When you add sparklers to a dessert, it instantly becomes so much more celebratory! Such a simple thing, but I’m a big fan of SIMPLE. Why over-complicate food design when approachable food always puts guests at ease? Then, add a little flash and shimmer, and you’ve got a winning whimsical dessert. Like my Mini Baked Alaskas.
We use sparklers as you would birthday candles, and for all sorts of occasions, from the obvious Fourth of July celebration to weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, grand openings and product launches. The sparkle they give manage to dress up a simple, classic ice cream dessert like my meringue-covered Mini Baked Alaskas. But trust me, brownies, slices of cake, even a hot fudge sundae all look festive with sparklers!
SPARKLER TIPS: For bite-sized desserts, I use a 5-inch-tall sparkler with a 3-inch wick. But I have to say, before you use sparklers at your party, indoors or out, make sure to get approval from your venue first. Fabulously fun, sure, but sparklers are still live flame. Make sure you party responsibly, even with food service.
P.S. You can find the recipe for the Mini Baked Alaskas in my cookbook, Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party, easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser on hot summer days.