What Ever Became of…Exploding Biscuit Cans?


When I was a kid, every time helping to make the biscuits would be like this. Tensed up, holding my breath, waiting for that startling Pop! Worse that the pop thought, was the non-popper. You peel, and nothing happens. You twist the can and peel more, and still nothing happens. You peel the wrapper completely off, and nothing happens. Then it is time to smack the can on the edge of the counter until it manages to dent open.

The thing is, it seems like now all the can are non-poppers and counter-bangers. I haven’t had a biscuit can pop on me in years, and it has gotten to where I don’t even expect it anymore. Ripping the peel off is just a formality so I can find the seam and smash it on the counter. Am I buying the wrong biscuits? Am I just incredibly lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it)? What ever happened to biscuit cans that would pop as you opened them?

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  • The Professor

    Warm them up a bit before peeling and they'll pop.

  • The Walmart brand almost always pops just by peeling the paper off.

  • Renchick

    Bought two cans of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits (flaky layers, IIRC) for Christmas Dinner; they both popped. I made my mom open them. Because…well…

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  • cruisintime

    Pop could tell you a story about exploding biscuit cans, he was holding one when Maw shot him.

  • cruisintime

    Let me know if that story gets a rise out of you.

  • OA5599

    Better packaging. These days they spend more dough, boy. Not that flaky stuff used in the past.

  • Felis_Concolor

    I live at 6,000+ ft altitude; biscuit cans explode quite well here, thank you.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    You're not holding your mouth right when you pop the can.
    Seriously, at my 141 foot altitude the Pillsbury tubes pop consistently, the store brands less so.