Food and Cooking Chemistry

Want to learn some chemistry? Look no further than your kitchen! The links below offer hands-on activities, articles, videos, and webinars to help you dsicover the science of making food items such as cheese, bread, ice cream, and more.

Experiments & Activities

Activities for Club Members

Thanksgiving Food and Chemistry
Delve into the chemistry of Thanksgiving food with one of ChemClub’s favorite collection of activities, articles, videos, and experiments on turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, and more!

ACS Store—ChemClub Cookbook
The ACS ChemClub Cookbook is available for purchase through the ACS online store. It contains recipes to try from ChemClubs along with scientific background on ingredients and experiments with food for the laboratory.

Food Science at Steve Spangler Science
Find links to food science activities located on a range of topics, including homemade ice cream, making a “folding” egg, and shrinking chip bags.

Cooking with Chemistry
Chemistry educator David Katz’s website offers a long list of food-related activities, including making homemade butter, cheese, dry ice root beer, and candy.

Kitchen Chemistry: 100 Cool Food Science Experiments for Kids (and Cooks)
Check out this blog featuring 100 food experiments organized by the major food groups: milk/yogurt/cheese, meat/poultry/fish/beans/eggs/nuts, vegetables, fruits, and bread/cereal/rice/pasta.

Naked Scientists Kitchen Science—When to add the milk?
What’s the best time to add milk to tea? Listen to this podcast to find out.

Terrific Science: Foods & Flavors Experiments
Try these cool experiments from Terrific Science: analyze sugars in soft drinks, determine Bradford protein in milk, do an infrared analysis of piperine in black pepper, extract fat from French fries.

Activities for Demonstrations with Younger Students

ChemClub Cookbook Cover
The ACS ChemClub Cookbook
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ACS National Chemistry Week "Get Cooking with Chemistry"
This ACS National Chemistry Week publication features hands-on activities on mystery powders, baking powder, yeast, and cheese.

ACS National Chemistry Week "Health and Wellness"
Learn from hands-on activities on food and healthy eating in this ACS National Chemistry Week publication.

Kitchen Chemistry: Fun Food Activities and Experiments
This guide presents multiple activities aimed at 3–5 year olds you could use for an outreach project. It also includes a list of picture books related to food that can be used to supplement the activities.

ACS Science for Kids—Food Science Activities
The ACS Science for Kids collection features fun food activities. Among them: comparing regular and low-fat cookies, using a radish skin indicator to see evidence of citric acid in soda, and experimenting with gelatin.

Articles & Information