Firecracker Popcorn

We are expecting some excitement this Independence Day as our newest lil’ firecracker is getting ready to make his debut, so we don’t need much more excitement this year. However, you may be looking for a few fun ways to add some “spark” to your 4th of July celebrations. Last year I shared this recipe on Today’s Creative Blog. I’m happy to share it with you here! It is a simple, and festive treat for the occasion!

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Last year I posted about making a fun patriotic picnic. We had fireworks a couple of weeks early in my community and so we took a picnic to the park for the celebration. Even if you don’t have time for the full-fledged picnic, you may still want to whip up some of this Firecracker Popcorn to munch on in between Ooohs…Ahhhs….and Ohhhhs!

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This is really simple, but very fun.

We started with basic air-popped popcorn, because I wasn’t sure I wanted the butter or salt that comes with the microwave popcorn, but I bet it would still work. You’ll also need Pop Rocks candy. That, of course, it what makes it like a firecracker. I found them easily at the dollar store. Here’s the recipe.. Firework popcorn-8388

Firecracker Popcorn

Firecracker Popcorn


  • 1 Batch of air-popped popcorn
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips (melted)
  • 2-3 pouches blue and/or red pop rock candy (I used Cherry and Tropical Punch flavors)
  • (Optional) Star-shaped or red white and blue sprinkles


  1. Pop the popcorn and place in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 20-30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Pour the white chocolate into the popcorn and toss to coat.
  4. Spread mixture out on parchment-lined cookie sheets and sprinkle the Pop Rocks (and sprinkles) on the popcorn, before the chocolate has set.
  5. Let the popcorn cool completely. You might even want to refrigerate it so that the chocolate hardens (especially if you live in an inferno/Phoenix, like I do).

For added fun place the popcorn in an empty Pringles can and decorate it to look like a firecracker (see my Follower Freebie page for the free printable labels).

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With each bite you will get a little explosion in your mouth. I really liked the flavor of the cherry Pop Rocks with the white chocolate.

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I mean, why should the sky have all of the 4th of July excitement?

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