Simple 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

Last Updated on September 26, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Firecracker Rice Krispies are so easy to make and a perfect way to celebrate. These Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats really pop thanks to the addition of Pop Rocks and white chocolate. These are so simple to make and are a huge hit with both kids and adults.

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

4th of July Rice Krispie Treat on glass platter with glass of milk

One of the highlights of the summer in our home is the fourth of July. The kids love going outside and setting off fireworks and they love watching the thousands of fireworks that get set off all over the sky.

Not only do they love the fireworks, but they love fourth of July Treats like 4th of July Popcorn, Layered 4th of July Drinks, our patriotic trifles, and of course these Firecracker rice Krispie treats.

With just a little bit of time and a few basic ingredients, you will be enjoying these in no time.

3 4th of July Rice Krispie Treat stacked with hand grabbing it.
ingredients of 4th of July Rice Krispie Treat

Rice Krispie Treat Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter- You will want to use unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • mini marshmallows– While you can use big marshmallows, these mini marshmallows melt to perfection when heated up on low heat.
  • Rice Krispies Cereal– Grab a box of the blue box. While you may have some on hand be sure to open a fresh box when making these for optimal freshness.
  • white melting chocolate– This White melting chocolate will be used to drizzle as little or as much chocolate over your rice krispies treats. Opt for a higher quality chocolate that melts nicely.
  • Red Pop Rocks candies & Blue Pop Rocks candies– Sometimes these are hard to find, Amazon is usually your best bet. We buy several at a time so that we can make these often and for any occasion.
  • 4th of July Sprinkles– Grab your favorite patriotic sprinkles to really top off these treats!

 

How to make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

  • Melt the butter in a pan on low heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, then add the marshmallows to the pan and stir slowly until melted, keeping the heat low. Melting the butter and marshmallow slowly is the SECRET to perfect Rice Krispies treats! When you melt the butter and marshmallow slowly it makes a perfectly soft delicious treat, but if you try to rush it… think microwave or high heat you will end up having hard Rice Krispie treats, and no one wants that!
  • Once the marshmallows are melted, add the cereal and stir until thoroughly combined.
Rice Krispie Treats in white pan
  • Next, press the firecracker Rice Krispie treats into a greased 9×13 pan. The firecracker rice Krispie treats will be sticky. A great way to manage the stickiness is to either butter a spatula or spray it with cooking spray to combat the stickiness. By doing this it makes it so much easier to work with!
  • After you have smoothed your Rice Krispies into the 9×13 pan then you will melt your white chocolate.
  • On low power, melt the white chocolate in 15-second intervals. Stir carefully between each interval and continue until chocolate is completely melted.
Drizzling white chocolate on 4th of July Rice Krispie Treat
  • Gently drizzle the white chocolate evenly over the Rice Krispies. You can use as little or as much chocolate as you desire. For me, I love white chocolate so I am very generous with the drizzle.
  • Then gently pour both packages of Pop Rocks evenly over the chocolate. Again, use as few or as many Pop Rocks as you desire and like.
  • Next, it is time for your red, white, and blue sprinkles because it’s not a Rice Krispie treat in our home without sprinkles!
  • If you are in a hurry to eat (or cut) this easy fourth of July recipe, you can pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the chocolate, but don’t leave them in there for too long!

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Line Your pan with wax paper or parchment paper to easily remove the treats while cutting.
  • Be sure to heat up your butter and marshmallows slowly. This is the secret to nice soft rice krispies treats.
  • Butter your spatulas when spreading to prevent sticking.
  • If you want thicker rice krispie treats, use an 8×8 pan.
  • You can get creative and cut patriotic shapes out of the rice krispie treats for an even more patriotic feel!
  • Adust the amount of white chocolate based on your preference.
  • Get creative! You can easily cut these smaller and add them to a popsicle stick for a fun treat!

Storage

Store your rice Krispie treats in an airtight container at room temperature. These will last about 4 days. Over time they will become hard and lose the gooeyness they had when you first make them.

Can you freeze rice Krispie treats?

Yes! You can freeze Rice Krispie treats.

Be sure you let them cool completely and then cut into squares.

Once cut, wrap them individually in wax paper and place in a freezer-safe bag. These will last about 3 months in the freezer. Be sure to thaw before enjoying.

Can you make Rice Krispies Ahead of Time?

Technically you can, but they are best enjoyed right away. This way they are fresh and gooey!

There you have it, a super simple and easy Fourth of July recipe the whole family will love!

stack of 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

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Yield: 12 Servings

Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats

Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats

Celebrate the Fourth of July this year with this super simple Fourth of July recipe that is sure to please, Firecracker Rice Krisie Treats!

Ingredients

  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 1 10 Ounce Mini Marshmallows
  • 6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1 Cup White Melting Chocolate
  • 1 Pkg Red Pop Rocks candies
  • 1 Pkg Blue Pop Rocks candies
  • 4th of July Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted, then add the marshmallows to the pan and stir slowly until melted, keeping heat on low. Melting the butter and marshmallow slowly is the SECRET to perfect rice krispie treats! When you melt the butter and marshmallow slowly it makes a perfectly soft delicious treat, but if you try to rush it… think microwave or high heat you will end up having hard firecracker rice krispie treats, and no one wants that!
  3. Once the marshmallows are melted, add the cereal and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Next, press the firecracker rice krispies into a greased 9x13 pan. The firecracker rice krispies will be sticky. A great way to manage the stickiness is to either butter a spatula or spray it with cooking spray to combat the stickiness. By doing this it makes it so much easier to work with! After you have smoothed your rice krispies into the 9x13 pan then you will melt your white chocolate.
  5. On low power, melt the white chocolate in 15-second intervals. Stir carefully between each interval and continue until chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Gently drizzle the white chocolate evenly over the rice krispies. You can use as little or as much chocolate as you desire. For me, I love white chocolate so I am very genious with the drizzle.
  7. Then gently pour both packages of poprocks evenly over the chocolate. Again, use as little or as much poprocks as you desire and like
  8. Next, it is time for your red, white, and blue sprinkles because it’s not a rice krispie treat in our home without sprinkles!
  9. If you are in a hurry to eat (or cut) this easy fourth of July recipe, you can pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the chocolate, but don’t leave them in there for too long!

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