Scientists Developing Real-Life Willy Wonka Gum

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Remember watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and fantasizing about a truly Everlasting Gobstopper or soda that could make you fly? Well, while those may not be possible, something similar to Wonka’s three-course meal gum is in the works. The Telegraph reports: “Researchers have developed a technology that allows different flavours to be captured inside microscopic capsules, which can be designed to release the flavours at different times.” A Wonka-like variety could work something like this: “Some of the capsules could be filled with flavouring for tomato soup that would break open on contact with saliva, while tougher capsules would contain the flavour for roast beef that would break open as the gum is chewed. A final flavour for blueberry pie could be packaged in capsules that require vigorous chewing to burst.” As long as the final course doesn’t turn us into giant blueberries in need of juicing, we’re all for it. [via Geekologie]