By Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
June 28, 2016

Long gone are the days when a simple strawberry pie or a bowlful of ice cream sufficed as a Fourth of July dessert. Now, things are bigger, badder, and red, white, and blue-er. There are fireworks and Pop Rocks and iterations upon iterations of the American flag.


Is it fun? Is it madness? That's for you to decide. (We, for the record, think it's a bit of both.) Here are 12 Fourth of July desserts that are patriotic in the most extreme, sugary sense.


And, hey, if none of these are your thing, there's plenty of pie and ice cream out there still.


1.) These "Fireworks" cupcakes with Pop Rocks and sparklers.


Pop Rocks "Fireworks Cupcakes" via Real Simple


2.) This impossibly immaculate flag cake


American Flag Cake via Food52


3.) These dizzying Fireworks Cookies


Fireworks Cookies via Bake at 350


4.) Stop it, Martha.


Fruited-Cheesecake Flag via Martha Stewart


5.) This pattern, pinwheel madness



6.)  Look at that patriotic lattice work. 


Old Glory Berry Pie via TipHero


7.) Look at the swirls in this Red, White, and Blue Velvet Zebra Bundt Cake


Red, White, and Blue Velvet Zebra Bundt Cake via Baking a Moment


8.) Well, these sugar cookies are adorable (those stripes, though). 


American Flag Sugar Cookies via Tune 'n Fork


9.) What's even happening here


Red, White, and Blue Tie-Dye Cake via Hungry Happenings


10.) These cakelettes seem like a lot of work. 


Firecracker Cakelettes via SheKnows


11.) And more firecrackers and Pop Rocks. 


Firecracker Cake via Tablespoon!


12.) The real question is, would you drink this