Homemade Pop Rocks Candy!

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I found a recipe for Homemade Pop Rocks Candy!
And...I had all the ingredients on hand!

Here's what you'll need:

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.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water.
 Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees (hard crack) 
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)
Stir to combine.
Pour the mixture out onto the baking sheet 
sprinkle with the teaspoon of citric acid.
Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 
Break the candy into pieces.
Store in Ziploc bags.

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 very sour!

Was it fun to make and eat?
YES!  It is very sour though...I think the kids would
have liked it better if it was just candy...
but it's fun to watch them eat it!
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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Hykel said…
Nice! Your kids pulled some great faces.
Amanda said…
Such a fun post! I've featured it today on CopyCat Crafts! http://www.copycatcrafts.com/homemade-fizzy-pop-rocks-candy/