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If You Put Skittles In Water, The S's Will Float Off


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Is this really a Thing? And why? I had to find out.

After putting on a lab coat and goggles — safety first — I found some Skittles and threw them in a bowl of water. The dyes immediately started leaching out from the Skittles like fibs from the mouth of a Republican presidential candidate!

There's a Real Science for why this happens: the letters on the Skittles are printed with a non-water soluble ink. The letters are attached to the candies with an edible glue that dissolves in water, rendering the floating S's.

Jess Misener

The candy dyes ARE water-soluble, hence your bowl of Skittles becoming a gross brown sugar soup.

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