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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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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

The Sweet Look of Candy Clothing

There are all kinds of fusions going on today; food, culture etc. So it only makes sense that in the past few years we have seen the fusion of candy and clothing (or does it?). Yup, you read that correctly, candy and clothing. You’re probably thinking I’m going to talk about candy necklaces or maybe even the “adult” candy bras, g-strings and panties, but nope, that’s not it. I’m talking about people using actual candy and/or candy wrappers to make some really one of a kind pieces. Continue reading