Floating M&Ms science experiment

Floating M&Ms science experiment

This simple science experiment will fascinate your kids.  All you need is some water and some M&Ms to create an amazing floating M&Ms phenomenon. Watch the video tutorial to see what happens.

What you need:

  • a small jug of water
  • four or five M&Ms
  • a glass bowl

Number of players:


Place four or five M&Ms in the bottom of the bowl, with the "M" facing up.

Now carefully pour in about 4cm of water, try not to disturb the M&Ms too much as you do this.

Watch what happens. It should take about five to 10 minutes. Eventually the "M" on each candy will peel off and float to the surface.

Why is it so?

The "M"  letters on M&Ms are printed in edible white ink. The ink won't dissolve in water. When the candy shell dissolves, the letters peel off and float to the top.

  • Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.

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