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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pop Rocks, Cool Whip & Tang!

Canary birds feed on sugar and seed;
Parrots have crackers to crunch;
And as for the poodles, they tell me the noodles
Have chicken and cream for their lunch. 
Charles Edward Carry The Camel's Complaint

 Today is Pop Rocks Day!!! What's that you say, there's no such day as Pop Rocks Day. Well, there should  be a day dedicated to Pop Rocks, Cool Whip and Tang. Why not today? The man who invented Pop Rocks, Cool Whip and Tang was born on this day in 1921. His name was William A. Mitchell.
Pop Rocks were developed in 1956 by General Foods research scientist William A. Mitchell and introduced to the market in 1975. Tiny air pockets of carbonation (CO2) are released when melted in your mouth and has a mild "crackling" sensation and "popping" noise. source

Orange-flavored Tang was a popular drink in the 1960s for it was at this time that the promise made by John F. Kennedy, "We will go to the moon in this decade," and the Apollo Space Program got their lift-off. We've explored Moon Day recipes on this blog before.  Today, I 'd like to leave you with a recipe for Tang Pie. I'm not sure where it originated, although the book I found it in, Fashionable Food by Sylvia Lovegren, states it may have come from Texas.

Tang Pie
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust, baked
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8-oz) carton sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Tang powder
1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip
Mix the milk, sour cream, and Tang together. Fold in half of the Cool Whip. Spoon into the pie shell. Top with the rest of the Cool Whip. Chill. Makes 1 9-inch pie, 8 servings

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