In today’s post: Kids can make these cute graham cracker flags to celebrate the 4th of July.
It can be hard to keep kids occupied during the evening on the 4th of July while you’re waiting for it to get dark enough for fireworks. This year, try pulling out graham crackers and M&Ms and let everyone decorate their own graham cracker flag!
Supplies for Graham Cracker Flags
To make graham cracker flags, you will need:
1 package red, white, and blue M&Ms
6 full sheets of graham crackers, broken into 12 squares
1/4 cup white chocolate chip or candy melts
12 paper straws
Each 10.7 oz bag of red, white and blue M&Ms will have enough candy to make 11-12 flags (you will have additional blue M&Ms left over). To make about 22 treats you’ll want 2 packages of M&Ms, 12 full graham cracker sheets, and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. One tub of frosting will easily make a double batch of flags.
How to Make Graham Cracker Flags
There are really only 2 steps to making the graham cracker flags.
The first step is using melted white chocolate to “glue” the graham crackers to the paper straws. I recommend doing this part in advance because you need to let the melted white chocolate set up for 15-30 minutes and that can make kids impatient. It’s easiest to just do this step on your own first, and then gather the kids when it’s time to decorate.
To assemble the flags, start by trimming the paper straws to 4.5 or 5 inches long. Then place 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips in a small zip top bag and microwave it in 20 second intervals until the white chocolate is completely melted.
Then snip a corner off the ziptop bag and pipe white chocolate along one shorter edge of the graham cracker square. Press a straw up agains the white chocolate, as shown in the photo above.
Place the graham cracker down on parchment or wax paper and allow it to set up for 15-30 minutes until solid. Once the chocolate has completely set, you’ll be able to pick up the flag via the straw and it won’t fall apart.
Once the flags are assembled, you can gather the kids and start decorating! Just spread an even layer of white frosting on top of the graham cracker:
And then place red, white, and blue M&Ms on the graham cracker to mimic the look of the US flag:
These graham cracker flag treats are fun to make, and the graham cracker + frosting + M&M combo tastes pretty great too!