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Fun fact: Cadbury Flakes don’t melt like normal chocolate

05/08/2022

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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Are you ready for a fact which will send your head spinning? We’ve just learnt that a Cadbury Flake bar literally doesn’t melt, even when put in the microwave.

Yep, it may seem illogical – all chocolate melts, right? But it turns out the Flake bar simply doesn’t.

Let’s take a deep dive…

In a video shared on TikTok, user @pudpuds7 proved the bizarre fact, putting two Flake bars in the microwave for 20 second bursts, and showing that they didn’t change form at all.

Watch for yourself below: 

@pudpuds7

Pud Puds try to melt a flake!! what the !!!! #flake

♬ original sound – Pud Puds 🍰

 

Instead, the bar simply crumbled a bit, but remained in tact.

Mind. Blown.

Now at this point, we’re sure you’re thinking, ‘there must be some way to melt this thing’. But think again.

In a video uncovered by LadBible, YouTube channel Thompson STEM Engagement tried several different methods to get the chocolate bar to melt, and again, they failed every time.

Attempting the same method each time with Flake and with Dairy Milk, the Flake bar’s hardiness was really shown for what it was.

First of all, they tried the microwave method, which (as above) left the Flake in tact whilst the Dairy Milk turned to liquid.

Next, the YouTuber used a frying pan on a high heat, which once again melted the Dairy Milk and failed to alter the Flake’s log-like shape.

A bain marie (which is heating chocolate in a bowl over hot water) did nothing to the Flake either. Meanwhile, we’re sure you can guess what happened to the Dairy Milk…

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A hot pan was no match for the Flake (Credit: YouTube/ Thompson STEM Engagement)

Anyone else seeing a pattern, here?

The attempts kept going and going. Seriously, the Flake went through a lot of different traditional melting methods to no avail.

But the moment that blew us away the most was when the YouTuber whacked out a 2000C blow torch and let it rip on the chocolate bar.

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What. On. Earth (Credit: YouTube/ Thompson STEM Engagement)

The result? Still, no melting (but a bit of burning due to the fact the chocolate did briefly set ablaze). 

When quizzed about the Flake’s durability before, Cadbury has said: “The reason it’s difficult to melt is because, for nearly a century, we have deliberately controlled the final manufacturing process to ensure the folds of the bar crumble in the mouth.”

Not giving much away, right? But don’t worry, we’ve done some more research.

Discussing the reason for the Flake’s durability, Science Focus says: ”Although Flake is made from milk chocolate, the manufacturing process gives it a different arrangement of fat and cocoa solids, so the melting fat isn’t able to lubricate the cocoa particles to the point where they can flow.

”In a bain marie, a Flake will never melt. In the microwave, it eventually just burns.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed this food science lesson, guys – and for the love of god, don’t try the blowtorch method at home!

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