Pictured: Sonia Bleeker, H-E-B bakery manager, puts the finishing touches of red and blue icing on a white sheet cake for Fourth of July. OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

H-E-B serves up hundreds of tasty red, white and blue treats

Fourth of July desserts quite popular

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Sonia Bleeker moves gracefully with her hands squeezing out just enough red and blue icing on each side of a white frosted cake as she decorates it for Fourth of July.

"I learned how to decorate here, we have training classes," said Bleeker, H-E-B bakery manager.

Bleeker said customers have a sweet tooth that can only be satisfied with a cake, cookies or brownies.

The H-E-B store in Alice sells about 20 cases, or 160, of the half-sheet cakes and another 40 to 50 one-quarter sheet cakes leading up to the Fourth of July celebrations.

In addition to that, customers purchase about 80 dozen, or 960, cupcakes adorned in red, white and blue candy sprinkles and about 200 apple pies, Bleeker said. That doesn't include the decorated red, white and blue cookies and frosted brownies.

"The apple pie is traditional," Bleeker said. "It's a great buy, we have been selling lots of apple pies for Fourth of July."

According to Wikipedia, in the United States, Independence Day (commonly known as "the Fourth of July," or "July the Fourth") is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, baseball games and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government and traditions of the United States. Fireworks have been associated with the Fourth of July since 1777, Wikipedia said.

Bleeker said the American tradition after a good meal involves a yummy dessert.

"I think it's (popular) because they want something sweet after the barbecue," she said.