Cocoa in Milk Trick Exposed

  • Published on Jan 11, 2022
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  • SonofSolaire
    SonofSolaire 4 months ago +7679

    This explains why it's such a pain to mix in milk, always little bits in it

    • Heavy Critic
      Heavy Critic 23 hours ago

      1. Put cocoa powder and sugar in the mug/saucepan/whatever.
      2. Add a small amount of milk - like a tablespoon's worth, if you're making one mug.
      3. Whisk/stir until it turns into a chocolate sauce (doesn't take long at all), adding a bit of milk if it doesn't combine properly.
      4. Add the rest of the milk.
      5. Stir to combine, while heating.
      It's kind of odd how this method seems to have been forgotten. It's the classic way to make hot cocoa.

    • Naomi Verow ♡
      Naomi Verow ♡ 3 months ago

      put the cocoa in the cup or pot first and then mix in the water/milk 😋😋😋 it makes it so much easier

    • Blueberry Pie
      Blueberry Pie 3 months ago

      this is why i mix it cocoa powder with a little bit of water to form a paste and then i pour in the milk.

    • Just some guy with a spectacle
      Just some guy with a spectacle 3 months ago


    • Sadimir Poutin
      Sadimir Poutin 3 months ago

      Use honey instead of sugar and stir the cocoa powder into the honey first (easier cause its sticky) then add the milk.

  • Verb
    Verb 4 months ago +3989

    The cocoa is actually lactose intolerant

    • br
      br 3 months ago

      @Artsy Mystery uhhhh

    • br
      br 3 months ago +1

      @AK extremely hydrated*

    • Artsy Mystery
      Artsy Mystery 3 months ago

      @jose rivera how is it even racist?
      It's a joke

    • Efficial •
      Efficial • 3 months ago

      @Waffle-Sama no one cares dude. Leave and don’t like

    • Waffle-Sama
      Waffle-Sama 3 months ago

      Take my like and leave

  • LydLee
    LydLee 4 months ago +977

    "Stop being so hateful and hydrophobic!"
    Cocoa powder: "I'm only ✨️ _mildly_ ✨️ hydrophobic" :D

    • איתי ארבל
      איתי ארבל 2 months ago

      This actually caught me unprepared.

    • Just some guy with a spectacle
      Just some guy with a spectacle 3 months ago

      @What Should My Username Be? lol didn't expected you to react so calmly with my point, you too have a great day... Lol

    • Sam
      Sam 3 months ago


    • What Should My Username Be?
      What Should My Username Be? 3 months ago

      @Just some guy with a spectacle could see why some people would find this quite wholesome but yeah. I don't for some reason. But yeh thanks for being kind when stating your opinion instead of being harsh and straight to the point like I was. Have a good day man!

    • Just some guy with a spectacle
      Just some guy with a spectacle 3 months ago

      @What Should My Username Be? nah! Both are most wholesome thing I saw after a lot of _✨painy✨_ years

  • Sam
    Sam 4 months ago +1737

    He’s just a wizard and ‘hydrophobic’ is his magic word. Change my mind.

    • Ordermind
      Ordermind 3 months ago

      I'll change your mind all night long.

    • kaffafel
      kaffafel 4 months ago

      I can't, I won't and I refuse to

    • Trainee Grammar Police
      Trainee Grammar Police 4 months ago +1

      @Shravan science is magic with different name.

    • Rafia Salah
      Rafia Salah 4 months ago

      @Jean Marceaux 😂

    • Shravan
      Shravan 4 months ago +2

      @Andrea Frasca magic is just science we cant understand

  • Nathan Smith
    Nathan Smith 4 months ago +834

    He forgot the part where he explains how to EASILY make hot cocoa with milk

    • איתי ארבל
      איתי ארבל 2 months ago +1

      @Mochi thank you very much. That actually sounds nice.

    • Rebecca Teasdale
      Rebecca Teasdale 3 months ago +3

      Two mugs. Hot chocolate powder in one mug; add a splash of milk to it. Add the rest of the milk to the other mug and microwave that one for 1 1/2 mins. While waiting, mix the hot chocolate with the small amount of milk. It'll blend much easier and form a thick "sauce", which you pour your hot milk onto. This method also gets a lovely foamy layer on top.

    • Gentleman Dripster
      Gentleman Dripster 3 months ago +1

      because it's easier to dissolve things in hot water than cold water

    • DrBrainSol
      DrBrainSol 3 months ago +3

      Easiest way is to make a cocoa slurry first - pour 1 part cocoa powder and two parts water / milk in a cup, add some sugar (optional) and stir vigorously. The mixture should turn into a very thick cocoa syrup. You can then fill the cup with whatever liquid you desire (full fat warm milk is best).

