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Next to Halloween and Christmas, the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday! I absolutely love it and, in our state (Utah), we actually get to celebrate all month long because we have a state holiday on the 24th. The entire month is filled with parties, picnics, fireworks, boating, and family. My favorite are the beautiful summer evenings spent up at the cabin roasting marshmallows or reading a book on our patio.
It’s the best!
It does get a littel stressful sometimes because I generally am tasked with bringing a lot of potluck items and desserts to the gatherings or to supply my family with meals on our outings. Which is why I’m all about finding things are festive and easy to throw together.
This year, I wanted to bring something really fun to one of our picnics, and I came up with these Firecracker Rice Krispies Treats. I was in the checkout line at Target and saw a box of red,white, and blue Rice Krispies and a bag of patriotic Twizzlers. My wheels started turning and I had to try my idea.
They turned out really fun and added a nice pop to the picnic table. And you can’t go wrong with Rice Krispies and Twizzlers, right?
Another bonus is that my kids really loved getting in on the action with me. The sprinkles got a little messy but it was worth it to hear their giggles!
To make your own Firecracker Rice Krispy Treats, here’s what you need (one recipe from the box made about 16 Firecrackers):
1 box of Rice Krispies (if you can find the red and blue box for summer, grab that!)
1 bag of marshmallows
butter, according to the amount listed on the Rice Krispies box
white melting chocolate
blue and red sprinkles
Twizzlers Pull-N-Peel (the red, white, and blue kind but just red would work too if you can’t find them)
First, make the Rice Krispies recipe as listed on the box of cereal. Depending on how big you make the firecrackers, you should be able to get about 14-16 firecrackers from one recipe.
Next, grab some plastic gloves or plastic baggies (they work just as well) and grab a handful of the cereal mixture. Using the gloves helps, otherwise it all sticks to your hands! Flatten it out into a rectangular shape.
Cut one of the Twizzlers Pull-N-Peel in half.
Peel the colors apart, about halfway down, so the tops are separated but the bottom is still together.
Place it on one end of the Rice Krispy Treat.
Roll it up, starting at the end with the Twizzlers. Try to get the seal to flatten down so it blends better. You can mold it into more of cylinder shape once it’s all rolled up easier too.
Melt your white chocolate. Dip the bottoms of the treats in the white chocolate. It helps hold them stand up better! Once you dip them, try to stand them up straight while the chocolate cools.
Before the chocolate has cooled, add sprinkles around the bottom of the chocolate. You can also try immersing the entire treat in chocolate but it didn’t work out too well for me. I tried it and it ended up being a big mess and they didn’t look too pretty!
Now all you need to do is wait for the chocolate to cool and harden and you are ready to go! They travel well and are a big hit. While they weren’t as perfect as I had in my head, I still love how they turned out. Besides, the kids helped me and the memory was better than a perfect looking treat.
I hope you have a happy Fourth (and 24th if you live in Utah)!