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.
- Investigating Osmosis Using Water and Gummy Bears
These gummy bears are taking an overnight soak. What will happen?
- Gummy Bear Lab Meeting
Do some gummy bear research, then see what the “Journal of Applied Polymer Confections” has to say.
- Make Mouthwatering Candy Melt
Gummy bears and hard candies go head-to-head (or cup-to-cup) in this solubility exploration.
- Gummy Worms
Make a worm. Eat a worm. It’s not a dare—it’s chemistry!
- A Sticky Situation: Chewing Gum and Solubility
Chocolate and gum? Why do these two tasty things have an “Ew!” factor when you put them together?
- How Much Sugar Is in Bubble Gum?
Ready, set, chew! Design your own procedure to figure out how much sugar is in your favorite brand of gum.
- The Secret Science of Gum
Why is gum chewy? Where does the flavor go? What helps make the bubbles in bubble gum? Answer these questions and more.
- Conservation of Mass Gum Lab
Is gum food? Students design an experiment, then decide.
- Decorating with Sugar
Sugar sculpting blends science with art.
- How Sugar Molecules Are Manipulated in Candy Making
You’ll have a hard time choosing which of these sweet science recipes to cook up first!
- Making Rock Candy: A Supersaturated Treat
Need rock candy? A lot of rock candy? Try this recipe by an American Chemical Society student chapter from Texas.
- Back to School... with Candy
Use science to help you win the game of guessing the number of candies in the jar.
- Pop Rocks Expander
They pop, sizzle, and crackle in your mouth. What’s inside these unusual little candies?
- Science of Cooking: Candy Recipes, Factory Tour & More
Fire up the “Candy-o-Matic” to learn how different kinds of candy are made, then take a tour of a lollipop factory and the “Fudge House.”
- Real-life Data Analysis
Let’s get down to some serious data analysis—“How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?”
- 3D Print a Gummy Version of Your Face
Hungry? Print yourself some candy—of yourself! See what’s up with 3-D printing.
- Wintergreen Candy and Other Triboluminescent Materials
Crunch a Wint-O-Green Lifesavers in a dark room and see what happens! (Would you also believe the author’s name is Sweeting? Sweet!)
- Stained Glass Sugar
It’s a window you can eat. See what it takes to get sugar crystals to make a translucent sheet.
- Chocolate: The New Health Food. Or Is It?
Is chocolate healthy, junk food, or something to be savored? Read this ChemMatters article and decide for yourself.
- Toxicity & Aphrodisia—The Chemistry of Chocolate
Will it kill you or make you fall in love?
- Candy Science—Floating Letters (pg. 9)
M&M's may not melt in your hand, but what happens when you put them in water?
- Chocolate Crystal Concoctions
This stuff is “choc full of science.” Try this tasty lab—but remember not to eat any of the chocolate that was used in a lab environment.
- The Science of Chocolate: Interactive Activities
Melts in your mouth, not in your hand… But why? Try some taste tests to find out.
- Chocolate as Poison
If asked to name some common poisons, would chocolate make the list?
- The Sweet Lure of Chocolate
Drool over this site as you learn the history of chocolate and try a hands-on tempering activity.
- Can Chocolate Give Me a Happy-High?
Is chocolate a “love drug”? What’s in it? And what does that stuff do to your brain and body?
- From Flavonoids to Flavor
This chemist turned his sights to chocolate. Read about where it led his career.
- 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?
- Volcano Candy
Look out! It’s going to blow! Check out the volcano action as this candy erupts and foams. The bonus—you get to eat it afterward.
- Spurting Science: Erupting Diet Coke with Mentos
What’s better than doing the Diet Coke and Mentos geyser? Doing it again! Change it up to see if you can make it go even higher.
- Exploding Mentos Drink
It’s a twist on the classic Mentos and Diet Coke geyser reaction. First find a freezer and some water.
- Exploring the Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment
It's fun to watch the Diet Coke explode from the bottle, but have you ever wondered why it happens?