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4th Of July Video Captures Food And Fireworks Exploding In Beautiful Slow-Motion

July 4th is nearly upon us and, while it’s locked in the middle of the workweek, it doesn’t mean we can’t get weird and fun with the national holiday.

You may remember director David Ma from his many food series such as Superhero Hands and Jeff’s Table.

As a tribute to Independence Day, the director celebrates July 4th in what he feels is the most “AMERICA way possible” — combining food and fireworks.

Watch as traditional 4th of July picnic foods like hot dogs, watermelon, and Jell-O explode to the National Anthem.

Ma told Foodbeast:

“This was a personal project and ode to my favorite 4th of July foods with fireworks I was never allowed to play with as a kid.”

The director revealed that the foods chosen were not only iconic to Independence Day picnics, but items that would also yield to beautiful explosions in slow motion.

“I had a small but brilliant team who made all this happen. Brett Long was our food stylist who worked in tandem with Mike Quattrocchi (our fireworks technician) to attach M80 and mortar fireworks to watermelons, potato salad, Jell-O molds and hot dogs for precision in our blasts. For the set decoration and propping, Chuck Willis and Melissa Stammer brought to life my vision for the tabletops, which was a kitschy Americana ’80s feel.”

Remember kids, DO NOT try this at home. As this behind-the-scenes pic shows, the explosions were very real.

Packaged Food Sweets

Oreo’s New Flavor Will Have Pop Rocks-Like Candy Inside

Oreo releases new flavors more frequently than Gucci Mane releases mixtapes, and their latest rumored flavor is set to give your tongue a bit of a sensation.

According to Junk Food Aisle, Oreo will soon be releasing a limited edition Firework flavor that will have Pop Rocks-like candy within the creme filling.

It doesn’t look like it’s an official collab with Pop Rocks, the carbonated candy known for fizzing in your mouth, but Oreo must have made their own version of the popular candy. Aside from the popping candy, the chocolate cookie will remain its usual Oreo self.

Junk Food Aisle said the flavor will be “coming soon,” with no official release date, but it would make sense to see these in the summer, closer to Independence Day.

I don’t know how to feel about Oreos popping off in my mouth, but I also thought the Peeps Oreos would be garbage, and they were actually pretty good. So, these Fireworks might be worth a shot.


A Breakdown Of American Spending During The 4th Of July Weekend

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Another Independence Day has passed as we now suffer through the struggles of the 5th of July. I’m sure we all had fun playing drinking games, grilling burgers and thanking the Smith/Goldblum duo for saving us from aliens, but the day after any big party always comes with an apprehensive approach to our bank accounts.

Seeing how much we individually spend is a frightening thought, but there’s something a bit reassuring in seeing how much we spent, ate and drank collectively, as a nation. It’s just nice to know that we’re all degenerate spenders together. According to Fox News, these are some of the wildest numbers we both recorded and should expect.


The amount each household spent on average on supplies for their parties, including food and picnic ingredients and products.

$6.8 Billion

The total amount of money spent this 4th of July from each consumerist household. While we can all agree that the point of the 4th is to celebrate our independence and freedom, it would be naive to think that supermarkets and liquor stores aren’t also celebrating a very productive day for their respective businesses.

22.8 Million

The estimated number of cases of beer sold nationwide during the 4th of July weekend. That means roughly 547.2 million individual cans or bottles of beer were sold. If you assume that it takes an average of seven beers to get one person drunk, that means there could have potentially been 78 million drunk people walking around America over the weekend.

150 Million

The number of hot dogs eaten on the 4th. if placed tip to tip, the hot dogs could line up to and from DC to LA more than five times. Four of those hot dogs came from me, thank you very much.


The number of hot dogs professional eater Joey Chestnut ate this year at the annual hot dog eating contest held at Nathan’s Famous, a Coney Island fixture famous for its hot dogs.


The number of pyrotechnic effects, displays and fireworks during the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show held in New York City every year.

$710 Million

The estimated amount of money spent on consumer fire works during this holiday weekend, excluding the grand and lavish displays put on by major companies and corporations.

$4.4 Million

The amount of money spent on American flags last year. Surprisingly enough, about 98% of those flags were made in and imported from China.


Here’s How to Make Chocolate Pop Rocks Potato Chips, For a Fireworks Show of Flavor in Your Mouth

I’m not sure which is more upsetting, the fact that I didn’t know Chocolate Pop Rocks existed, or the fact that last time I visited instructable user lmnopeas‘s page, I somehow managed to completely miss this recipe.

In any case, here’s the brilliant step-by-step, with my sincerest apologies to the world for making you all wait so long to see it.

Because “the salt and crunch from the chip, mixed with the exploding popping candy creates a fireworks-show of flavor in your mouth!”

Chocolate Pop Rock Potato Chips


  • 1 Bar of Special Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Bar of Choice
  • 1 Container of Lays Stax Potato Chips or Chips of Choice
  • 3 Bags of Chocolate Pop Rocks


  • Baking sheet lined with wax paper
  • Double Boiler to melt chocolate

Step 1: Melt Chocolate

To melt the chocolate, place a heavy bottomed sauce pan filled half way with water on the stove. Turn stove on to medium-low heat. In the meantime, unwrap chocolate bar and chop it into small pieces.

Once the water begins to simmer, turn heat to low and place a heat-proof bowl on top. Place chopped chocolate inside bowl and stir slowly until chocolate melts.

Remove bowl from heat.

Step 2: Make the Chocolate Pop Rock Potato Chips

Place potato chips on a plate and pop rocks in a bowl. Using a spatula or silicone brush, gently brush a coat of the chocolate onto the potato chip. Then sprinkle the potato chip with pop rocks. You only need a couple of pop rocks per potato chip. Place chips on a wax sheet lined baking sheet.

Repeat until all of the pop rocks are gone. You may have a small amount of chocolate left over.

Place baking sheet in refrigerator for no longer than 3-4 minutes. You just need the chocolate to firm up a little. Remove from the refrigerator and enjoy!

[Photo and recipe credit: Lisa Trifiro]