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.

As seen in Family Fun, Parents, Mothering Magazine, Highlights, the Chicago Tribune, ParentMap, Miami Family, and The Red Tricycle

Monday, October 20, 2014

Smaller than an M&M

It's not an M&M logo, and it's not an insect. This display from the Pacific Science Center's current exhibit of Ripley's Believe it or Not shows a life-sized model of a Amau Child Frog. As you can see, it's smaller than an M&M!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Candy Experiments 2

I just got my advance copy of Candy Experiments 2, and it's beautiful!

My oldest daughter is disappointed that I didn't give her credit for inventing one of the best experiments, how to use food coloring and a secret ingredient to turn a red and white gummy worm completely blue. So for the record--that one was her idea!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Twist on sink and float (always something new)

At one of my library activities this summer, I invited kids to sink a marshmallow by squashing it to make it denser than the water--I try to explain to them that to make something more dense you either have to make it smaller or make it heavier. Then I invite them to experiment with water displacement and float a piece of taffy by shaping it into a bowl. One of my students made the should-have-been-obvious leap and wrapped the taffy around the marshmallow to make it float!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Road Tripping Signing

I'll be at the University Bookstore in Bellevue on Thursday, July 31, at 6 pm to share ideas from Road Tripping. Come hear some of our crazy travel stories and talk about ways to make road trips easier! (I can also tell you a little bit about Candy Experiments 2.)

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!