In late 1976, General Foods took the novelty candy world by
storm with it’s new candy, Pop Rocks. It was such a hit, that a few years
later they released a new similar candy called Space Dust, which was basically Pop Rocks, just crushed up into a fine powder.
It was a instant success also, but quickly parents
complained that the name “Space Dust”, along with the appearance of the
candy, was too similar to illegal drugs such as Angel Dust. Accusations
were even made that the candy, because of its similarity to powdered
drugs, would lead kids into real drug use.
As a result, the name was changed from Space Dust" to “Cosmic Candy”.
That problem seemed to be solved, but more trouble was brewing. A rumor
started going around that the candy was unsafe and that a kid died
while consuming the candy while drinking a soda. These rumors once again got parents
in an uproar over the candy. It got so bad that
Bill Mitchell, chemist and creator of Pop Rocks and Cosmic Candy
actually took out a full page newspaper ad in the Feb. 6th edition of
the Pittsburgh Press in 1979, explaining that the entire thing was not
true. He explained how he started making the candy back in the 1950’s for
his kids, and how it was perfectly save despite all the rumors about
The candy remained wildly popular for a few years. Stores struggled to keep it in stock. But in a year or too, it seemed everyone lost interest in it. Stores who
had stockpiled the candy suddenly found themselves stuck with boxes of
it they couldn’t sell.
I haven’t done a themed set like this in a while and I wanted to get back into it! I’ve had candy nails on my to-do list for some time as well, and they were so fun! It was hard to narrow it down to just ten candies though
Aries: Pop rocks Taurus: Pecan pie Gemini: Skittles Cancer: Red velvet cupcakes Leo: Cheesecake Virgo: Candy corn Libra: Ring pop Scorpio: Fudge Sagittarius: Bubble tape Capricorn: Peanut M&Ms Aquarius: Sour brite crawlers Pisces: Swedish fish
Yes, that’s actually what these new chocolates from Baskin Robbins Japan are called…
You’re supposed to put them in the fridge/freezer, and when they’re cold enough, this mark on the box turns blue, which explains the “cool” part of the name…
That also means they’re ready to eat.
Basically, they’re candies created to taste like Baskin Robbins’ chocolate ice cream, that are also filled with colorful, Pop Rock-like sugary bits that crackle in your mouth, which explains the “popping” part of the name…
Interesting concept, but pretty gross, to be honest.
But I still don’t understand the “shower” part of the name…
Update courtesy of bighug4U: “Popping Shower is the
name of a flavor they have at Baskin Robbin’s in Japan. It looks like
the picture on the box and has a slightly minty flavor.”