Dissolving Candy Canes Science Experiment

Keep the Christmas excitement going all month long with this great Dissolving Candy Canes Experiment

Dissolving candy canes experiment

Today we're sharing this easy and inexpensive science experiment to test out with the kids!

This candy canes experiment makes for a fun way to practice some of those science skills hands-on. Kids can develop their own predictions, follow the hypothesis theory, and have some amazing fun discovering all the possible outcomes!

So, save some candy canes for this awesome science experiment; it'll be totally worth it!

Candy canes are the quintessential Christmas candy, so we thought it was the perfect candy choice to base our Christmas-themed chemistry experiment for kids. 

We turned our kitchen into a kid-friendly lab and mixed two of my little ones' favourite things: Christmas and fun science! 

Check out some more Christmas Science Activities! Our Christmas Baking Soda Experiment is a fantastic option as well as our Melting Candy Cane Experiment

If you want another science experiment involving edible items then check out our popcorn science experiment

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Candy cane science experiment

Dissolving Candy Canes Experiment

Dissolving Candy Canes - Supplies:

  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • ½ cup salt, divided
  • 6 candy canes

Candy cane science experiment - Instructions:

STEP 1: Prep your lab.

Prepare all your materials and your workstation first! You will be setting up 6 cup of water for this candy can experiment. 

Pour water into three cups, make sure each cup has the same amount of water. Then, in one cup, add a quarter cup of sugar and stir until it gets dissolved. In a second cup, add a quarter cup of salt and stir until dissolved.

Candy cane experiment

STEP 2: Heat up the water.

Now, take the remaining three cups of water and heat them up until hot in the microwave. 

Candy cane science experiment

STEP 3: Experiment with the hot liquid.

We'll repeat step 1 now but this time with hot water. So, just like we did before pour water into three different cups. Continue by adding a ¼ cup of sugar into one cup of hot water and mix until it's completely dissolved. Take another cup with hot water and add ¼ cup of salt, mix until dissolved.

Dissolving candy canes

STEP 4: Test the candy canes reaction.

Start the most exciting part of this experiment! Take the candy canes and place one into each of the 6 cups of water, setting a timer for 2 minutes.

Dissolving candy cane science experiment table of results

Invite the kids to wait with you and once the two minutes are up, check the candy and make notes of which one has changed.

Dissolving candy cane science experiment results

STEP 5: Keep going & take notes.

Keep checking up on the candy canes every 2 to 5 minutes and make notes of the changes you see in each candy cane.

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Initiate a conversation about which liquids caused the candy to dissolve faster or slower and encourage the kids to make their own theories as to why that happened!

dissolving candy canes

You can try different liquids to experiment with, also. Vinegar, fizzy drinks, soda pop, oil, even liquid dish soap! Everything your kids want to try will work as long as it is a liquid at room temperature!

Well, there you have it! This dissolving candy cane experiment is awesome, right? I'm sure your kids will love to experiment and discover the wonderful world of chemistry with this fun dissolving candy cane experiment. Enjoy! 

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