These candies are so much fun and my absolute favorite treat from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. They are really difficult to find (so far I have only seen them at Universal) but incredibly easy to make at home.
I have been wanting to make these for ages and ages now. I first tried these last year at Universal and knew instantly they would be so fun for Halloween. I hope you give this recipe a shot, it is such a surprising and fun little treat.
These take just minutes to make and only two ingredients- chocolate and pop rocks. Now stay with me here because that isn’t going to sound super appealing if you are over the age of 10 but trust me! You get the creamy chocolate and the surprise pop, pop, pop of the pop rocks and it is just a little party in your mouth. I can pretty much guarantee giggles from the kids and possibly any adults that try these.
For those that are serious Harry Potter fans, Fizzing Whizbees are “large sherbet balls that will cause a person who sucks on them to float few inches off the ground.” They are made by the Queenbee manufacturing company. Some might remember that Albus Dumbledore uses “Fizzing Whizbee” as his password to his office in The Order of the Phoenix.
So the Fizzing Whizbees described in the book seem more like hard, sherbet candies that are the consistency of a Pop Rock. But Universal Studios also makes a chocolate version- this is what it looks like (and by the way sets you back a whopping $10):
So the shape of the candy is really important- it needs to be this bumble bee shape. I found this Bumblebee candy mold on Amazon that worked perfectly for mine.
You can also use any melting chocolate you like or Wilton Candy Melts for the base. I am very particular about my chocolate and I love either Ghirardelli or Guittard chocolate chips. I chose milk chocolate but dark chocolate would be lovely too. A good quality chocolate really makes this recipe so grab something you wouldn’t mind sneaking handfuls of from the pantry.
The next issue is the Pop Rocks. The flavor of the Pop Rocks is important so if you can possibly find orange flavor those are the best. I believe the orange is a seasonal flavor so alternatives might be chocolate flavor (haven’t found these to try), strawberry or candy cane (seasonal flavor). I had a hard time finding Pop Rocks and finally discovered them at Dollar Tree stores (3 packs for $1) you can also find Pop Rocks on Amazon here. You can use any flavor of Pop Rocks, of course, but the watermelon or cotton candy or blue fizz etc… just don’t seem to blend as well with the chocolate. The orange was perfect!
So now just melt the chocolate – I did the double boiler method to get perfectly creamy chocolate chips- and then you can pour the melted chocolate into a pastry bag to fill the molds or I used a spoon and that worked just fine. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave but the extra 5 minutes of a double boiler ensures the chocolate is so smooth and creamy and it doesn’t seize up on you. Try to get a thin layer of chocolate into the mold, sprinkle with Pop Rocks and then a second thin layer of chocolate to fill the mold. I like the Pop Rocks completely covered inside the chocolate bee and it will totally be up to you as to how many Pop Rocks you add. I added a generous layer of Pop Rocks.
Once the mold is filled with melted chocolate, place in the fridge to harden for about an hour. They should pop right out of the mold.
- ½ cup chocolate chips or chocolate melts
- 1 packet Pop Rocks
- Melt chocolate chips over a double broiler, stirring occasionally, until nice and creamy.
- Quickly spoon or pipe the melted chocolate into a thin layer in your candy mold.
- Bang on the counter to ensure chocolate is level and all bubbles are out.
- Add a layer of Pop Rocks.
- Top with more chocolate so the Pop Rocks are completely covered in chocolate. Don't worry if a few of them pop.
- Place tray in fridge to harden for 1-2 hours.
- Pop out of the tray and enjoy!
Crazy, crazy easy and I even have a cute little free printable tag for you to use with your candy. I plan to bring these as soccer treats for the little people and my big girl took a bag in to share with her friends at school and they were a hit!
You can get the free printable gift tags here. (For personal use only, not for resale.)
As far as storing these, the Pop Rocks are the most vibrant and poppy eaten right away. I like to store in a Tupperware in the fridge. You can make these well in advance but they do lose a bit of the pop after a few days.
And here are a few other Harry Potter ideas you might enjoy:
Homemade Pumpkin Juice (so yummy! Like a pumpkin-y apple cider.)