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Easy Firecracker Popcorn Balls

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Easy Firecracker Popcorn Balls are perfect for July 4th, so you will want to save this recipe!

firecracker popcorn balls

Easy Firecracker Popcorn Balls – Make It:

We all know food and snacks is a big part of celebrating Independence Day! I love all the fun creations my friends and family come up with!

If you are on the hunt for a kid-friendly treat for the 4th of July, you've found it!

See below how to make these Firecracker Popcorn Balls!

Popcorn ball ingredients

You will start with a bag of popped popcorn.  If you aren't a fan of using store-bought microwavable popcorn, you can see my recipe here to make your own in just a few minutes, with no dishes!

Otherwise, choose whatever popcorn you have in your pantry. I do like to use the regular popcorn with no extra butter.  Kettle corn also works well.

Just be sure to avoid using any flavored popcorn, like those garlic or ranch flavors ๐Ÿ˜‰

marshmallow creme

This is one recipe it does help to have all your ingredients set out ahead of time with!  I like to work quickly before the marshmallows harden back up, so have your ingredients out and ready to go.

In a large bowl, pour your melted marshmallows over the popcorn and gently fold in.

pull apart popcorn


Take out a small scoop of the popcorn and form it into a ball.

Hollow out a space in the middle with your thumbs, as pictured.  It helps to grease your hands slightly with cooking spray, or just moisten with water.

I prefer the water method, and just keep a cereal bowl full of clean water next to my work space.

popcorn balls

Set out your Pop Rocks candy and drop a pinch of Pop Rocks into the hollow space on your popcorn ball.  I put mine in small prep dishes to make it easier.  M

ake sure your work space is clean and dry before mixing in the Pop Rocks candy.

insert pop rocks

I put a generous amount of Pop Rocks into each ball, and then added more popcorn to close up the center.

They should look like the Popcorn Ball on right, when finished.

If you prefer, you can refrigerate the popcorn balls while you melt your candy coating.


Next, pour over your melted candy coating.  This will harden nicely if the popcorn balls are at room temp, or even cold from the refrigerator.


I use a fork and drizzle the candy coating.

However, if you're worried about making a mess with the candy coating, fill a sandwich baggie with the red candy coating and snip a tiny corner off so you can pipe it directly onto the popcorn balls.

frosted done

Next, drizzle the blue candy coating or just dollop a spot in the corner to make a flag. I love how these turned out, both ways!

You can find red and blue, or red, white, and blue sprinkles easily in the summer, or here on Amazon.  These give the final festive touch, so don't skip this ingredient! ๐Ÿ™‚

Links are provided to the Wilton Candy Melts, but if you can find in store, prices are better.

Easy Firecracker Popcorn Ball

You can serve on a tray, or use some cupcake wrappers to make them even more decorative.

firecracker popcorn ball trio

These Tulip Wrapping Cups and decorative stars gave them a professional look! The kids will love these, and if you're holding a bake sale or church event, these will be a hit!

firecracker popcorn ball opened

Bite into the center for the fun surprise in each popcorn ball!

Single popcorn ball finished

Print the Firecracker Popcorn Balls Recipe Here:

Yield: 6

Firecracker Popcorn Balls

firecracker popcorn ball opened

This festive popcorn ball dessert is so colorful, and each one has a surprise inside! Perfect for summer!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 bag popped popcorn
  • 1 bag marshmallows, 10 oz
  • Red wafer melts, 6 oz
  • Blue wafer melts, 6 oz
  • 2 packs blue Pop Rocks
  • 2 packs red Pop Rocks
  • Red & Blue Sprinkles


  1. Melt marshmallows on low heat
  2. Mix melted marshmallow with popcorn
  3. After cooling a minute, use greased hands to shape gooey popcorn into balls, leaving a hollow pocket inside the ball
  4. Fill pocket with 1 tsp Pop Rocks and close hole all the way with more popcorn
  5. Melt wafer melts as directed on package
  6. Use a fork or a piping bag to spread melted wafers over balls and add sprinkles, if desired
  7. Let cool completely before enjoying

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 192mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 1gSugar 35gProtein 2g

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