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4 Jan

Fact or Fiction? Take This Candy Science Quiz 0

Take this short quiz to see how much you know about candy science.

1. If you put an M&M at the bottom of a beer bottle, the beer will fizz like crazy.

Fact or Fiction?

2. If you drop a few M&M’s into a bowl of warm water, the white M’s will eventually float to the surface.

Fact or Fiction?

3. If you chew Wint-O-Green Lifesavers in the dark, and watch your mouth in a mirror as you’re chewing, you’ll see flashes of blue-green light.

Fact or Fiction?

4. If you add six Mentos mints to a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, expect a geyser-like explosion.

Fact or Fiction?

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If you answered “fact” to all of the above, you are correct and probably did not have your mom or dad do your science projects for you.

Back in the 7th grade, my dad did make a “wet cell” for me, so I felt it necessary to do some double-checking on these experiments in my “lab” (a.k.a. kitchen counter) today. Here’s what I found …

Experiment #1
This past New Year’s Eve, a friend mentioned the trick about putting an M&M in a bottle of beer and watching the beer fizz. At the time, we didn’t waste a beer to test his scientific prowess. When I tried it this afternoon, my Bud Light was bubbling like fine French champagne:

Experiment #2
Immediately after my highly successful beer experiment, I plopped a few M&M’s into a bowl of warm water. Sure enough, the little M’s peeled off and floated up toward my camera:

Experiment #3
Unfortunately, I did not have Wint-O-Green Lifesavers on hand, but, according to CandyExperiments.com, “When you crunch the candy, electrons in the sugar combine with molecules to emit light. The wintergreen oil used for flavoring makes the light more visible.”  Sounds awfully scientific, so I’ll take their word for it. (BTW, this is a great site for science projects.)

Experiment #4
My kids have done the Mint Mentos trick with Diet Coke many times, so I can vouch for the reaction. If you visit eepybird.com, you’ll find some great Coke-Mentos experiment videos. Here’s my favorite:

Have you ever done any cool candy science experiments?

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There has been quite a bit of talk on Twitter and the food blogs this week over the classic combination of peppermint and chocolate.

Slashfood came out with a slide show of The Best Peppermint Treats. (Spoiler alert: Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares, Dove Peppermint Bark Promises, and Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses made the cut.)

Cybele May of CandyBlog.net just gave Russell Stover’s Peppermint Bark Snowman a favorable review.

Today on MarthaStewart.com, editor Amy Conway, posts a super-simple Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich made with crushed candy canes and chocolate wafers.

This all makes me wonder …

What’s your favorite Peppermint-Chocolate Treat?

Is it …

- Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares

- Dove Peppermint Promises

- Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

- York Peppermint Patties

- Andes Mints (did you know Andes Mints are now available as baking chips? I just spied them at Target!)

- Junior Mints (must see heart-shaped Junior Mints!)

- Williams-Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark

- Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s

… or something else?

Name your peppermint-chocolate poison after this post or on Facebook. Mine? Dove’s Peppermint Bark Promises. One bite, tons of choco-pepperminty bark.

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Are you staring at your computer screen like a deer in the headlights because you have no idea what to get Aunt Tilly, Grandpa Harry, or Cousin Eddie? Never fear.

I’ve got six goof-proof gift ideas for you. All will arrive by Christmas if you order by Wed., Dec. 22.  (Click on each photo for product details.)

A gift pretty enough to double as a centerpiece.

Hand out these milk chocolate bars to difficult relatives during the holidays and watch sparks fly.

For die-hard Bonomo Turkish Taffy fans, this gift is better than a shiny new car or sparkly diamonds.

Here's a gift Santa would covet. Ghirardelli packed its reusable sleigh with cookies, hot cocoa, and a handful of chocolate squares.

Godiva's gift basket not only looks impressive, but it also covers a major food group.

This spirited chocolate trio has New Year's Eve written all over it.

And here’s a gift for you. It’s my goof-proof recipe for English Toffee that tastes like Heath Bars. I have never ruined a batch, and that’s huge for me. So, I’m dead serious when I say these are “goof-proof.”

To-Die-For English Toffee

1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

In heavy saucepan melt butter. Add sugars and water. Mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When candy thermometer measures 300 F, remove mixture from heat.

Quickly and carefully pour mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet. Spread with a knife to form an even layer. While toffee is still hot, sprinkle on chocolate chips and spread. Sprinkle nuts over chocolate. Refrigerate until candy is set. Break into pieces of desired size.

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There is a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend this month or next. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more people in the United States have their birthdays in August than any other month, followed by July and September.

There is also a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend on October 5, which is the most popular birth date in the United States. (Rumor has it that New Year’s Eve is the conception date for those kids.)

While I’m on a roll, there is also a good chance that you need to send a birthday gift to a friend next Tuesday since Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for Americans to be born.

Ok, enough with the stats. You need gift ideas!

- Check out the More than a Pound Cake Candy Bouquet. It’s Candy.com’s top-selling candy bouquet and it’s 16-plus ounces of cool.

- The Blow Out The Candles Candy Gift Basket has an option to add a personalized wrapper to the Cookies & Crème bar for an extra $1. Cheap and clever!

- Take your friends and family members down memory lane with the Blast From the Past Candy Gift Basket filled with full-size Mr. Goodbar and Zero bars, Sugar Babies, Dots, Bit-O-Honey, Twizzlers, Pixy Stix, candy buttons, and more.

- Make your birthday cards really memorable (and edible) by including a snack-sized bag of Jelly Belly Happy Birthday Jelly Beans or hand out these little bags of beans at your own birthday party.

Now back to mindless birthday stats … I just found out that I am 1,364,552,283 seconds old, I could have boiled 5.05 ounces of water with the number of candles on my 2010 cake, and that I was conceived on a Monday and born on a Monday. TMI? Definitely, but plug in your birth date at PaulSadowski.com/birthday.asp and you’ll get TMI, too.

Planning a birthday party? Create a candy buffet at 10% off! Use Coupon Code buffet 10 at Candy.com. Hurry offer ends August 15.

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