Fireworks Floats and Firecracker Popcorn

So I LOVE LOVE the 4th of July...don't you? I love to celebrate it, I love to decorate for it, I love to dress up for it and I love to cook up fun things for it. My kids as I have said many times before have become somewhat snobby in what they now think all Holidays entail...not that I am complaining it is actually quite endearing to mommy's little snobby heart! And the 4th of July is a super fun time around this house. (maybe its because treats are abundant hmm...) And today's post is one of our family's favorite 4th of July treats. Firecracker Floats which we have on the 4th and firecracker popcorn (which we have on the 4th and  many other times of the year because it really is to die for good and red really works well for a plethora of holidays!) We like to make little treat packages for friends and neighbors with the popcorn to wish them a happy 4th. So what makes a float a firecracker float? Those special little candy pop rocks--they really do ROCK. And of course red and blue soda--the combo creating a red, white and blue float complete with the firecracker sound effects and all.
So here is what you will need to make your floats. (Any red and blue soda will work of course!) Then make a float as you normally would and when ready to explode eat, have the kids sprinkle the pop rocks on top. Listen for the explosion and drink up!! Always a hit...no matter how many times we have done it.

Now for the Red Hot Firecracker Popcorn Recipe. This really is a treat and I mean so good you can't stop eating it, so beware and don't say I didn't warn you!

3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1 C. Butter
9 oz Red Hots Candy
1/2 C Corn Syrup

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Have popcorn ready in a large bowl. Have a roast pan or large jelly roll sheet sprayed with cooking spray and ready to go. Mix butter, syrup and candy over med/high heat. Once it boils let it boil for 5-8 mins longer. It should then reach soft ball stage on a candy thermometer. All the while stirring constantly. Once it reaches soft ball remove from heat and pour over popcorn and mix well. Pour popcorn into pan or sheet and place in oven. Roast for 45 min stirring after 20 mins. Remove from oven and pour out onto parchment paper or sprayed wax paper to cool in a single layer. Store in an airtight container.

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★♪♫¸.·*¨) Angie said...

Looks fab- I "saved" it to my recipe blog so I can try it, and linked back to you! http://angierecipes.blogspot.com/2011/06/red-hot-firecracker-popcorn.html

Leslie said...

the 4th of July is by far my favorite holiday and i'm SO excited to try the Fire Cracker Floats! What a fun snobby treat! Thansk ladies!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

By far the snobbiest post on this blog. Screaming festive...

Leslie said...

These items just got added to my grocery list for this weekend...what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

What a great treat!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party that I'd love for you to join in on by adding your link!

Teach It Today said...

Great ideas!

Printabelle said...

So fun! I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing!

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Hi! I'm stopping by to let you know that I featured your AMAZING Fireworks Floats and Firecracker Popcorn on my blog today: http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/06/lets-have-pinteresting-4th-of-july.html
Thanks for sharing! Hope you enjoy a terrific upcoming 4th of July!! :)

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