    • duckisgood
      duckisgood 3 months ago +2

      @Limes also dont forget to strain the cocoa first for easier mixing

  • McBedo
    McBedo 4 months ago +416

    That feeling when you wanna have some cold chocolate milk but the powder refuses to mix so you're just left with these weird bitter lumps

    • Klue
      Klue 4 months ago

      @Eroraf86 Great suggestion. I use an equal portion of maple syrup for the first bit and then add milk (warm or cold) and then stir until ready in case anyone wants something a bit sweeter

    • TheBoltMaster
      TheBoltMaster 4 months ago

      @Eroraf86 this is what i do

    • • Lavender Iris •
      • Lavender Iris • 4 months ago

      @possibly ben if it tastes like brownie batter, then it’s even better!

    • Uh oh
      Uh oh 4 months ago

      I am a weird bitter lump. I take offense to this.

    • possibly ben
      possibly ben 4 months ago +1

      @Eroraf86 i always do this, though sometimes there're still some lumps left somehow, also the slurry kinda tastes like brownie batter

  • Neuro wisdom
    Neuro wisdom 4 months ago +2228

    It is part hydrophobic! that’s why I have to stir for so long

    • •
       3 months ago

      @Bluecore You get it 😎👍

    • Nauda
      Nauda 3 months ago

      When mixing it, put like a tablespoon of the liquid in it to create a slurry, stir until it's well combined/dissolved, THEN add the rest of the liquid. Works well with hot cocoa (':

    • Nachtfalter
      Nachtfalter 3 months ago +1

      Mix it with a tiny amount of milk first, it creates a thick cocoa paste that easily mixes with milk.

    • Innovation Talk
      Innovation Talk 4 months ago

      it will dissolve if you heat up the liquid

    • Phoenix Of Air
      Phoenix Of Air 4 months ago +1

      @Olivier L. Ikr

  • Juts
    Juts 4 months ago +16

    This is the reason why you scoop your powders first then pour your liquid. This makes stirring and mixing easier. And pour the liquid slowly.
    Same thing if you want to mix it with cold milk, only difference is add a little bit of hot water just enough to dissolve the powder. Then add your cold liquid. Or just have an ice ready if you're worried about the temp raising.

  • Katherine Vosburgh
    Katherine Vosburgh 4 months ago +283

    It pops like a balloon🎈, *but in a way that doesn't scare people.*

  • The World I See
    The World I See 4 months ago +6

    This channel has some of the best science projects and explanations. Ever since I was a kid in school, science has always fascinated me. I admire his ability to explain the world around us!

  • Michael Bruz
    Michael Bruz 4 months ago +2

    I actually learned this when I worked at Starbucks. When we mix the cocoa powder into the water to make our syrup, the inside was always dry and it was an interesting small thing I learned

  • Joey
    Joey 4 months ago +63

    need a video on how to correctly mix this with milk with no clumps

    • nebulous
      nebulous 3 months ago

      Put it in microwave until it's hot. Then it will mix easily.

    • ABC XYZ
      ABC XYZ 4 months ago

      I just mix cocoa powder with sugar first and then slowly pour liquid, stirring constantly. No problems whatsoever.
      The other solutions would be stirring with a whisk or blending it, but if you have no tools or don't wanna bother to wash many things afterwards, the first method is enough.

    • 제니스 널
      제니스 널 4 months ago

      @55Ramius I'll try this tomorrow

    • manny gonzalez
      manny gonzalez 4 months ago +2

      Shaker cup

    • Randomizer Person
      Randomizer Person 4 months ago +5

      I usually mix it in lukewarm water first with very little amount of milk like someone said and since I usually like cold milk I add cold water later then mix again

  • Sir Poopsalot
    Sir Poopsalot 4 months ago +10

    He's explaining things we all experienced but never bothered to science. Can you please explain the vortices that form when you push a spoon diagonally down into milk/water? Works best with minimal surface area hitting the water in my experience so only hitting the water from the eating edge of the spoon and push down and away/toward you (so diagonally down). I play with these whirlpools everyday and am always perplexed.

  • Randy ツ
    Randy ツ 4 months ago

    You are the most interesting channel ever. Your videos are all so engaging, you always will want to stay till the end, then there's also the part where you also get to learn with them. You're really the type that I wouldn't really look up but everytime I find you in my recommendeds, always worth it. Keep it up man👍

  • DiegoDaBonkinator
    DiegoDaBonkinator 4 months ago +3

    This is the legitimate first time i actually felt like ive witnessed actual real life magic

  • Like my comment
    Like my comment 4 months ago +6

    This guy answers questions we never had.

