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Getting the other latch-key kids together and hitting up the Convenient Store for dollar candy was an eighties after-school tradition in my neighborhood. Of all the glorious secret-stash favorites, the most coveted score was a packet of Pop Rocks. There was something so satisfying about the snap, crackle, and pop of those tiny carbonated candies.
They were so beloved, they even became the subject of eighties-kid urban legend…there was no double-dare scarier than being challenged to a Pop Rocks and soda throwdown. Luckily we lived to tell the tale, and to ring in our 80s week, we thought we’d use the legendary combination in a “drink-if-you-dare” Pop Rocks Punch! Spoiler alert: you won’t explode – HA! In fact, you’re going to love it (and the juice makes a fantastic popsicle base for steamy summer days too!).
To Make Pop Rocks Punch You’ll Need:
- Equal parts:
- pineapple juice
- pomegranate juice
- lemonade (we used pink lemonade for the pretty color!) or orange juice
- sparkling water (citrus or coconut taste great in this!)
- 1 packet of Pop Rocks (we used strawberry)
- Lemon or lime wedge
DIY Pop Rocks Punch Instructions
- Empty a packet of Pop Rocks onto a plate
Pour your packet of Pop Rocks onto a small plate.
- Line the rim of your glass with lime juice and coat with Pop Rocks
Run a lemon or lime wedge around the edge of your glass and immediately dip the rim into the Pop Rocks so the edge is coated.
- Add juices and sparkling water into a glass or pitcher and stir
In a pitcher or glass, mix equal parts lemonade or orange juice, pomegranate juice, pineapple juice, and unsweetened sparkling water.
- Top with a sprinkling of pop
Right before serving, sprinkle some Pop Rocks on top, then stir, sip and let that satisfying “sizzle” take you back in time! You can print out the full set of eighties drinking straw flags if you want to add an extra touch of nostalgia!
Just a note: Pop Rocks fizz due to carbonation, and though combining them with sparkling water is NOT dangerous – it does produce a couple of extra bubbles. This recipe uses a very small amount as a garnish and though you probably won’t notice it, if you’re concerned about your kiddos or too much carbonation bothers you, just leave out the sparkling water (or replace it with coconut water – yum!)
Easy juice mixes like this one are great “starter” recipes for kids who are learning kitchen skills and experimenting with cooking on their own.