Have you ever looked at something and thought, “I can totally make that.” Every time I see ring pops in the store I think that, so I got to work and made some DIY ring pops, fourth of July style!
My friends at Baker’s Party Shop sent me the perfect gem candy mold for making ring pops.
It’s made of silicone and can be used for making chocolate, hard candy jewels, jewel soap bars, chocolate truffles, AND it can go in the oven, microwave, and freezer. Score!
They also sent me some awesome Patriotic Sprinkle Mix with mini stars and all kinds of red, white, and blue sprinkles. Aren’t they cute?
DIY Ring Pops for the Fourth of July
- Gem candy mold
- White almond bark or red, white, or blue candy melts
- Ring pop plastic rings (keep reading to see how I got them)
- Patriotic sprinkles
TIP: I looked EVERYWHERE online to find plastic ring pop rings, but couldn’t find any for sale. The best way to get those plastic rings is to just buy ring pops then save and wash the rings.
You can find the ring pops at the dollar store for 4/$1, so they’re pretty cheap! Just twist the jewel with your hand and it will pop right off. Then wash and dry, and they’ll be ready to go!
Step 1. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer’s directions.
There are two ways you can add the sprinkles. The first way is to place some sprinkles down inside the mold, then use a spoon to drop the chocolate into the mold, filling just barely under the top of the mold.
The second way is to fill the mold with chocolate, then add the sprinkles later. You can experiment with both ways and see which one you like best!
TIP: If you overfill the mold, then it will be much harder to get the finished DIY ring pop out. Trust me. It’s much easier to underfill just a little bit.
Step 2. Tap the mold down on the counter carefully to pop any air bubbles. Place clean plastic ring pop rings top side down into the melted chocolate. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Step 3. Now it’s time to remove the rings! Remove them from the freezer, then very carefully pull the top edges of the mold away from the chocolate. I placed my hand around the jewel mold to warm it up to make it easier to remove.
I found it was easiest to remove the diy ring pops by working on one side of a jewel, then the other side, and trying to pull it all off evenly rather than one side at a time.
It’s so satisfying once it comes out of the mold and you see those perfect little chocolate jewels!
Step 4. If you already added sprinkles to the bottom of your mold, then your patriotic DIY ring pops are done.
If you just put chocolate in your molds, then it’s time to decorate! Use a toothpick or a wood skewer stick and dip it into the melted chocolate. Add a little drop of melted chocolate to the back of the stars and sprinkle balls, then add them one at a time to the rings.
Now you’ve got your own custom blinged out DIY ring pop to celebrate the Fourth of July. Cool, right?
Be sure to check out Baker’s Party Shop for all your cookie, candy, and baking supply needs. They’ve got TONS of fun stuff, and just about every sprinkle you can imagine!