Guy in Mentos suit erupts in Diet Coke dunk tank

An advertising stunt for a new TV series supersizes the famed Mentos and Coke explosion experiment.

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This guy is dressed for Mentos success. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Few food-based urban legends are as famous as death by combining Coke and Mentos. Snopes traces the Internet version of the legend back to at least 2006. It's not true, of course. No Brazilian children died from eating Mentos with a Coke chaser.

Just about everyone knows that adding the mint-flavored Mentos candy into a bottle of Diet Coke creates an intense soda eruption that puts your fourth-grade baking-soda volcano science project to shame. A brave man has donned a suit covered in Mentos and then let himself fall into a dunk tank full of Diet Coke to promote the upcoming TV show "Epic Meal Empire," scheduled to air on A&E's FYI channel on July 26.

The resulting explosion of candy and fizz was captured on a Vine posted by "Epic Meal Empire" host Harley Morenstein, known for his Epic Meal Time YouTube cooking show that focuses on creating high-calorie meals like a cheeseburger pizza and a cornucopia made from bacon.

The official Mentos Twitter account took note of the stunt, saying "Only thing wrong is we weren't invited. Just amazing." The suit itself was covered with multiple flavors of Mentos, showing that any kind will work, not just the classic mint flavor.

The secret to the massive bubble explosion is in the shell coating the candy. Tiny nooks and crannies encourage the soda's carbon-dioxide bubbles to form around the candy's surface, quickly multiplying until you get the geyser effect. Pro tip: diet soda was used for the full-body experiment to avoid the sugary stickiness of regular pop.

Often with publicity stunts, we would include a "don't try this at home" warning, but as far as experiments go, this one is messy but pretty harmless. If you want to try it on a smaller scale, then just opt for a roll of Mentos and a two-liter bottle of soda. And take it outside.

(Via Huffington Post)

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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