Recipe: Firecracker Treats

Here's a treat that will make your Fourth of July party really pop—Firecracker Treats made with a collection of kids' favorite candies and goodies, including a surprising candy explosion! Stack them up like TNT and watch your party guests go crazy for them! Firecracker Treats 20 red Fruit Roll-Ups licorice ropes, cut into 40, 3-inch strips 3-4 packages Pop Rocks candy 1/4 cup butter 1 package miniature marshmallows 1 (13 0z.) package fruity puffed rice cereal Directions Unroll Fruit Roll-Ups flat, leaving the plastic lining on the backside. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside. In a large pot over low heat, melt butter completely. Add marshmallows to pot and stir frequently until completely melted and smooth. Turn off heat. Add cereal to marshmallow mix and stir until completely incorporated. Immediately transfer to prepared cookie sheet and press out into a thin, even layer. Allow to cool for about five minutes, then place a strip of cereal mixture onto each Fruit Roll-Up, leaving about 1 1/2 inches on either side. (See photos below.) Press mixture flat and place two strips of licorice rope in the middle, allowing about an inch to show over each side to create the fuses. Sprinkle a think layer of Pop Rocks candy over the middle and then carefully roll the entire mixture into itself to create a long column. Seal the Fruit Roll-Up around itself, keeping the plastic liner in place to help shape it without getting sticky. With a serrated knife, cut the column in half to create two firecrackers. Remove plastic lining and serve.

HINT: Spray a thin layer of cooking spray into your palms and rub them together before working with the cereal mixture; it will keep it from sticking to your hands! HINT: If you have leftover Pop Rocks, sprinkle more over the top of each treat right before serving. HINT: Stick with the original Fruit Roll-Ups by Betty Crocker. Other's don't unwrap as evenly. Enjoy!
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