Pop Rocks and Carbonation
Some might say one of life’s little pleasures is eating candy. Those who have tried Pop Rocks, however, know that its sugary glory and dare-devilish allure warrant an entirely new adventure. Although it appears harmless, a handful of Pop Rocks candy will set off a fizzy explosion of sugar crystals and popping noises in your mouth.
Essentially, Pop Rocks are made of a typical hard candy sugar solution (sucrose, lactose, corn syrup and flavoring), with the addition of one important ingredient: highly-pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2). In the past few years, scientists have identified that taste receptor cells can actually detect and respond to carbonation. Read more…
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