The Kitchen Staple Scientists Can Turn Into Diamonds

Blog writing, video making, and podcast production are seen by Forbes as quick and simple ways to acquire pockets bursting with money. Quite how straightforward those options would be is unclear, especially since they rely on huge followings to achieve any chance of stardom.

Something more reliable and less time-consuming is, therefore, the more desirable option – eating food, for example. We need to do it, so we might as well pile up a few bucks at the same time. That way, we can easily claim the reason for eating 14 cheesecakes is all in the name of business.

It's not such a mad idea – Delish reports a job that pays $30 an hour for eating candy. Perhaps the ultimate way of turning food into stacks of cash is to transform it into fashion. While a cream pie splattered in a face is unlikely to make the front cover of Vogue, the BBC reveals diamonds manufactured from peanut butter are an incredible scientific trend.

Peanut butter diamonds are considered to be a scientific breakthrough

Mental Floss explains that diamonds are traditionally formed in the Earth's mantle, 1,800 miles below the surface. They consist of carbon atoms that have been powerfully squashed and heated to immense temperatures before being pushed up to extractable depths.

Although peanut butter may seem like a bizarre ingredient for creating diamonds, the BBC notes that it contains surprising quantities of carbon, making it an ideal candidate. Mental Floss records that the experiment – conducted by scientist Dan Frost – was incredibly messy, leading to its eventual destruction. Despite this, a diamond (albeit less than pure and significantly small) was produced.

Even though the potential of making peanut butter diamonds could propel Frost to untold fortune, his interest in the food experiment was purely scientific. Mental Floss reports that he hopes to better understand the Earth's core where diamonds naturally occur, but Wonderopolis also notes that peanut butter diamonds could assist mining and automotive industries.