How do pop rocks work?

Ok I know there are chemicals in it that, when in contact with something in saliva, make is pop, but what EXACTLY is in pop rocks that react with what EXACTLY in saliva that have EXACTLY what effect to make it pop?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The concept was patented by General Foods research chemist William A. Mitchell in 1956.[1] The candy was first offered to the public in 1975. In 1983, General Foods stopped selling the candy. Some believed that this was because of an urban legend that mixing Pop Rocks with carbonated beverage could result in a person's stomach exploding. In fact, the candy was withdrawn owing to its lack of success in the marketplace and to its relatively short shelf life.

    Though the confection had been extensively tested and found safe, the carbonated candy still alarmed residents in Seattle. The Food and Drug Administration set up a hotline there to assure anxious parents that the fizzing candy would not cause their children to choke. General Foods was battling the "exploding kid" rumors as early as 1979. General Foods sent letters to school principals [2], created an open letter to parents [3], took out advertisements in major publications and sent the confection's inventor on the road to explain that a Pop Rocks package contains less gas (namely, carbon dioxide, the same gas used in all carbonated beverages) than half a can of soda.

    Distribution was initially controlled to ensure freshness; but with its increasing popularity, unauthorized redistribution from market to market resulted in out-of-date product reaching consumers.[citation needed] In 1985, Kraft Foods bought the rights to the candy product and remarketed it as Action Candy through a company called Carbonated Candy. Since 1979, Zeta Espacial S.A., a company based in the municipality of Rubí in Barcelona, Spain, has manufactured, sold, and exported the product under the brand name "Fizz Wiz". Kraft sold their production machines and distribution rights for Asian countries to Jeong Woo Confectionery, a company based in Korea, in 1985.

    Before Jeong Woo Confectionery produced the popping candy, the product was always sold in powder form. Jeong Woo's product, on the other hand, was sold in crystal form with a boiled sugar lollipop, which was intended to be moistened with the mouth and dipped into the candy crystals-- a form of dipping powder. This product was imported into USA in 1988 by UniConfis, a subsidiary of Chupa Chups in the USA, under the name "Crazy Dips".

    In 2006, Dr. Marvin J. Rudolph, who led the group assigned to bring Pop Rocks out of the laboratory and into the manufacturing plant, wrote a history of Pop Rocks development. The book, titled Pop Rocks: The Inside Story of America's Revolutionary Candy, was based on interviews with food technologists, engineers, marketing managers, and members of Billy Mitchell's family, along with the author's experience. In the book, Dr. Rudolph points out that the Turkish company Hleks Popping Candy flooded the market with popping candy in the year 2000, and have since become the international market leader.

    A similar product, Cosmic Candy, previously called Space Dust, was in powdered form and was also manufactured by General Foods.[4]

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  • joto
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    How Pop Rocks Work

  • 9 years ago

    they destroy brain cells !

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