Exploding Jawbreakers

by Laurnie Wilson

Unwrap A Candy Explosion

JawbreakersEveryone knows that Jawbreakers are so hard that they could probably break your jaw if you tried to bite down on them. That’s why the most sensible way to eat one of these sugar bombs is to lick it, carefully, and without biting down. But did you know that these candies have another hidden weapon in their sugary layers? That’s right. As it turns out, “sugar bomb” is a pretty accurate term for our friend, Mr. Jawbreaker.

Kids can be pretty smart. They think of all sorts of solutions that adults may never have considered. The story of the story of the exploding jawbreaker is not one of those stories.

The Explosive Truth

Jawbreakers 2So, at this point, we’ve all agreed that jawbreakers are hard. When candy is too hard to bite, doesn’t warming it up in the microwave sound like a good idea? To an unassuming kid with a sweet tooth, the answer is a resounding yes!

The problem with this is that, unbeknownst to whoever is attempting to heat up a jawbreaker, this is not a good idea. You see, jawbreakers are deceptive little buggers. They’re multilayered, so while they might appear to be still solid after a few seconds in the microwave, in reality, the insides have become molten little pools of sugar, while the outside has not.

Thus, many an innocent child has suffered serious burns when, after heating up a jawbreaker, they go to lick it and it explodes in their faces. This is a very real candy threat and one that definitely should not be tested at home.

Sugar Bomb Breakthrough

The moral of this story is: yes, jawbreakers explode when put in the microwave. But, unlike the mentos and soda experiment, this is one scientific fact you should just trust us on.

If you’re curious as to what a jawbreaker explosion looks like—because we know you are—check out the MythBusters episode. After all, it’s much safer to watch the professionals blow things up than to do it yourself.

 

Sources:

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/exploding-jawbreaker-minimyth.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobstopper
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/exploding-jawbreaker.htm

Image Sources:

http://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/14o7iw/i_count_14_layers_of_paint/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobstopper