Melting Candy Cane Experiment

If your kids have a knack for experiments and you have any candy canes lying around the house, they're in for a treat! Our Melting Candy Canes Experiment is a fun science project and a great craft activity to sweeten up any rainy afternoons! 

Candy cane experiment


The Christmas season is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't have some holiday-inspired fun. For this reason, we decided to use candy canes leftovers in a whole different way.  

We're putting our scientist hats on and testing our skills using some science basics. But don't worry! There are no overly complicated steps. 

If you are looking for more fun and easy science experiments for kids then check out these fun  experiments: 

So, scroll down, get all the materials nearby, and let's get to it!

Candy cane science experiment

Melting Candy Canes Experiment

Candy Cane Experiment - Supplies:

  • Candy canes
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

Melting Candy Canes - Directions:

STEP 1: Prep & preheat the oven.

Prepare the oven by preheating it to 250 F / 120 C and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

melting candy canes

STEP 2: Arrange the candy canes.

Once the oven is ready, and the baking sheet is all lined up, unwrap the candy canes and place them on the baking sheet. Bake the candy canes for 3 to 4 minutes and then take them out from the oven.

melting candy canes in oven

STEP 3: Melt & Bend the candy canes.

For this step, you should be careful as the candy will be hot, so we recommend using mitts. Take the candy canes and bend them slowly against a hard surface, like your baking pan, into your desired shape. 

melting candy cane experiment

You have to act quickly because the candy will cool fast! If the candy gets too cool to bend, put the baking sheet back into the oven for a couple of minutes and repeat the steps until you get your desired new shape. 

Candy cane science experiment for kids

STEP 4: Take this candy cane experiment a step further!

Turn this into a full-blown science project by testing different candy cane brands and flavours. You can also test baking times to get different results and find the best timing for an ideal bending temperature!

Candy cane science experiment

Kids will have a ball melting the candy canes and creating shapes out of them! We hope you enjoy this melting candy canes experiment with the little ones! Check out more of our easy science experiments

Melting candy cane experiment. Easy Christmas science experiment for kids.

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