Homemade Fizzy Pop Rocks Candy!!!

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Hi! My name is Natalie! I have an awesome husband that lets me be a Play-at-home mom of 3! We ...

Intro: Homemade Fizzy Pop Rocks Candy!!!

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! 

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)
food coloring
(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!

Check out more craftiness at my blog Doodlecraft!
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    dawoudagentteam

    2 years ago

    Yes, the food coloring is optional.

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    SamuelN11

    2 years ago

    Is the food coloring optional?

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    Badenpowell

    2 years ago

    In the UK it is called Honeycombe or Hokeypokey.

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    Quester-59

    2 years ago

    Looks Great,

    by the way, ever try Molasses Sea-foam Candy?

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    Katie belle

    2 years ago

    this is cool might want to try it.,...!!!!

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    victoras_h

    2 years ago

    Pure health food. Good job!

    ...also this has nothing to do with real pop rocks as the title baits.

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    victoras_h

    2 years ago

    Pure health food. Good job!

    ...also this has nothing to do with real pop rocks as the title baits.

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    benchkey.

    2 years ago

    Citric acid is generally available in most grocery stores in the Canning supplies section. Also available from Amazon.

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    treymartin82

    2 years ago

    Where can I find the Cotric Acid?

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    spark master

    2 years ago

    no popping, ...fizz stone then!!

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    DavidM564tedbear2

    Reply 2 years ago

    Lemon juice contains both citric and ascorbic acids. It would work very well, but you would need to titrate it to find out how much baking soda to add. I would take about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and then add a small controlled amount of baking soda (say, an 1/8 of a teaspoon) into the juice until it stops fizzing. That will balance the reaction and make sure that you don't add too much of either ingredient. You might actually want there to be some left over acid for taste, so just make sure you don't add more baking soda (in proportion) than you figured out with your titration. Good luck. :)

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    DavidM564DavidM564

    Reply 2 years ago

    The main goal of this is to make sure that you use enough baking soda to get the maximum fizzy reaction, but that all of the baking soda is consumed so that you can't taste it in the final product.

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    Arcan3tedbear2

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    yes there is, i think (dont quote me on it) unflavored vitamin C is mostly citric acid.

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    deh260583Arcan3

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    vitamin C is ascorbic acid, not citric acid. You can use vit C and any other acidic material. the fizz come from the reaction between baking soda (base) with acid.

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    okapimaster

    2 years ago

    Made this with lemon juice amd it was AMAZING

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    ElisaV

    3 years ago on Introduction

    hiiii, i made it and it has been almolst 5 hours and it still has not hardened even a bit.

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    BenchkeyElisaV

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    You must get the mixture to 300f which is the Hard Crack stage, it hardens within minutes. Something not mentioned is when in the cooking pot, be sure to wipe down the inside of the pot with a brush wet with water. Don't get the brush in the mixture. Washing down the sides gets any sugar crystals into the boiling mix. If you don't and you get sugar crystals in the final candy it will crystallize and be ruined.