Minnesota Cold (Part 11) How to Make an Instant Slurpee

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Materials:

  • 2-liter bottle of pop of your choice
  • Knife
  • Cup

Steps:

  1. Set outside the bottle of pop. Put it in the snow to get cold but do not let it begin turning into a solid.
  2. While the pop is still liquid in the bottle, remove the cap while still outside. The liquid should quickly turn into a slushy. The time it takes varies greatly depending on the temperature.  At -10 degrees Fahrenheit on the cement or in the snow, it takes less than an hour and a half to go from room temperature to slurpee.
  3. Bring it inside, let it thaw for a moment, and then cut off the top of the bottle and pour the slushy into a cup.

Helpful Hints:

  • Monitor your pop bottle closely.  Once it begins to ice over, you’ve waited too long.
  • The time it takes for the pop to be ready varies greatly with the temperature. Test it a few times with your current temp before showing the experiment to others.
  • Handle the bottle very carefully. Jarring the bottle early may cause problems with the freezing effect.
  • It does not work well to redo the experiment after the pop has already frozen.
  • To speed up the process, cool it in the fridge first.

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