  • Nachtfalter
    Nachtfalter 3 months ago +1

    To dissolve cocoa powder in cold milk, only use a tiny amount of milk and mix it with the cocoa to break up all bits. You can stirr better because there’s no milk spilling everywhere and it creates a thick cocoa paste that itself is easily mixed with milk.

  • 241Cookies
    241Cookies 4 months ago +1


  • Sam Bird
    Sam Bird 4 months ago

    ive been waiting for this guy to explain this for about two years and it actually happened

  • Token of Dreams
    Token of Dreams 4 months ago

    it’s honestly so surprising to me that this is a trend, it’s something i would always mess around with as a kid haha

  • Twix
    Twix 4 months ago

    In my experience, heat almost always stops this from happening. Surface tension is stronger the colder the liquid is.

  • matthew spence
    matthew spence 4 months ago

    I noticed that when I mixed hot chocolate mix into hot milk it would often form clumps. I took out a larger one and poked it with my finger and was surprised to see dry powder in the middle. Exact same observation as you.

  • Boot & Scats
    Boot & Scats 4 months ago +1

    I sort of knew this by just making hot cocoa, but it's never something you really think about.

  • RaydynDevs
    RaydynDevs 4 months ago +1

    You never cease to surprise me, science man.

  • Baller1000
    Baller1000 3 months ago +1

    This also works with powdered milk,
    I do that every morning with my coffee.

  • codyknightrouge
    codyknightrouge 3 months ago +1

    I've been doing this ever since i was allowed to mix my own chocolate milk, da heck people only discovered this till now.

  • Aspiring.Creative.Person

    My childhood self discovered this with ovaltine. I often put a bunch of powder in the glass and then poured the milk on top, so that the milk was sitting on top of the powder rather than mixing. Then I would mix about 2/3 of the powder and the rest I got to at the end of the drink, and it was super chocolatey lol

  • Luciano Martinez
    Luciano Martinez 3 months ago

    I learned this myself because one time I wanted some chocolate milk but only had cocoa powder, and I tried to mix that into the milk thinking it would give me "unsweetened" chocolate milk.
    It was hard, but I eventually got it to mix in semi properly to at least paint the milk, but the it didn't taste anything like chocolate milk and I ended up throwing it away...

  • Zachatttack310
    Zachatttack310 4 months ago

    So, uh, fun fact, I discovered this like 5 years ago when I had no clue what I was doing. I wanted to make chocolate milk, but there was no proper chocolate mix for it. I looked around until I found cocoa powder, and wrongfully assumed it would work fine. Spoiler, it didn’t.

  • Username
    Username 4 months ago +37

    Bruh that's why i gotta stir it so much, it all makes sense now!

  • Alvina Sandra
    Alvina Sandra 4 months ago

    Finally, something he shows that I actually knew before

  • Curm
    Curm  4 months ago

    What helps is to blend it in smaller portions. Add just a tiny bit of the liquid to your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, breaking up all the cocoa chunks, then continue that til you're done. Blending the dry with wet is so much easier as a thick paste. Never dawned on me that cocoa is hydrophobic though, that explains a lot lmao
    (This has probably been said already, but whatever, hope someone finds it useful)

  • Wojciech Czaderna
    Wojciech Czaderna 4 months ago +3

    Cool. I'm going to immediately amaze my son with this trick :)

  • kilroy987
    kilroy987 3 months ago

    When I was younger, I saw this all the time when I was mixing a spoonful of Quik (Nesquik) in milk.
    Yeah, I hated the little bits I had to try to jab with my spoon to get them to mix.

  • Daley16Videos
    Daley16Videos 4 months ago

    Omg I used to do this all the time as a kid with my hot chocolate. I loved just eating the powder 😂

  • Orangecatty
    Orangecatty 4 months ago

    I always wondered why this happened, but never bothered to look it up! (Or even knew how to find out about it). Thanks for the info!

  • scard
    scard 4 months ago +4

    you learn something new every day! geez that’s blown my mind

  • thatguyoverthere312
    thatguyoverthere312 4 months ago +1

    This is also why when mixing powders into stuff like milk (hot cocoa mix mainly), it really helps for the liquid to be hot because that helps with dissolving the powder into the liquid

  • The barrel
    The barrel 4 months ago +1

    This is the most infuriating thing when making milk with powdered milk in a cold water

  • Angela Hsiao
    Angela Hsiao 4 months ago +1

    This is why it’s always such a pain to make chocolate cookies, you have to spend forever whisking to even out the cocoa powder. A strainer helps but it still takes a long time.

