The Pop Rocks Urban Legend Debunked

Pop Rocks: Urban Legend Vs. Reality

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The tall tale of deadly Pop Rocks came from the infamous Little Mikey,  the cute face of the classic Life cereal commercials in the 70’s. The legend states that poor Mikey gobbled up a bag of Pop Rocks, and then decided to guzzle a can of Coke which “according to folklore” made Little Mikey’s insides burst like a microwaved egg. Have you tried this risky concoction? Is it risky at all? Let’s find out.

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MYTH

Contrary to popular belief, Pop Rocks candy does not contain an acid-based mixture, but a small amount of carbonation made from carbon dioxide, that produce large volumes of gas when mixed through chewing and saliva. Mikey was rumored to have died due to a stomach explosion after eating the candy and Coke mixture. The incident was and is completely false and the former child actor, whose real name is John Gilchrist, is alive and well. Even after much debate, Pop Rocks was still taken off of the market in mid-1980 due to the insidious rumor of Little Mikey’s death. Just a few years later Pop Rocks made their encore debut, rising from the ashes of mythos to fulfill their destiny as one of the most cherished hard candies of the century.

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Pop Rocks, the carbonated popping candy, was invented by chemist William “Bill” Mitchell while working for the General Foods Corporation in 1956. He created the popular treat by mixing sugar, lactose, corn syrup, dye and artificial flavoring. The ingredients are heated, allowed to melt and then carbonized. Bubbles form as the mixture cools. As you eat the candy, the bubbles burst, creating the signature popping sensation. Containing less carbonation than half of a can of soda, Pop Rocks are a completely safe, tasty fun way for kids to enjoy candy. So will your stomach end up outside of your body if you happen to mix a pack of these popping candy treasures with a can of pop? No, we can assure you that although you may get a case of bubbly guts when adding more carbonation to these already fizzy rocks, your stomach and your life will still happily go on after the candy has gone.

So the light has been shed on the reality of the speculated hazards of Pop Rocks.  The results are in and the conclusion is…drum roll please…there is absolutely no imminent danger in enjoying a pack of the iconic candy . Except of course, becoming utterly addicted to the sensational mouth tingling effects! Now that you’ve been correctly informed, its time to bring back the fun of Pop Rocks and divulge in the Bulk Candy Stores variety of Pop Rock flavors that your whole family is sure to love!

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Get Bamboozled By Bean Boozled!

For months, people all over the world have been posting videos of them doing the “Bean Boozled Challenge.”  So our first question was, “What the heck is this madness?”

It’s a game that leaves your taste buds either hating you or loving you, depending on your luck.  You spin the spinner and grab whatever color jelly bean it lands on. The trick is each colored bean could be one of two flavors: one that tastes awesome or one that makes you want to barf!  Actually, I think that’s one of the choices… But you don’t know which flavor you’ll get because they look EXACTLY alike and don’t have a smell.  So you’re only option is to taste it and find out!

We at Bulk Candy Store decided to do a little research on this game to see what all of the fuss was about.  So we took three kids; gave them napkins, plates and water; and handed them the Bean Boozled Challenge! We recorded them and made it into a hilarious video. Their taste buds, your entertainment!  Check it out!

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Dan & Ally’s Candy Buffet !

Hey there! My name is Tina and I decided to write more about my experience creating the Wedding Candy Buffet documented below. I worked closely with Dan and Ally to create this fusion of delightful sweets for their wedding. So I thought it would be a good idea to ..*BREAK IT DOWN* ! (I know there is some sort of dance move involved in that phrase lol) I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to get informative on this candy buffet. Not only was it fun but also inspiring! Click the video below to check it out and the read the rest of the post for  behind the scenes candy buffet tips.

3 Reasons I wanted to blog about this Wedding Candy Buffet

1. To highlight this wonderful celebration and all it’s tasty treats!

2. To talk about the pros of having a candy buffet at your wedding.

3. And to give some advice on doing one yourself!

So first off, we were incredibly lucky to find Dan and Ally! We were searching for a local couple who was having a wedding in the next few months and after about a month they strolled into the store to purchase some candy. As I helped them check out, I asked them what the candy was for and when they gave me the details I was excited! Their wedding sounded like so much fun! On top of that, I knew we would be able to get creative with the overall theme of the wedding: 1920s Great Gatsby with a modern twist!  And so it began….

