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Floating Ms

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Food Science

Activity Overview

The experiment of the Floating Ms examines solubility. Scientists of all ages in your family will find intrigue in this simple science experiment that uses candies that we often pop into our mouths without giving them much thought. You see, some of the M&M candy is soluble in water and some is not. In this case, the colorful dyes are soluble in water but the translucent candy shell is not. A fun one for kids of all ages - this experiment proves why M&Ms truly do "melt in your mouth and not in your hand."

Materials Needed

  • M&M Candies
  • Water
  • Clear Glass Bowl

How to Do It

  1. Fill the glass bowl 3/4 of the way full with water.
  2. Carefully drop several M&Ms into the water.
  3. Let the candies soak for about 20 minutes or so.
  4. Watch what happens to the candies over this time period. You will start to see the colored dyes from the M&Ms dissolving into the water.
  5. Eventually, you will see a clear shell seal and the M that is printed on the M&M flat to the surface.

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