Palo Alto: Rocket Fizz is no ordinary candy store, but it has something for everyone

Source - Mercury News
Published - May 29, 2015
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Palo Alto: Rocket Fizz is no ordinary candy store, but it has something for everyone

Peanut butter and jelly-flavored soda, anyone? How about sour cream and onion-flavored crickets?

Those are actually hot ticket concoctions sold at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop in downtown Palo Alto.

"I think people prank each other with (the crickets) -- they sell better than the chocolate-covered ones," store manager Melissa Dixon said, adding that she heard a regular customer eats them on pizza.

Not into crickets? Fear not, because Rocket Fizz also carries barbecue-flavored worm larva snacks.

To wash those down, how about a soda that boasts the flavor of pumpkin pie?

"People dare each other to drink the sodas a lot," Dixon said, noting one customer buys ranch dressing-flavored soda to pair with salad. "Peanut butter and jelly is my favorite one. It's like a berry soda with a peanut butter aftertaste."

Strange as these treats may seem, they're easy to miss in a store that sells hundreds, if not thousands of different types of candy -- from old-fashioned to outlandish -- and nearly just as many varieties of soda. Bacon-flavored goodies aren't so easy to miss, as they pop up throughout the store. A center aisle harbors heaps of candy familiar to anyone growing up in the 1960s and '70s: Mallo Cups, Look! bars, Necco wafers, Charleston Chew, Sky Bar, Zagnut, Oh Henry, Big Hunk, Abba-Zaba.

"Everyone who comes in here is happy because they're seeing things from their childhood," Dixon said.

A couple more conventional products that fly off the shelves at Rocket Fizz, located at 250 University Ave., are green tea Kit Kats and Bundaberg ginger beer.

Email Kevin Kelly at kkelly@dailynewsgroup.com or call him at 650-391-1049.