Intermission: Watch Jello Bounce (in Super-Slow Motion)

Hydrocolloids, like you've never seen them before.


The team behind Modernist Cuisine, the massive six-volume book on scientific cooking, show us exactly what happens when a cube of gelatin hits a counter top—at 6,200 frames per second.

Jello cubes are a solid matrix of animal proteins suspended in a liquid—known as a "colloid"—and, regardless of how a colloid might feel squishing around inside your mouth, it's pretty incredible to watch.

Video: Ryan Matthew Smith/Modernist Cuisine