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Flaming Gummi Bear

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Have you ever wondered just what exactly would happen to a gummy bear if you added it to a test tube containing heated potassium chlorate? I know I’ve been dying to know.

What, you don’t believe me? Ok, ok, you caught me. The truth is, I had no idea what the hell this was all about. Turns out, there’s a high school chemistry demonstration that shows how the sugars in a gummy bear interact with liquefied potassium chlorate to create a really cool flame-y jet looking thing.

I’m the first to admit that I’m not exactly a math and science type person. However, I’m fairly sure I would have remembered an experiment like this in either my high school or college classes, if only due to the scary fire it produces. I’m generally not a big fan of fire, but watching it online isn’t too bad!

Above you see a video of this chemical reaction using a gummi bear (poor bear!). Who’d have thought one little gummi bear could produce that much fire? Just remember kids, don’t try this at home!

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8 Responses to “Flaming Gummi Bear”

  1. 1
    Keith L. Dick says:

    WOW!, that was a pretty Rad reaction…

  2. 2
    Paula says:

    Hey that’s cool.

  3. 3
    Heather says:

    Oh… I would be bad if I was present during that…
    “Put a Skittle in there! Fun Dip! Pop Rocks!” ^o^

  4. 4
    Cody says:

    Whatis a common formof this potassium chlorate, i would like to but some and do an experiment in my own science class! Please contact me.

  5. 5
    Caitlin says:

    Sorry, chemistry was never my strong point. I really have no idea what form in comes in, or even where to get it.

  6. 6
    Celi says:

    Awsome that was really cool! I do feel sorry for the gummy bear though :(

  7. 7
    Michelle says:

    I did this experiment a LONG time ago during a summer school (actually, a geek camp) program and it was the most wonderful experiment I’ve ever done. seeing the experiment is one thing, but the air afterward is scented with a burnt sugar (marshmellow) smell – it’s one of those memories that sticks with you for a long, long time. :)

    kudos to for blogging about it! :)

  8. 8
    Randy says:

    if you want to buy chemicals to recreate this you can get the stuff over at

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