why do pop rocks explode in your mouth
Pop Rocks are a very cool candy that pops when you put them in your mouth. They make a sizzling sound as they dissolve, the tiny explosions feel interesting, plus (in my opinion) they taste good. There was an urban legend that Mikey, the kid from the Life cereal ads who won t eat anything, ate Pop Rocks and washed them down with a cola, and then died when his stomach exploded. It s completely untrue. If you swallow a handful of Pop Rocks and chug a soda, you ll probably burp, but you won t die. If Mikey barely tried Life cereal, why would he eat Pop Rocks anyway? How exactly do Pop Rocks work? Pop Rocks are a hard candy that has been gasified with using a patented process. Pop Rocks are made by mixing sugar, lactose, corn syrup, water, and artificial colors/flavors. The
is heated until the water boils off and combined with at about 600 pounds (psi). When the pressure is released, the candy shatters into small pieces, each containing bubbles of pressurized gas. If you examine the candy with a magnifying glass, you can see the tiny bubbles of trapped carbon dioxide. When you put Pop Rocks in your mouth, your saliva dissolves the candy, allowing the to escape. It s the popping that makes the sizzling sound and shoots pieces of candy around in your mouth.
Are Pop Rocks Dangerous? released by a packet of Pop Rocks is about 1/10th as much as you would get in a mouthful of cola. Except, the ingredients are the same as those of any hard candy. The popping of the bubbles is dramatic, but you won t shoot candy into your lungs or chip a tooth or anything. They are completely safe, though I doubt the artificial colors and flavors are particularly good for you. Written by William Tolan Rumors about the combination began in 1979, when it was widely believed that a child known as Little Mikey, whose real name is John Gilchrist, exploded after combining the two. The urban legend caused to be temporarily discontinued during the mid-1980s, according to its website. The created a separate hotline to assure parents that the candy was harmless, even when combined with. However, rumors continue to exist about the combination to this day. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the television show tested the legend in 2003 and determined it was false. In the episode, they poured six cans of soda and six pouches of Pop Rocks into a pigБs stomach. While the stomach grew to three times its original size, it did not explode, and the myth was considered busted. Students such as junior communication studies major Hillary Anthony said that if there is any truth to the legend, people would know by now.
БIБm sure someone has tried it by now and if was true, thereБd be a report on it,Б said Anthony, 25. БThereБd be a warning label on the package. Б Loyola chemistry professor Daniel Graham said Pop Rocks are comprised of carbon dioxide. БThe candy processors of Pop Rocks figured out a way to trap extra amounts of carbon dioxide inside sugar,Б said Graham. БConsumers of the candy can very well sense the carbon dioxide released when [it] dissolves in oneБs mouth. The released gas is no big deal Б it just causes a sensation in common with drinking soda, sparkling wine or beer. Б БThe released gas causes a rapid volume expansion, which pushes hard against whatever is nearby,Б Graham said. БCertain chemical reactions are capable of this, but the carbon dioxide released by Pop Rocks is not the product of a chemical reaction, and it is released in such tiny amounts. Б Graham explained that explosives are specifically defined as materials that release large quantities of gas. A package of Pop Rocks contains less carbonation than half a can of soda. When the candy comes in contact with moisture, whether it be saliva, milk or Coca-Cola, the candy dissolves.
The gas inside the carbon dioxide bubbles is released, which causes the fizzling sounds the candy is often associated with. For those who still believe the rumors, junior Ad/PR major Brittany Carter said that, based on her own experience, there is no reason to fear. БIt has been a myth for years. My cousins dared me and I wasnБt scared,Б said Carter, 23. БIt pretty much just popped in my mouth with the soda. It didnБt explode. My stomach is still intact. Б Carter said the sensation was not as extreme as the urban legend makes it out to be. БIf you were to try it right now, you would just be like, БOh, itБs popping,ББ Carter said. БIt was kind of like popcorn. Б Junior English major Anthony Skillen also said he tested out the myth because of a dare. БNothing really happened except that the [Coca-Cola] was really fizzing up when I had the Pop Rocks,Б said Skillen, 21. БMy stomach hurt for about less than an hour. Б Ingesting both Pop Rocks and soda leads to nothing more than a Бhearty, non-life-threatening belch,Б according to its website. БKids and parents should feel safe,Б Graham said.
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