Will a Baked Potato Really Explode If You Don't Prick It?

Explosions just waiting to happen?
Explosions just waiting to happen?
Photo by Rocky Luten

A few weeks back, we came across a hotline question that rocked our worlds:

Our team Slack channel lit up like a Christmas tree. Between two recipe developers and three food editors with more than 100 years of collective cooking experience/obsession, we had zero hard answers—and zero incidents of potato explosion among us. So we turned to science.