year. Firecrackers pop in staccato in the streets and fireworks light up the skies as children race off to play a quick game of baseball under the halo of the streetlight standing like a silent sentry above the ball field. Neighbors chatter happily and revel with one another in the apple pies and chocolate-based desserts spread upon picnic tables bedecked in red-and-white checkered tablecloths before them.

If it sounds like we’re describing a scene out of The Sandlot, well, yeah, we are. But you can recreate that same feeling this Independence Day – without the fireworks! Just try one (or two…or, you know, all) of these 8 desserts to really add some sparkle and pizzazz to your July 4th bash!

American Flag Cake – Show that you’re too cool for British rule with a patriotic cake! Liberally adorned with sprinkles and white chocolate frosting, this cake makes the flag look more beautiful than ever with strawberry stripes and blueberry stars.

Ice Cream Flag Cake – Have you ever wanted both cake and ice cream but really dread digging around for that sad carton of freezer-burned vanilla ice cream just to satisfy your sweet tooth? Trust us, we know the feeling. Get the best of both worlds with this amazing ice cream flag cake! And make sure your audience is watching you cut the cake, because within lie delectable flag slices! Top it off with some sparkling candles to really wow ‘em!

Star-Studded Berry Tarts – Easy on the eyes and even easier to eat, these tasty little treats feature fresh fruit and juuuuuust a sprinkling of good ol’ confectioner’s sugar on top to sweeten it up a bit!

Champagne Ice Cream Floats – Sometimes, the simplest things are the best. Combine your favorite fruit, a little bit of champagne, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream to create a concoction that’ll knock your socks off (figuratively-speaking)!

Firecracker Cake – Want something that just screams “America”? You’re gonna want this dessert at your 4th of July bash. It’s almost too pretty to eat – almost.

Star Confetti Cookies – You like stars. You like confetti. And who doesn’t? Unpatriotic people, that’s who. Celebrate the birth of our nation with these delectable sugar cookies, which feature festive pops of red, white, and blue sprinkles!

Red Velvet Fireworks Cake – When one layer of cake just isn’t enough to party like it’s 1776, there’s the jaw-dropping six-layered red velvet fireworks cake. The amount of sprinkles on this beautiful work of art will be a bigger hit than any fireworks you’ll see!

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake – Life is full of difficult choices. One of them is choosing between demolishing a plate of cookies or a piece of cake. When you just can’t choose between the two, put them together with this fireworks sugar cookie cake! Topped with frosting, red and blue sprinkles, and patriotic M&M’s, this dessert’s got it all!

Of course, if you just want to spend your day relaxing, you can always leave the hard work up to McArthur’s Bakery! You won’t only get to kick back and take it easy, but you’ll also get an eye-catching, delicious dessert that will dazzle any guest! Stop by one of our locations to put in your order today.

These 10 Summer Drinks Sweeten Any Picnic!

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What do you think of when you hear the word “picnic”? Do you envision a smorgasbord of delectable finger-foods spread across the universal picnic blanket (you know, the red-and-white-checked kind), all set and ready for you and your friends to demolish in 0.8 seconds? Of course you do! Everyone thinks about the food when it comes to picnics – but what about the drinks? After all, the right beverage can set the tone for the occasion!

This time, celebrate National Picnic Month right by trying these 10 amazing drinks! Trust us on this – the drinks matter!

Iced Tea – Don’t want to get too fancy with your beverage? Iced tea can be a refreshing option during the blazing summer months. It’s easy – just add water and your favorite bags of tea to a sealable container, refrigerate it for 5 hours, remove the bags, serve it over ice, and enjoy!

Iced Sparkling Honey-Lime Red Tea – Sometimes regular iced tea just doesn’t cut it. You need some zest in your life, something that makes your taste buds scream, “More of this, please!” Behold, the wondrous concoction that is known as iced sparkling honey-lime red tea. Don’t let the long name fool you – this delicious drink is super easy to make!

