DIY firecracker popcorn for 4th of July

This is the perfect Independence Day snack—DIY Firecracker Popcorn! Made with homemade Rice Krispie treats, kettle corn, red, white and blue chocolate and sprinkles, this treat is sure to be a big hit.

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For the Rice Krispie treats

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 10-oz bags of marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 cups Rice Krispies or crispy rice cereal

For the rest of the popcorn

  • Kettle Corn
  • Red Candy Melts
  • White Candy Melts
  • Blue Candy Melts
  • Patriotic Sprinkles


For the Rice Krispie treats

  • Place parchment paper over a cookie sheet
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and salt to combine.
  • Add the rice cereal to the pot and stir until the cereal is evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  • Press mixture onto cookie sheet into a thin later, about 3/4 inch and let cool for about an hour, or until it's room temperature.

To assemble

  • Melt red, white and blue candy melts and drizzle on top of Rice Krispies Treats.
  • Layer kettle corn on top, making sure to completely cover the treats and melted chocolate.
  • Drizzle more red, white and blue candy melts on top of kettle corn.
  • Add patriotic sprinkles (or, if you don’t have, a medley of red, white and blue sprinkles suffices).
  • Let sit for 10 minutes for chocolate to cool and harden.
  • Break off pieces into serving containers and enjoy!

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