Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow love has reached a new level of affection around here. And it’s not my opinion alone. Our girls agree with me, too. With just one bite of these Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops, both of them said, with eyes as big as saucers, “Ohhhhh, Mom…these are sooooo good!”

I’m a 70’s child, so Pop Rocks are just a part of my vocabulary. I still smile when I see them on candy racks today, happy to see they have not been retired. As I placed a few packets on the counter to pay for recently, our youngest daughter questioned what they were. What?!?! I realized I had not yet introduced her to these, a favorite candy of my childhood. So I paid for an extra packet and we opened them on the way out to the car. Her apprehension for knowing the candy was going to pop in her mouth soon turned into smiles and excited chatter about this newfound wonder. That’s my girl!

These star-shaped marshmallow pops make for a super fun treat. They’re soft and full of vanilla flavor, as comforting as a homemade marshmallow can be. But with the very first bite, that laid-back vanilla quickly takes a back seat to the Pop Rocks pyrotechnics shooting off in your mouth! It is the most wonderful contrast in texture and flavor. An edible fireworks show!

Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops

Yield: 12 to 14 stars


  • powdered sugar, for coating pan
  • 2/3 c. water, divided
  • 3 (1/4 oz.) envelopes unflavored gelatin (found by the Jell-O at the grocery store)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 packets of Pop Rocks, more or less, depending on how much you apply
  • sturdy paper straws or lollipop sticks


Lightly spray the inside of an 9'' x 13'' pan with cooking spray. Generously coat with powdered sugar and set aside.

Pour 1/3 cup of the water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and stir briefly to incorporate. Let stand for about 10 minutes, or until the gelatin has softened.

In a saucepan, off the heat, combine the remaining 1/3 cup of water and the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat. Clip a candy thermometer on the inside of the pan, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom. Cook the mixture without stirring until it reaches 240°. Brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush, dipped in water, to gently wipe away any sugar crystals.

With your mixer on low speed, very carefully add the hot syrup to the softened gelatin. Add the vanilla and increase the speed to medium-high. The mixture will start out clear, but quickly turns very white. Beat for about 8 minutes, or until the marshmallow gets very thick and sticky, and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, in string-like pieces. This will really give your mixer a workout.

Spread the mixture into the prepared pan using a lightly oiled spatula. With wet hands, press the batter evenly into the corners of the pan. Just keep rewetting your hands to help with the stickiness. Set aside for at least 1 hour, or until the mixture is firm and cool. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar evenly over the top.

Run a wet knife around the edge of the cooled pan to loosen the marshmallow. Remove the marshmallow from the pan, onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Dip your small star-shaped cookie cutter (mine measures about 1-1/2" wide) into a shallow bowl of water and then cut the slab of marshmallow into star shapes. This is a sticky job, but it helps tremendously to dip the star cutter into the water in between cuts. Repeat this process until the whole slab of marshmallow is cut.

Note: All of this can be done a day prior to serving. The Pop Rocks, however, do react to air and moisture, and should not be applied too far in advance of eating. For the optimal Pop Rocks eating enjoyment, you should be fine to apply the Pop Rocks a couple of hours prior to serving - just keep them in a cool dry environment.

To apply the Pop Rocks, only open 1 packet at a time. Press the cut sides of the star marshmallows into the Pop Rocks. Then insert sturdy paper straws (what I used) or lollipop sticks to finish them off.


Marshmallow recipe adapted from jam it, pickle it, cure it by Karen Solomon (I love, love, LOVE this book!). Pop Rocks inspiration from Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever.

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22 Responses to “Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    What a cute idea for the 4th!

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    Paula — June 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I haven’t made homemade marshmallow yet (probably the only one who hasn’t). I love your patriotic pops. I’m sure making, cutting and decorating were time consuming but all worth with judging from the reaction of your girls. Love your polka dotted straws too!

    • Brenda replied on June 25th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you, Paula! It was time consuming, but I love making marshmallows. It makes everyone around here happy. :)

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    Rachel Cooks — June 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE pop rocks. These are so fun!

  4. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Cute, cute, cute!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    That is way too much fun! Have you ever put Pop Rocks in the bath Tub??? Just sayin’, you might want to try it. ;)

    • Brenda replied on June 25th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      I think you’re nuts, Sommer. (in a very good way) ;)

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    Becca - cookie jar treats — June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Ooooh! I love pop rocks! I get them all the time during the summer, those and the little “bombettes” I guess you could call them You throw the little white package on the ground and they pop around your feet.

    These look so cute! I love your presentation of cutting them into stars and putting them on sticks. It’s like a little wand accented with popping magic! :)

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

    These are so fun!

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    Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — June 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    These are absolutely adorable! I have been looking for a good marshmallow recipe–I will have to give these a try!

    • Brenda replied on June 25th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      I’ve made this recipe so many times without fail – hope you like it, too, Krysten!

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    Mom — June 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Love your description of these treats!

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    Lynna — June 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    This is a beautiful and fun treat! I love pop rocks too & I`m a 90s kid! These always made my sisters and I laugh!

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    Mercedes — June 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    How wonderful are these? Kids would go crazy for this sugary combination! Great idea!

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    Amanda — June 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    These are SOO fun! Love it!

    • Brenda replied on June 25th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you, Amanda! :)

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    Elvira — June 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

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    Heather ¦ Farmgirl Gourmet — June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    So stinking cute. Love it. Happy almost 4TH to you Brenda.


    • Brenda replied on June 25th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you, Heather! So lovely to chat this evening. Now I’m REALLY off to bed! ;)

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    Tami — July 1, 2012 at 4:04 am

    So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

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    sheila — June 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Hokey Smokes these are amazing! We just bought pop rocks yesterday! love everything about this!


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