  • Rat Dragon
    Rat Dragon 3 months ago +1

    Maybe it's just me but I experience this every week. This isn't new to me at all.

  • Pills Hate Me
    Pills Hate Me 3 months ago +1

    how is this a "trick" tho, I mean it's what cocoa does naturally since forever

  • Phencake
    Phencake 4 months ago

    You can clearly see this man has never baked a cake in his life

  • Tom R
    Tom R 4 months ago +1

    I've experienced this many times when getting to the Milo at the bottom of the glass it is dry. Yes I am weird I don't mix it with the milk ha ha

  • KenG Brissy
    KenG Brissy 4 months ago +1

    I do that every time I used it, so fun to do

  • MIKE 1
    MIKE 1 4 months ago

    Love your science videos. Really interesting

  • GaymerKitty
    GaymerKitty 4 months ago

    Lol, I used to do that as a kid. I'd forgotten about that; thank you for the happy memory. ☺️🧡

  • Vic H
    Vic H 4 months ago

    Now explain why it dissolves easier in hot or warm milk than when it's cold. 🤔

  • AllThingsGaming
    AllThingsGaming 4 months ago +4

    “pull it out, it’s completely wet…”
    very poor choice of words

  • xodz
    xodz 3 months ago

    i love this channel. you deserve it all my good man

  • Aldier Green
    Aldier Green 4 months ago

    I appreciate that this problem was finally exposed, but when will it be solved?

  • The barrel
    The barrel 4 months ago

    This is the most infuriating thing when making milk with powdered milk in a cold water

  • I'm a motherfreaking avocado

    Ah, so that's why hot chocolate always has powder at the bottom of the mug

  • cubeometry
    cubeometry 4 months ago

    I did it many times , thanks for telling the science 🙏👍

  • Faris S Haque
    Faris S Haque 4 months ago

    Everyone enjoying this trick
    Action lab : lets find the secret of science behind it
    Really appreciate his hardwork

  • David Anderson
    David Anderson 4 months ago

    This also happens when you try to mix milk into Mac & Cheese flavor powder.

  • J Schilleboer
    J Schilleboer 4 months ago

    When large quantities of this stuff start burning I heard it’s basically impossible to put out too. True?

  • Todd Burgess
    Todd Burgess 3 months ago

    Love that surface tension.
    Water builds up on the raw edge of a piece of glass if on a level surface. It gets pretty deep, and if you lightly touch the edge, all the water rushes off that spot! Broken tension. :-)

  • Anumita Guha
    Anumita Guha 3 months ago

    this is explanation I never knew I needed

  • Refracted
    Refracted 4 months ago

    “It’s not a mistake” ✨its a masterpiece ✨

  • IcyFrost
    IcyFrost 4 months ago

    Now I know why making and drink with powder is so difficult

  • Child Frisk
    Child Frisk 4 months ago +2

    Cocoa cookie: me and my cocoa are immo- It's not a mistake ✨IT'S A MASTERPIECE✨

  • Taijifufu
    Taijifufu 4 months ago

    Anyone who's made hot cocoa has experienced this. I thought this was going to show a trick to making better drinks.

  • Nichelle Kocourek
    Nichelle Kocourek 4 months ago

    I feel like ive known this from my many years of eating olvatine powder as a kid lol

  • OtamaLuke
    OtamaLuke Month ago

    So that's why there's always dry cocoa left when I finish my cup!

  • yahoo12345jojo
    yahoo12345jojo 4 months ago

    "There's that _skin_ around the cocoa that's _wet_ "
    Thanks I hated that sentence 🙃

  • Zahidur Rahman
    Zahidur Rahman 4 months ago

    I tried it at home few years ago 😃

  • Mike Roberti
    Mike Roberti 4 months ago

    I’ve NEVER gotten all the coco to completely mix with the milk. NEVER!

  • Burton Mason
    Burton Mason 4 months ago

    That totally explains why the cinnamon challenge was always going to end in bad results

  • Omar Han
    Omar Han 4 months ago

    Now we need the scientific solution to mix the cocoa powder more easily 😊

  • Daniel Rodriguez
    Daniel Rodriguez 3 months ago

    By the caption I thought it was going to be a solution to effectively and easily mix cocoa powder :'(

  • Loyal
    Loyal 4 months ago +1

    Now, as a chemist, you should solve this problem...😉

  • Roger Chern
    Roger Chern 4 months ago +11

    Missed the opportunity to say, "Sorry to burst your bubble"...