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Tip #1: Use larger candies for the bigger jars and more petite candies for the smaller jars. On our first meeting, we chose the candy and quantities based off the jars we already had. A lot of times people end up not having enough, or having too much based on the size of the jars they’ve purchased. However, if you do end up stuck in a situation where you do not have enough candy…

Tip #2: Grab a small clear cup or wrap a soup can in tin foil and place it in the middle of the jar. This takes up more space as all the candy piles up around the can and gives the illusion that the jar has more candy in it than it does.  Don’t worry about your guests finding out your secret; they normally don’t scoop too deep into the jar anyway.  Plus, you end up having to use less candy.clear_cup_trick

Tip #3 It’s Especially important to know the taste preference of your guests or “crowd.”
I first asked Dan and Ally what kind of candy they liked: chocolate? Sour? Gummy? Wrapped? Nostalgic, old-time candies? These questions are very important. If everyone is relatively neutral, then shoot for a wide variety! Why not? The more the merrier!

me_ally_danOnce we chose the candy, I prepared the buffet for them.  We got together one more time to confirm if the setup was to their liking. We added Charleston Chews, Cellas Dark Chocolate Cherries and Giant Tootsie Rolls to give it an old-time, nostalgic look for their Great Gatsby theme!

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After that, they were pretty easy to please! We went with Kopper’s Sugar cookies, which are little tiny white chocolate balls topped with sugar cookie powder. We also chose another gourmet favorite from Koppers (the S’mores). These babies are delicious! Crunchy, graham-cracker-like outside, and inside is chocolate and sweet cream. The outside finish is very much like a powderey graham cracker lol

We added a touch of Rock Candy Sticks to give the buffet a dazzling effect. It’s also a good idea to have treats besides candy in the buffet, so we incorporated Raspberry Yogurt Pretzels.

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Unfortunately not everything in a candy buffet is for taste. Sometimes you’re going to need something to fill the extra big jars and show off a little of a better-looking candy.  So with that we added a jar of Gumballs and made a nice display with purple and green Whirly Pops and Round-Ups!

A couple of fancy things we did for show were two cocktail-looking candy jars. The first one was a HUGE champagne glass that we filled with Jelly Belly Champagne Bubble, Ginger Al Jelly Belly Jewels and Green Apple Jelly Belly Jewels

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Dan’s Margarita glass was full of Kopper’s Margarita Cordials, which have a Tequila-flavored liquid in it (non-alcoholic) with a hint of salt.  It also contained Green Apple Sour Patch Chews in the middle layer and Jelly Belly Champagne Bubbles on top.

 

Finally, let’s not forget the Salt Water Taffy and the Mint Chocolate Chip Malted Milk Balls!  Both are also excellent jar-fillers!

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Here is a photo of the finished product!

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Tip #4 Candy Buffets are a great mixture of color & convenience!
Most of our customers and event planners opt for the candy buffets because of convenience. These are great favors that your taste buds will definitly remember.  And you can choose to eat some now and/or take a party favor bag filled with candy home with you. In addition, most of the candy doesn’t go bad right away. It’s a great wow-factor for the guests and you can offer them so much to choose from.

IMGP9519If you found this to be helpful or informative please share with your friends! Let us know what you thought of this buffet and if you have any tips please comment below! Thanks !

Decorate Your Way to a Patriotic Day

4th of July is on the horizon, so let the preparations begin! In my previous post, I talked about some delicious and decorative treats that you can snack on throughout the day. But now we’ll get to the decor! Hosting a party on the 4th ? Here are a few easy patriotic decorations to get you in the star-spangled spirit!

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Introduction to Candy Buffets

Come one, come all to the best candy store in town!  I’ll be your sweeter-than-sweet-tarts hostess, Denise.  This is a series, my friends, a series about candy buffets.  A hush comes over the crowd.  Eyes focused, ears perked, everyone is holding their breath.

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Cocktails and Desserts for the Stars and Stripes

It’s a holiday! There will be no dieting or calorie counting today. Put down the iPhone and pick up a martini glass because I’m going to give you a few recipes for sweet treats and delicious drinks to get you through your 4th of July party plans! Continue reading

Our Salute to the Red, White and Blue – Candy Buffet Style

We all know it’s 4th of July when everyone is wearing red, white and blue as they shop for their burgers and hotdogs that they will slap on the grill at the all-day barbecue they plan to attend where they will sip on their Budweiser, slowly becoming more and more incoherent as they wait for the firework show that night. That’s just the American way.

Hopefully between the burgers and booze, these party-goers will be thinking about what this day really marks: the act of our forefathers declaring the independence of the United States from British rule.

But now we’ll get to the fun stuff: the candy! Here’s our version of the perfect 4th of July candy buffet!  Continue reading