11 ideas for the 4th of July

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Aside from grilling and refreshing summer cocktails (because #obviously), the fireworks are hands down the best part of Independence Day. Now you can have your fireworks and eat them too with these creative red, white and blue dessert recipes that use one of the best candy creations of all time: Pop Rocks.

From cookies and cupcakes to popcorn and ice cream sandwiches, scroll down for a full list of 4th of July desserts that pack a major flavor burst. Just be sure to eat these sugar-filled treats in moderation or you might see stars. (And not just 50 of them.)

  • Pop Rocks 3 Flavor Gift Set, on Amazon. All the red and blue Pop Rocks you need, plus some green you can save for St. Patrick’s Day. Buy now
  • Modernist Pantry Culinary Crystals, from Amazon. You can also buy unflavored and uncolored fizzy candies for your creations. Buy now

A brightly colored cake is super easy to make and made even more exciting with crackling candies sprinkled liberally on top. Get the Firework Poke Cake recipe.

Adding cinnamon, cloves and hot sauce set these spicy cupcakes on fire. Can your taste buds handle the heat or do you need to get out of the kitchen? Get the recipe for Cupcakes Firecrackers.

Since the kernels essentially explode during the popcorn cooking process, a firecracker popcorn is just thematically appropriate. Frankly, it’s also fun to eat. Get the firecracker popcorn recipe.

We’ll sip one while snuggling under the covers and waiting for the fireworks to start. So much classier than a reused flask or water bottle. Get the Pop Rocks Martini recipe.

For the truly committed, this project makes for awesome mini cakes that pack a punch in more ways than one. Get the recipe for Firecracker Cakelets.

Katy Perry may sing “Firework,” but these cookies are the star. Dip one side in chocolate for extra decadence. Get the Pop Rocks Cookie Pops recipe.

If you’re not sipping rosé, chances are you’re sipping a margarita. Give your favorite summer bev a holiday kick with a Pop Rocks lined rim. Go even crazier by mixing it with salt. Get the recipe for Firecracker Margarita.

These vodka-soaked cherries offer the best of so many worlds: cherries, liqueur, white chocolate and candies. Can we celebrate our country’s independence every day? Get the Pop Rocks Cherry Bombs recipe.

Red, white and boo-yah for this fun take on a chic classic. These layers are nothing short of beautiful. Get the Pop Rocks mousse recipe.

Snap, crackle, pop takes on a whole new meaning with these pop rock treats. We are forever grateful for marshmallows. Get the Fire Cracker Rice Krispies Treats recipe.

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