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

video 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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BOXHARD6 years ago
Uhhhmmm.... Potassium Clorate can be found in "Ice Melt"... just figured I'd let ya know....
you mean the salt ice melt????!!?!?!?!?!? i used to eat that stuff
Um...
j626no BOXHARD5 years ago
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 j626no5 years ago
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...
jaehung1056 years ago
i wonder how much energy skittles and candy canes have in them. they're like made out of pure sugar.
try cotton candy!
try a box of sugar!!!!!!
try a box of DYNAMITE!!!!!!!
That would be easier but.............................. its jut not the same.
revised: That would be more easily but, It's just not the same. poo
More easily?
altrobot dunnos5 years ago
Candly Floss is melted sugar!
dunnos altrobot5 years ago
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. 
dude! that's sweet! my gummies are the same way!
crazy gummie 2.bmp
Run! Terrorist/freedom fighter gummys with ak's are attacking!
screwd up evil gummi
tis' rambo, mate.
racermix4 years ago
 the jet fuel for the future!
HOLY CACA Gummi Bear Jet ENGINE!!!
HOLY CRAP
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 .
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.
unless u drank KClO3 lol
To do that you would need a calorimeter or something set up like one
true, but it was still cool lol
camel flag4 years ago
the video didnt show on my computer

aeronut014 years ago
Where do you get potassium chlorate?
pieman124 years ago
now we know what we will be using for rocket fuel from now on... LOL
If you were to harness all the energy from the gummi bear, you could probably blow up a state or two :D
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!4 years ago
All I can say is                                                                                                   wow.
we could run our cars on sugar!!!
on gummy bears!! gummy bear reactors!
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