Why do wintergreen lifesavers spark?

Answer Wintergreen Life Savers spark due to the friction and electric fields created when biting down on them and wintergreen oil's interaction with ultraviolet light, according to Exploratorium.FrictionL... Read More »

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Why do wintergreen mints spark in your mouth?

Biting into a wintergreen Life Savers candy creates a small lightning storm in one's mouth. The flash of light is due to friction and is a harmless phenomenon.TriviaThe unusual reaction is known as... Read More »

Why do wintergreen mints spark when chewed?

If you look in a mirror while biting or chewing a wintergreen mint in a darkened room, you will note a spark in your mouth. This is caused by triboluminescence.HistoryBack in the 1600's, Sir Franci... Read More »

Where did LifeSavers get their name?

Candy inventor Clarence Crane named his Life Savers candies for their resemblance to life preservers used on oceans, lakes and other waters. Crane first marketed Life Savers in 1912. He created the... Read More »

What is wintergreen?

An evergreen shrub, the wintergreen plant is familiar in Northwest gardens, as well as in its native Northeast range. With white blooms twice a year, wintergreen can produce foliage, flowers and fr... Read More »