Recipe of the Week: Fizzing Whizbees

Our latest featured Rosmerta’s Recipes submission depicts the texturally explosive Fizzing Whizbees. This recipe comes to us from Sierra, who routinely blogs and reviews on her website, BookYum. Whether we have read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or visited Honeydukes at Universal Studios, Fizzing Whizbees are one of those candies that have captivated us with its peculiar-sounding name and hard-to-imagine physical description. Is it shaped like a bee? Or a frisbee, perhaps?

After coming across both currently licensed versions, Sierra set out to create her own that matched the “massive sherbet ball” description it received in the novel. She quickly learned that this type of sherbet is actually a candy powder that creates a fizzing effect in your mouth.

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid (the main ingredient in Kool-Aid) make a fizzy reaction when you put them together, just like baking soda and vinegar. The reaction won’t happen unless the two get wet, so by using coconut oil to form the balls instead of water, you are saving the reaction for when you pop the candy in your mouth!

Clever! The spectrum of flavors and colors in which these can be created is broad:  blue raspberry, orange, lemon-lime, strawberry, and pretty much any other sweet or citrus essence you can access. While the recipe does take some time to fully set (24 hours), we think that the novelty and sheer fun atmosphere it creates would make a welcome addition to any entertaining event. Especially when you might need an extra kick or pop to set off everyone’s taste buds and get the conversations flowing.

Thanks again to Sierra for this fun addition to our recipes. Be sure to get the recipe in its entirety. As usual, don’t forget that anyone is welcome to submit a recipe to us. Until next time, happy tasting!


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