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

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

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

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

    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.

    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...

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

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    try cotton candy!

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

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

    Candly Floss is melted sugar!

    duh -_-

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

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

     If you are serious, most gas stations carry them.

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

     I agree, I only buy them to burn them.