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When Your Fridge Spits Candy

by Laura Overdeck

You may have come home from trick-or-treating with a huge pile of candy. Where are you going to put it all? Have you ever used a fridge with an ice dispenser, where you push your glass against a lever and ice cubes shoot out? Well, a guy named Deric Peace emptied the ice out of his freezer and filled it with candy pieces. Now when he pushes a glass against the door, his cup fills up with frozen Reese’s Pieces! Frozen candy has a crunchy yumminess all its own. Given that Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy every Halloween, our freezers’ ice machines might be working hard for a while.

Wee ones: If Deric’s freezer lets out orange, yellow and brown Reese’s Pieces, how many colors is that?

Little kids: If instead Deric filled the machine with M&Ms and they have twice as many colors as the 3 Reese’s colors, how many colors of frozen M&Ms do you get to eat?  Bonus: If you eat 2 of each color, how many M&Ms do your teeth get to crunch?

Big kids: Of the 600 million pounds of candy bought every Halloween, 1/3 of that is candy corn (which might work well in the ice dispenser, too). How many pounds of candy corn does the country buy?  Bonus: If each of America’s 320 million people puts 1/2 pound of candy corn in the freezer, how many pounds of candy corn are still sitting around at room temperature?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 3 colors.

Little kids: 6 colors.  Bonus: 12 rock-hard M&Ms.

Big kids: 200 million pounds.  Bonus: 40 million pounds, since the 320 million people will freeze 160 million pounds.

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