Pop Rocks caused such a panic, the FDA set up a hotline to assure parents their kids wouldn't die from eating them!
First created in 1956, Pop Rocks were not quick to catch on. One of the reasons for this was that parents at first believed them to be extremely dangerous! When people eat them now there isn’t much fear that they could potentially explode, yet fifty years ago this was a very real fear!
The classic pop-pop-pop sound and feeling that one experiences when eating Pop Rocks was so new and strange, rumors of exploding children were widely circulated throughout the US. In response, the FDA set up a hotline to ensure parents that their kids were completely safe!