Soda + Mentos = The Soda fountain

Soda + Mentos = The Soda fountain

SodaHere’s a fun Google video of what happens when you put Mentos in soda (you might want to mute the sound). The video doesn’t explain how it works, but there’s an overview hereMentos contain sugar, glucose syrup (more sugar), hydrogenated coconut oil, starch, gum arabic, an emulsifier and natural flavor. The gum arabic which makes Mentos chewy, cause the surface tension of the water molecules to break even more easily, releasing more carbon dioxide gas. This effect is enhanced by the fact that, as the candy dissolves, it forms nucleation sites — tiny pits on the surface of the mint where more carbon dioxide bubbles can form. When all this gas is released, it thrusts the entire contents of the bottle skyward, in an incredible soda blast.” Link to video.

10 thoughts on “Soda + Mentos = The Soda fountain

  1. CaptSnuffy says:

    that is actually incredibly awesome

  2. chiznibitz says:

    i remember acheiving the same result while riding in my grandparents van when i was little, but i used pixy stix and barq’s root beer.

  3. mwproductions says:

    Wow, I was =just= looking at these videos last week. How funny.

  4. Daenris says:

    holy crap… I actually saw this on the local evening news a few weeks before the internet… now that’s scary.

  5. Polka-[Dot] says:

    I tried this experiment for a science fair project and it was so awesome!

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