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Peculiar Pop Rocks Facts

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No other candy has served the American imagination more than Pop Rocks. Okay, maybe the stories surrounding M&Ms could compete with the ones spawned from Pop Rocks, but you have to admit, dying from ingesting candy and Coke is pretty remarkable.

What’s just as remarkable is the real life history of Pop Rocks, told in a book by Marv Rudolph called Pop Rocks: The Inside Story of America’s Revolutionary Candy. The Boston Globe did a short Q & A with the author, and here’s what he had to say about the famously fizzy candy:

Q You write that when food chemist Bill Mitchell invented Pop Rocks, he wasn’t trying to make a candy.

A He was trying to carbonate Kool-Aid. He first made a carbonated ice. They actually made a product out of it. Imagine a hockey puck that was made of carbonated ice, and they would coat it in chocolate. A customer would drop it in a glass of milk, and it would bubble and they’d have an instant ice cream soda.

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Q How long before the exploding kid rumors started?

A It must have started within six months. Their consumer hot line was going 24/7. People would go, “Are you the company that killed that nice little boy?” And right around that time, there was a rumor about spider eggs in Bubble Yum.

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What I found most interesting was the fact that creator Bill Mitchell is also credited with inventing Jell-O and Cool Whip. Truly a culinary genius!

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One Response to “Peculiar Pop Rocks Facts”

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    tanisha says:

    I REALLY DONT THINK LITTLE MIKEY DIED FROM POP ROCKS AND SODA I MEAN CANDY IS A VERY LOVEABLE FOOD AND I DONT THINK IT WOULD KILL ANYBODY SO FUGET ABOUT IT! LOL

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