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Can you tell if a potato chip is crispy or crunchy, just by the sound it makes when you eat it? See for yourself in this “ears”-on activity!

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Whether you think what you’re eating is crispy or crunchy isn’t a perfectly clear distinction, even according to scientists. One thing we do know? The difference between crispy and crunchy may be more in your ears than in your mouth!

Listen to the two recordings of someone eating two different kinds of potato chips on this page. For each recording, decide if it sounds like they are eating a crispy chip or crunchy chip (you might want to write down your thoughts on a piece of paper). Then, check out “Food for Thought” on the bottom of this page to learn more about how what we hear while we eat affects what we think of food’s texture.

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Listen to the sound of someone eating chip #1. How crispy or crunchy does the chip sound?

  • Very crispy
  • A little crispy
  • A little crunchy
  • Very crunchy
 
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Listen to the sound of someone eating chip #2. How crispy or crunchy does the chip sound?

  • Very crispy
  • A little crispy
  • A little crunchy
  • Very crunchy