Thanks Khaula for your entry. Middle loved it. Please include your mailing address in an email at catwoods (dot) writer (at) gmail (dot) com. We will get your chocolates to you ASAP!
And the science fair winner was…
- Not Water. In its pure form, it froze the hardest and took longer to melt by almost an hour.
- Not Coffee. With no fat or sugar, coffee was still fairly pure.
- Not Milk. This was my pick due to the fat and sugar, but nope, it was only the fourth fastest to melt.
- Not Hot Chocolate or Orange Juice. Both of these melted at almost exactly the same rate. Oj came out on top during one melt, while Swiss Miss ran a bit hotter the second time around.
- Mello Yello.
Which made us curious, so we actually did a bit more testing. It was the only carbonated drink and it had the highest sugar content. A second set of tests “proved” that carbonation is the top contributor to quick melt times with sugar a close second. In fact, sugar-water melted almost twice as fast as pure water.
So, science fair project complete and a newer appreciation for the things that we drink.
Thanks for playing and may the melt be with you!
Interesting stuff! I love cool science fair projects like this. My guess would have been the milk too – I’m surprised the carbonation makes that much different!
By a lot. Ten minutes faster than any other drink and a 50 minutes faster than straight water. Crazy stuff. It turned out so well that I was bummed he was too young to be judged. Next year he’ll be eligible for state. Hope he keeps his enthusiasm!