Firecracker Popcorn

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If you want a snack that is a crowd-pleaser, then this Firecracker Popcorn is the one to try. It has just the right amount of sweet and salty flavors with the extra fun addition of popping candy. What’s not to like?

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Updated June 2023: This post was originally published in May 2020.

Whether you want a snack that will pop for your 4th of July festivities or you just want something fun that you know the kids will love, this firecracker popcorn is definitely a recipe to try.

So easy to recreate at home, and while I have used blue candy melts and red and white sprinkles to stick with a theme, you can have so much fun with this all year round.

I have to say this is one of our family favorites when it comes to quick and easy delicious festive treats, and I love how I can theme it around different special occasions. You can have so much fun with it.

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The Pop Rocks, which is what I have used as the popping candy, adds an interesting texture to the popcorn, and the sweetness of the candy melts is a nice contrast to the popcorn. The whole family is going to love this fun popping snack.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this recipe. The exact measurements are in the recipe card below.

How To Make Firecracker Popcorn

Now that you have all your ingredients to hand, it is time to make this popcorn snack.

Prepare your work surface by spreading out a large area of wax paper; you’ll be spreading your popcorn out on it.

Reserve ½ cup of white chocolate chips and place the rest in the bowl of a double boiler. Melt over medium/low heat until smooth.

Place your ready-made popcorn in a large bowl and pour your melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Stir until all the popcorn is evenly coated.

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Spread the popcorn out evenly on your wax paper. While the white chocolate is still sticky, sprinkle on about ½ of your popping candy and some of your red and white sprinkles.

Now melt the reserved white chocolate chips until nice and smooth.

Using a pastry bag, a plastic freezer bag with the corner cut off, or a chocolate drizzling tool or spoon drizzle the melted white chocolate evenly across your popcorn. Sprinkle on a little bit more of your sprinkles and popping candy.

Next, melt your blue candy melts in your double boiler and drizzle it across the popcorn. Sprinkle on your remaining popping candy and a little bit more sprinkles.

Let the whole thing cool before serving. Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container until ready to be enjoyed.

Tips For Firecracker Popcorn

  • I used microwave popcorn for mine, but you could easily use air-popped or traditionally popped popcorn. Use what you have.
  • One thing I love about this Firecracker Popcorn recipe is how it is so forgiving! You can cook more or less popcorn. You can add more or less white chocolate, and if you want to add more pop of flavor, you can add more Pop Rocks.
  • Such a versatile recipe that can be adapted to have different things or suit another theme.

Variations

  • Add some mini marshmallows or crushed-up cookies to add different textures to the popping popcorn.
  • You could add your favorite sweets to the popcorn.
  • Use different chocolate, like milk or dark chocolate, for a different flavor. Why not add a combination of different chocolate?

Frequently Asked Questions

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How should I serve the Firecracker Popcorn?

This is a snack that can easily be served on its own. So delicious and unique in flavor and concept. However, it can also be served as part of a themed charcuterie board or as part of a snack or dessert platter where you serve it up with other delicious treats.

You could also use this as a topping for an ice cream dessert. Yum!

How do I store the Firecracker Popcorn?

You need to let the popcorn cool completely and then store it in an airtight container. You can keep it at room temperature for up to five days.

What flavor of popcorn should I use?

It is up to you! Salted or sweet popcorn will work well, so this is down to personal preference.

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More Amazing 4th July Recipes

If you like this recipe, then you will be happy to know I have lots more 4th July recipes like:

I hope you enjoy making and eating your Firecracker Popcorn. If so, please leave a star ★★★★★ rating and a comment below! Follow along on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter for more delicious recipes!

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Firecracker Popcorn

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings8 Servings
Calories: 397 kcal
This Firecracker Popcorn has just the right amount of sweet and salty, and with the fun of popping candy! It’s a fun — and easy — snack to serve to add some spark to your 4th of July festivities!!

Ingredients
 

  • 16 Cups popped popcorn
  • 12 oz. Bag White Chocolate Chips
  • Strawberry Flavored Popping Candy- PopRocks or AfterShocks – approx. 1oz. total candies 3 full packages of pop rocks or 20 of the small AfterShocks packages
  • ½ Cup Blue Candy Melts
  • White & Red sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your work surface by spreading out a large area of wax paper, you’ll be spreading your popcorn out on it.
  • Reserve ½ cup of white chocolate chips and place the rest in the bowl of a double boiler.
  • Melt over medium/low heat until smooth.
  • Place your popcorn in a large bowl and pour your melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Stir until all the popcorn is evenly coated.
  • Spread the popcorn out evenly on your wax paper. While the white chocolate is still sticky sprinkle on about ½ of your popping candy and some of your red and white sprinkles.
  • Now melt the reserved white chocolate chips until nice and smooth.
  • Now using a pastry bag, a plastic baggie with the corner cut off, or a chocolate drizzling tool or spoon drizzle the melted white chocolate evenly across your popcorn. Sprinkle on a little bit more of your sprinkles and popping candy.
  • Next melt your blue candy melts in your double boiler and drizzle it across the popcorn. Sprinkle on your remaining popping candy and a little bit more sprinkles.
  • Let all of your candy cool before serving.
  • Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 397 kcal | Carbohydrates: 53 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 182 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 36 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, is intended to serve as an estimate only, and is provided for informational purposes. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.

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