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For Harry Potter nerds, these exploding star candies are actually called Fizzing Whizzbees. After recently going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and spending $30 on Butterbeer, I was too full and too sensible to spend more on a couple of small pieces of chocolate. So when I got home, I was determined to make them. They came out better and cheaper than the ones at Universal. I brought them into BUST for Valentine's Day and I was the most popular kid in school that day. Here's how I did it. 

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Supplies:
Chocolate Mold 
Chocolate (Wilton's Melting Dark Chocolate works well and is better quality than I expected.)
Pop Rocks (Flavor of your choice, but strawberry and cherry hit the spot.) 
Coconut Oil *optional 

Side Rant: The hardest part of this recipe is finding Pop Rocks. After a few failed attempts, I walked into Michaels Craft Store for the mold and found every single item I needed. I've decided I'm going to move to Michael's and sleep in the yarn bins. 

Instructions: 
Melt your chocolate. This is where the coconut oil comes in. It's faster to just heat up a dab of oil and then mix the chocolate in. If you run out of coconut oil like I did, the Wilton Chocolates melts just as well. I melted mine in a bowl over a pot of boiling water, but microwaves are also an option, so you do you. While the chocolate is heating up, get your mold out, and sprinkle some Pop Rocks in each groove. This is mainly for decoration, but really the more Pop Rocks the better. 

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Take the chocolate off the heat as soon as it is melted entirely, but make sure it isn't hot. This is important to keep the rocks from popping. Fill about one third of each candy mold with enough chocolate to cover the pop rocks at the bottom. I found filling each candy mold individually worked best, because the chocolate hardens quickly and will  leave you with uneven, lumpy-looking chocolate.

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 Pour another layer of rocks over the chocolate. The more pops the better.

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Cover the second layer of Pop Rocks with a few more dabs of chocolate until each mold is filled and smooth. One pack of Pop Rocks is good for about 20 candies, depending on how heavy handed you are. I do suggest getting one extra pack of pop rocks just in case. I ended up have to sprend them thin towards the end. 

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Freeze for at least 15 minutes or 2 hours if you get distracted by a Golden Girls marathon. 

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Lick the bowl. This is important. 

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Enjoy!

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Courtney Bissonette is a New York based writer and improv comedienne. She writes primarily about movies, pop cultures and feminist heroes. She gets along best with old people. She has seen more old movies than your grandma, probably. Salt from Salt n Pepa once took her Trick'r Treating. You can follow her on instagram at @gddamnitcourtney or twitter @courttette