4 Great Experiments for Destroying Halloween Candy

Overloaded with Halloween candy? It’s time to get your candy bubbling, breaking, melting, freezing, and oozing with candy experiments.
Here are four great ways to get your kids destroying candy and learning science at the same time.

1. Acid Test Station

Set up a table with bowls, water, and baking soda so that kids can dissolve candy and mix in baking soda to test it for acid. Keep some vinegar nearby to make a lot of bubbles for a final show-stopper!

Encourage kids to tell you what else they notice. What does the mix smell like? What colors do they see? What happens when they mix the colors? Little kids have a lot of fun just unwrapping candy and dumping it in, so give them a bowl and a big spoon and watch what happens!

2. Melting Station

When you melt candy, amazing things happen. Not only do you create beautiful pools of colored candy, you see secret ingredients like palm oil.
Starburst Candy Oil Test
Try melting candy on a microwavable plate to reveal secret ingredients or have melting races. Or cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and put on several different kinds of candy to see how they melt and which survives the longest!
Melting Candy Experiment

3. Sink and Float Station

Can you sink a marshmallow? Can you float a piece of taffy? Smash the air bubbles out of a 3 Musketeers bar, or unwrap floating candy to remove trapped air pockets?
Prepare this station by pouring out big bowls of water. You may also want to put out a cutting board or mat so that kids can cut and smash candy as they experiment.

4. Creation Station

What about all extra candy that no one’s going to eat? Set up a Creation Station and let your kids just play around. They can stick candy together to make art, braid Red Vines, add M&M’s eyeballs, or try painting with M&M's.

Enjoy Your Crazy Candy Experiments Lab!

Once you've got your laboratory set up, your kids will have lots of activities to choose from. So get out the candy, stand back, and let your kids go crazy!

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