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Re: science experiment - edible candle?

Date: Fri Jun 16 05:19:42 2006
Posted By: Michael Lawliss, Faculty, Science Dept , Clinton Community College
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1150158085.Ch

Many foods are flammable. Many substances derived from foods are flammable, like olive oil. Though trying to burn an olive might be difficult, lighting a peanut on fire is rather easy due to the oil content of the peanut. I'm talking food here because you said the instructor ate the candle. So I can't say exactly what it was made of, only give you a hint as to what type of food. It would have to be a food with a high oil/fat content, high enough to burn on its own.

Good Luck

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