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Some fun facts about candy from the American Chemical Society are
- Hard candy is technically a glass — so much so that it is sometimes used to make the “bottle” that gets broken over someone’s head in a fight scene.
- The same chemical that makes grapefruit taste sour — citric acid — is in sour-tasting candy.
- Peppermint oil comes from a plant, and some research shows that candies flavored with it can help people concentrate better.
- Ever wonder how they get liquefied cherries into a chocolate-covered cherry without leaving an injection hole? The candy actually starts with a hard cherry center that slowly softens after the chocolate is applied, thanks to a chemical called invertase that’s added to the recipe.
- Cotton candy is almost pure sugar that has been melted and then spun.
- Gummies contain flavor, sugar and a seaweed chemical called carrageenan, which makes them chewy.
- Licorice contains a smelly compound that’s found in a spice called anise.