    • Roger Chern
      Roger Chern 4 months ago +1

      @Hehe and this year 2022, sky is blue, etc.

    • Hehe
      Hehe 4 months ago

      He's not 7

  • The Unconfined Soul
    The Unconfined Soul 4 months ago

    Me Wondering why TheXvid recommended me to know this property of Cocoa powder 😂

  • Elijah Colley
    Elijah Colley 3 months ago

    you should do the exact same thing, but in a vacuum chamber, i’m not sure how but if you could pull that off it would be amazing

  • To The Horror
    To The Horror 4 months ago

    You just gotta stir it in hot liquid when the molecules are slightly changed, then it'll blend.

  • Travis Juntara
    Travis Juntara 4 months ago

    Is only regular cocoa powder hydrophobic? (I assume that's what you're using due to the fairly light coloration) I heard dutch process cocoa powder is easier to dissolve in water or milk, would this behavior also be observable if repeated with dutch process cocoa?

  • Mochi
    Mochi 4 months ago +5

    It’s not a mistake ✨it’s a masterpiece✨

  • JamesVanCam
    JamesVanCam 4 months ago

    I've always wondered how & why this worked,...thx!:)

  • William Loke
    William Loke 4 months ago

    I thought this was going to show us how to successfully mix cocoa in room temp milk

  • Kevin W.
    Kevin W. 4 months ago

    I almost feel like the slow mo guys should shoot this. Something super simple but I’d really love to see it in 5000fps for some reason

  • Ashutosh Suman
    Ashutosh Suman 4 months ago

    This happens with protein powder as well.

  • JellyRafter 5
    JellyRafter 5 4 months ago +3

    "It's not a mistake"✨It's a masterpiece✨

  • Didi Changed
    Didi Changed 4 months ago

    Always happened to me, even after I stirred it. They just become tiny lumps... Must I blender it everytime, what a pain

  • Catalist
    Catalist 4 months ago +2

    this is the only channel that consistently has me saying "wow".

    • Synergous
      Synergous 4 months ago +1

      check out nilered shorts
      this guy does physics, nilered does chemistry

  • Joshua Paul Santiago
    Joshua Paul Santiago 3 months ago

    If it's air that's causing this, can we see you do this under a vacuum chamber?

  • K. A. U.
    K. A. U. 4 months ago

    Anyone who makes hot chocolate from cocoa powder knows all about this 😩

  • Jayze Poudz
    Jayze Poudz  4 months ago +7

    I have cocoa powder every day in water. When I dump too much of it by accident, I just grossly scoop it out and put it back in the jar like magic !

  • Waaaah ツ {the NFT screenshotter}

    But you forget, cocoa powder can dissolve in milk, when the milk is hot enough, to make hot coco.
    I'm no scientist, but for some reason hydrophobic or non-soluble powders don't do well in cold or room temperature liquid, that is until the liquid is hot enough for it to be dissolved in.
    Because, to me at least, there was no way it could be hydrophobic, if you can make hot cocoa by, warming up the milk, and mixing the cocoa evenly through the milk.

  • theparijat1000
    theparijat1000 4 months ago

    I was hoping this is a new recipe initially, then saw that its an experiment.

  • Pratishtha
    Pratishtha 4 months ago

    Need a video on why water drops (while stuck to the glass) when we transfer water (or milk) from one glass to another.

  • Luqz Gaming
    Luqz Gaming 4 months ago

    damn , imagine living in 2022 and you're still hydrophobic

  • Roger Hargreaves
    Roger Hargreaves 4 months ago +3

    That’s why it stirs so much then. I will try this with my drinking chocolate tomorrow morning.

  • Who's yo Daddy?
    Who's yo Daddy? 4 months ago +1

    Doesn't this happen with any type of powder?

  • Victini
    Victini 4 months ago

    That explains why when you microwave cocoa
    You dump it in when the milk is cold and why it dissolves instantly when you turn it on

  • NatThe_Cat
    NatThe_Cat 4 months ago

    I actually used to do this on purpose at times so there’s little coco chunks in my hot chocolate

  • Perju Bubonger
    Perju Bubonger 4 months ago +9

    hydro…PHOBIC! We’ve gotta cancel it.

  • Zeus CODM
    Zeus CODM 4 months ago +1

    Now I know why my protein stuck down the bottle when touched becomes dry.

  • Hey, it's just me. 👋

    can you tell us how when you stick lit sparklers in the sand and then you pull them out of the sand they're still lit?

  • lily rose
    lily rose 4 months ago

    I watch your videos like I’m in science class…I graduated high school 6 years ago