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Do Everlasting Gobstoppers Really Last Forever?

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10:29   |   Feb 16, 2019

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  • Today, we're taking a look at jaw breakers and gobstoppers,
  • and seeing what happens if we heat them up,
  • melt them down, rinse them away,
  • or just plain smash 'em.
  • [Music]
  • Most of you are probably familiar with jawbreakers.
  • They're a round candy
  • that just has layers and layers of color and flavor.
  • They come in a few different varieties,
  • and we've got some things
  • we want to try out with these bad boys.
  • This right here is just over 2 inches in diameter.
  • It's pretty standard size for a jawbreaker.
  • We've also got this Mega jawbreaker,
  • which, oh boy,
  • feels quite a bit heavier than our mid sized one.
  • And I can only imagine
  • that it would take months to eat this whole thing.
  • Normally, when you're eating a jawbreaker,
  • you're going to lick it,
  • and since it's made up almost entirely sugar, flavor,
  • and coloring, it's going to take a while to get through,
  • but you can get through it.
  • Rather than just sit here, licking this jawbreaker forever,
  • I thought we would get a little time lapse of something
  • a little bit faster.
  • We're going to take this jawbreaker,
  • put it on a little stand,
  • and then have running water flow down over it,
  • and just let that water run
  • until it just carves away the jawbreaker.
  • Hopefully, we should be able to see the different layers
  • as they're exposed,
  • and then washed away,
  • and we're a little curious what shape we're going
  • to end up with.
  • [Music]
  • We've got our giant jawbreaker, and you know what?
  • I just--
  • I want to cut it in half.
  • Now, if you're a big fan of the channel What's Inside,
  • you may have seen a few years ago,
  • they did cut one of these in half.
  • I wanted to try as well,
  • and then we're really going to clean it up.
  • I want some really good shots
  • of what the inside of one of these looks like.
  • So I've never cut one of these in half.
  • They had quite a hard time with it.
  • They use a chisel.
  • They ended up using
  • like a grinder to just cut all the way around part of it,
  • and then break it in half.
  • I'm gonna see
  • if I can get through this whole thing with a hacksaw.
  • I've never tried this before though,
  • so I may have to improvise if the hacksaw doesn't work.
  • Now, this is our largest Jawbreaker.
  • It's pretty dang big.
  • It's about the size of a softball,
  • and it weighs, I believe, a pound,
  • which is a lot of candy.
  • I do kind of want to test
  • if you can actually break a jaw with this Jawbreaker.
  • I have an idea.
  • Success.
  • This is now a verified,
  • well, Jaws breaker, if not Jawbreaker.
  • [Music]
  • Okay, I think I've cut all the way through this jawbreaker now.
  • It's sort of clicked together, so at least half of it,
  • I think that means is separated.
  • I have a ton of this just jawbreaker dust here,
  • and flakes just chipped off the outside,
  • and I think I owe an apology to the What's Inside team
  • because I thought it was going to be easier
  • than it was,
  • and it was really weird.
  • It kept sticking to the saw.
  • I ended up having to just wash the saw blade off
  • every like 30 seconds or so.
  • But that is super cool.
  • Okay.
  • I need to clean this up,
  • and make it just really nice and pretty.
  • 'Cause you can see all of the layers,
  • but you can't see them very well just
  • because of all the saw marks,
  • and the different cutting angles and stuff.
  • So it looks good now, we can make it better.
  • [Music]
  • As you can see, we've got lots of these little ones.
  • These are called Gobstoppers, or Everlasting Gobstoppers,
  • that's what they say on the box.
  • The name comes from
  • a Roald Dahl book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • In the book,
  • Everlasting Gobstoppers were supposed to last forever.
  • You could suck on them.
  • They would change colors.
  • They would change flavors, but they'd never go away.
  • Well, we haven't quite
  • figured out how to make the Everlasting part.
