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Candy poppin' bottle rockets

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

A patriotic candy explosion

These bottle rockets made of candy are a kid-friendly, edible craft that will be a BLAST this Fourth of July.
A patriotic candy explosion

Taste the explosion on July Fourth with these candy bottle rockets. Just fill drinking straws with Pop Rocks, stack patriotic-colored Life Savers and add some cone-shaped Airhead candies on top. KABOOM! A clever treat that's fun and sweet to eat.

Candy poppin' bottle rockets for the Fourth of July

A patriotic candy explosion


  • Red, white or blue straws (Make sure they're big enough to fill with Pop Rocks and that the holes of your Life Savers fit snugly around the straws.)
  • Pop Rocks
  • Red, white and blue Life Savers (Gummies or regular)
  • Red and blue Airhead candies



Prepare Airheads

Cut Airhead candies into 2-1/2-inch strips and twist into cone shapes. Trim bottom edges even with a pair of scissors.

A patriotic candy explosion


Fill straws with Pop Rocks

Poke small pieces of a Life Savers Gummies into the bottoms of the straws to keep the Pop Rocks from spilling out. Using a small funnel or paper cone, fill straws with Pop Rocks.

A patriotic candy explosion

"Cork" the straw with a Life Savers Gummies so that the Pop Rocks don't spill out.

A patriotic candy explosion


Thread Life Savers onto straw

Stack assorted red, white and blue Life Savers on straws. (I used red and blue Life Savers Gummies and white wintergreen Life Savers for mine.)

A patriotic candy explosion


Add the finishing touch

Add cone-shaped Airhead candies on top, resting the cones on the tips of the straws.

A patriotic candy explosion

To display your candy bottle rockets, insert them into a small bucket or cup filled with sugar.

A patriotic candy explosion

Also try these other fun patriotic dessert ideas:

A patriotic candy explosion

More Fourth of July meal ideas

Independence Day pancakes
Red potato salad with blue cheese
American flag lasagna

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