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Frostbite Theater

Freeze the Rainbow!

Starburst candy. They're fruity. They're chewy. They're delicious! But, can they survive taking a bath in liquid nitrogen?

Announcer: Frostbite Theater presents... Cold Cuts! No baloney!

Joanna and Steve: Just science!

Joanna: Hi! I'm Joanna!

Steve: And I'm Steve!

Joanna: A student visiting Jefferson Lab from Huntington Middle School in Newport News, Virginia, asked what happens to a starburst if you put it in liquid nitrogen. Well, we're going to find out!

Steve: At room temperature, starburst isn't really all that special. I can kind of squish it if I squeeze it hard enough and, if I drop it, nothing really bad happens to it.


Joanna: Room temperature's one thing, but what happens when it's cooled to 321 degrees below zero?

Steve: If I drop it now...

Oooh! Not good!

Joanna: Thanks for watching! I hope you'll join us again soon for another experiment!

Steve: Yeah, freeze the rainbow!

Joanna: That's Skittles!

Steve: Oh...

Oh! We should try that!

Joanna: We should! I love doing experiments with candy!

Steve: Here!

Joanna: No!

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