Kim Kardashian’s love of melting M&Ms in the microwave has caused a storm on Twitter.
The reality star, 39, shared a video on her Twitter account in which she enthuses about the “melted magic” that occurs when you melt the sugar-coated sweets using this method.
In the short clip, which has 2.5 million views at time of writing, she picks up various colours of M&M sweets and squeezes them so that the melted chocolate oozes out the centre.
For the most part, her fans have been all for the trick.
But, not everyone is on board.
A number complained that the cooking technique has resulted in sparks from their appliance.
So is Kardashian’s trick safe? We asked Dr Sue Bailey, a food science consultant, to give her advice on how to safety heat the confectionary.
She told Yahoo UK it can be done safely – but you will need to take a few precautions.
First, only put the sweets in the microwave for 15 seconds, rather than Kardashian’s recommended 30.
“Any food that is sugar based can reach a very high temperature really quickly in a microwave.
“So if you are going to try this ‘life changing’ chocolate snacking tip- try for 15 seconds on full power first - spread out a number on a plate or kitchen paper. Then check that you are not going to burn your fingers.
She added: “Don’t try and crunch them straight away in your mouth- you might burn your tongue.”
Addressing the rumoured risk of M&Ms sparking in your microwave, Bailey says while you should be safe with the normal variety, there’s a possibility it could happen with peanut ones.
“That’s due to the higher fat content in the peanuts,” she explained.