I love Pop Rocks!
So a homemade variety sounded great!
This recipe makes a tart and fizzy treat...not the same as the store bought stuff...
but really fun to make with the kids!
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Step 1: Gather the Supplies!
Here's what you'll need:
(makes quite a bit...might just want to 1/2 it)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon flavoring extract, flavor of your choice
3-4 drops food coloring, color of your choice
1/4 cup citric acid
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 additional teaspoon of citric acid
Pinch of cornstarch, for dusting...
Lightly dust baking sheet with cornstarch.
Step 2: Saucepan...
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water.
Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees (hard crack)
I use a candy thermometer.
Step 3: Add the Fun, Flavor and Fizz!!!
Remove from heat
add the baking soda
¼ cup of the citric acid
extract (we used one dram of strawberry)
(we only did 2 drops and it pastels the
color so I'd go with 3-4 drops)
Step 4: Mix and Pour...
Stir to combine.
Pour the mixture out onto the baking sheet...
sprinkle with the teaspoon of citric acid.
Step 5: Break It Up...
Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Break the candy into pieces.
I just used a butter knife...
You can break it up into small pieces,
then put some in a plastic bag and hammer them
into little pebble pieces!
Store in Ziploc bags.
Step 6: Try It Out!
The candy is filled with holes from the baking soda!
This is supposed to be the magic coupled with
citric acid to get that pop effect!
They are really crystally and cool looking!
No, not like store bought Pop Rocks...
That are sweet and explode in your mouth...
It was sort of fizzy and sometimes bubbly in
your mouth...but slightly sour!
Not too sour for me or my daughter...
(who's nick-name involves the word 'lemons'...because she loves lemons)
Was it fun to make and eat?
YES! And it's super fun to watch them eat it!
Step 7: And Take Pictures!
And it makes a lot!!!
(maybe if you try it--give some to friends or only make 1/2)
We ate it until our mouths were sore...all in the name of science!
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