Soda and Pop Rocks
The playground was buzzing with the news- Liam was actually going to do it! The crowd of youngsters gathered around the daredevil who held in one hand a bag of Pop Rocks, and in the other a can of soda. To the chants of “DO-IT, DO-IT” he tossed back the packet of candy and then began to chug the soda. After polishing off the drink, Liam looked around at a crowd of suddenly silent faces. Would his stomach pop? Would he literally explode from the supposedly lethal combination? Such were the questions surrounding the Soda and Pop Rocks Urban Legend.
The Soda and Pop Rocks Urban LegendMany a youngster has enjoyed a packet of the popular Pop Rocks candy. These delightful confections were invented before 1960, but did not hit the open market until 1975. Pop Rocks are fruit flavored candy nuggets that contain carbonation. When the candy hits the tongue it releases the carbonation, causing a sizzling noise and a popping sensation that many enjoy, although some find it unsettling. The parents of kids in 1975 found it very unsettling, and in Seattle the Food and Drug Administration set up a hot line so that concerned parents could phone in and be consoled that the candy was safe.
Then the rumors started. Mix soda and Pop Rocks and you have more carbonation that then human body is meant to sustain, producing powerful belches. Mix too much, and the gas build up comes on too fast, causing the stomach to explode, resulting in a horrible death. Which, of course, is completely untrue. The gas produced in a bag of Pop Rocks is about the same as a half can of soda; therefore drinking a can of soda whilst consuming a bag of the candy is the same net effect as drinking a can and a half of soda.