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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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bloomed and Unbloomed

My husband gave me this: a chocolate bar that had melted and cooled in the car. (He knew I'd love it.) Most of the surface bloomed, but patches stayed dark and shiny. Were these sections protected by the wrapper? Did they fail to melt? Or was there something else going on?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Candy Experiments news

Great news! There's a Candy Experiments book giveaway at, so head on over if you don't have a copy already.

On another note, Candy Experiments 2 just got listed on Amazon, due to be released in December. I can't wait to see it!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


I did something unusual with the leftover Halloween candy tonight--fed some to a child. We were making s'mores and needed ingredients, so the sugar-free Peeps Valentine heart went on top of the Hershey Almond bar. The verdict? The chocolate melted first, marshmallow got a little bit melted, and the whole thing was devoured.

Monday, June 2, 2014


The USA Science and Engineering Festival was a spectacular success! We taught our experiments, including Sink a Marshmallow, Acid Test, and Find Hidden Candy, to thousands of kids and their parents. I also did an author presentation, an author signing, and an interview on Sirius radio, so we've reached even more people to tell them that candy experiments are both fun and educational.

We had great helpers, including my sister (teaching Find Hidden Candy), homeschool families, and my own family. My kids made great candy experiments teachers.

Thanks to Impact Confections for donating super-sour Warheads!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Candy Experiments 2 notes

Just sent back the corrected manuscript for Candy Experiments 2. My editor made some good catches--I'm so grateful for another good reader to look over the whole thing so I don't make any weird mistakes. For instance, I almost told everybody that cotton candy dissolves faster than other sour candy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Candy Experiments 2 is on its way!

Candy Experiments 2 was just announced by Andrews McMeel! I'm pretty excited about it myself--jumping Pop Rocks, invisible gummy bears, and more. Can hardly wait until it's released next January!