Candy Science Experiment – Peeling off letter ‘m’ from M&M’s

M&M’s – What is the first picture that comes to your mind ? Is it a bunch of “colorful small button shaped chocolates” with the letter ‘m’ printed on them. I bet “Yes”.  Have you ever wondered what is that letter ‘m’ made of and how does it get on them and if you can even separate the letter ‘m’ from the M&M’s ? How about trying some experiments with them instead of eating those candies !

Candy Science Experiement with M&Ms

Materials needed

  • A bag of M&M candies
  • Clear glass bowl
  • Warm water

Place the M&M candy in the glass bowl with the letter side up.  Pour in the warm water gently. After few minutes, the colored dyes of the candies will color the water.Candy science experiment with M&Ms

Wait another 5-10 minutes, and you should see the letter ‘m’ floating to the top of the bowl. ( If you don’t see the letters floating to the top, very gently shake the bowl for 1sec and you should be able to see the letter ‘m’ floating )

Candy Science Experiment with M&M's

So, why the letters on the M&M’s didn’t dissolve ? The letters on the M&M candy are made of edible ink which does not dissolve in water. They are adhered to the candy with an edible glue that dissolves in warm water. Since the letters are less dense than water, the letters peel off and rise to the top as the rest of the candy shell dissolves.

How about using different candies like Skittles to see if you can separate the letter ‘s’ printed on them !

And I sincerely hope, while doing these candy experiments with your kids, you won’t get sidetracked, like me,  from any of your New Year resolution to “Eat Healthy”. Well, one or two candies doesn’t harm. Isn’t it ?

Happy New Year 2018 my Dear Readers !

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