With combinations of red, white, and blue candy, we can celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day with these Patriotic M&M Blondies! You can buy a bag of Red, White, & Blue M&Ms and whip up a batch of blondies for both national holidays with those colours!
PATRIOTIC M&M BLONDIES
First of all, let me start by wishing my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day! Also, to my many readers and blogger friends in the United States, a very happy 4th of July! Lord Byron wishes you all a fun-filled and safe holiday. Celebrations always have great food options, right!? So, I’m sharing my Patriotic M&M Blondies recipe with you today.
M&Ms ARE THE BEST CANDY TO BAKE WITH!
I cannot tell you how much I love to bake with candy. There’s just something really fun and child-like about it! I am not being compensated by M&Ms, but I have to say, I really do like to bake with M&M candy.
Recently, I saw the American themed red, white, and blue package. Then, I saw the Canadian red and white Oh Canada! package. I had to have them both. At Lord Byron’s Kitchen, a large number of my readers and subscribers are from the United States and Canada. I thought why not lump them all together in these Patriotic M&M Blondies recipe!?
A FOOD BLOGGER THAT’S NOT ALWAYS PANICKED IS NOT DOING IT RIGHT!
I was in a hurry to get these Patriotic M&M Blondies baked, photographed, and posted. That’s the thing about a food blog, one always needs to be ahead of the game.
With both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4) quickly approaching, I didn’t have much time to share these to my social media accounts in time to get them out to you.
So, on Sunday morning – one of the hottest days so far this summer – I whipped up a batch. The heat was sweltering, but I cranked my oven, and got to baking. It was so hot! My oven heats up my little apartment kitchen quite quickly. I swear, I felt like I was melting. But, I love baking so much that the fun factor far outweighed the hotter than hell kitchen.
By the time McKenna and John.e got out of bed, I had already finished baking and had cleaned up. I was setting up for the photographs, when John.e suggested I pile them to highlight the tops and sides. And, it just so happens I had picked up this cake platter at Michael’s the week before. I found it in the Canada Day display section! So, it’s a perfect vessel for the Patriotic M&M Blondies.
CANADIANS ARE THE NICEST PEOPLE
I wanted to stay true to my Canadian roots. And, I wanted to show respect to my American friends. So, I divided the batter in half and folded in the M&Ms. The red and white M&Ms went into the Canadian blondie. The red, white, and blue M&Ms went into the American blondie. And then, I piled them all onto that cool cake stand and took the photos. Take a closer look! You’ll see that some are red and white, while the others are red, white, and blue.
Coming up with a name wasn’t easy. John.e suggested the word ‘patriotic,’ even though the word is not usually associated with Canada or Canada Day. The complete opposite is true in the United States.
Americans are very patriotic, the flag is respected and flown in every second garden. Every time I visit the US, I’m always amazed at the number of flags, wreaths, stars, etc., that I see.
Canada is not like that. Yes, our government buildings and schools have the Canadian flag. But, very rarely do you see a home with a flag with the exception of Canada Day celebrations. That doesn’t mean we don’t love our country and we aren’t patriotic at heart. I think it means that flag-related items are marketed more aggressively to our American neighbours.
MINI MUFFIN PANS OR BAKING DISHES WILL WORK!
I need to tie things up here! But first, please note that I prepared these Patriotic M&M Blondies in my mini muffin pans. If you don’t have mini muffin pans, use a 9 x 13 baking dish. Or you might have a brownie pan. They’ll all work well.
Patriotic M&M Blondies are the ultimate blondie experience. In my opinion, there’s no room in my kitchen for dry blondies. Cake-like blondies are okay for those of you who like them, but this blondie is super moist and super sweet. I dare you to eat more than two at a time! (Actually, no, I take that back. One is good. All in moderation, right?)
Patriotic M&M Blondies
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups M&M candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add the melted butter to a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the brown sugar until well incorporated.
- Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
- Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir until combined.
- Divide the batter into two equal portions.
- Add 3/4 cup of the red and white M&Ms to one half, and the red, white, and blue M&Ms to the other half. Stir to combine.
- Add one tablespoon of the batter to the mini muffin pan holes. Top with a few of the corresponding colour of M&Ms.
- Bake for exactly 9 minutes. Remove two-bite blondies from the mini muffin pan immediately and place on a wire cooling rack to completely cool. (If using a 9 x 13 baking dish, bake for 12 minutes.)
- Allow the blondies to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow to fully cool on a wire cooling rack before stacking or storing.