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Pop Rocks are hard cooked candy with carbon dioxide gas bubbles. As they melt in your mouth, the gaseous pressure from the bubbles is released and the candy shatters. A popular urban legend was that a child ate pop rocks and drank a soda pop at the same time and this mixture proved "toxic" resulting in his stomach exploding. Often the kid in the story is claimed to be "Mikey" from the Life cereal commercials - the one referred to in the saying "Let's get Mikey, he'll eat anything." Pop Rocks were taken off the market for a decade but are now available in most candy stores. They are approved by the FDA.
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