why do pop rocks react with soda

Written by William Tolan Rumors about the combination began in 1979, when it was widely believed that a child known as Little Mikey, whose real name is John Gilchrist, exploded after combining the two. The urban legend caused
to be temporarily discontinued during the mid-1980s, according to its website. The created a separate hotline to assure parents that the candy was harmless, even when combined with. However, rumors continue to exist about the combination to this day. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the television show tested the legend in 2003 and determined it was false. In the episode, they poured six cans of soda and six pouches of Pop Rocks into a pigБs stomach. While the stomach grew to three times its original size, it did not explode, and the myth was considered busted. Students such as junior communication studies major Hillary Anthony said that if there is any truth to the legend, people would know by now. БIБm sure someone has tried it by now and if was true, thereБd be a report on it,Б said Anthony, 25. БThereБd be a warning label on the package. Б Loyola chemistry professor Daniel Graham said Pop Rocks are comprised of carbon dioxide. БThe candy processors of Pop Rocks figured out a way to trap extra amounts of carbon dioxide inside sugar,Б said Graham.


БConsumers of the candy can very well sense the carbon dioxide released when [it] dissolves in oneБs mouth. The released gas is no big deal Б it just causes a sensation in common with drinking soda, sparkling wine or beer. Б БThe released gas causes a rapid volume expansion, which pushes hard against whatever is nearby,Б Graham said. БCertain chemical reactions are capable of this, but the carbon dioxide released by Pop Rocks is not the product of a chemical reaction, and it is released in such tiny amounts. Б Graham explained that explosives are specifically defined as materials that release large quantities of gas. A package of Pop Rocks contains less carbonation than half a can of soda. When the candy comes in contact with moisture, whether it be saliva, milk or Coca-Cola, the candy dissolves. The gas inside the carbon dioxide bubbles is released, which causes the fizzling sounds the candy is often associated with. For those who still believe the rumors, junior Ad/PR major Brittany Carter said that, based on her own experience, there is no reason to fear. БIt has been a myth for years. My cousins dared me and I wasnБt scared,Б said Carter, 23.


БIt pretty much just popped in my mouth with the soda. It didnБt explode. My stomach is still intact. Б Carter said the sensation was not as extreme as the urban legend makes it out to be. БIf you were to try it right now, you would just be like, БOh, itБs popping,ББ Carter said. БIt was kind of like popcorn. Б Junior English major Anthony Skillen also said he tested out the myth because of a dare. БNothing really happened except that the [Coca-Cola] was really fizzing up when I had the Pop Rocks,Б said Skillen, 21. БMy stomach hurt for about less than an hour. Б Ingesting both Pop Rocks and soda leads to nothing more than a Бhearty, non-life-threatening belch,Б according to its website. БKids and parents should feel safe,Б Graham said. Carbon dioxide, the gas used in sodas worldwide. A pouch of POP ROCKS contains less carbonation than half a can of soda. offer? A large variety. Strawberry, Watermelon, Tropical, Blue Razz, Original Cherry, Cotton Candy, Grape and Strawberry Sugar Free are available year round. POP ROCKS DIPS are also available in a standard way. But also look for all the new limited editions that are launched regularly: Chocolate, Pumpkin Patch Orange and Candy Cane.


Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality candies for our consumers. The primary source of information about the allergen status of our products is the labelling on the packaging in which the product is sold. Consumers should always read the ingredient statement and any allergen statement before consumption to ensure a product does not contain any ingredients of concern. items contain LACTOSE (MILK). Pop Rocks Gum contains LACTOSE (MILK) and also SOY (in the gum base). Pop Rocks Chocolate contains MILK, LACTOSE (MILK) and also SOY. Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Orange, Green Apple Xtreme contain Tartrazine (Yellow#5). items are free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish. Before consumption, please always check the labelling on the package for further information about ingredients. Any question, please request to items currently sold in the USA have NOT been knowingly or intentionally produced using genetic engineering, and they have been segregated from and not knowingly or intentionally commingled with food that may have been produced with genetic engineering at any time. For more information or to request the Statement, please contact

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