why do pop rocks explode in your mouth
Pop Rocks, the quintessential candy known for popping and fizzing when placed in your mouth, are an internet video sensation thanks to a science experiment with soda. When Pop Rocks are added to soda in a bottle, the soda shoots into the air like a geyser. Other candies mixed into soda do not cause this reaction. So why do Pop Rocks cause an eruption? It all about carbon dioxide
Pop rocks contain many of the same ingredients found in other manufactured candies: sugar, flavoring and corn syrup. Unlike other candies, pop rocks has an added special ingredient which gives it the pop factor: carbon dioxide. When the candy is hot and being formed at the factory, carbon dioxide gas is added to the sugary mixture under extreme pressure. When you eat the candy, it melts in your mouth, releasing the pockets of pressurized carbon dioxide, causing that exploding sensation Pop Rocks are known for. Pop Rocks will also pop if you crush them. Soda is a carbonated beverage, meaning there's carbon dioxide gas mixed in with the liquid. Carbon dioxide gas is what gives a soda its fizz. The carbon dioxide in a bottle of soda is highly pressurized, which is why soda will sometimes squirt out of the bottle if you shake it before opening. Both Pop Rocks and soda contain carbon dioxide.
Adding Pop Rocks to soda releases the trapped gas within the candy and also within the soda itself. Since the soda's carbon dioxide is highly pressurized, it shoots out of the bottle since that's the one place for the gas to go. Is This Mixture Harmful? Drinking a soda while eating Pop Rocks probably won't permanently harm you, but it could cause a lot of bloating, gas and discomfort. It's not recommended. 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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