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Candy Experiment: Sink or Float?
There's Air in There!
You might guess that candy would sink if you dropped it in the bathtub. (Say, what are you doing eating candy in the tub?) But not all candy sinks. It depends on what's inside the candy.
If something is more dense than water, it sinks. Hershey Kisses will sink, but a 3 Musketeers bar will not. Why not? It contains trapped air (there are air bubbles in that nougat), so it's less dense than water.
You can do this density test yourself on a variety of candies. Marshmallows, including Marshmallow Peeps, will float. Kit Kat bars also will float. Can you find others?
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© Loralee Leavitt. Used with permission.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD