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Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops

star shaped marshmallows covered in pop rocks

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!”

strawberry pop rocks

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!

blue pop rock marshmallow pop
Patriotic Marshmallow Pops on a white background.

Patriotic Marshmallow Pops

Yield: 12
prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 10 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
These Patriotic Marshmallow Pops are the perfect treat to celebrate Independence Day! A star-shaped homemade marshmallow is dipped in sugary Pop Rocks for a burst of edible fireworks in every bite.
5 Stars (1 Review)


  • powdered sugar for coating pan
  • cup water, divided
  • 3 envelopes (.25 ounce each) unflavored gelatin (find this next to the Jell-O at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 packets (.33-ounce each) Pop Rocks in red and blue colors (use 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 nonstick cooking spray. Very generously coat the pan with powdered sugar and set aside.
  • Pour ⅓ 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 ⅓ 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°F. Brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush, dipped in water, to gently wipe away any sugar crystals.
  • With stand mixer on low speed (do not attempt this recipe with a handheld mixture), 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 marshmallow 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 perimeter of the cooled marshmallow, then transfer the marshmallow onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Dip a small star-shaped cookie cutter (mine measures about 1½" 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.
  • 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. These are best enjoyed shortly after the Pop Rocks are applied (see Notes below).


To make in advance: You can make the marshmallow a day in advance. 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 up to a couple of hours prior to serving, but that will vary greatly depending on heat and humidity, etc. Store them in a cool dry environment until ready to eat.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 230kcal Carbohydrates: 59g Sodium: 31mg Sugar: 58g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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a girl holding a marshmallow pop

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21 comments on “Poppin’ Patriotic Marshmallow Pops”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen

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

  4. Becca - cookie jar treats

    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! :)

  5. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

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

  6. 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!

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