Childhood flashback alert! We got a sugary sweet dose of nostalgia from Lauren Conrad with last week’s Instagram post. Looks like LC’s getting creative in the kitchen with some Pop Rocks-infused treats, and she’s got us hankering for some of those crackly rock candies too. If you’ve heard some urban legends about Pop Rocks and Coke causing your stomach to burst, don’t worry — MythBusters put that to rest a while back. But it still wouldn’t hurt to play it safe. Here are 12 dishes and drinks that add a lot of fizzle without the actual fireworks.
1. Pop Rocks Popcorn: It’s such a simple, sweet and colorful combination — we only wish we’d thought of it first. With just a few brightly colored bowls plus a selection of Pop Rocks flavors, this wicked-easy snack is perfect for your next party. (via The Proper Blog)
2. Watermelon Poptini: Who’s up for a drink? You can decorate the rim of pretty much any cocktail with Pop Rocks the way you would with sugar. This summer in a glass is exactly what we need right now. (via Snappy Gourmet)
5. Firecracker Cupcakes: We decorated these for the 4th of July, but with so many Pop Rocks flavors out there we’re sure you can come up with other holiday schemes: Christmas Crackers, Bubbling Cauldrons, Birthday Bombs… get creative! (via Brit + Co)
7. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade: This fizzy lemonade is definitely kid-approved. Loaded with lemon and strawberries and, of course, candy, it’s guaranteed to yield some very red tongues. (via Gimme Some Oven)
10. Rock Candy Donuts: Since it was LC who got us all Pop Rocks-obsessed again, we must give a shoutout to these drool-inducing homemade donuts. Plain ol’ rock candy is used to top the glaze, but you just know we’re sprinkling bubblegum Pop Rocks on ours. (via Lauren Conrad)
12. Champagne and Rock Candy: Hmm… MythBusters, will champagne and Pop Rocks explode in your stomach? Probably better not to test out the theory at the wedding reception — stick to rock candy swizzle sticks instead for a gorgeous, Pop Rocks-inspired toast. (via BrklynView)
Have you ever baked with classic candy like Pop Rocks before? Share the recipe in the comments!