Food for July 4th: Red, White and Blue Firecrackers

I love entertaining!  Holidays for me mean a time to get family and friends together and share a meal.  Of course, for most holidays, I like to coordinate the food with the occasion.  When thinking about food for July 4th, I wanted something fun that the kids could also help with.

Before we get started, I will mention that this is a blast to get kids involved with BUT it can get kind of messy with little hands helping.  Just keep lots of wipes and paper towels on hand when you are doing it.  Have fun with it though :)

What You’ll Need:
– 1-2 bags of large marshmallows
– 2 bags blue wilton candy melts
– 2 bags red wilton candy melts
– lollipop sticks
– wax or parchment paper.

Let’s Make It:
1)  Pick which color you want to start with {I did blue} and melt some of the candy melts according to the package directions.  DO NOT MELT IT ALL AT ONCE but do it in smaller batches.

2)  Stick a marshmallow onto a lollipop stick and dip into the melted candy, twirling to coat.  Place on wax paper to set.  Repeat for the number of pops you want for both the red and blue candy.
NOTE:  I used lollipop sticks for my red ones too because it created a hole in the marshmallow making it easier to add to the single stick later.  You can always skip that part if you would rather conserve lollipop sticks.

3)  Once all of the marmallows are set well, thread them onto lollipop sticks in the following order: blue {bottom}, white {middle}, red {top}.
I did this by sliding my blue ones down {carefully} and then adding the other two colors.

What is your favorite thing food to make for July 4th?

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  1. What a fun idea! These would definitely go over well at a 4th of July party :)
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    • Shannah says:

      These were definitely a hit at Memorial Day so I plan to make them again on for July 4th.

  2. Such a fun Idea. Last year I did something similar to this except I used jello. It was such a hit, I think the chocolate would be even better though!
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  3. So much fun! I would love for you to link up to my party at


  4. Very cute! I found your blog via Brag About It Tuesday Link party and am a new follower!
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  5. How cute! What a fun idea to coat the marshmallows!

  6. Hi Shannah! I hopped over from Sugar Bee Crafts. I love these – they would be so super cute on a s’mores bar for 4th of July!

    We would love for you to link this up with us at Living Well Spending Less! You can link up any of your thrifty projects each Thursday – we would love to have you join us!
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  7. These are so cute!!
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  8. Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says:

    This is a great idea! Would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun & Crafty link party!:)

  9. Hi, this is so cute and I love this for a 4th of July party! I saw it on made by you mondays.
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    • Shannah says:

      Thanks! We had a great time making them and they were definitely a hit at our Memorial Day party. I plan to make them again for our July 4th BBQ too.

  10. So fun Shannah! I love how bright the colors are and my boys don’t need any motivation to eat some marshmallows :) What an awesome treat for the 4th of July! Pinned!
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    • Shannah says:

      Haha…my kids don’t really need much coaching to eat marshmallows either. They did have a lot of fun with these though.

  11. What a cute patriotic treat! I love how you’ve displayed them, too. I’m pinning and will share on my FB page later today.
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    • Shannah says:

      Thanks :) I thought they turned out really great and the kids definitely loved them.

  12. My family loves anything with marshmallows and yours are adorable. I’d love if you’d come and share at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.
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    • Shannah says:

      Marshmallows are super yummy! My kids love them plain or in things like S’mores.

  13. Those are so much fun Shannah!!
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  14. Oh my, what a great idea!! These look delicious too ūüėČ Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
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  15. Hi, just wondering how you stored these? Do they need to be refrigerated? We will be driving a few hours on the 4th. Should I keep them in a cooler? Thanks!

    • Shannah says:

      I did not put them in the fridge. If you put them in the fridge, it may actually melt them faster once you take them out. If it is going to be really hot on your trip, a cooler would be good though. They don’t need to be kept cold but out of direct heat is a good idea.

  16. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project–I am excited to be featuring it today! The new link party is up today, so link up anything you have been posting about! And we will be featuring FROZEN TREATS next week, so if you have any FROZEN TREATS–please share them and we will be happy to feature them! Can’t wait to see what you have to share!

    • Shannah says:

      Thanks so much for your compliment! I will have to stop by and check out your frozen treats party.

  17. What a creative and fun craft project! I’d love it if you would bring this over to my Saturday Spotlight party to share. Hope to see you there!

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