4th Of July Marshmallow Pops

The 4th of July is less than a week away, can you believe it? This is my very favorite time of year. We have all adjusted to the more laid back summer state of mind as July approaches. The days are long and hot and full of plenty of friends, imagination and wondrous adventures which just seem to unfold in the summertime months. My eldest daughter came home from one of these adventures with a bag full of goodies that included the biggest marshmallows I had ever seen. Lickity-split, my mind began whirling with ideas of what I could create with these puffs of fluff the size of my palm. I’ve had cake pops on the brain after making cake pop cards not to mention I’ve been lamenting about how to use the pretty red & white paper straws I picked up recently.

insert sound of fireworks exploding*

And hence, the 4th of July Marshmallow Pops where born.

My girls and their friends OOOoooooh’ed and AAAAaaah’ed as I whipped up a batch the other day, so I knew they’d be my go-to fun treat for all of our 4th of July festivities. Thought I’d share what I did so you could too!

You’ll just need some red & blue candy melts.

Some red & white paper straws. (You could try the plastic ones but I thought that the paper ones seemed more sturdy).

And but of course GINORMOUS marshmallows!

These marshmallows make the straw-to-marshmallow ratio more proportionate than the regular marshmallows. And you know how important straw-to-marshmallow ratio is.

First melt the candy melts according to package instructions.

I experimented with a few different techniques of dipping sequences and I found that pushing the straw (about 3/4 deep) into the marshmallow before dipping it into candy coating was the way to go.

So, first push the straw into the marshmallow and then take the straw out. Next, dip the marshmallow into blue melted coating(and 1/3 of the way) and then tap, tap, tap your hand that is holding the marshmallow to get all of the extra candy coating off. (Learned that trick from Bakerella! Thanks Bakerella!)

Then place the marshmallow on wax paper, dipped side up…

BUT before the coating is dry, insert the straws back into their original hole and let them sit until candy coating is totally dry.

This way there will be no candy-coating-cracking going on, not to mention this helps the straw stay secure.

Once the blue coating has dried all the way,

…it’s time to dip them into the red melted candy coating. I found that holding the marshmallow from the marshmallow rather than the straw worked the best. Then stand the marshmallow pops in a sturdy glass until dry.

I never knew that patriotic could look so cute.

Make sure to taste one just to make sure that they are edible for all of your friends and family.

I know, I know. The sacrifices that we have to make.

This is the perfect fun & festive sweet treat. Three ingredients. No mess. No hot oven to contend with in the blazing summer heat.

I’m in.

Happy Red, White & Blue!


4th of July Marshmallow Pops
A perfect fun & festive sweet treat on a stick!
Serves: 20
  • 1 bag of red candy melts
  • 1 bag of blue candy melts
  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 20 red & white striped paper straws
  1. Melt red & blue candy melts in separate bowls according to package instructions.
  2. Insert a straw ¾ deep into each marshmallow and take out again. This will leave the hole where the straw will go after dipping marshmallows.
  3. Dip the side of the marshmallow with the hole into the melted blue candy coating. Hold marshmallow over bowl after dipping and tap your hand until excess candy coating has been tapped off of the marshmallow.
  4. Place marshmallow with the dipped side up and insert straw into each hole. Let dry completely.
  5. Once the blue coating is completely dry, hold the marshmallow by the sides (not the straw) and dip into the red melted candy coating. Tap hand to shake off excess candy coating.
  6. Place the marshmallow pop (straw side down) into a heavy glass to dry.

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  1. Posted June 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Most perfect!!! These are just the cutest ever. And so easy.

  2. Posted June 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    These are so perfect and simple!

  3. Posted June 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    These are so freaking cute. I just wish I could find those straws quickly! Maybe it’ll be my weekend mission ;)

    • Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Rachel! I picked them up at Sur La Table. :)

  4. Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    So fun and creative!

  5. Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Those are so cute! I love how vibrant the colors of candy melts are!

  6. Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    So cute! I wonder how these would be roasted? Probably have a very sticky melted candy melt firepit afterwards :) Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration.

  7. Posted June 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    these are so fun, and just PERFECT for the fourth!

  8. Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    These are so, so CUTE!!! Love them on the striped straws!

  9. Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Those are so cute! great idea! :-)

  10. Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    These are way FUN, Wendy – so eye catching! My girls would definitely love to help clean those up!

  11. Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Ca-YUT!!! Those are adorable, Wendy!!!!

  12. Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Wendy!!! I love these! I think I just have to do them for 4th of July. Too fun! xoxo

  13. Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I’m in love Wendy! these are just adorable!! the straw really makes it!!

  14. Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    The. Cutest. Ever.

  15. Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    These are so adorable! I can think of several other holidays these could be modified for, as well. Fun!

    • Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Thanks Jen! And yes, my mind has already been whirling about all of the fun holiday possibilities! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  16. Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    What a fun idea! So quick and easy to make!

  17. Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    SO adorable and easy. I like lots of wow factor for little work ;)

  18. Ariana
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Wherr did you get the straws?! I can’t find them anywhere!

  19. Jill
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I made these this afternoon and they have been a big hit. Thank you!!

    • Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      That makes me smile to hear Jill! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Suzanne
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    I made these for 2 4th of July parties. They were a huge hit! And so much easier to make than cake pops.
    Thanks for the great idea!

    • Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      That’s so great to hear!! Thanks so much for stopping back to share with me Suzanne!

  21. Megan Gibson
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Where did you get the straws? I can’t find them anywhere!!!!!

    • Posted June 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi Megan!

      I believe that it was Sur La Table. But I’ve actually seen some recently at Target (and at my local T.J.Maxx if you happen to have one in your neck of the woods).

  22. Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    It also looks like cat in the hat. :-)

  23. kathy
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    these are so cute!! gonna use them on my son’s Captain America groom’s table at his wedding next month! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      Oh that sounds so fun!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  24. Lynne
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I found the straws at michaels!

  25. Devyani
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Hey, Wenderly. I love this idea! I’m planning on doing this for my son’s 1st birthday party in 2 weeks. My question is – will this stay outdoors or will the chocolate coating start melting? We live in TX and his party is outdoors at 5 pm. Would love to get some feedback. FYI, I’m planning to do an orange-blue version of this as those are the colors I have in mind. Also, another question – are these able to be made ahead of time and frozen? I was thinking of wrapping the marshmallows at the top of the straw in mini favor bags and then tying them up with ribbon.

    • Posted July 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Devyani!

      These marshmallow pops would be just perfect for a birthday party!! And I love the idea of putting them in bags with ribbon – just darling!! To answer your questions, I would say that a hot day could indeed make the coating perhaps soft, not sure about actually melting? I would leave them indoors on the counter and take them outside when it’s time to serve them just to play it safe. I’ve never put my marshmallow pops in the freezer, just the fridge. Perhaps you could experiment with one and see what happens (and if you have the time hop back over and let me know!)

      Thanks so much much stopping by and Happy 1st Birthday to your son!!

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