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade – Nothing says “summer” quite like lemonade. But don’t just settle for any lemonade. Make it exciting like this bubbly and refreshing sparkling blueberry lemonade recipe!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade – Blueberry not your thing? We get it. Some people aren’t into that. That’s why there’s the ever-beloved strawberry lemonade. Try this sweet drink at your next picnic!

Strawberry Limeade Slushies – Do you have a lot of strawberries hanging out and being neglected in the fridge since you bought them a few days ago? Put them to good use and create this easy and delicious strawberry limeade slushie! You can even add a white-based soda or a splash of rum or vodka to this concoction for a fun twist!

Mocktail Blackberry Spritzer – It’s time to get that pinky finger some exercise because this is one fancy-lookin’ drink right here. May we introduce the mocktail blackberry spritzer! This drink gives you the perfect excuse to savor all those delicious summertime blackberries – in style!

Plum Sangria – Sometimes you just want a sweet treat to go along with your summertime fare. We totally get that. That’s why there’s plum sangria to help you kick back and relax on your next picnic!

Tequila Sunrise – Give your taste buds a bit of a wake-up call with a tequila sunrise! You’re bound to feel like the epitome of sunshine with this drink in hand.

Piña Colada – Send your worries far, far away with a fruity piña colada. Wanna get a little more of a tropical vibe? We suggest throwing in a banana for good measure!

Long Island Iced Tea – For a boozy take on iced tea, there’s the ever-delicious Long Island Iced Tea. Let yourself be whisked away to fabulous New York City as you sip and savor this popular summertime drink.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a large bottle of water along with you. It’s not only good for keeping you hydrated, but it can also double as something to help you wash off your sticky hands!

Don’t feel like hand-making drinks for your picnic? We understand. It’s work, and there are better things you could be doing. Like grabbing a fruity smoothie from McArthur’s Bakery before you head out to your picnic. Stop by any of our locations to pick up some drinks for you and your partygoers before you devour all that amazing food!

4 Delicious Bite-Sized Treats to Serve at Your Graduate’s Party

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The day has finally come, whether you like it or not. Your little boy or girl is finally a big-shot graduate, whether it’s from junior high, high school, college, or grad school. We know, it’s hard to fight back the tears. But now’s the time to commemorate your grad’s achievements (and your being one step closer to having the house to yourself again)!

Sure, it might be June, but that just means that more people will be able to attend your grad’s big party now that the insanity of May is over. And what better way to impress your guests and celebrate with some out-of-this-world bite-sized desserts? Here are 4 finger-food-esque treats you can try out:

Cake Pops – Who doesn’t love a cake pop (or two…or three+)? You’d have to be pretty much soulless to not love the decadent taste of cake lying beneath that exquisite layer of hardened melted candy. Assemble a big batch of these tasty treats bedecked in your grad’s school colors and maybe some fun sprinkles and watch your guests devour them wherever they go – the living room, the rented photo booth, wherever!

Mini Cupcakes – They’re like full-sized cupcakes, except better because you can 1.) pop them in your mouth for a quick rush of sugar and 2.) feel less-judged for eating more than one or two. Adorn these little desserts with graduation hats and tassels atop the icing color of your grad’s alma mater. If you really want to wow your guests, order them in a variety of flavors!

Gooey Butter Cookies – Look, it’s just not a party in the Lou without gooey butter anything. Make it a legit celebration with some delicious gooey butter cookies. Chewy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, these sweet little snacks will be a big hit, trust us. Get wild and crazy by choosing different flavors like chocolate, strawberry cheesecake, Funfetti, or peanut butter!

Petit Fours – Even if you’ve never really heard the name before, you probably know all about these tiny squares of goodness. These treats were once a staple at tea parties of the ruling class in 19th century Europe, so get fancy with a tray full of these goodies! Take it a step further by decorating them with the graduate’s initials, miniature caps and tassels, or the school mascot.

You’ve got enough to worry about when it comes to planning and hosting the party. Let McArthur’s take care of the dessert! Call us today at (314) 894-0900 to place your order and make it a party no one will forget (especially your grad!).