Red Hot Nickel Ball Destroys A Jawbreaker Candy

Published April 17, 2015 1 Plays

Rumble / Weird ScienceIf you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Mars collided with Earth, wonder no more! This inventive scientist and metallurgist has given in to his inner little boy, and dipped into the well of curiosity one too many times. Need we even say it…kids, don’t try this at home! Talk about having too much time on your hands! I hope the boss isn’t watching this! With any luck, he’s performing this stunt from the relative safety of his own shop.

Did you love jawbreakers when you were a kid? Loved to count how many licks or how many hours it took inside your mouth to conquer them? They were sweet, sour, but oh, so very dangerous. True to its name, the jawbreaker was extremely hard, and could do serious damage to your teeth if you carelessly tried crunching down on one. They were also a choking hazard, and it could spell disaster if your buddies didn’t know the Heimlich maneuver. Well, here we have the ultimate jawbreaker revenge! Rather than putting the jawbreaker in a vice and crunching it to death, we melt it with a red hot ball of nickel. The poor jawbreaker has no defense.

Your materials list, should you choose to accept the jawbreaker and red hot nickel challenge, includes ball of nickel, a clamp and a stand made up of a tripod of two-penny nails to hold the nickel ball, a MAPP gas torch (to achieve extremely hot temps), channel locks, pliers, or tongs to hold and re-capture the nickel ball, a fresh jawbreaker candy, and a metal bowl. Also, you may want to make sure mom’s not home, because she will surely flip. Speaking of home, this is not something you should attempt in your kitchen or living room. You know that already, right?

“These things must be handled delicately,” as the Wicked Witch of the West might have said.

Indeed, it requires a delicate balancing act, and even in this video we see chaos literally erupting on contact with the jawbreaker. Streamers shoot into the air, like rocks thrown from a violently erupting volcano. The larger planet—er, candy, is ejected out of orbit! This could even be a simulation of how larger planets were formed, by the collision of two smaller planets forcibly conjoined.

This is such a silly experiment, yet we can’t look away. We must watch to its grizzly conclusion. The master prankster treats the task with extreme caution. Our prankster employs channel lock type pliers to handle the glowing ball of nickel, which has a melting point of 2,651 degrees Fahrenheit. The jawbreaker is safely seated in what looks like an aluminum bowl. Even then, the violent reaction agitates the jawbreaker into mobility, where it sputters steam, jumps, tosses, and turns. Eventually the jawbreaker rolls onto the floor where the magician’s apprentice has to retrieve and reset it.

“I’m melting! I’m melting! Oh, what a world, what a world, what a world…” the doomed jawbreaker seems to scream. At long last, just like the Wicked Witch, the jawbreaker dies an ignoble demise as a puddle of steaming goo.