Last year for Halloween we took a look at some of the history of Halloween, but things have gone a little more gory this year as we look at some wicked Halloween chemistry!
The ever-topical Compound Interest infographics team have put together some great information about the Chemistry of Blood as fake blood so often forms a big part of Halloween costumes and we couldn’t resist sharing.
I think we all slightly over-do the whole pumpkin “thing” at this time of year but it’s interesting to take a closer look! You probably won’t be surprised to know that the fiery orange hue of the pumpkin is due to carotenoid compounds that give carrots their colour. These can actually carry through into the blood – my father took great delight in telling me many years ago about a fellow vegan gentleman who was donating plasma at the same time as he was, but whom ate a lot of carrots and drank juiced carrots. His plasma was bright orange!
All those pumpkin spiced latte drinks in the coffee shops have only a minimal amount to do with the actual vegetable and a lot more to do with the spices added; I particularly enjoy that cinnamon is actually cinnamaldehyde which sounds like something definitely appropriate for Halloween to me!
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our wicked Halloween chemistry review and wish all of our customers and friends a happy and safe Halloween! If you’d like to contact us at any time you can find all our info HERE or just open up the LIVE CHAT box at the bottom right corner of your screen…