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Candy Chemistry

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Chocolate, marshmallows, chewing gum, cotton candy… this page of candy chemistry links will give you a serious sugar rush. Have some fun and play with your food while learning the science behind it. Just don't eat anything that was in a lab environment!

  • Density in Action: Can You Sink a Marshmallow?
    Take the marshmallow challenge! How can you sink something full of air bubbles?
  • Marshmallow—What's That Stuff?
    Learn about the roots of how marshmallows were made in the past. Really—actual roots!
  • Marshmallows: The Perfect Media for Demonstrating
    This treat isn’t just junk food. It’s a squishy mass of science in these mini experiments about Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, and the speed of light.
  • The Science Behind a Perfectly Toasted Marshmallow
    What’s perfection? Golden brown? Charcoaled? Whatever your choice, learn about the science that makes it happen.
  • Got Peeps?
    Chemistry model building? Well, sort of. Take a look at this Peeps candy diorama featuring the International Year of Chemistry.


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  • More Explorations with Gobstoppers
    What’s going on with the coating of these colorful candies? We don’t really know! What can you uncover?
  • Fun with M & M's
    A plate, water, and M & M’s are all you need to try this surprising experiment. What are you waiting for?
  • Candy Chromatography
    How many colors can be found in a black jellybean? Only one? More than one? Try your hand at chromatography and see what happens.
  • More Choices for Natural Colors
    Candymakers don’t need to feel blue—they now have an option for natural dye instead of synthetic if they want a blue candy. Find out where it comes from.
  • Candy Chromatography
    Red is just plain red and blue is just plain blue, right? Check and see in this investigation of candy colors.
  • Solution Science: Colorful Candy Chromatography
    Red Skittle. Red M & M. Head to head. Candy to candy. What will you find?

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