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This comes down to the fact that ice is a crystal, and wax (and chocolate) is a (glassy) polymer-like material. Here is the chart of stiffness of a polymer as it is heated. When it is cold, the polymer is in a glassy phase. As it is heated, it enters the "leathery phase", and it begins to soften. As it warms up more, the material becomes progressively ...
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