Perfectly Imperfect Firecracker Pops

I am not perfect … my Firecracker Pops are not perfect and I’m OK with that!

This is how it started …

My friend, Kathleen, at Step by Step in the Kitchen found this candy at Walgreens …


and challenged me to make something with it!  I accepted this challenge and drove off to Walgreens to buy the red, white and blue Twizzlers!

I had an idea … a plan … the fun of Twizzlers is pulling them apart … don’t you agree?

Twizzlers will work great as the top of firecrackers … right?

Jumbo marshmallows will make great firecrackers … right?

Then reality set in … marshmallows are not perfectly shaped and Twizzlers are uncontrollable … heck, even the star sprinkles aren’t perfect …

marshmallow firecrackers

Then I remembered what my friend, Dinaz, says “It’s only sugar”.

Does it need to be perfect?  I don’t think so.

Does it need to be fun?  Absolutely!!!

marshmallow firecracker pops

I say these firecrackers are fun, sweet, a little wonky, kind of goofy and they make me smile!

This is what you will need to make 12 imperfect firecrackers …


  • 12 Jumbo Mallows (extra-large marshmallows)
  • 1 package Red, white and blue Twizzlers (4.2 oz.)
  • Jumbo Star Sprinkles
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup each red sugar and blue sugar
  • Not pictured – 12 lollipop sticks, 1 cup water
  • Equipment – wax paper lined tray, a toothpick, paper towels, a small serrated knife

4th of july pops

  1. Dip the serrated knife in water and insert it into the center of the marshmallow almost to the other end.
  2. Cut Twizzlers in half and insert a half into the marshmallow.
  3. Water acts as glue for the sugar to stick to the marshmallow.  Dip the marshmallow in the water … getting it wet where you want to apply the sugar.  Use a paper towel to dry off excess water.
  4. Dip the marshmallow into the colored sugar.  Separate the strands of the Twizzler.
  5. Use the toothpick to add a drop of water on the marshmallow to attach stars.  Dip tip of lollipop stick in water and insert into bottom of marshmallow … take care to avoid the Twizzler!

When I started this project, I did not plan on making pops.  In my mind, everything is perfect … in reality, it’s not perfect.   I started taking photos, things were falling … not going as planned … I didn’t want that to happen to you … I improvised … put it on a stick and was much happier!  It’s not perfect … but it worked for me ;)

4th of July Firecracker pops

I your comments!

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25 Responses to Perfectly Imperfect Firecracker Pops

  1. Brenda, you exceeded my expectations by simply separating the Twizzler strands, something which I could not accomplish. Oh, this is fun… I’m keeping my eyes open for the next challenge. Meantime, I’m learning to think outside the box, thanks to you.

  2. They may not be perfect, but they are perfectly fun! These would be great for kids to make for the 4th.

  3. Mary says:

    Another must do for me. Too cute.

  4. I think they are perfectly CUTE!! I want to do this for our July picnic. They kids can decorate all by themselves! I Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. lisathebearfootbaker says:

    I think they are perfectly CUTE!! I want to set up a table with all the supplies and let the kiddos decorate them themselves! Thanks so much for sharing your happy littl firecrackers:)

  6. tavette says:

    RWB Twizzlers – who knew such a thing existed?. I’ve been thinking what to use to resemble the sparkle at the top of a firecracker. I’ve discovered that Target, CVS and now (apparently) Walgreens are a good source for holiday inspired “bling”.

    I’ve also realized that when you see something you’ll need – buy it now as stores don’t stock a lot of things they’re not sure will sell. So… to Walgreens I go.

    Having never worked with Twizzlers before (ignorance is bliss) – I’m thinking maybe I’ll unravel them, but not all the way down to the base in an attempt to make them stand upright while still spraying out at the top.

    Kathleen (above) mentioned it can be tricky to separate the strands of a Twizzler. Any hints if they just don’t wanna come apart?

    Thanks for such a “sparkly” 4th of July idea.

    • We owe this discovery to Kathleen! Walgreens is now on my list … don’t forget dollar stores!

      Regarding the separating of Twizzlers … my Twizzlers were fresh and soft, separated easily, but I had to watch cutting them with my nails (my nails aren’t that long), I used my finger tips to get it started and pulled slowly.

      Thank you Tavette for your comments ;)

  7. Carine says:

    I love your pops!

  8. Home Seasons says:

    What a fun treat! Love how they look like little firecrackers/fireworks for 4th of July. All the kids will enjoy this!

  9. They are adorable. I sure wish they had those flavoured twizzlers here in HK. Shoot off some fireworks for me. Have a super weekend. BAM

  10. BruCrew Life says:

    Love love love these!!! My kiddos would just think these were the best!!

  11. ajoyful says:

    Because I love all your yummy ideas I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. To accept go to to follow the instructions for acceptance.

  12. Super Cute!

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

    Have a terrific week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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