Make These Red, White & Blue Marshmallow Pops for 4th of July and celebrate with a delicious sweet treat! Marshmallow pops are so easy and fun to make and a great activity for all ages!
Marshmallow Pops for 4th of July
I love making marshmallow pops because they are ridiculously easy! It’s as simple as threading a few marshmallows onto a lollipop stick and decorating with melted chocolate or candy melts, and adding lots of sprinkles!
These pops have a patriotic flair using red, white, and blue candy melts and then the same color of star-shaped sprinkles – a perfectly portable treat for the 4th of July!
You can make a batch of these to serve as dessert at your celebrations, or wrap them in some cellophane and tie off with a ribbon as a delicious party favor for guests to take home.
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe.
I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
- Marshmallows – you can use regular or jumbo sized.
- Candy Melt Wafers in the following colors:
- Patriotic Sprinkles – your choice in red, white, and blue such as:
- Star Sprinkles
Equipment used in this recipe
To make the marshmallow pops you will need lollipop sticks or paper straws – I recommend using 8″ or 10″ in length so that you have plenty of room for the marshmallows and enough stick or straw to hold onto.
You might want to use 12″ lollipop sticks if using jumbo marshmallows though!
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a candy melting pot (try this one if you’re in the UK, as the Wilton one is not available on Amazon.co.uk), as treat-making life is then so much easier!
To decorate the marshmallows, melted candy melts are drizzled over – use a piping bag, or a regular food bag with the corner snipped off.
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
More Recipes for 4th of July
Need some more 4th of July ideas? Take a look at these recipes next:
- Pretty & Patriotic 4th of July Cupcakes!
- Red, White & Blue Cherry Almond Cookies
- Red White & Blue Firecracker Pretzel Rods
- Red, White & Blue M&M’s Cookie Bars
How Do I Make These Marshmallow Pops for 4th of July?
Just check out the recipe card with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).
Save my Patriotic Marshmallow Pops tutorial video to your 4th of July YouTube Playlists so that it’s always there when you need it – don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel while you are there!)
- 40 white marshmallows - regular or jumbo size
- 1 (12oz) bag each of red, white, and blue candy melt wafers
- Patriotic sprinkles of choice - stars, jimmies, nonpareils
- 10 (8"-10") lollipop/treat sticks or paper straws
- Press four marshmallows onto a lollipop stick or straw with a twisting motion. Lay onto a baking tray lined with wax paper.
- Place the blue candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl and melt according to the package instructions. Give special care not to overheat the candy. If the candy is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden and be unusable. Any unused candy melts can be stored to melt and use another time.
- Transfer the melted candy to a piping bag or zip-top freezer bag.
- Snip the corner of the bag and drizzle melted candy over the marshmallows. Allow each color to set before adding a new color.
- Follow steps 3 - 7 with the red candy and then finally with the white candy.
- Add patriotic sprinkles to the marshmallow pops before the white candy layer sets.
- Allow the marshmallows to rest on wax paper until set before packaging or serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.