Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop brings its Americana-laced brand of old-time treats and off-the-wall sodas to Orange County with a new store in San Clemente.
By DAVID BRO / SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
SAN CLEMENTE -(CA)- South County residents now have a place to fulfill their midday urge for Swiss crème-filled chocolates, Turkish taffy, bacon-flavored soda, gigantic Japanese jaw breakers – and even lollipops with a real scorpion inside.
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, a nostalgic chain of about 20 Americana-loaded franchises in four states, has opened its first Orange County store at 107 Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente.
Rocket Fizz features old-fashioned chocolates, lollipops, gum, licorice and taffy as well as hard-to-find sweets you might have become addicted to on your vacation to France, Germany, Japan or almost anywhere else.
Co-owners and cousins Rusty Hadjilou and Tim Teymoorian opened Sunday but this week were still filling shelves with as many as 400 flavors of soda and 500 types of candy from more than 20 countries.
Not sure about bacon, Buffalo wing, corn or pumpkin soda? Hadjilou and Teymoorian say they’re working on offering soda tasting so you can try the latest flavors, like Orange Nuclear Bomb, as well as old favorites Grandpa used to drink.
Hadjilou, whose parents live in San Juan Capistrano, owns a Rocket Fizz with another cousin in Sherman Oaks. He said he and Teymoorian decided on San Clemente for its small-town atmosphere, and they waited several months for the “perfect location” to become available.
Hadjilou says his biggest weakness is Australian blueberry licorice. Teymoorian can’t stay away from the sour kick of War Heads.
“We specialize in hard-to-find items,” Hadjilou said. “The fun part so far has been the input from the community and their suggestions of what we should carry. There’s always a story behind it.”
He said he welcomes anyone to come in with a challenge.
Joy Sacco, who’s originally from New Jersey and now lives in San Clemente, found an old favorite in the store – candy cigarettes.
“As kids, every day after school we’d stop and get candy somewhere, so it’s fun to see some of it here,” Sacco said.
Even if your allowance hasn’t kept up with the times, Rocket Fizz has taffy for 15 cents a piece and many other individual candies for less than 40 cents. Most specialty sodas go for $1.49. And if you just can’t resist the urge to splurge, huge, cartoon-style lollipops sell for $24.95.
If memorabilia is more your thing, the store sells replica stickers, movie posters, ads and signs from decades gone by.
Rocket Fizz is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, though permanent hours haven’t been decided yet.