Lightning in Your Mouth!

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Lightning in Your Mouth!

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Summer lightning is fantastic. Try this simple experiment to make lightning in your mouth!

What you need:

  • Winter green or peppermint life savers
  • Dark room
  • Mirror

What you do:

Go into the dark room and wait a moment to let your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Chew the mint with your mouth open as much as possible and watch the sparks fly!

Why it works:

When you chew the mint, you break apart the sugar crystals and small electrical charges are made. The charges attract the nitrogen in the air and make the blue sparks that you see.

Want more? Experiment and discover…

What if you chew cherry hard candy? Will you get red sparks?

What is different about the ingredient list for regular lifesavers and mint lifesavers?