Growing up, holidays were a big deal and some of my most treasured memories involved the things we did when we were all together celebrating. In anticipation of Independence Day, I started brainstorming craft and recipe ideas. Since I wanted something the kids could get hands on with, I immediately thought about items they could celebrate the 4th with such as sparklers, twirlers, pom-poms or flags. At one point, I even thought we could get scientific but my husband curbed that idea since my kids are still little and I can be quite clumsy (oh…and there were warnings!).
Our thoughts kept going back to sparklers and I perused many craft ideas. None of the crafts I saw had the “crackle and pop” I wanted so I started thinking about a colorful, edible version. If you remember the 70’s, there was a candy that was very popular called Pop Rocks. Because it’s “carbonated,” it literally crackles, pops and fizzes once inside the mouth.
With a little bit of frosting and some colorful, old-fashioned candy canes, the 4 of us created colorful, edible holiday sparklers!
- Red and Blue Candy Canes
- Pop Rocks
- White Icing
Coat the first two-thirds of each candy cane in icing
Sprinkle Pop Rocks over the icing
While these were very easy to make, the ingredients were not as readily found. We ended up shopping for some of the items at our local Walmart and a local candy store. While relatively easy, be sure to use an icing with a thick consistency that will dry hard. I like to combine a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon or two of ice water, and a lot of powdered sugar to achieve the right consistency.
This was a fun easy craft-recipe hybrid that my children enjoyed. Despite its simplicity, I was able to teach them about the holiday including the significance of the colors and fireworks, and why we celebrate.
Tomorrow, I’ll share an additional recipe for 4th of July-inspired cupcakes in honor of the coming holiday so be sure to come back!