One of the things I absolutely love about the 4th of July is of course, fireworks! I have very vivid memories of going fireworks shopping with my dad and lighting off bottle rockets when we lived in the country. I remember going to the county line to get the really cheap ones and armfulls of roman candles. When we moved to the suburbs (and to Shelby County where home fireworks were illegal) we would always go to the church picnic and celebrate there. Even now in my adult years I enjoy the fireworks shows… and I, being the Disney fan that I am, adore Disney’s fireworks. I especially love having them year round!
Now that I’m an adult and work with children, I’m really enjoying seeing the wonder for the first time. Yes, there are a lot of “Holy Crap” moments, because who doesn’t freak out a little bit at loud noises, but overall the 4th of July is almost magical in it’s own right. This Firecracker Bark gives you all of the pop and surprise of a firework, but without the accidental burn if you get too close. (Yep, I’ve done that too) And it’s a really quick impressive dessert for when you forget to make something for your friend’s 4th of July party.
Do you have a favorite 4th of July memory?
4th of July Firecracker Bark
Time: 30 min or less
Cost: Under $20
Microwave Safe Bowls
Start by lining your baking sheet with a sheet of Parchment paper. I use the pre cut sheets so I don’t actually have to measure anything.
Melt your white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute, then stir. Microwave/stir in 15 second bursts until its all melted.
Mix in your packages of Pop Rocks Candy and spread the white chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper.
Melt the royal blue candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. I’ve also found that a pyrex measuring cup is really good for this too. Start with 30 seconds since you’re using such a small amount then stir. Microwave/stir in 15 second bursts unit it is all melted. Drizzle the royal blue chocolate over the white chocolate/pop rocks mixture and drag a toothpick or spoon in P’s case to swirl.
Add your sprinkles! P’s favorite method was to just dump everything out into the middle and then spread it around with her fingers…. and then lick her fingers. I’m pretty sure there was a method to the madness.
Place your bark in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until it is set.
Cut your firecracker bark up and get ready for an explosion…. in your mouth!
If you need me, I’ll be lounging by the pool with a mixed drink and a giant pink flamingo raft… because America.