Candy Based Science Experiments

explore the science of acids and bases using candy
Materials List

Baking soda

Vinegar

Lemon Juice

Salt

Sugar

Citric Acid (optional)

Plastic cups

Assorted candies - some sweet and some sour

Checklist - found under the Stats tab above

spoons

How to
Step 1

Download the checklist from the Stats tab above and gather the necessary items from your kitchen.

Step 2

Separate your candy into two general categories - sweets, like chocolate, and sours, like gummies and sweet tarts.  Stir two tablespoons of baking soda into 6-8 ounces of water.  Start by adding one of your sour candies to a small cup and then adding the baking soda solution.  Did it bubble?  Make a note of the reaction.

Step 3

Continue this process with some of your sweet candy.  Note what happens.  

Step 4

Finally, try mixing your raw ingredients with the baking soda - sugar, salt, citric acid, lemon juice.  By now you should have determined what causes bubbles when mixed with baking soda - and established the basic science between the combination of acids and bases.

Stats
Age
School-age
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All Ages
Basic
Science
Craft Length
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time
5 - 10 minutes
Supervision
1 adult per 10 children