Chocolate Firecrackers

Chocolate Firecrackers

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 7 mins
Cooling Time: 80 mins
Total: 117 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
304 Calories
10g Fat
54g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 139mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These chocolate firecrackers for the Fourth of July are a blast. They start with an easy chocolate fudge recipe, rolled into cylinders, then dipped in red candy coating. A black licorice "wick" completes the resemblance to fireworks. Feel free to add your favorite nuts or other mix-ins to the fudge.

"A creative treat to make your 4th of July a little more festive. This is a relatively pain free dessert that you can make with only a microwave, fridge and a few bowls. Kids can enjoy helping you roll out the fudge into the "Firecracker" shape as you'll definitely appreciate the help." —Noah Velush-Rogers

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream, or Marshmallow Fluff

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1 pound red candy coating

  • 1 package black licorice laces (about 16-inches long)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chocolate Firecrackers ingredients

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  2. Combine chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave chocolates in 30-second increments until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent burning.

    melted chocolate in a bowl

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  3. Once chocolate is melted, add marshmallow cream, water, and vanilla. Stir until everything is well mixed.

    chocolate and marshmallow mixture in a bowl

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  4. Scrape fudge into an 8 x 8-inch pan lined with waxed paper or foil and press into an even layer. Press a layer of wrap on top. Refrigerate until it is firm enough to cut, about 1 hour.

    chocolate marshmallow mixture in a prepared baking pan

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  5. Take fudge from pan and slice in half horizontally, then cut each half into 8 thin crosswise rectangles, about 1 x 4 inches long.

    fudge removed from the baking pan and cut into pieces

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  6. Dust hands with cocoa powder, then roll rectangles between palms to round them out and make them cylinder shaped. Place cylinders on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment, and if they have softened during the rolling process, refrigerate until firm.

    fudge pieces rolled into cylinders and dusted with cocoa powder

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  7. Place red candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent burning. Stir until melted and smooth.

    melted red candy coating in a bowl

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  8. Take a toothpick and poke a hole in top of each cylinder, wiggling toothpick a bit to widen the hole. This is where licorice will be inserted later, so make it large enough for licorice to fit in.

    Take a toothpick and poke a hole in each fudge cylinder

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  9. Snip licorice into 16 small pieces, each about an inch long.

    Snip licorice into small pieces

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  10. Use dipping tools or a fork to dip a piece of fudge in red coating. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place back on baking sheet.

    fudge dipped into red candy coating

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  11. Stick a piece of licorice into top of fudge with hole. Repeat until all of the fudge is dipped in red and has a licorice wick. Refrigerate tray to set coating completely, about 20 minutes.

    Chocolate Firecrackers on a baking sheet

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How to Store

  • Chocolate firecrackers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For the best taste and texture, serve them at room temperature.