After you’ve finished grilling and barbecuing to celebrate Independence Day, bring out the real star of the show: dessert. And this year, go all out for the holiday with red, white and blue patriotic sweets, like flag-inspired cakes and homemade rocket pops. This 4th of July, your desserts will outshine the firework show!

Go Red, White and Blue: It’s easy to infuse your dessert with America’s proudest colors. Try good old food coloring to make patriotic Tie Dye Fudge. Or use fresh fruit to turn a simple ice cream pie into a red, white and blue masterpiece. For an easy snack, spike your favorite Chex mix or cereal/trail mix with stripes of melted white chocolate and red and blue candies.

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes: If you have an artistic touch, try turning your dessert into an American flag! Start out simply by topping a vanilla cake with fruit to make up your stars and stripes. Once you’ve mastered the flag, make one out of fresh fruit skewers and cake pops. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, go for a surprise cake! When you slice into this round cake, you’ll reveal the flag inside.

Have Fun with Your Fruit: The easiest way to go red, white and blue? With naturally colored fruit! Make a parfait with layers of strawberries, blueberries and fresh whipped cream. Take it one step further by adding layers of pound cake to turn it into a July 4th trifle. Watermelon is perfect for shaping into festive stars. But for the ultimate watermelon desserts, turn the fruit into a “cake” with this healthy take on dessert. For a 15-minute dessert, try our patriotic strawberries.

Make Homemade Ice Pops: Before the fireworks start, cool down with homemade pops. Instead of buying a Rocket Pop off the ice cream truck, make your own creamy red, white and blue pop with some pudding and food coloring. Or get the same patriotic look using puréed fresh fruit in this refreshingly healthy twist. And if you’re craving something creamy, there’s nothing easier than this: Skewer store-bought ice cream sandwiches with a popsicle stick, then roll the ice cream sides in red, white and blue sprinkles for the holiday. Try it with this recipe.

Put it on a Skewer: Sometimes everything just tastes better on a stick. Make your July 4th dessert standout with these great ideas for skewers. Try a brownie and fruit kebab, loaded with homemade brownie squares, strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows. This one rivals sparklers: Skewer fresh fruit, then top it all off with a Rice Krispie treat star, like here. And for the one that takes the cake, try an entire strawberry shortcake, on a stick!