  • Each one of these boxes says it has about 9 servings,
  • and each serving is 9 pieces,
  • and that gives us about 81 Gobstoppers per box.
  • And if we're trying for 1,000 Gobstoppers,
  • that's 12 and 1/2 boxes, give or take.
  • And so, we are going to load up 13 boxes,
  • so we might actually have just over a thousand Gobstoppers.
  • Throw them on the barbecue.
  • Just your standard cookout food.
  • You know, some people like chicken,
  • some people like steaks, some people like Gobstoppers.
  • That should be just over 1,000 tiny little Jawbreakers.
  • We've got a tray full of a thousand jawbreakers.
  • Let's go upstairs where the barbecue is.
  • [Music]
  • We could put another rack over here,
  • and put the whole pan on top of that.
  • But where's the fun in that?
  • Let's go put the rack directly onto the charcoal.
  • Here we go.
  • I've always really preferred my jawbreakers to have
  • a good smoky flavor to 'em, you know.
  • This is a good way to get that.
  • [Music]
  • Our 1,000 Gobstoppers in the barbecue
  • have now been cooking for maybe 15-20 minutes,
  • and they are mostly melted away in just this soup
  • of molten jawbreaker candy.
  • Just turned a sort of chocolatey raspberry color.
  • It's very thin.
  • Like I didn't think it was going to get this thin,
  • but look how liquid that is.
  • [Music]
  • It's not terrible.
  • It has a really interesting texture to it,
  • and it's not something unexpected.
  • Even though it's smooth at this point,
  • having been all melted down,
  • it still has a feel as though it's slightly powdery,
  • like other compacted
  • powder candies, like Smarties or something like that.
  • That would be the American type of Smarties,
  • which are small fruit flavored things,
  • and not the Canadian
  • or perhaps other types of Smarties as well,
  • which are basically M&M's under a different name.
  • So yeah, it tastes like it doesn't--
  • I don't know.
  • I don't know
  • if it taste powdery is the right way to say,
  • but it feels powdery.
  • I know I've licked this,
  • but I'm the only one who's going to be eating it.
  • So I'm just gonna put it right back here in the soup.
  • Keep mixing this up.
  • We have melted most of what's in here.
  • Just trying to finish
  • off those last few sticklers to really get this all liquid.
  • [Music]
  • There's just a lot of burnt boiled
  • over sugar on the barbecue down at the bottom.
  • I don't see any Gobstoppers left in here.
  • So I'm going to say that is thoroughly toasted
  • at this point.
  • [Music]
  • It's a lot like a soft Starburst,
  • like a slightly warm Starburst.
  • That's about the texture.
  • Really sticks to my teeth a lot.
  • [Music]
  • It really is kind of just a mix of all the different flavors,
  • like there's grape,
  • and orange, and lime, and raspberry,
  • and whatever else is in those.
  • I think it's better to just
  • have individual flavors than all mixed together,
  • but it's just sort of a general fruit-flavored candy.
  • So sticky.
  • As an option of something to show,
  • we did have some Gobstoppers in a slow cooker.
  • However, we decided
  • that's pretty similar to the look of the barbecue,
  • it's just on a smaller scale.
  • So we were going to turn it off,
  • but I discovered something interesting.
  • The Gobstoppers,
  • even after sitting here for like an hour and a half,
  • it barely changed shape at all.
  • But I did discover
  • that they've become soft as they've heated up.
  • So now, we've got squishy Gobstoppers,
  • and they are fairly hot,
  • but not so hot that it's really hurting to hold them.
  • And so now, it's just--
  • Instead of jawbreakers, they're just like a soft candy.
  • Out of all of the jawbreaker tests
  • that we've tried out today,
  • this might be the one that I recommend actually trying.
  • You definitely want to be careful
  • that you're not going to burn yourself on them,
  • but they're pretty good.
  • No broken jaws.
  • It's not known exactly when jaw breakers were invented,
  • but they became popular in the late 1800s
  • and early 1900s thanks to the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.
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