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What R U Eating?

candy experiments: floating s smallYou've eaten words before. Just think of the icing on your birthday cake. But what about the letters on candy you eat. What are they made of?

Turns out, the "M" on M&Ms and the "S" on Skittles are made of edible ink. Instead of dissolving in water, they'll float to the surface. When the rest of the candy shell dissolves, the letters peel off and rise to the top. Some of the letters break into pieces, but a few should survive intact.

It's easy to try!

What you need:

  • Cup of water
  • M&Ms or Skittles

What to do:

  1. Drop the M&Ms or Skittles in the water letter side up. (Don't stir. You might break the letters into pieces.)
  2. After a few minutes, look for floating letters.

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Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD

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