If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That’s exactly what General Mills did back in the 1970s before finally giving us Pop Rocks in 1975. These products were a bit before my time, but their successor was a staple of my 1980s diet.
First came Space Dust:
SPACE DUST? Seriously? The back of the packaging even tells you to place it on your tongue and offers promises of a “far out” adventure. Look at them inhale that “space dust”! Can nothing satiate their desires for getting high?
The characters are just plain freaky as well. Now imagine them if you were hopped up on some recreational pharmaceuticals. I’m as clean as a butter bean and I’m terrified by these guys right now! Especially this Cherry guy. Such evil intentions he/she/it has. I can see it in the eyes… Kind of reminds me of those psychedelic pink elephants from Dumbo or maybe a clown from Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Then they gave us Cosmic Candy:
Well, these guys are really scary at all. Plus the obvious drug reference is gone, though I’m sure “cosmic candy” is still drug talk. Not sure what’s going on with Watermelon guy. He looks like a pink and green ninja turtle and Grape looks like a friendly Scrubbing Bubble type… or perhaps something you might see in The Never Ending Story. You decide!
Both Space Dust and Cosmic Candy were powders (imagine that). They had the “sizzling” part already down, they just needed to go the next step and put it in crunchy, sticky form to get Pop Rocks.
And now your Pop Rocks Imitator of the Day: