These Marshmallow Firecrackers are a Poppin’ Fun July 4th Treat!

The kiddo wanted to make a fun snack to enjoy while watching fireworks, so we made these easy (and fun) marshmallow firecrackers! They’re simple, quick and super yum.

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Making these fun July 4th marshmallow firecrackers is is fun and easy–it’s the perfect pre-fireworks dessert to make with the kids!

Marshmallow Firecrackers

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have so much fun preparing for each and every holiday. Honesty, the kiddo gets hyped, I get hyped, and we’re just all around about having any excuse for a party–even if it’s just a mini-party for the three of us. So, when the kiddo decided she wanted to make a treat for our mini-fireworks-watching-party, well, I wasn’t about to stop her!


A few marshmallows, some candy melts, and we were in business. I just had to add a little flair of sprinkles to the mix and yum was done. If you’re ready to make some awesome patriotic marshmallow firecrackers, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Firecracker Marshmallows

  • Don’t wait too long after you get your candy melts all melted before drizzling. And work fast. They don’t hard-up SUPER fast, but you know, with kids, you can turn a 2 second activity into 15 minutes if you’re not careful. So, work with purpose.
  • If you want to do something crazy–and I mean crazy, you can have the kiddo add pop rocks candies to the sprinkle mix you put on top of your candy melts. We didn’t do this because, unfortunately, the only pop rocks we had were green. Not a good look with patriotic treats. But if you can find red or blue–you’re in for some POP!
  • I didn’t think of this until after we’d made our fireworks marshmallows, but you can use a pretzel rod instead of a popsicle stick, if you’re so inclined.
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How Do I Make Marshmallow Firecrackers?

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

Yield: 12-18 Marshmallow Firecrackers

Marshmallow Firecrackers

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These marshmallow firecrackers are the most fun patriotic treat you can make with your kids. They're quick and fast--and the kiddo is going to love flinging chocolate.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 24-36 Large Marshmallows
  • Red, White, and Blue Candy Melts
  • Silver Sprinkles
  • Yellow Food Color or Yellow and Orange Candy Melts


  1. Slide 3-4 large marshmallows onto a popsicle stick or skewer and set aside on a sheet of waxed paper. If you are letting younger children help (or eat them) I would recommend using a popsicle stick instead of a potentially sharp skewer. Or a pretzel rod--those are fun, too.
  2. Melt about ¼ cup of red, blue, and white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment until the candy is fully melted.
  3. Drizzle each of the candy melt colors over each of the marshmallows, using a fork.
  4. While the candy melts are still wet, sprinkle the marshmallows with sprinkles.
  5. Allow the candy melts to set at room temperature.
  6. As with the red, white and blue candy melts, melt the orange and yellow candy melts. Swirl gently to mix the colors. Conversely, mix yellow food coloring into meted white candy melts until the color is consistent throughout.
  7. Dip the exposed end of each marshmallow-covered popsicle stick in the orange candy melts to make a flame on each firecracker.
  8. While the candy melts are still wet on the popsicle stick, sprinkle each “flame” with some additional sprinkles to make it look like it is sparkling. Then allow the chocolate to harden completely before enjoying. photo collage tutorial of how to make firecracker marshmallows


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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

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More July 4th Treats You Might Like

  • Flag Donuts – The most fun can be had by starting the day with a fun July 4th treat that the kiddo can help make!
  • Patriotic Popcorn – The perfect accompaniment for firecracker marshmallows, especially if you’re making a charcuterie board for watching the fireworks show.
  • July 4th Fudge – Yummy, easy and definitely cool for the kids, this fudge is something that your kids are going to ask for time and again.
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