10 Classic American Dishes to Celebrate the Fourth of July

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Two-Tone Fudgesicles
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Makes 6-8 fudgesicles

1 cup each heavy cream & whole milk
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tsp. light brown... more 
Photo by: William Brinson
Two-Tone Fudgesicles
Save and print this recipe on Food52.

Makes 6-8 fudgesicles

1 cup each heavy cream & whole milk
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tsp. light brown sugar
Large pinch cinnamon
Large pinch cayenne
3 oz. milk chocolate, chopped
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean

1. Combine cream & milk in a heavy saucepan; set on low heat.
2. Mix bittersweet chocolate, 1 tbsp. brown sugar & spices in a heatproof bowl. Mix milk chocolate, remaining sugar & vanilla seeds in another heatproof bowl.
4. When milk is scalded, pour equally into two bowls of chocolate; whisk to dissolve sugar.
5. Pour bittersweet mix halfway up 6 to 8 pop molds. Put molds in freezer until slightly firm, 1 to 1.5 hours. Meanwhile, chill milk chocolate mix.
6. Pour milk chocolate mix up to the top of pop molds, insert sticks & chill several hours until hard. less 
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There's hardly a holiday more patriotic than the Fourth of July. As the sun sets, the burgers grill, and the red, white, and blue streamers fly, it's hard not to think back to that fateful night almost 240 years ago when the USA was born. Or, if you're not feeling quite so sentimental, you'll at least be excited by the sky-sweeping fireworks, juicy watermelon, and good company.

However you celebrate the Fourth, there's no holiday more appropriate for enjoying your favorite classic American dishes. Taken together, these 10 regional and country-wide recipes showcase the quintessential dishes that define American home-cooking.