Introduction: How to Demonstrate the Energy of Candy (Gummi Bears Vs. M&M's)

Hyperactive kids, could this be the cause? This demonstration will open your eyes to the amount of energy stored in these little candies.

What you do is melt a small quantity of potassium chlorate in a large test tube clamped to a ring stand. Use long-handled tongs to introduce a Gummi Bear candy to the test tube. The sugar in the candy reacts vigorously with the potassium chlorate, causing the bear to 'dance' amidst bright purple flames.


KristenW (author)2015-01-27

awesome i wuv this i really also y wont the pics pop up

BOXHARD (author)2008-02-07

Uhhhmmm.... Potassium Clorate can be found in "Ice Melt"... just figured I'd let ya know....

conrad2468 (author)BOXHARD2008-03-19

you mean the salt ice melt????!!?!?!?!?!? i used to eat that stuff

spectacular (author)conrad24682011-01-11


j626no (author)BOXHARD2008-08-29

isn't that potassium chloride? you know, salts are alkilies and chlorine...NaCl, CaCl, KCl, etc. Haven't had chem in a few years, so please correct me if i'm wrong.

BOXHARD (author)j626no2008-08-30

yes, you are right. Potassium Chlorate can be derived from it though!... if ya feel up to mixing some with bleach and giving it a lil boil...

jaehung105 (author)2008-04-08

i wonder how much energy skittles and candy canes have in them. they're like made out of pure sugar.

dunnos (author)jaehung1052008-05-08

try cotton candy!

garden burger (author)dunnos2008-07-03

try a box of sugar!!!!!!

try a box of DYNAMITE!!!!!!!

That would be easier but.............................. its jut not the same.

toogers (author)garden burger2009-05-18

revised: That would be more easily but, It's just not the same. poo

spectacular (author)toogers2011-01-11

More easily?

altrobot (author)dunnos2009-05-16

Candly Floss is melted sugar!

dunnos (author)altrobot2009-05-17

duh -_-

M4industries (author)dunnos2009-10-04

For a simpler method, a pork rind ignited with a propane torch goes off like an incendiary fireball. No hard to find chemicals needed.

Nyxius (author)M4industries2010-01-28

great now I just have to figure out where I can buy a pork

M4industries (author)Nyxius2010-01-29

 If you are serious, most gas stations carry them.

Nyxius (author)M4industries2010-01-29

Oh, you mean a fried pork rind...absolutely disgusting...yuk

M4industries (author)Nyxius2010-01-31

 I agree, I only buy them to burn them. 

racermix (author)2010-03-01

 the jet fuel for the future!

MadBricoleur (author)2010-02-03

HOLY CACA Gummi Bear Jet ENGINE!!!

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-07-28


Lets consider the mis-information in the video, it trys to show the "energy" stored in the candy, yet that energy is released due to the KClO3 along with the candy. This isn't energy that you absorb when digesting candy.
No offense whatsoever to the creator was mean by the above comment, it was a really fun video to watch .

Nyxius (author)MostlyHarmless2010-01-28

I don't think the video was intended to quantify how much energy is in each candy, but was intended to show the difference in energy between candies.

___ (author)MostlyHarmless2009-08-24

unless u drank KClO3 lol

daliad100 (author)MostlyHarmless2009-06-01

To do that you would need a calorimeter or something set up like one

true, but it was still cool lol

camel flag (author)2009-12-28

the video didnt show on my computer

aeronut01 (author)2009-12-27

Where do you get potassium chlorate?

pieman12 (author)2009-12-24

now we know what we will be using for rocket fuel from now on... LOL

shadowofblood (author)2009-12-23

If you were to harness all the energy from the gummi bear, you could probably blow up a state or two :D

ElectricUmbrella (author)2009-12-16

Wow! That's sick! I wonder if the smoke can be used to power a small steam engine...that could turn a small generator....

Probably wouldn't be very practical, but could be fun!

eulaliaaaa! (author)2009-10-27

All I can say is                                                                                                   wow.

codongolev (author)2009-09-19

um... cool.

joerubberboots9 (author)2009-09-15

tis' rambo, mate.

supersam78250 (author)2009-09-02

my chem teacher showed us how to do that yeasterday

joerubberboots9 (author)2009-07-20

dude! that's sweet! my gummies are the same way!

555mst555 (author)2009-06-21

is it diluted potassium chlorate?

duckythescientist (author)2009-06-14

Question... How much of the released energy is from the candy and how much is from the potassium chlorate? I liked the video, but I think that it may be a little misleading unless the energy was released only from the Candy.

natethegreat88 (author)2009-05-31

*Runs into the ER* Doctor looks at him and asks, "How the heck did you get that nasty hole in you?" You tell him, "THE GUMMI BEAR DID IT!!!"

hottamaleindustries (author)2009-05-30

Oh my... I just got a horrible idea......

hedgiehog (author)2009-05-29

possible rocket fuel?

truemirror (author)2009-05-11

Gummi Bears could fuel the space shuttle :)

altrobot (author)truemirror2009-05-16

Time for the .... GUMII SHUTTLE or GUMNAUTES!

Kendallkip (author)2008-08-11

Gummy bears got nothin on M&M;'s

monkeyman123 (author)Kendallkip2009-04-25

he only used on gummy bear against three M&M; just think if he used three gummy bears

he used three m&ms; and one gummy bear

afcbasser (author)jedi pen-gui-n2009-01-24

out numbered gummy bear never stood a chance. alternative fuel source anyone?

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