Make Firecracker Rice Krispies in Minutes for a Fun July 4th Treat!

I can’t get over how fun the kiddo found these firecracker rice krispies to be. So simple, but these have turned out to be the BEST July 4th treat idea!

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Making these easy firecracker rice krispies treats for July 4th was so much fun–the kiddo really loved them!

Firecracker Rice Krispies

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about that July 4th treat. Making a fun dessert, getting the kiddo involved. So much more fun than just sitting around all day waiting for the fireworks to start. So, when I set out to make some fun Independence Day treats, making firecracker rice krispies seemed like a great snack!


Made using a few simple ingredients, this recipe really does POP! when you least expect it and that, right there, puts a smile on the kiddo’s face that I just can’t get over. So, if you’re ready to bring some fireworks into your July 4th desserts, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Patriotic Rice Krispies

  • Start by using my easy no-fail rice krispies treats. They’re the basic and most simple kid treat that you can make, but there’s also some basic tricks you should know before just diving off into the void.
  • Actually measure out your ingredients. I know, I know…it’s just so easy to guesstimate. But this is the most tragic of mistakes you can make with rice krispies treats. Like, it’s kind of the only mistake you can make. They’ll be too gooey or too crunchy if you go either direction. So, measure them out.
  • Miniature marshmallows make your life soooooo much more easy when you’re making rice cereal treats! Don’t bother with the big jumbo marshmallows, unless you’re roasting them, they’re a waste of space–and treat-making time. Seriously, the mini-marshmallows melt faster and they’re easier to stir. SO much more fun.
  • If you’re plan to drizzle chocolate or frost your crispy cereal treats, wait until they are completely cooled before doing it. If you don’t wait, your chocolate, icing or fondant will melt and make a gooey mess that you’re not going to love (although it probably will not poorly affect the yumminess, so there’s that). And the same goes for when it’s time to cut your treats into squares. Waiting until they completely cool, you’ll be able to cut your cereal treats nice and square–but if you rush it, you’ll have floppy, rounded blobs.
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How Do I Make this Firecracker Rice Krispies?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 12 Firecracker Rice Krispies

Firecracker Rice Krispies

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These fun firecracker rice krispies are the easiest way to bring some festive Independence Day dessert action into your firework watching experience!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  1. In a large dutch oven or pan, melt the butter slowly over low heat. 
  2. Add the marshmallows one cup at a time to the pan and stir until melted, while keeping the heat low. 
  3. Once all of the marshmallows are melted, stir in the cereal until completely coated. 
  4. Press the cereal mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Get it nice and compacted using a greased spatula. Allow the treats to cool completely.
  5. Melt the white chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until chocolate is completely melted. 
  6. Drizzle evenly over the treats.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the pop rocks and sprinkles over the treats and chocolate 
  8. Allow the chocolate to set completely before cutting the treats and serving.  photo collage tutorial of how to make firecracker rice krispies treats


For more fun July 4th dessert recipes, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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More Patriotic Desserts You Might Like

  • Patriotic Fudge – This is the easiest fudge recipe you’ll find for layered fudge, soft and sweet with just the right amount of fun for Independence Day dessert!
  • Marshmallow Firecrackers – Firecrackers made of marshmallows?! That’s a pop and sparkle I can really get behind.
  • Patriotic Dipped Marshmallows – All sorts of fun to be had making these marshmallows with the kids–and eating them under the fireworks.
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