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Fun Science Experiments with Candy

It is science fair time in school and lots of students are searching for some useful ideas for science experiments. Here are three easy and simple ideas to inspire kids in elementary grades. Such science experiments for kids will not only teach them important science concepts but will also ensure that the little ones are having fun in the process. For added learning, think of a question for each experiment listed here and carry out your own research to find the answer. Explore the world of science with your favorite ingredient – candy!

3 Science Experiments with Candy

Science Experiment 1 - Float the Letters
Difficulty level - Easy
Goal - To find what types of candies float
Materials - Jelly Beans, M&Ms, Skittles; bowl filled with warm water
Method
• Drop all the candies into the bowl with the logo side up.
• Wait and watch.
• After about five minutes, check for letters that float. Some candies will disintegrate completely but the letters from the logos are likely to survive.
Explanation
The white letters in the logos contain an edible ink that’s insoluble in water. These letters will remain intact even after the candies have dissolved.

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Science Experiment 2 - Candy that grows
Difficulty level - Easy
Goal - To find out which gelatin-based candies absorb the most water.
Materials – Gummi worms, Peeps, candy corn, Junior Mints, Starbursts and Sweethearts, bowl of water, kitchen weighing scales
Method
• Weigh each piece of candy and put it gently in the bowl of water.
• Leave it for 2 days.
• The candies should have swelled to maximum size by now.
• Weigh the candies again.
• Make sure you have recorded the results.
Explanation
Gelatin (derived from animals) is a popular gelling agent used to thicken sweets. Candies that contain gelatin tend to absorb water and swell.

Science Experiment 3 - Bend, don’t break
Difficulty level – Medium
Goal – To find a way to bend a candy cane without breaking it.
Materials – Straight candy sticks or candy canes, microwave oven, baking sheet, aluminum foil
Method
• Preheat oven to 250°F.
• Take a square piece of aluminum foil, fold it in half and fold again until you have a 3-inch rectangular strip.
• Bend the strip into any shape of your choice; place the candy cane inside it and put it on the baking sheet.
• Heat this in the oven for as long as it takes to soften the candy. (Approx. 5-20 minutes.)
• When you open the oven, you’ll see that the softened candy has curved into the shape of the foil.
Explanation
The different kinds of molecules inside the candy cane are mixed up together in a jumble. When you heat the candy cane, these molecules don’t turn liquid right away, unlike the molecules in an ice cube. They only become softer as the temperature goes up. That’s why your warm candy cane can be easily be bent into any shape instead of breaking it.

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