Melting candy in extreme heat: How long it will take for chocolate to melt in high Tulsa temperature

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 17:18:04-04

Since the temperature is soaring closer to triple digits, and the heat index well past 100 degrees, we decided to cover the oppressive heat in a different way.

We melted candy.

Not just any candy, mind you. We selected the top three confectionery candies according to a 2015 poll.

Hershey's Kisses, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and plain M&M's were the top three by voters, according to

Chances are you've noshed one of these delectable delights recently, so we wanted to see how long it takes for each of those three to melt outside during the hottest part of the day. Aaaaand, we wanted to see what kind of mess we could make.

We started the Great Candy Melt of 2016 at 2:11 p.m. and ended it about 45 minutes later. We streamed it live on our Facebook page. Watch a timelapse of the melting in the video player above.

The temperature never quite reached 100 degrees, but it was definitely hot!

It didn't take long for all of the candy to start glistening, and within five minutes the Reese's had already started melting. We weren't surprised by that since the chocolate layer isn't as thick as the Hershey's Kisses. It wasn't until we stirred the Kisses that you could see how much they had transformed from their original shape.

The M&M's never did melt, but they did crack. And if we listened closely, we could hear them cracking too. Guess their motto is true, they melt in your mouth and not in your hand.




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