Pop Rocks


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 it.

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.

Zodiac signs as sweet treats

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

Pop Rockin Moon
  • Beth: [age 8] "Where did Pop Rocks come from?"
  • Me: "Believe it or not, they came from the moon. The astronauts brought it back when they went to the moon."
  • Beth: "Seriously?"
  • Me: "Oh yeah. The moon's made of Pop Rocks. It's a good thing they brought back enough to last us 100 years."
  • Beth: "I don't think the moon is made of Pop Rocks."
  • Me: "Well, who knows? Have you ever been there?"
  • Beth: "No. But I know it's not made of candy. It's made of cheese!"
  • Me: "Actually it's just made of moon."
  • Beth: "But maybe there are Pop Rocks on the moon. Can you look it up?"
  • Me: "Sweetheart, there are many interesting and curious things on the Internet, but I'm sure there is nothing about Pop Rocks on the moon."
  • Beth: "You should look up the Pop Rockin Moon."
  • Me: "There won't be anything to find."
  • Beth: "Just do it. Please?"
  • Me: "OK." [googles 'pop rockin moon'] "See? There's nothing."
  • Beth: "That makes me sad."
  • Me: "But... if I blog about this, then eventually there will be something on the Internet about it."
  • Beth: "Then what are you waiting for? Start blogging!"
The signs as Halloween candy

Aries: Candy corn

Taurus: Pop Rocks

Gemini: Starbursts

Cancer: Butterfingers

Leo: Kit Kats

Virgo: Nerds

Libra: Smarties

Scorpio: Snickers

Sagittarius: Twix

Capricorn: Sour Patch Kids

Aquarius: Reeses cups

Pisces: Crunch

The signs as types of pop

Aries: bubblegum pop

Taurus: pop rock

Gemini: pop rocks (yum)

Cancer: Ring Pop

Leo: that satisfying pop from popping bubble wrap


Libra: the pop you hear when you accidentally blow a fuse in your house. Commonly followed by a dramatic, sad sigh and a call to the electrician

Scorpio: the pop when they crack their knuckles (god that’s gross)

Sagittarius: country pop

Capricorn: k-pop (ok then have fun with that)

Aquarius: popping a wheelie on their bike (so rad)

Pisces: ice pop (for a hot summer day)