Here is a thing I have noticed – When you have a birthday, we eat cake. When America has a birthday, we set stuff on fire and make things explode in the sky. I’m not sure what that says about us as a nation, but I’m not sure I dislike it.
Real life genuine fireworks are dreaded around here (pet parents know what I’m talking about) so I’m a fan of the quieter variety, Pop Rocks. Now, I know what you are thinking; Really? Pop Rocks? The exploding candy stuff?
Yeah. I know. And 364 days a year you could not pay me to eat Pop Rocks, but for July 4th, I’ll take those little candy crack shards any way I can get them. Because that is what I will do for you, America. That’s patriotism!
A few years ago I made a major, major flourless chocolate cake with Pop Rocks crumb topping, and I’m not even going to pretend it wasn’t magnificent. Plus, I’m doing this thing now where I keep to a strict eating plan 6 days a week but go nuts on the 7th, which is usually Saturday, aka Faturday, which means this upcoming July 4th will coincide on my day and I’ll have free range to indulge. I’ve been plotting for a month. The question is, what to make? Let’s look!
1. Firecracker bark 2. Strawberry shortcake 3. Blueberry sparkler
4. Watermelon poptini 5. Ice cream sandwiches 6. Watermelon pop rocks
7. Exploding chocolate potato chips (<<This is probably the one I’ll be making) 8. Sparkling strawberry lemonade 9. Pop rock jello shots (the fail is funnier than the original)
Can’t get enough? Here is a gem of an article on the origins of Pop Rocks, Magic Shell, and the Slurpie.
And, yes, Slurpie get’s a capital S.
Even if you don’t drink them you gotta capitalize them. #respect
OK, you made me laugh out loud. Thanks, Aunt Peaches; I really needed a laugh today. ❤
That Blueberry Sparkler sounds delicious! Our town’s fireworks have been postponed because of weather & my daughter is bummed, so I think I’ll make these for her as a consultation prize. Don’t worry, she’s 32. ;-D
why don’t they pop when they are added to or on top of a liquid or wet solid (like the watermelon)? This doesn’t seem like it would work.
I bought some pop rocks –s’cuse me, Pop Rocks — (forgot the #respect) for my grandkids and my daughters, who in a previous life LOVED Pop Rocks, were horrified that I would give little children such sugary, nasty, not-good-for-you pieces of crap. Pardon me, but aren’t these the same girls who were thrilled with them twenty OMG WAS IT THAT LONG years ago??? Oh well, the little kids and I had fun anyway!
But really, will these ideas you presented actually work? I am ready to give it another go.
The Pop Rock jello shots sound awesome! I never knew you could do so many different things with Pop Rocks, and I admire the inventive ways you’ve used them. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!
I didn’t think that there were actually recipes that you can use Pop Rocks for, these are great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing…!