This 4th of July Fireworks Ice Cream Soda has a red, white and blue hue, just in time for the holiday! Sweet, cherry soda, ice cream and exploding Pop Rocks!

4th of July Fireworks Ice Cream Soda

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Sweet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Nancy Mock
This is a delicious cherry ice cream soda with a surprise ingredient to really get things popping! It's a red, white and blue treat that's perfect for this summer holiday.
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  • 2 .33-ounce envelopes of blue Pop Rocks: look for Tropical Fruit Punch flavor
  • 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, softened
  • 2 12-ounce bottles of red cherry soda (I used IBC brand), chilled
  • 4 tall chilled glasses plus straws & spoons


  • Open one package of Pop Rocks and pour them over the softened vanilla ice cream.
  • Stir them together just until the Pop Rocks leave streaks of blue through the ice cream. You want the streaks to be bright and visible.
  • Cover the ice cream with plastic wrap, pressing it to the surface of the ice cream and place it in the freezer. Freeze the ice cream for 1-2 hours until it has firmed up.

Assemble the sodas:

  • Divide the cherry sodas between the four chilled glasses, half a bottle into each glass.
  • Use a 1/4-cup scoop and gently place two scoops of the Pop Rocks ice cream into each glass.
  • Open the second envelope of Pop Rocks and sprinkle them over the top of the ice cream sodas - and watch them pop!
  • Place straws into each glass and serve them immediately, along with a spoon for each. Makes 4 servings.


  • To get the blue for your red, white and blue drink look for the Tropical Fruit Punch flavor of Pop Rocks.
  • If you are really pressed for time, you can skip the step of swirling Pop Rocks into the ice cream - there's no chilling time necessary this way.
  • There are lots of brands of cherry soda, with colors ranging from neon pink to garnet! Pick your favorite - my family preferred the flavor of the IBC Dark Cherry Soda.
  • To keep the sodas looking, tasting and popping their best, serve them immediately after assembling.
  • The combination of cherry soda and vanilla ice cream here is for the delectable flavor (of course) and for the red-white-blue theme. Feel free to experiment with other sodas and ice creams, ices or sorbets.
  • Steps you can do in advance: stir the Pop Rocks into the ice cream, chill the sodas and glasses, have everything laid out and ready to make the drinks (straws, Pop Rocks, spoons), and you can scoop the ice cream ahead of time. Just place the scoops of ice cream on a small baking sheet, cover them with plastic and hold them in the freezer.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 131mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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