Photos: Wacky Halloween treats from Rocket Fizz
Colorado is home to the highest number of Google searches for Halloween treats, according to NBC's Today; fortunately, the Centennial State has plenty of places to get our sugar rush. And we just acquired one more: A second Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop (the original is at 1512 Larimer Street) has opened at 9567 South University Boulevard C-1 in Highlands Ranch.
J. Wohletz The traditional Halloween Jello mold--fill it with cream of mushroom this year.
Keep reading to see some of Rocket Fizz's more bizarre Halloween sweets and treats.
As you walk through the doors, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is there to greet you in life-sized cardboard-cutout form. Yes, the hottest woman ever on the earth (and a creation of Colorado Springs's Cassandra Peterson) is there to hand out baskets that customers can fill with awesome creepy treats for October 31 -- or anytime, really.
Halloween will definitely be enhanced by caramel apple Sugar Babies, pumpkin-flavored gumballs and, of course, Hello Kitty "spooky" hot chocolate powder in a collectable tin. I inspected the ingredients of this chocolate powder so that I could get a grip on what makes this mix spooky -- or at least spookier than other kinds of hot chocolate mix -- and my conclusive opinion is nothing, really, except for the cool tin.
Sour apple-flavored brain pops -- a Halloween season must-have for unwrapping, dipping in raspberry jam (for that nasty, bloody bwains effect) and passing out to party guests. No double-dipping, though -- that's just gross.
I absolutely adore the bathtub 'o candy at Rocket Fizz: so many cheap, mix-and-match choices that are perfect for giving out to lucky kids who hit your house for candy-begging, and just as perfect for creating an awesome "leftover" candy dish for the kitchen table. The best item? Those little pink strawberry candies with the gooey centers and the shiny strawberry wrappers.
Sure, there are treats at Rocket Fizz, but the tricks are just as neato -- check out these tiny rubber chickens. What kid wouldn't want to find a few of these at the bottom of his treat bag? Only the snotty, annoying kids who deserve to get Halloween bags filled with Tootsie Rolls and Sweet Tarts.
On first glance, these Fugu candy mints look insanely cool -- candy made with poisonous Japanese fish? But unfortunately, I discovered the candies are not actually fish-flavored, contain no actual poison, and aren't even shaped like fish. These would make a good "awesome public letdown" gifts for foodie adults with high expectations.