Day 307 - How To Use Candy To Expand Your Grey Matter.
Hey everyone. Our 31 days of creating Halloween madness is over. Most of us are stashing away our witches hats and fake spider webs for next year. As I look around, we have tons and tons of candy lying around. If you have kids, you might even have a gigantic bag of sweet goodness hidden in the freezer this morning. The ultimate question is, after all the Halloween stuff is put away, what do we do with all that left over halloween candy?
We could donate it to a local shelter, create a concoction of mismatched candy Halloween brownies or drop the sweet goodness off at a fire station. However, there is one more option that comes to mind today. What if we use the candy to expand some of our grey matter? In other words, let's use the candy to create fun and fantastic science experiments for kids and grown-ups alike.
If you are like me, I never understood chemistry but I still thought it was interesting. Below you will find 4 experiments that are easy, fun and simple. My three and a half year old had a blast talking about each experiment and thinking about what was happening with each candy. Let's take look.
Experiment #1: Cold Water and Nerds candy. We used cold water and poured it on top of pink nerds. We realized Nerds candy is make up of layers. The first being the coating. The coating melted first and fast in the cold water. About 8 hours later the entire box of nerds had dissolved.
Experiment #2: Warm water and Gobstoppers candy. The warm water made the shiny coating melt faster than the cold water on the nerds. 8 hours later the centers had not yet dissolved.
Experiment #3: Sweet Tarts and vinegar. The Sweet Tarts fizzled a bit and then 8 hours later they werealmost completely dissolved.
Experiment #4: Milk chocolate, baking soda and vinegar. When mixed the vinegar and baking soda it fizzled a ton and then turned the milk chocolate from dark brown to a lighter brown. 8 hours later, the chocolate was still a solid but falling apart.
Well, scientist, enjoy the experiments and see you tomorrow Marie Curie's in training!