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Patriotic Milk Shakes

Elevate your ice cream game with these delicious and easy Red, White, and Blue Milkshakes!

Ingredients

  • Red Button Vintage Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Milk
  • Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Make each color layer one at a time and then combine everything in the end.
  2. Blend blueberries, a splash of milk and 2 scoops of vanilla Red Button ice cream.
  3. Repeat with the other layers and freeze in separate glasses 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pour into glasses, add whipped cream, and enjoy!

5 Facts About Cherries

It’s July and cherries are at their sweetest!

We know few things can top enjoying a perfectly ripe cherry in its peak season, but how about enjoying that same cherry while impressing your friends and family with your extensive knowledge of cherries? Read on to discover five interesting facts about cherries.

  1. Cherries are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, but their real nutritional benefit of cherries are the many polyphenol antioxidants, like anthocyanin, quercetin, and hydroxycinnamates (write them on your hand for reference while sharing) they contain. These polyphenols have been linked to cardiovascular health specifically and may provide other benefits through their antioxidant effects. Tart cherry concentrates (like juices or supplements) have also been linked to improved recovery following strenuous exercise and improve sleep.
  2. Cherry pits were excavated from prehistoric caves, evidence that cherries have been a dietary staple for thousands of years. That makes cherries one of the sweetest paleo-friendly foods, perfect for replenishing muscle glycogen after the day’s CrossFit workout. (Insert inside joke about your most stereotypical paleo friend here).
  3. Almonds are more closely related to cherries than cashews and other nuts. Both almond and cherry trees are members of the Prunus genus which includes other popular stone fruit trees like the plum, peach, apricot and nectarine. While almonds are also a stone fruit (or drupe if you want to really show off that science vernacular) it’s the rebel of the group, with a tough mesocarp (instead of the sweet flesh of a cherry) and an edible endocarp (compared with the inedible cherry pit).
  4. While we’re talking pits (no, not the double-T Brad type, but yes we loved Mr. and Mrs. Smith too) as with the stone in most stone fruits, contains amygdalin, a compound that is converted into toxic cyanide in the body. Don’t panic! Swallowing a few pits won’t harm you. The pit is actually composed of two parts, an outer protective shell designed to pass through your digestive system intact and the inner seed where the amygdalin is found. But do avoid cracking open the shell of cherry pits and eating their seeds.
  5. Utah is the second largest producer of tart cherries and fifth largest producer of sweet cherries. While this was a primary contributor to Utah officially naming the cherry as the state fruit in 1997, another was the cherry trees surrounding the state capitol. A gift from the Japanese following World War II, the trees not only honor reconciliation and friendship following the war but are a symbol of the cycle of life, of death and the beautiful blossoming rebirth we enjoy each spring.
Cherry Pie

Easy Food Club® Cherry Cream Pie

Cherry cream pie

Cherry yourself up with this no-bake cherry cream pie. This pie is very simple but packs a punch with the best backyard BBQ flavors around.

Ingredients

  • 1 Food Club® graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 can Food Club® sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup Food Club® whipped topping
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • Large can of cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. Mix sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and whipped topping in a large bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  2. Pour mixture into pie crust and smooth. Top with cherry pie filling.
  3. Chill for 2-4 hours and serve cold. Enjoy!
Cherry pitting tips

Cherry Pitting Tips

Everyone loves cherry juice, cherry ice cream, and best of all, cherry pie; however, it is an additional step to remove the pits of cherries so that you can enjoy your cherry favorites. Check out our tips and tricks below to more easily pit cherries.

  1. Use a frosting tip: If you don’t have a traditional cherry pitter, use the small end of a frosting tip to gently push the pit out of the cherry.
  2. Use a chop stick: Using the thin end of a chopstick is the easiest way to push a pit through a cherry with ease.
  3. Use a straw: Use a standard straw to push a cherry pit through the cherry.

Firecracker jello snack

Firecracker Gelatin Treats

Firecracker jello snack

Pop and crackle into the 24th of July with these patriotic jello snacks. They’re extremely simple to make and perfect for any get together.

Ingredients
1 package blue gelatin
1 package red gelatin
1 container Food Club® whipped topping
1 package peelable cherry licorice

Instructions
Prepare the blue and red gelatin according to package and let set. Once set, scoop in an alternating pattern into a cup, top with whipped topping, and peelable cherry licorice. Enjoy!

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Dad’s Epic Ice Cream Floats

Mix up your ice cream float flavors at home with a variety of sodas. Enjoy the creamy tang of an orange float, extra vanilla with vanilla cream, or the classic root beer float.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup flavored soda

Dad Rocks!

Tell dad he rocks with this simple activity you can do with your kids in an afternoon.

Things you’ll need

  • Rocks, washed and dried
  • Variety of paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Table cloth or protective sheet

Instructions

Simply paint the rocks with items dad loves!

Father’s Day Food Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday so it is time to decide how you are going to celebrate the men in your life. We all know that the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not get a gift that will have his heart and his stomach smiling? We have put together a list of 15 ways you and your kids can show love this Father’s Day with food.

  • Gift Cards: Dad’s love saving money, so why not pay for his groceries!
  • Soda: You’re the best POP!
  • Nuts: We are NUTS about you Dad!
  • Fresh Baked Muffins: We would be MUFFIN without you Dad!
  • Popcorn: To the best POP in the world!
  • Swedish Fish: You’re a CATCH! Happy Father’s Day!
  • Reeses Pieces: We love you to PIECES Dad!
  • Kit Kat: Take a break today Dad! You deserve it!
  • Donuts: Donut you know? You’re an awesome Dad!
  • Pops Basket (include Corn Pops, Pop-Tarts, Popcorn, Pop Rocks, Poppyseed muffins, Quaker Popped Chips: Happy POPS Day!
  • Fruit Basket: We are BANANAS about you Dad!
  • Pizza: Any way you slice it…you’re the best Dad!
  • Peanut M&Ms: To my slightly nutty but sweet Dad!
  • Ice Cream: Dad, you’re the COOLest!
  • Fresh Baked Cookies: Dad, you’re one smart COOKIE!
  • Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears: We love you BEAR-Y much!