Candy Autumn Leaves

Place candy on a flat plate or dish. Use a bulb syringe to draw the outline of the puddle you want to create.

Once the design is complete, gently add water to the middle of the design and watch the colors spread.

What's Happening:
Colored candy such as M&M's and Runts are covered with shells of colored sugar. When you put them in water, the colored sugar starts to dissolve, creating a dense sugar solution. This solution sinks and starts to spread into a colored puddle. If two puddles of similar density collide, neither puddle can push the other out of the way. Instead, they stack up against each other as they expand outwards, forming distinct bars of color.

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Candy Flag

Mini M&Ms on a flat surface form a flag as they dissolve.

To repeat at home: arrange mini M&Ms on a small flat rectangular surface with raised edges. (This one is a lid from a plastic resealable container.) Using an eyedropper, gently drip water into the middle of the rectangle and let it spread out. Make sure that you are not squirting the water in one direction or another--if the water is flowing in any direction, it will push the dissolving color that direction. Above all, do not stir!

Because the candies are regularly spaced, the dissolving solutions push against each other as they spread, creating the stripes.

Dancing conversation hearts

The rough surface of a conversation heart provides perfect places for bubbles to form (nucleation sites). When the heart is dropped in club soda, the carbon dioxide dissolved in the water forms bubbles that make the hearts rise. At the surface, some of the bubbles pop or get shaken off, making the hearts sink again.

Try this with Brach's hearts in club soda, or Necco conversation hearts in Sprite.