If you’re unfamiliar with potassium chlorate, don’t feel bad. I was too before I heard about this. Potassium chlorate is a strong oxidizing agent that reacts violently with sugar, any sugar, including gummy bears. Man, what is with gummy bears and our apparent hate for them? We’re always doing something to torture our gummy comrades.
When potassium chlorate meets gummy deliciousness, magic happens… as long as your definition of magic is explosions and molten chemicals.[via]