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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas candy cane optical illusion?

No, we didn't slice this candy cane in half. Instead we put it in a glass filled with a layer of water and a layer of oil. Since each medium (water, oil, and air) slows down light a little bit differently, the light bends a little bit where the air meets the oil, and where the oil meets the water. The result? A candy cane that looks chainsawed into segments.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rotten Pumpkin?

Do you still have a jack-o'-lantern on your porch? (We do, because this year's cold snap meant it froze instead of mouldering right away.) If so, you may want to check out the book "Rotten Pumpkin." This picture book shows us what happens to the pumpkin after Halloween, with mice, slugs, medicinal mold, and other forces of nature. A kid who likes candy experiments might just be the kind of kid who will look at this book and say "Cool!" instead of "Gross!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Candy Experiments 2 book launch!

I'll be having a signing for Candy Experiments 2 at Barnes and Noble in Bellevue at 2:00 pm on Sat, Dec 6. Come check out my diving candy, warty licorice, and other eye-popping new experiments. Would love to see you there!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Hiss

It's not Halloween ghosties or goblins doing the hissing--it's the Halloween haul! This Hershey's mini chocolate bar hisses in the microwave.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Laffy Taffy experiments or Halloween breakfast?

Just scrambled eggs with a little red food coloring, to make a nice orange concoction that shines like taffy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Solar Jack o' Lantern Power!

How did you celebrate last week's partial solar eclipse? We flipped a pair of binoculars to project the eclipse onto paper, and turned the glowing crescents into jack-o-lantern eyes!