Friday, September 18, 2020

Drop a Warhead in baking soda water, and bubbles erupt. Leave a Skittle in water, and the S floats to the surface. Melt a Starburst, and shiny oil spots form. You're doing candy experiments--science experiments with candy.

Melt Halloween candy. Dissolve Valentine hearts. Float Easter Peeps. Or let your kids create their own candy science experiments.

Candy experiments. All candy. All science. All fun.



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Monday, June 15, 2015

Crystalline Lifesaver

A friend challenged me to reveal the seventh line from the seventh page of my latest writing project. Here it is:
"Little did I know that this would turn my Lifesaver into a crystalline flower!"

For those of you wondering if this means Candy Experiments 3 is in the works, stay tuned...

Friday, June 5, 2015

They're Hatching! Easter candy destruction #3

Brach's Bunny Basket Marshmallow Easter Eggs were really fun to play with. Not only did the marshmallow filling expand, melting through and cracking the sugar shell, the eggs settled into really fun shapes.


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Candy puffin


Candy frog


Author's confession: I really wanted to see if these would "hatch", but didn't think to buy any for Easter. Ever had buy candy on Amazon at post-Easter rip-off prices???

Saturday, May 30, 2015

They're Hatching! Easter Candy Destruction #2

Dark chocolate cadbury mini eggs with their crunchy sugar shells are one of the few experiment candies I actually eat. That's why these test subjects are the milk chocolate pastels!

We heated the eggs in a low oven. After several minutes, the chocolate expanded and cracked the sugar shell, as if little birds were wriggling their way out.



Fun fact: after they cool down, sometimes the cracks close and reseal

Try this with peanut M&M's too!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

They're Hatching! Easter candy destruction #1

Easter candy eggs are so boring. They just sit there...until you make them hatch!

When microwaved, this Cadbury egg cracked open, letting the filling spill out into a puddle. Since microwaves work by making water molecules vibrate and heat up, the water-based fondant filling might heat up faster than the chocolate, which is why the fondant melts its way through before the entire shell collapses.



As the filling cools down after cooking, it hardens, so that instead of a sticky liquid it becomes a soft pasty candy that you can pick up (and eat if you really want to).

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Clamshell Skittles

Here's a video (not mine) of two different candy experiments: Clamshell Skittles and Expanding Candy. Fast forward until the middle to see the Skittles in action.

I loved the clamshell skittles because if you microwave them on medium or low, they really crack in half, and gulp like clams.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Candy and Easter Eggs

I wondered if I could use melted candy to dye Easter eggs, so I wrapped some eggs up with candy in foil and baked them in the oven. I didn't produce any fancy colored eggs, but I did make some spectacular gummy worm goo!



Also, this taffy-covered egg turned into a cute little face complete with bangs.

Look forward to seeing your Easter candy concoctions!