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.


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KristenW made it! (author)2015-01-27

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

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BOXHARD made it! (author)2008-02-07

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

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conrad2468 made it! (author)conrad24682008-03-19

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

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spectacular made it! (author)spectacular2011-01-11

Um...

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j626no made it! (author)j626no2008-08-29

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.

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BOXHARD made it! (author)BOXHARD2008-08-30

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...

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jaehung105 made it! (author)2008-04-08

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

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dunnos made it! (author)dunnos2008-05-08

try cotton candy!

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garden burger made it! (author)garden burger2008-07-03

try a box of sugar!!!!!!

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Jonny Katana made it! (author)Jonny Katana2008-07-04

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

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garden burger made it! (author)garden burger2008-07-05

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

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toogers made it! (author)toogers2009-05-18

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

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spectacular made it! (author)spectacular2011-01-11

More easily?

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altrobot made it! (author)altrobot2009-05-16

Candly Floss is melted sugar!

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dunnos made it! (author)dunnos2009-05-17

duh -_-

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M4industries made it! (author)M4industries2009-10-04

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

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Nyxius made it! (author)Nyxius2010-01-28

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

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M4industries made it! (author)M4industries2010-01-29

 If you are serious, most gas stations carry them.

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Nyxius made it! (author)Nyxius2010-01-29

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

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M4industries made it! (author)M4industries2010-01-31

 I agree, I only buy them to burn them. 

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racermix made it! (author)2010-03-01

 the jet fuel for the future!

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MadBricoleur made it! (author)2010-02-03

HOLY CACA Gummi Bear Jet ENGINE!!!

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I_am_Canadian made it! (author)2008-07-28

HOLY CRAP

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MostlyHarmless made it! (author)MostlyHarmless2008-10-30

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 .

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Nyxius made it! (author)Nyxius2010-01-28

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.

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___ made it! (author)___2009-08-24

unless u drank KClO3 lol

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daliad100 made it! (author)daliad1002009-06-01

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

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superhubbardman made it! (author)superhubbardman2009-05-05

true, but it was still cool lol

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camel flag made it! (author)2009-12-28

the video didnt show on my computer

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aeronut01 made it! (author)2009-12-27

Where do you get potassium chlorate?

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pieman12 made it! (author)2009-12-24

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

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shadowofblood made it! (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

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ElectricUmbrella made it! (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....

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ElectricUmbrella made it! (author)ElectricUmbrella2009-12-16

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

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eulaliaaaa! made it! (author)2009-10-27

All I can say is                                                                                                   wow.

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codongolev made it! (author)2009-09-19

um... cool.

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joerubberboots9 made it! (author)2009-09-15

tis' rambo, mate.

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supersam78250 made it! (author)2009-09-02

my chem teacher showed us how to do that yeasterday

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joerubberboots9 made it! (author)2009-07-20

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

crazy gummie 2.bmp
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555mst555 made it! (author)2009-06-21

is it diluted potassium chlorate?

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duckythescientist made it! (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.

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natethegreat88 made it! (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!!!"

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hottamaleindustries made it! (author)2009-05-30

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

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hedgiehog made it! (author)2009-05-29

possible rocket fuel?

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truemirror made it! (author)2009-05-11

Gummi Bears could fuel the space shuttle :)

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altrobot made it! (author)altrobot2009-05-16

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

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Kendallkip made it! (author)2008-08-11

Gummy bears got nothin on M&M;'s

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monkeyman123 made it! (author)monkeyman1232009-04-25

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

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jedi pen-gui-n made it! (author)jedi pen-gui-n2008-12-03

he used three m&ms; and one gummy bear

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afcbasser made it! (author)afcbasser2009-01-24

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