An Experiment In Household Chemistry

by mrcookieface on October 25, 2005 · 14 comments

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Mixing Mentos candy with soda leads to pretty impressive results.

How many times can the guy in this vid say “awesome”?

Has anybody tried this before?  Can some chemically knowledgable Transbuddhist explain what ‘s happening here?

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  • http://qing.seraphenthe.net Qing

    Sweeeeeeeeet.

  • Heretique

    Awesome, with an E.

  • PesterTheJester

    WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

    ….Soda get its fizz from a gas known as carbon dioxide. When the carbon dioxide is pumped into the soda, water molecules cling to the gas and create tiny bubbles of gas in the liquid. The force holding the gas inside the water is known as surface tension.

    …..It takes a lot of energy to break the surface tension inside soda, but most of you have probably done this by dropping a can and opening it shortly afterwards.

    …..Mentos contains a chemical known as ARABIC GUM (this is the ingredient that makes the mint “chewy”). This ingredient causes the surface tension of the water molecules to break even more easily, releasing more carbon dioxide gas at an astounding rate!

    …..The gas causes pressure to rapidly build inside the bottle which thrusts the soda upwards in a wonderful fountain-like BLAST!

    …..As most know, like a melting popsicle, melted sugar is VERY STICKY! Try to use DIET soda (or any other carbonated beverage that does NOT contain sugar), otherwise you’ll be running for the shower!

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Way to take the magic out of life, Pester.

  • PesterTheJester

    “Has anybody tried this before?  Can some chemically knowledgable Transbuddhist explain what ‘s happening here?”

    Hey Mr. Cookieface specifically asked for this rasberry I just deliver what people ask for.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I’ll go on referring to it as the Peter North effect regardless.

    heh.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    ” Can some chemically knowledgable” yeah this part threw me too… maybe due to my own self indulgence.

    and if you have 2 liters. why not just do dranobombs or amonia/mothballs… tighten the lid and chuck away.

  • http://www.musicscribe.com David Murray

    Want some more fun? Brush your teeth with a pasty (non-gel) toothpaste, lightly rinse, and then pop a couple of Altoid brand candy sours into your mouth.

    The toothpaste residue reacts with the sour candy coating, making it taste nothing like what you expected.

    Awesome! Or Gross! Take your pick. ;o)

  • http://www.boonhead.com Haserhud

    I’m going to make weapons out of these.

  • mrcookieface

    Pester rules.

  • PesterTheJester

    See that alphamonkey!?!  I rule!! It says so in black & white!!

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Don’t let it go to your head.  That’s the same thing he said about Crystal Pepsi.

  • Heretique

    So he was the one!

  • Hazuki71

    Its like the volcano you did in elementary school! Try it with strawberry soda.

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