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

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!

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!