Enjoy these Marshmallow Firecracker Pops at your Fourth of July picnics and parties this summer. Chocolate covered marshmallows with a fun red, white, and blue twist are a treat that kids of all ages will love.
Recently my husband and I got a season pass to Disney. Since we live close enough to drive up any time we want, we am excited to check out all the parks over the next year. It’s not our first time going, so it will be fun to just wander when we go.
The best part of having a season pass is that you do not feel rushed or stressed about seeing everything in a short window of time. The second best thing is going to the parks without kids.
We enjoyed a few lazy days just wandering around and eating whatever we wanted. Of course, I’m all about the Disney treats, so of course, we checked out every bakery and food place we saw.
Chocolate covered marshmallows are one of those bakery treats that I love, but don’t want to spend the money on because they are so easy to make at home. If I’m at Disney, I’m going to have a Dole Whip and churro toffee instead.
I actually saw a version of these fun patriotic marshmallows at Disney Springs when we were checking out all the yummy desserts there. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure the idea for these Dirt Marshmallow Pops from last year came from a bakery or candy store too.
Adding a piece of a sour straw to the top was the perfect way to make them look like firecrackers.
Pro Tip: Add a large candy star to the middle of the white marshmallow to make the perfect party favor for Marvel themed birthday parties.
Ingredients you need to make Marshmallow Firecracker Pops:
Paper Straws: You can use any color of straw for these marshmallow pops. I had some stars and stripes straws in my pantry that I used. Feel free to use plain red and blue ones. You can even use lollipop sticks if you like.
Marshmallows: Buy a bag of the regular sized marshmallows and place 3 of them on the straws. If you are making them for younger kids, you could cut the straws in half and just dip 1 marshmallow for each one.
White Chocolate Melts: A good quality chocolate is best for fun treats like this. I prefer to use the Ghirardelli melting wafers because they melt so well. Plus, they taste amazing.
Sanding Sugars: Since these are for the Fourth of July, you will need a container of red, white, and blue sugars. If you are making them for other parties, go ahead and pick up the colors that match your theme.
Sour Straws: These little sour candy straws are the perfect size to use for the tops of the marshmallow firecrackers. You could also use black string licorice if you can find that.
These cute little marshmallow pops are an easy treat for kids to help you with too. They will love dipping the marshmallows in the chocolate and adding the different colored sugars.
Of course, the main reason they like to help is because they want to munch on one as soon as you are done dipping.
How to make Marshmallow Firecracker Pops:
- Push three marshmallows onto a paper straw, making sure to go all the way through each one. Yes, even the top one. It will leave a hole for the sour straw later. Then pull the marshmallows up until the paper straw is in the middle of the top marshmallow. Make sure the other marshmallows are pulled up and tight to each other.
- Cut the sour straws into pieces that are 3/4 of an inch long. They can be even longer, if you like.
- Melt the white chocolate melts according to the package directions. Let it cool for a few minutes.
- Dip the marshmallows into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to pour chocolate over the tops and sides of the marshmallows. Tap the straw gently to remove as much of the excess chocolate as possible. Push a sour straw into the top where the hole is.
- Hold the marshmallows over the bowl of red sugar. Use a spoon to gently add red sugar to the top marshmallow. Slowly rotate the straw in your hand, so you get sugar all over the marshmallow. Don’t forget about that top, but be careful you don’t knock out the sour straw. Rotate the straw one more time, so the excess sugar falls back into the bowl.
- Repeat this again with the middle marshmallow over the white sugar and the bottom marshmallow over the blue sugar.
- Place the marshmallow pops on a wax paper lined tray and let them set up before serving or storing.
To serve these 4th of July marshmallows, fill jars with red, white, and blue M&M’s and press the straws into the candy. They make a fun and delicious centerpiece for your patriotic parties!
You can also put them in cellophane bags and hand them out as party favors. Tie pieces of ribbon to the ends to make them even more festive.
Other Fourth of July desserts you may like:
This Red White and Blue Bundt Cake is a fun and colorful Fourth of July cake that you can be proud to share at any picnic or barbecue this summer.
These fun Patriotic Glazed Funfetti Donuts will brighten any morning. Swirls of red, white, and blue and lots of sprinkles will make anyone smile.
Swirls of colors make these Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Bars a fun dessert to share at holiday parties this summer.
A batch of this sweet and salty S’mores Popcorn with red, white, and blue sprinkles is a fun treat to munch on while you wait for fireworks to start.
This 4th of July White Chocolate Fudge is the perfect patriotic dessert. The red, white and blue design is so pretty.
Add a plate of these fun colored Fireworks Cookies and Cream Cookies to your holiday plans. Sprinkles and candies will make them disappear in a hurry.
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- 36 large marshmallows
- 12 paper straws
- 12 blue sour straws
- 1 - 10 ounce bag white chocolate melts
- red, white, and blue sanding sugar
- Press a straw all the way through 3 marshmallows. Pull the marshmallows back down, so the straw is not sticking out of the end. This will leave a hole for the top candy.
- Cut the sour straws into pieces that are about 3/4 inch long.
- Melt the white melts according to the package directions. Let cool slightly.
- Place the sanding sugars in 3 separate bowls.
- Use a spoon to cover the marshmallows with white chocolate. Tap the straw gently to remove as much of the excess chocolate as possible without bending the straw.
- Push one of the sour straws into the top of the marshmallows.
- Hold the top marshmallow over the bowl of red sugar and use a spoon to gently cover the top marshmallow while you turn the straw. Be very careful to keep it on just the top marshmallow. Roll the straw around while the marshmallow is over the red bowl, so the excess sugar falls into the bowl.
- Hold the marshmallows over the bowl of white sugar and use a spoon to gently cover the middle marshmallow while you turn the straw. Roll it around to remove the excess sugar.
- Hold the marshmallows over the bowl of blue sugar and use a spoon to gently cover the bottom marshmallow while you turn the straw. Roll it around to remove the excess sugar.
- Place the marshmallow firecrackers on a piece of wax paper to set up.
- To serve the marshmallows, place them in jars filled with candies.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g