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So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke...
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I'm a sucralose/Splenda person and generally put it in the Gold Peak unsweet iced tea I drink on a near-constant basis. And on my morning cereal (with a banana and skim milk).

Sucralose is probably one of the safest substances, as far as artificial sweeteners go, in human history -- though some of those whackadoo GMO/artificial-sweeteners-are-bad-for-you people seem to think it's akin to using Zyklon B or something. In this, I refer them to the Science Babe website, where the proprietor does a takedown of all the junk science CRAP (including anti-sucralose BS) permeating the atmosphere. And then I tell them go FU*K THEMSELVES! ;-)

Anyway, I became curious today about what a packet of Splenda (sucralose) would do if dumped it into one of those 20-ounce bottles of Diet Coke. Would it make it taste better than the nail polish remover it typically tastes like? I don't drink it, normally, except for times when I'm desperate for a battery acid tonic or something, but curiosity always wins out when it comes to my thought processes. So, time for a Mister Wizard science experiment!

The results? Ummmmm... less-than-fruitful. And the damn bottle almost fizzed out completely at one point right after I added that packet to the Diet Coke. Taste-wise? Well, absolutely no difference I can tell, although I now am dealing with an aftertaste that two bouts of 4-minute-long SoniCare tooth brushing, plus two Listerine mouth washes, hasn't gotten rid of yet.

Eh, my last university organic chemistry class was in 1981, so I have no idea why the Diet Coke reacted the way it did, though I can make a few educated guesses. Now if you'll excuse me... if have to clean up the kitchen countertop before the wife gets home. ;-)

Diet Coke pre-Splenda injection:




Diet Coke post-Splenda injection. Fizzing like crazy.




Diet Coke after fizzing ceased and all ejecta was, well... ejected. ;-)


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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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You should try this on at altitude next time you fly ;)
In the name of science!
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [LuckyLo] [ In reply to ]
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LuckyLo wrote:
You should try this on at altitude next time you fly ;)
In the name of science!

Yeah, no. That would get me put on the airline blacklist, methinks. ;-)
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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next time try it with a mentos. it's really cool, but hard to see. you got to shake it up first. i recommend you put your eye right in the top of the bottle, over the little hole, so that you can see the magic way down in there.


Dan Empfield
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Slowman] [ In reply to ]
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Slowman wrote:
next time try it with a mentos. it's really cool, but hard to see. you got to shake it up first. i recommend you put your eye right in the top of the bottle, over the little hole, so that you can see the magic way down in there.

Sounds good! I'll try that tomorrow! ;-)
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Slowman] [ In reply to ]
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Slowman wrote:
next time try it with a mentos. it's really cool, but hard to see. you got to shake it up first. i recommend you put your eye right in the top of the bottle, over the little hole, so that you can see the magic way down in there.


Here's what happens. You can't ride your bike if you put your eye out. Just trying to do my part to save the bicycle industry as we now know it ;-)



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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [SallyShortyPnts] [ In reply to ]
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SallyShortyPnts wrote:
Slowman wrote:
next time try it with a mentos. it's really cool, but hard to see. you got to shake it up first. i recommend you put your eye right in the top of the bottle, over the little hole, so that you can see the magic way down in there.



Here's what happens. You can't ride your bike if you put your eye out. Just trying to do my part to save the bicycle industry as we now know it ;-)


you can't ride a bike with one eye?


Dan Empfield
aka Slowman
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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Sounds to me like you need a big fat government grant, something in the $1+ million range, to study the issue.
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Go Pound Sand] [ In reply to ]
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Go Pound Sand wrote:
Sounds to me like you need a big fat government grant, something in the $1+ million range, to study the issue.

Thanks for the idea! I'll download the forms tonight and write everything up tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll be on be Easy Street by June or so. :-)
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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big kahuna wrote:
Go Pound Sand wrote:
Sounds to me like you need a big fat government grant, something in the $1+ million range, to study the issue.


Thanks for the idea! I'll download the forms tonight and write everything up tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll be on be Easy Street by June or so. :-)
I have a title for your paper.

"The effect of Mentos and Diet Coke on Climate Change"

Guaranteed to get funding for that!
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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my last university organic chemistry class was in 1981, so I have no idea why the Diet Coke reacted the way it did
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It wouldn't matter since there's nothing organic about sucralose or diet coke.






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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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In my efforts to create a new breakfast drink craze I have in the past...

Mixed tea and coffee

Mixed coke and coffee

Mixed tea and coke

All were horrible failures.
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Tri-Banter] [ In reply to ]
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Tri-Banter wrote:
my last university organic chemistry class was in 1981, so I have no idea why the Diet Coke reacted the way it did
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It wouldn't matter since there's nothing organic about sucralose or diet coke.

Hahahahaha! True dat! :-)
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Andrew69] [ In reply to ]
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Andrew69 wrote:
big kahuna wrote:
Go Pound Sand wrote:
Sounds to me like you need a big fat government grant, something in the $1+ million range, to study the issue.


Thanks for the idea! I'll download the forms tonight and write everything up tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll be on be Easy Street by June or so. :-)

I have a title for your paper.

"The effect of Mentos and Diet Coke on Climate Change"

Guaranteed to get funding for that!

Ooooh, that's a $2 million grant right there! Thanks, brohomino! I'll send you your cut as soon as I get the funds. It'll be coming from a Costa Rican address, though, so keep an eye out (no extradition from Costa Rica, I hear ;-).
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [knewbike] [ In reply to ]
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knewbike wrote:
In my efforts to create a new breakfast drink craze I have in the past...

Mixed tea and coffee

Mixed coke and coffee

Mixed tea and coke

All were horrible failures.

Yes, but you added to our body of knowledge and, in the end, that's what really counts. ;-)
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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [Slowman] [ In reply to ]
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Slowman wrote:
SallyShortyPnts wrote:
Slowman wrote:
next time try it with a mentos. it's really cool, but hard to see. you got to shake it up first. i recommend you put your eye right in the top of the bottle, over the little hole, so that you can see the magic way down in there.



Here's what happens. You can't ride your bike if you put your eye out. Just trying to do my part to save the bicycle industry as we now know it ;-)



you can't ride a bike with one eye?

News to me.

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Re: So I Put a Packet of Splenda in a Bottle of Diet Coke... [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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big kahuna wrote:
IEh, my last university organic chemistry class was in 1981, so I have no idea why the Diet Coke reacted the way it did, though I can make a few educated guesses.

I really tried to control myself and not correct this but the chemistry nerd in me is too powerful.
The reaction is primarily explainable via physical (surface) chemistry and has little to do with organic.

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