4th of July desserts definitely need some firecracker pow! And thus, Pop Rocks marshmallows are the perfect 4th of July dessert.
An easy, last minute treat for your 4th of July that will add a bit o’ fireworks to your dessert table… Pop Rocks marshmallows!
Pop Rocks marshmallows
And in case there are any safety concerns, that story about Mikey from the Life commercials meeting his fateful end with a combination of Pop Rocks and soda, it’s an urban legend.
(Oh, you weren’t born in 1972 and have no idea what I’m talking about? Google “Mikey + Life cereal + Pop Rocks.”)
marshmallows and sprinkles
While I usually add my sparkle to marshmallows by dipping in water first (see these Skittles marshmallows or these sprinkled marshmallows for New Year’s or these rainbow marshmallows), that didn’t work with Pop Rocks, because the water made the candy a bit of a melted mess.
So instead, I made the marshmallows sticky with a thin smear of light corn syrup.
And if you want to tell you’re guests these are sprinkles and let them be surprised by the explosions, I won’t judge.
how to make Pop Rocks 4th of July marshmallow pops
you will need:*
- straws or lollipop sticks
- light corn syrup
- paint brush
- Pop Rocks
- Styrofoam block or wax paper
*I found the paper straws in a super cool shop by me, and you may find them in super cool shops near you. If you can’t find them before the 4th, just use lollipop sticks from the craft store. My supermarket didn’t have Pop Rocks (?), but I got some at the craft store. I just ordered more Pop Rocks in bulk from Oriental Trading, since a little pack is kind of pricey.
what to do:
Skewer a marshmallow with a straw or stick.
Paint a thin layer of light corn syrup around the outside of the marshmallow.
Sprinkle Pop Rocks over the painted area (I sprinkled over a bowl so I could save the excess, and because Pop Rocks are costlier than sprinkles, I wasn’t too generous with the sprinkling).
Prop in a Styrofoam block to dry or prop upside down on a piece of wax paper.